In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Thumb_otcv3wwkz0vjyicozgz2ahej5uv

John Wick

The film breathes exhilarating life into its tired premise, thanks to some dazzling action choreography, stylish visuals and–most importantly–a vintage anti-hero performance from Keanu Reeves.

Thumb_j0gvkbn0bjd9wfkn6jxr1kbyu5

Low Down

Preiss' movie does a consistently excellent job of explaining the lure of jazz, and the psychology of addicts, their enablers and their children, without explaining…

Other Reviews
Review Archives
Thumb_xbepftvyieurxopaxyzgtgtkwgw

Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

Thumb_jrluxpegcv11ostmz1fqha1bkxq

Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other Articles
Life Itself Archives
Other Articles
Channel Archives

The Tommy Lee Jones I knew

From Gary Marcus, Marietta, GA:

In a recent article [review of "In the Valley of Elah"], you said that you "don't know Tommy Lee Jones at all". I do... or did... and maybe I can help. He was in my High School class of 75 students at St. Marks School of Texas, Class of '65, in Dallas Texas. I sat behind him in "home room." Back then he was Tom Jones, but he had to use his real (full) name when he became an actor, because the singer had already claimed the "Tom Jones" name, and, no doubt, some other aspiring actor had already registered as Tommy Jones..

What you see on screen is what he is ... odd and interesting. He has always been old ... and a man of very few words. His face has been -- since before High School -- severely pock-marked, which probably affected his introverted personality. His voice has always been deep and measured. He has very controversial ideas about "this sorry planet", and probably found that talking too much brought disapproval.

The only time I ever saw him really act, was when he played a gay man in the film about JFK. That character didn't have act of his personal traits. In all other films, he does not act, he just puts himself in the characters position in Life, and then does what he would do, and projects his own unusually serious personality into the action. I hope this helps in your assessment of this unusual man.

Popular Blog Posts

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

"1941": An Appreciation and Interview with Bob Gale

An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.

A free man: L.M. "Kit" Carson, 1941-2014

An appreciation of filmmaker, writer and actor L.M. "Kit" Carson, a singular talent.

NYFF 2014: Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice”

A review of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" from the 2014 New York Film Festival.

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus