, Ebert Presents At the Movies
will begin airing full episodes of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s original PBS show
, Sneak Previews
. Taking a break from reviewing movies
, co-hosts Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will introduce and discuss the episodes. Hungry for more classic Siskel & Ebert
? Try the invaluable, Ebert-approved SiskelandEbert.org
, a growing archive
of home-taped episodes of Sneak Previews
and At the Movies
. [more inside]
For Roger Ebert, it's a prayer that made him "more alert to the awe of existence."
For Rober Koehler, it's a kitschy New Age con.
For Richard Brody, it perfectly captures the essence of a generation by depicting a character thinking "back to the musings and fantasies of childhood, which are the product of a wondrous and fantastic view of science formed by popular-science books for children and by the commercial artists whose illustrations adorned them."
For Stephanie Zacharek, it's "a gargantuan work of pretension."
For Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, it's "a creation myth in the guise of a crypto-autobiography" that invents a universe of its own only to destroy it.
For J. Hoberman, it's lifeless and dull, "essentially a religious work and, as such, may please the director's devotees, cultists, and apologists."
It spent thirty years in development, three in editing
and, yes, it contains dinosaurs
. The Tree of Life
, written and directed by famously reclusive Zoolander fan
and "JD Salinger of American movies" Terrence Malick
, won the Palme d'Or
at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Tomorrow, it comes out in the United States
. [more inside]
(1944 - 1992) is often cited as one of the greatest film critics. After joining the legendary film magazine Cahiers du cinéma
(which he would eventually edit) at age 20, Daney wrote extensively on the changing place of movies in culture, on directors new and old and on television, war and even sports. He founded the film magazine Trafic
before dying of AIDS in 1992.
Though some of his essays have been officially translated
and a small book of his writings
has been published in English, the vast majority of his work remains untranslated into English
That hasn't stopped a devoted group of cinephiles from taking matters into their own hands. [more inside]