Isle of Dogs
As entertaining as it is to look at Isle of Dogs, I couldn’t get past Anderson’s usual clumsiness when dealing with minorities.
Each year, the University of Illinois, College of Media at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois honors the legacy of my late husband, Roger Ebert, an alumnus, by awarding exceptionally promising students with the designation of the Roger Ebert Fellows. This is the second year of the scholarship program, advised by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, who has been an exceptional mentor to them. They participate in a program for a year that consists of observing, writing, screening films, attending classes or conducting interviews, or other activities that serve to strengthen attributes like empathy, kindness and/or compassion in their fields of study.
Last weekend, the 2016-17 Felllows, Joseph Longo, Mariah Schaefer and Jason Yue, attended their first-ever film festival. Their reports appeared in the Daily Illini and on the Illini website. Here is a video report produced by Yue.
Netflix's "Wild Wild Country" is easily one of the craziest documentaries I’ve ever seen.
An appreciation of Joe Dante's The 'Burbs on the eve of its Blu-ray Special Edition release.
A review of Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" from the SXSW Film Festival.