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

RogerEbert.com

Thumb_lucy

Lucy

Scarlett Johansson is an intriguing blank in Luc Besson's "Lucy," which is stranded somewhere between a stranger-in-a-strange-land action thriller and apocalyptic science fiction.

Thumb_hercules

Hercules

Dwayne Johnson tries, but he’s surrounded by poor CGI and a terrible adaptation of yet another comic book. Ian McShane steals what little movie there…

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
Blog Archives
Other Articles
Channel Archives
Primary_img_0189-thumb-510x349-19891

Ebertfest photoblog: Day 3

Meta: Writer-director Charlie Kaufmann ("Synecdoche, New York," right) watches David Bordwell (left) take a photo of the "Far-Flung Correspondents" panel (center, rear).

IMG_0178.JPG

Roger Ebert introduces the " Far-Flung Correspondents" panel, moderated by Omer Mozaffer (Pakistan via Chicago, right).

IMG_0182.JPG

Mo' correspondents: Ali Arikan (Istanbul), Michael Mirasol (Philippines), Omar Moore (London via Chicago).

IMG_0183.JPG

Even more correspondents: Gerardo Valero (Mexico City), Grace Wang (China via Toronto), Seongyong Cho (South Korea).

IMG_0200.JPG

Chaz Ebert welcomes another audience to the Virginia Theater.

IMG_0206.JPG

The audience welcomes Japanese director Yojiro Tokita after a screening of his Oscar-winning comedy-weepie, "Departures."

IMG_0226.JPG

David Bordwell, perpetual expert Ebertfest panelist -- which is something you should try saying six times real fast. See Manohla Dargis's feature on DB in the New York Times.

IMG_0231.JPG

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

Alloy Orchestra setting up for Man with a Movie Camera. http://yfrog.com/13r0ejj "Departures" - like a Bill Forsyth comedy that evolves into Capra or Bozage weepie: death, food, seasons, ritual...

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?

Live-streaming a panel from the Illini Union. http://yfrog.com/iyjikj

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.

Popular Blog Posts

James Garner: 1928-2014

An obituary for the legendary James Garner, who has passed away at the age of 86.

Video games can never be art

Having once made the statement above, I have declined all opportunities to ...

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

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

Exploring Israel-Palestine through Movies: Part 1

The first part in a four-part series on what film can teach us about the relationship between Israel and Palestine.

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus