RogerEbert.com contributor Godfrey Cheshire talks about his new book Conversations with Kiarostami, a collection of his interviews with the legendary Iranian director.
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Matt writes: With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, this year's awards season is already in full swing, with various titles vying for Oscar consideration. At RogerEbert.com, we recently reported on the nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which has often proven to be an indicator of Academy favorites. Jordan Peele's "Get Out" emerged as a frontrunner (alongside Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me By Your Name"), and also received numerous nominations from the NAACP Image Awards.
Matt writes: Movie lovers sorely missing a new book featuring the work of Roger Ebert are now in luck. The fourth installment of Ebert's celebrated book series, The Great Movies, is now on sale, compiling the critic's final 62 essays on indispensable films that he considered truly great.
Matt writes: The latest honor for Steve James' acclaimed Roger Ebert documentary, "Life Itself," arrived on September 21st at the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, where the film won an accolade for Outstanding Editing. Chaz Ebert provided her own in-depth coverage of the ceremony, which included a lifetime achievement award for trailblazing documentarian Stanley Nelson. "Life Itself" is currently available to stream for free until Friday, October 7th.
Matt writes: Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away July 4th at age 76, was one of the great masters of the cinematic art form. I'll never forget the experience of watching his 1990 landmark, "Close-Up," in its pristine Criterion edition, or becoming entranced by his 2010 masterwork, "Certified Copy," when I first saw it on the big screen. Patrick Z. McGavin wrote a beautiful tribute to Kiarostami, as did Godfrey Cheshire, who reflected on his friendship with the icon. Various staff members at RogerEbert.com also pitched in to offer their own remembrances in a lovely multi-voice piece.