Matt writes: Martin Scorsese's 1999 film, "Bringing Out the Dead," starring Nicolas Cage as an overworked ambulance paramedic in Manhattan, was recently analyzed by two terrific writers, Scout Tafoya and Willow Maclay, who discussed its newfound relevance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matt writes: To all of our Ebert Club members, I join my fellow writers at RogerEbert.com in wishing you a safe and rejuvenating 2021! We're kicking off this new year by taking a look back at many of the great performances that lit up 2020 and will likely prove to be major contenders during this most uncertain of awards seasons.
I have come to appreciate silence not as a sign of weakness or capitulation, but as a finely sharpened dagger that finds its way to the heart, every time.
As of this writing, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” has earned nearly $1 billion globally, making it one of the most successful comic book movies ever released. But the discourse surrounding it will outlive this moment. No comic book-derived film since “Black Panther” has sparked more commentary, although the discussion surrounding this one has been more oppositional than anything else, and clouded by bad faith on every side.
An appreciation of three films that opened on Labor Day 2006 that weren't screened for critics but have developed quite a following of their own.