Ebert’s candor pays rich dividends in Steve James’s new documentary Life Itself, based on Ebert’s eponymous 2012 memoir. Like the book, the movie shuttles between present and past, giving vérité views of Roger’s struggle with cancer and collage-like accounts of his life, his career, and the enormous influence he wielded for almost half a century.
Admirers of Taxi Driver can now revisit its pleasures (and traumas) in a Taschen book featuring on-set photographs by photojournalist Steve Schapiro.
What causes rising stars to abruptly decline and fall? Is it partly the effect of modern-day media hype via blogs, Websites, ‘zines, cablevision?
Gus Van Sant is the perfect picture of an American independent moviemaker. He grew up on both coasts—in Portland, Oregon […]
Modernists and innovators though they were, it’s unlikely that Ingmar Bergman or Michelangelo Antonioni would have dared to plan a […]
When you interview Ennio Morricone, the first thing you learn is what to call him. Do as the Romans do—he’s […]
Even before it opened, Brokeback Mountain picked up a label it may never shake: The gay cowboy movie. To some, […]
Line up last march’s nominees for the Best Picture Oscar and you might think you’re in indie heaven. From Paul […]