Articles tagged film criticism

Roger Ebert Was Tuned in to the Average Reader’s Frequency

The Great Movies IV may be thinner than its predecessors, but it's just as essential for fans of the late critic.

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Jonas Mekas Had the Right Attitude for Looking at Movies

For a decade and a half, Mekas covered experimental film for the Village Voice and was read by John Waters, Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Jarmusch, and countless others.

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‘Life Moves Pretty Fast’ Hits Some Slowdowns

Freeman frequently complains about Hollywood's stereotypes about what male and female audiences are willing to watch, yet her own tastes are pretty stereotypical.

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‘The Rhapsodes’: When an Aesthetic Approach to Film Criticism Was Novel

It’s hard to imagine now, but in the '40s it was a daring thing to champion film. These four critics did just that, and did it very well.

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Criticism: It Gets Personal

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott defends his craft in a thought-provoking book, even as he gets attacked by the very industry he critiques.

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‘How to Watch a Movie’ Is Valuable Reading for Novice Film Buffs

Enlightening insights are scattered throughout, but this book draws familiar conclusions about ways of watching and appreciating film

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Preston Sturges: A Woefully Underrated Filmmaker

One of the Golden Age of Hollywood's most richly complicated and woefully underrated figures gets the critical attention he deserves in this essay collection on his life and movies.

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‘Life Moves Pretty Fast’ Tackles ‘80s Films With Great Humor

Hadley Freeman’s revisionist take on popular '80s cinema is as critically insightful as it is sheerly enjoyable.

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Israel, Palestine, and the Visual Administration of Occupation

Attending to the visual practices that regulate the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Gil Hochberg’s Visual Occupations opens up new ways of seeing life under occupation.

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7 Jul 2014 // 10:00 AM

Jumping Off the Bay-Wagon

With his picture postcard imagery and similarly shorthanded scripting, Michael Bay's movies may be nothing more than a colorful crib mobile.

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In Defense of Ann Hornaday, No Matter What Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen Say

The Washington Post film critic wasn't wrong in wondering aloud about the impact Hollywood can have on the typical young male.

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Iris Barry Gave so Much to the World

Lady in the Dark is a meticulously researched, lovingly written book that suggests Iris Barry’s passions and accomplishments extend beyond the realm of cinema.

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Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.

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‘Life Itself’, From One of the Few Writers of the Modern Era Who Can Express Joy Without Schmaltz

Roger Ebert describes the movie of his life, lending his unique outlook to his childhood, his relationship with Gene Siskel, and his recent battle with cancer.

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9 Sep 2011 // 8:25 AM

Ebert autobiography a charming remembrance

In his easygoing, candid and altogether charming autobiography, or, as he calls it, “Life Itself: A Memoir,” Roger Ebert fails to mention me: The nights

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Moral Ambiguity, Greyness and Imperfection in the Classic, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’

This is, literally and figuratively, a movie about the dirt under the fingernails of its characters, and how everyone has some of that dirt, no matter how they might appear on the outside or to those in society at large.

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Less than one month after film geeks everywhere mourned the death of At the Movies, the revolutionary movie review show pioneered by legendary Chicago critics

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An Overview of American Film Criticism from 1896 to Today

I'd really like to read a complete history of American film criticism. Unfortunately, this volume falls far short of delivering what the title promises.

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19 Aug 2008 // 3:33 AM

Last weekend, when Roger Ebert severed ties with the nationally syndicated movie review show that had been his broadcast pulpit for most of its 33 years,

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Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

This superb small novel isn’t about war or politics at all, but about, in the face of guilt and horror, choosing whether to die and how, if that is the choice, to live.

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Searching for Wholesome Online Fun: LDS Gamers

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"While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.

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