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A fascinating piece of filmmaking that challenges the form in new ways as it recalls themes its director has been interested in his entire career.

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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Sheila O'Malley received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program. Along with Rogerebert.com, her work has also appeared in Film Comment, The Dissolve, Masters of Cinema, Movie Mezzanine, Flavorwire, Capital New York, Fandor, Press Play, and Bright Wall/Dark Room.  She has contributed video and print essays for various releases from The Criterion Collection. O’Malley wrote the narration (read by Angelina Jolie) for the Governors Awards Lifetime Achievement tribute reel to legendary actress Gena Rowlands. O’Malley also wrote the narration for the Governors Awards tribute to editor Anne Coates’, played at the 2016 Governors Awards. O’Malley writes about actors, movies, and Elvis Presley at her personal site, The Sheila Variations. A short film she wrote, "July and Half of August,” premiered at the 2016 Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.


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#250 April 15, 2015

Sheila writes: It's Ebertfest week! I hope to see some of you there. It's going to be a wonderful week! You'll find lots of links below about the Ebertfest films and panels. In the meantime, I wanted to share a really fun link I found this week, showing vintage photographs of the elaborate set for Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window." It's pretty extraordinary stuff! And because it's always good to check in with Roger Ebert on all things cinematic, now is as good a time as ever to re-visit his Great Movies review of "Rear Window."

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#249 March 31, 2015

Sheila writes: The Ebertfest 2015 lineup has been announced! Chaz writes, "This year as we approach the second anniversary of your transition and the third Ebertfest without you, we decided to bring it all back to the character studies that you loved so much... The films that tell stories about something, about who we are and why it is important to have empathy for each other. And you loved showing them in our gorgeous movie palace, the Virginia Theater, projected on the mega screen by the improbably named James Bond. We invited back some of the filmmakers you admired, like Ramin Bahrani and James Ponsoldt. Roger, you would love this line-up!" Check out Chaz's full essay here. We hope to see many of you at Ebertfest!

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#248 March 18, 2015

Sheila writes: 2015 Ebertfest approaches! Held from April 15-19, 2015 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois, there are still some passes left to those hoping to attend! Exciting news on the film front: Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language 3D" will be the opening film of Ebertfest! Chazz Palminteri will also be in attendance to present "A Bronx Tale," which Ebert gave 4 stars in his initial review. You can read more about it here, and stay tuned for more updates!

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#247 March 4, 2015

Sheila writes: Before directing the Oscar-nominated (and Oscar-winning) "Whiplash," writer/director Damien Chazelle made a short film called "Whiplash," an excerpt from the larger story, with J.K. Simmons in the same role that just won him an Oscar. Miles Teller's role is played by Johnny Simmons. You can view the short film on Youtube (clip below). It's 17 minutes long, but it still gives a glimpse of the feature it would eventually become.

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#246 February 18, 2015

Sheila writes: The Oscars are only days away. Will you all be watching? What are your favorites to win? Any film/actor/director you feel like should have been nominated and wasn't? Regardless, the Oscars are always good for vigorous film conversation, and the contributors at Rogerebert.com voted in a poll, picking what we all thought should win in the various main categories. The results are being posted all this week in our ongoing feature: If We Picked the Winners. You can check out the Table of Contents here. Keep checking, as more will be added as the week goes on.

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