Synecdoche, New York
If we don't "go to the movies" in any form, our minds wither and sicken.
* This filmography is not intended to be a comprehensive list of this artist’s work. Instead it reflects the films this person has been involved with that have been reviewed on this site.
What if James Dean lived into the ‘60s and worked primarily with French New Wave directors?
A tribute to the late Oscar-winning actor, Martin Landau.
An interview with Ana Lily Amirpour, writer/director of "The Bad Batch."
One of the most important and dazzlingly original works by Coppola comes to Criterion Blu-ray.
"Get Out" is the best movie about American slavery; In praise of Jordan Horowitz; That Oscars shocker; Painful black/white Oscar moment; Who killed "Twin Peaks."
An obituary for the late Polish master, Andrzej Wajda.
In light of Polish director Andrzej Wajda's recent passing, an alphabetical list of his ten best films.
An interview with Simon Helberg, star of Stephen Frears' "Florence Foster Jenkins."
An interview with "Cult Movies" author Danny Peary.
A chat between our three female film critics about the lasting power of "Thelma and Louise" on its 25th anniversary.
A review of the "Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, Volume 1" Blu-ray box set.
An excerpt from the February 2016 issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room about Keanu Reeves.
Sheila writes: In the films of Spike Lee, the characters often break the fourth wall and speak directly into the lens. There's a break in the action, and the dialogue spoken to the camera feels almost like it's from a documentary, with the "talking head" giving us more information for context. In this cut from the wonderful video-site "Press Play," watch the best To the Camera moments from Spike Lee's films.
The movie questionnaire and 2015 reviews of RogerEbert.com film critic Sheila O'Malley.
R.I.P. Albert Maysles; What ISIS really wants; Silencing "India's Daughter"; Ford's crash stirs subconscious fears; Profile of "Hangover" producer Scott Budnick, advocate for prison reform.
Roger Ebert's essay on film in the 1978 edition of the Britannica publication, "The Great Ideas Today."
An excerpt from the September 2014 issue of "Bright Wall/Dark Room" on "Notes on a Scandal."
An appreciation of "Twin Peaks" and review of the "The Entire Mystery," the Blu-ray release of all 30 episodes and "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me."
Even the Pope loved Eli Wallach; North Korea threatens war over Seth Rogen movie; Remembering Peter de Rome; Dennis Hopper's lost photography; Richard Linklater on "Boyhood"
Glenn Kenny highlights the picks of Blu-ray releases for the month of November
Jared Leto stayed in character as a transsexual for the entire shooting schedule of "Dallas Buyers Club." He talks about why he did it and what he learned.
Writer Sheila O'Malley responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
Julie Harris seemed to bring her own special set of tools to the art of acting, making every performance, every line feel like a fresh discovery.
Camille Paglia is known for being both brilliant and wacky (possibly wacko) -- often at the same time, which is probably when she's at her most inspired. A founding contributor at Salon.com (and co-star of "It's Pat: The Movie"), Paglia spoke on the phone to Salon editor Kerry Lauerman yesterday after the news of Elizabeth Taylor's death, and offered up an extraordinary tribute. I just wanted to share some of it with you. Lauerman begins by quoting something Paglia wrote about Taylor in Penthouse in 1992:
"She wields the sexual power that feminism cannot explain and has tried to destroy. Through stars like Taylor, we sense the world-disordering impact of legendary women like Delilah, Salome, and Helen of Troy. Feminism has tried to dismiss the femme fatale as a misogynist libel, a hoary cliche. But the femme fatale expresses women's ancient and eternal control of the sexual realm." Paglia takes it from there:
Exactly. At that time, you have to realize, Elizabeth Taylor was still being underestimated as an actress. No one took her seriously -- she would even make jokes about it in public. And when I wrote that piece, Meryl Streep was constantly being touted as the greatest actress who ever lived. I was in total revolt against that and launched this protest because I think that Elizabeth Taylor is actually a greater actress than Meryl Streep, despite Streep's command of a certain kind of technical skill. [...]