Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Matt Fagerholm is an Assistant Editor at RogerEbert.com and is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. He
spent four years writing film reviews and interviews for
HollywoodChicago.com and has contributed to a variety of publications
including Time Out Chicago, The A.V. Club and Magill's Cinema Annual. His writing/editing experience includes serving as Assistant A&E Editor at the Columbia Chronicle and a full-time writer at the Woodstock Independent. He is a monthly guest on Vocalo radio's The Morning AMp program, and is also the founder of Indie Outlook, a blog and podcast featuring
exclusive interviews with some of the most exciting voices in modern
independent filmmaking. Follow him on Twitter at @IndieOutlook.
Matt writes: One of the most praised films on RogerEbert.com this year has been David Lowery's audacious and unforgettable "A Ghost Story," reuniting the director with his "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. Brian Tallerico praised the picture upon his initial viewing of it at Sundance, and programmed it as the closing night selection at this year's Chicago Critics' Film Festival, where it played to a packed house. Tallerico later interviewed Lowery for the site, while Matt Zoller Seitz awarded the film four stars. Also worth a look is Noah Gittel's recent essay on Lowery and the "cinema of narrative displacement."
James Fotopoulos on "The Given"; Robert Taylor on "The Window"; Barbet Schroeder on "Amnesia"; The Dunkirk spirit; Hitchcock brings surrealism to Hollywood.
Matt writes: Chaz Ebert commemorated the 25th anniversary of her marriage to Roger on July 18th by republishing his unforgettable essay, "Roger Loves Chaz." She accompanied the post with various rarely seen wedding photos as well as the following video embedded below (entitled Joy).
An interview with actor Michael Cera, star of "Person to Person" and "Lemon."
Matt writes: One of the most acclaimed films of 2017 thus far is Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver," a cinematic adrenaline rush for the ages. It's the best fusion of ingenious car chases and equally imaginative song choices I've seen since "The Blues Brothers," and at RogerEbert.com, we have provided in-depth coverage of the picture, beginning with Brian Tallerico's three-and-a-half star review. Nell Minow conducted a terrific interview with Wright, Nick Allen analyzed Wright's rarely seen first feature ("A Fistful of Fingers") and Diana Drumm explored Wright's identity as "a true cinephile."
Matt writes: July 18th, 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of Roger Ebert's birth. To honor his unparalleled legacy, we have compiled a few of his finest articles into a birthday table of contents. I'd also like to share the clip embedded below of Roger asking Alfred Hitchcock a question via phone on a talk show (thanks to Eyes On Cinema for unearthing the footage on YouTube).
An interview with Ana Lily Amirpour, writer/director of "The Bad Batch."
An appreciation of "The Blackcoat's Daughter"; A letter to my mother; "Happy Campers" deserves classic status; Relevance of "The House is Black"; In praise of "Old Enough."
An interview with Lea Thompson, director and co-star of "The Year of Spectacular Men."
Matt writes: We are certain that Roger Ebert would've been thrilled by director Patty Jenkins' recent record-shattering triumph. Her superhero blockbuster, "Wonder Woman," had the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film directed by a woman, and has earned widespread acclaim from both audiences and critics (including our own). It is only Jenkins' second feature, arriving 14 years after her astonishing debut, "Monster," which was hailed by Ebert as the best film of 2003, containing a performance by Charlize Theron that was dubbed by the critic as one of the greatest in cinema history (Theron went on to win the Best Actress Oscar).