Creed II falls victim to the sins of sequelitis—it’s bigger, louder and more grandiose than its predecessor—yet manages to right itself by not losing focus…
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On how the Oscar race gained focus after Venice, Telluride, and TIFF.
Matt writes: Last week, we mourned the death of Aretha Franklin, the inimitable Queen of Soul who left behind a towering legacy of immortal music when she passed away at age 76. Odie Henderson penned a wonderful tribute to the legend, while various contributors at RogerEbert.com joined Chaz Ebert in offering their own reflections on her extraordinary life and career.
A deep dive into the acting career of Glenn Close, celebrating a performer who gets more out of stillness than almost any other actor.
An interview with two stars and the director of the new film, "The Wife."
An article about the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival, and Rick Goldsmith's documentary, “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” which will screen at fest
To understand our current political climate, let's revisit the rich cadre of Cold War films in our collective cultural archives.
The screenings of "To Sleep with Anger" and "Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw" at Ebertfest 2017.
The latest on Blu-ray and streaming services, including "La La Land," "Lion," "Hidden Figures," "Split" and much more!
Day four of Ebertfest included a complex portrait of a basketball star, three films about the impact of television and much more.
An article about various films set to screen at Ebertfest 2017, including the opening night selection, "Hair."
The RogerEbert.com staff's Oscar pick for Best Actress.
A piece on how Deadpool could bring back the R-rated blockbuster and when it really mattered.
A video interview with the stars of "Spy".
An interview with Victor Levin, director of 5 to 7.
The strange unraveling of Cinderella; Kimmy Schmidt skewers empowerment culture; Charles Grodin's fine art of reaction; Putting "use" back in fair use; Yoga pants are ruining women.
The writers of RogerEbert.com reflect on the life, career and death of Robin Williams.
The first day of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Marie writes: Intrepid club member Sandy Kahn has found another Hollywood auction and it's packed with stuff! From early publicity stills (some nudes) to famous movie props, costumes, signed scripts, storyboards, posters and memorabilia...
Maybe it's a DC vs. Marvel thing. But it's all over the Internet: Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC, the Oscar-winning cinematographer best-known for his work with director Christopher Nolan (the "Dark Knight" movies, "The Prestige," "Inception") took a swipe at rival superhero blockbuster "The Avengers," while admitting that he doesn't much care for the genre anyway. In an interview with the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Pfister was asked "What's most important in shooting a film?" He responded with... something that has since been removed from the newspaper's website but still shows up in the Google Cached version (screenshot below):
Yes, but is it Art? Marcell Duchamp's famous "Fountain" aka urinal
The Academy Award winners for the past thirty years have followed consistent molds, primarily in the categories of Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Picture. It is a very simple set of templates that I will explain with excessive evidence. This is not to say that the Academy Awards are a conspiracy run by some secret society, although that idea would be quite fun. Rather, at the very least, there is a subtext to American culture that plays out in the ideas and ideals in American cinema, and it plays out consistently. At the very least, I'm illustrating some unwritten ideals in American culture. Whether or not they are healthy or corrupt, they are there in us. So, "Best Picture" is not a great movie; rather, it is a great movie that fulfills the mold.
Of course, no one is really robbed of an Academy Award nomination. It's a gift; not a right. The balloting procedure is conducted honestly and reflects a collective opinion, which was demonstrated this year when the Academy voters had the curiosity to seek out Demian Bichir for best actor for his deeply convincing performance as a Mexican gardener in Los Angeles in "A Better Life." He wasn't on my mental list of possible candidates, but when I heard the name, I thought, "Of course! Good thinking!"
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Complete list of 84th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday:
Marie writes: Behold an extraordinary collection of Steampunk characters, engines and vehicles created by Belgian artist Stephane Halleux. Of all the artists currently working in the genre, I think none surpass the sheer quality and detail to be found in his wonderful, whimsical pieces...
Left to right: Little Flying Civil, Beauty Machine, Le Rouleur de Patin(click images to enlarge)
I've had to defend myself for loving "The War of the Roses" so much. The majority of people I've discussed it with found it too mean-spirited. I realize it deals with an ugly subject but this is a prime example of a movie being great at how it is about its core subject, no matter how touchy. This is one of my all-time favorite films.