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On Roger Ebert.

in Film, Great Articles

Over the course of this weekend, I found myself reading every article I could find on Roger Ebert, who passed away on Thursday. I wasn’t previously aware of his work. This almost seems crazy, as I am a massive movie fan. Growing up, my go-to persons of expertise were Richard Corliss (in the earlier years of my life), and, more recently, David Edelstein. It’s still in my habit to google a movie title and “+ david edelstein nymag review” whenever I finish watching something**. I suppose if I had grown up on the Chicago Sun-Times, this would be different. I learned that Ebert had struggled with cancer for many years, and that it had rendered him unable to speak or eat. His response to this was to start writing online, more prolifically and personally than he had ever done before. He wrote more movie reviews in a year than he… More

Therese Desqueyroux: Audrey Tautou at Rendezvous With French Cinema

in Film

Went to see Audrey Tautou and producer Annie Miller discuss their latest movie, Therese Desqueyroux, at IFC Center in NYC. Could not pass up this opportunity, as Amelie and L’Auberge Espagnole both rank in my favorite movies of all time. Photo credits: Imp Awards, Emmanuelle Riva in the original 1962 movie version via Tout le Cine, film still via Globe & Mail. IFC and screening photo my own.

Breathless

in Film, Video

I found out on Sunday that the Criterion collection was free on Hulu through President’s Day weekend. I took the opportunity to watch the recommended classic: Breathless, by Jean-Luc Godard. It’s interesting to watch famous film classics for the first time, and as a complete film newb. Oftentimes, classic films are the ones that revolutionized the genre somehow many many years ago, but, watching the film in a modern time (without any context into what was possible or standard at the time) makes it harder to instantly gauge what made it so revolutionary. It turns out that director Jean-Luc Godard became known for challenging “craft over content,” and innovation over tradition, and that he was one of the preeminent directors of French New Wave cinema. “The principal form of talent in the cinema today is to accord more importance to what is in front of the camera than to the… More