Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…
Roger Ebert introduces the " Far-Flung Correspondents" panel, moderated by Omer Mozaffer (Pakistan via Chicago, right).
Mo' correspondents: Ali Arikan (Istanbul), Michael Mirasol (Philippines), Omar Moore (London via Chicago).
Even more correspondents: Gerardo Valero (Mexico City), Grace Wang (China via Toronto), Seongyong Cho (South Korea).
Chaz Ebert welcomes another audience to the Virginia Theater.
The audience welcomes Japanese director Yojiro Tokita after a screening of his Oscar-winning comedy-weepie, "Departures."
Alloy Orchestra members join Ebertfest panelists onstage for a discussion after the screening of Dziga Vertov's Soviet avant-garde silent film "Man with a Movie Camera" (1929).
All photos by jim emerson
A taste of today's tweets (most recent at top):
RT @aliarikan Roger just presented Charlie Kaufman with a Golden Thumb for Synecdoche for best film of the decade.
RT @SunsetGunShots Tonight #ebertfest: Synecdoche, New York. Is That All There Is To A Fire? http://tinyurl.com/2ajswar
Roger welcomes the Alloy Orchestra. http://yfrog.com/17wxaj #Ebertfest
Egyptian correspondent [Wael Khairy] eluded volcano and is on his way from O'Hare!
Foreign panel: Piracy/torrent may be only option for var. reasons: Diving Bell & Butterfly, Brokeback Mt., Singin' in the Rain
@aliarikan: Most popular film among young people in Istanbul is probably "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
Far-flung Internet correspondents from Seoul, Mexico City, London, Pakistan, China, Philippines (via Chicago, Toronto, Malaysia) Roger introducing a panel of his "foreign correspondents." http://yfrog.com/bfv0hj Panel: Do filmmakers need to take production classes? Or is liberal arts a better way to learn about story, character, metaphor? Classic archivist line "Digital/DVD will last forever or five years, whichever comes first."
David Bordwell: Distinction between film as medium and film as form. E-books are still books. Q from audience: Has the term "film" become like "dial tone," where people don't really understand what it means?
D.Bordwell: There's something interesting to learn or be said about nearly any film if you know how to ask the right questions.
Howie Movshovitz: Charles Burnett DISCOVERED his personal vision via Neorealists, Renoir, Sembene - absorbing not imitating them.
Panel: Do film students need to know the classics? History teaches experience, options. No need to reinvent the wheel.
This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...
On how Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" examines evil.
As we mourn Abrams’ macho Star Trek obliteration, it’s a good time to revisit that most Star Trek-ian of accomplishme...
Glenn Kenny comments on awards season, Sean Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, and the actual Oscars.