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

RogerEbert.com

Thumb fast color poster

Fast Color

Hart undercuts the expected "superhero" element of the story, up until and including the final sequence. She's more interested in issues of power and creativity,…

Thumb someone poster

Someone Great

A fluffy romp with a sobering truth: relationships and your twenties may end, but neither signals the end of the world

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

'Eight Below' and canine emotions

From: Prassede Calabi, PhD, animal behavior, Winchester MA

While I understand Ebert saying [in his review of "Eight Below"] he doesn't "want to know about it" if dogs don't "think, worry and yearn, and love, too" - - please note, they do.

But like dogs, not like humans. That is, they are likely to eat a dead compadre; they can hunt cooperatively but not like a football formation sent out by the 'quarterback' lead dog Maya; they will share food but not likely give gifts to the dying; and so on.

This film is about dog training more than anything else, and fine training, too. But the film misses a huge opportunity, as you note, to show animals as they are and to let animals be.

Advertisement

"March of the Penguins" succeeds well, despite inaccurate voiceover. The situation is ecologically accurate, the animal behavior is about what it seems to be about (about survival, unaltered by humans), and still people love the film big.

Sadly, neither the situation nor the behavior of the dogs is about what it pretends to be about. And I wish there was a disclaimer, as the second Disney Dalmatians film had, about dalmatians: huskies are highly unsuitable as housepets; they aren't nearly so cute in real life, either.

Popular Blog Posts

Star Wars, Episode IX Announces Title, Releases Trailer

A report from the Star Wars Celebration on the announcement of the title of Episode IX and reveal of the trailer.

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

Jordan Peele’s Reboot of The Twilight Zone Lives Up to Original

A review of CBS All Access' The Twilight Zone.

Bright Wall/Dark Room April 2019: Religious Cinema for Non-Believers: Scorsese's Silence

An essay about Martin Scorsese's Silence, as excerpted from the latest edition of Bright Wall/Dark Room.

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus