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I Will Follow

This review was originally published on March 8, 2011 and is being republished for Roger's birthday."I Will Follow" doesn't tell a story so much as try…

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

This review was originally published on September 14, 1992 and is being republished for Roger's birthday.Dear Raven and Emil:

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Idiocy of games and TV?

From: Gordon Cameron

In your Oscar prediction article you wrote: "Hammered by the idiocy of formula television and video games, a generation is forming that has no feeling for narrative and character."

Oh, Mr. Ebert, must you continue to bait us? Despite having been (quite willingly) hammered by the idiocy of videogames for over a quarter century, I also studied cinema at USC and admire the work of Kubrick, Fellini, Welles, Kurosawa, etc. Since videogames mostly have little to do with story, I don't think they have got much to do with the development of cinematic taste; one might as well say that playing poker or tennis causes one's narrative attention span to atrophy.

Meanwhile, the television comment is interesting, as some would say that medium has been going through a golden age in which long and carefully sustained story arcs are kept alive season after season by smart writers. (Admittedly, this golden age, if there is one, is coexisting with the tedious reality-show fad.)

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