In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Thumb thelionking5c736ad86cb97

The Lion King

The movie is never less interesting than when it's trying to be the original Lion King, and never more compelling than when it's carving out…

Thumb luz

Luz

Singer brings Luz in for an effective ending, but it still feels like a movie that just barely works as a feature film, and almost…

Other Reviews
Review Archives
Thumb xbepftvyieurxopaxyzgtgtkwgw

Ballad of Narayama

"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…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other Articles
Blog Archives

Little screen captures big stars' imaginations

My digital camera slips into my pocket and goes with me to every screening at the Toronto Film Festival. You never know who you'll meet: Helen Shaver bounding out of an elevator, LeVar Burton on his way to a movie, Denzel Washington in the lobby of the Four Seasons at midnight. At the end of the day I download my catch, slipping the photo card out of the camera and into my Mac G3 Powerbook. Software allows me to crop the photos and fiddle with the exposure, and then I load them into e-mail and zap them off to the paper.

Advertisement

The camera has a little screen on the back that shows what each photo will look like. This turns your subjects into collaborators. Movie stars, of course, are tired of having their photos taken, but if you show them the instant result, they become accomplices, squinting at the photo and suggesting a new pose. I shot Jeff Bridges with Jeff Dowd, for example, because Bridges played a character based on Dowd in "The Big Lebowski."

They were just smiling at the camera. They looked at the little digital screen and Dowd said, "I got a better idea." That's the one I used.

Popular Blog Posts

From Blue Velvet to Top Gun: J. Hoberman on Movie Culture in the Reagan Era

An interview with the legendary critic J. Hoberman on the release of his book Make My Day.

Viewing Midsommar, Us, and Lords of Chaos Through the Persona Filter

From a 2019 perspective, the Persona Filter can be used to better understand one’s sense of self, and to better under...

Racy Redline: Cartoon crotch shots & Elvis fantasies

"Redline" is available on demand via Vudu.com and Amazon Instant Video. It is also on DVD/Blu-ray. There are n...

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus