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

RogerEbert.com

Thumb perfectos poster

Perfect Strangers

The film’s premise is simple yet made suspenseful with a 21st Century twist.

Thumb dogs poster

A Dog's Way Home

A good dog movie with its heart in the right place, just like any nameless canine regardless of its breed.

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

Two dimensions of a character

I loved your response to those critics who named "Crash" the worst movie of 2005. Here's my favorite part:

"Consider now Foundas describing the black TV director who stands by fearfully as a cop assaults his wife. Terrence Howard, Foundas says, plays the 'creepy embodiment of emasculated African-American yuppiedom.'"

Forget the situation -- two white cops with guns, etc. Did that critic completely miss what happens later in the film, when the "creepy embodiment of emasculated African-American yuppiedom" fights off two car-jackers, disarms an intellectual thug, and then, in a display of reckless bravado, refuses to acquiesce to the commands of three armed LAPD police officers whose guns are pointed at him? Hmm... he doesn't sound so emasculated to me. I guess it's possible for the same person to have an alter ego diametrically opposed to the one we think we know.

What a great premise for a movie!

Chris Stucchio
Buffalo, New York

(Perhaps one’s reading of the character depends on whether you saw Terrence Howard’s actions motivated by righteous courage, or impotent rage resulting in an attempt at “suicide-by-cop”? -- editor)

Advertisement

Popular Blog Posts

The Unloved, Part 61: The Predator

Scout Tafoya's video essay series on maligned masterpieces continues with a celebration of Shane Black's The Predator.

Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall on College, the Episode that Made The Sopranos

An excerpt from the new book The Sopranos Sessions, about HBO's legendary TV series.

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

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

Obsession and The Void: The Performances of Christian Bale

A look back through Christian Bale's filmography, highlighting five roles that define his career.

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus