Category Archives: Directors

R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

8 Mile took over my life for a time. I saw it on its opening day. I returned 3 or maybe 4 more times. I was a Slim Shady fan from the beginning and had felt apprehensive about the film, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock

PETER BOGDANOVICH: But you never watch your films with an audience – don’t you miss hearing them scream? ALFRED HITCHCOCK: No. I can hear them when I’m making the picture. Hitchcock and Cary Grant

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— Wonderful article by my friend Farran for Film Comment on Tim Holt, who has appeared in a couple of masterpieces, as well as a steady career in B-Westerns (one of my favorite kinds of careers). I love him in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater, at Ebertfest 2013, presenting “Bernie.” Photo by yours truly. Here’s my essay on Movie Mezzanine: Time After Time: Looking Back at “Before Sunrise”. Here’s my review of Everybody Wants Some on Here’s my review of Boyhood. Here’s … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Remembers Abbas Kiarostami

Jafar Panahi, the talented and persecuted Iranian filmmaker, is – as everyone knows – banned from making films (he’s made 3 since the sentence came down), banned from traveling, and forbidden from speaking to foreigners or giving interviews (he continues … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Abbas Kiarostami

Iconic Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76, causing shock waves to erupt through the film world, his fans, and the critics who loved him. If you’ve seen just one of his films, you will know … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Billy Wilder

Billy and Audrey Wilder I love him for his humor, his realistic (cynical) view of human beings (Ace in the Hole: PROPHETIC), his versatility (noirs, melodramas, war movies, comedies). Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, The … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! Anna Karina Is In New York!

That’s what it’s been like in New York in the film and moviegoer community over the last week or so. French New Wave actress (and one-time wife of Jean-Luc Godard – at one point they were the hippest coolest couple … Continue reading

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Ebertfest Update: QA with Guillermo del Toro

Ebertfest 2016 starts this Wednesday, and the opening film is Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. I gave Crimson Peak 4 stars in my review, and I saw it in a relatively small press screening room, so the thought of seeing … Continue reading

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For John Carpenter’s Birthday: His 1979 Elvis: “It’s a Personal Film.”

A re-post for John Carpenter’s birthday, which was yesterday. Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley, 1979 John Carpenter, director: In dealing with Elvis, I’m bringing a lot of my own feelings to it and how I feel about him, and how … Continue reading

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