Category: Film criticism

Roger Ebert: The Life & Death of a Chicago Journalist

Roger Ebert: The Life & Death of a Chicago Journalist
Roger Ebert died a day after declaring that the return of his cancer would finally allow him to meet a life goal: only reviewing movies he wanted to see. As a former film reviewer (though in a way, no one is ever a “former” film reviewer), that declaration made me smile. What steered me away... Read more »

EOC spotlight on: J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

EOC spotlight on: J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
I interviewed Chicago Reporter publisher Alden Loury this afternoon, and during our discussion he told me about some of the smaller tasks he handled during the early days of his journalism career, including work as a score-taker at the News-Gazette in Champaign. (A score-taker sat in the newsroom and fielded calls from coaches, who would... Read more »

Thoughts on the Interrupters: Is documentary filmmaking journalism?

Thoughts on the Interrupters: Is documentary filmmaking journalism?
I saw The Interrupters Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center, a powerful film that I am still turning over in my head. Among the many thoughts I had while watching it was: can documentary filmmaking be considered a form of journalism? I think so… And for now, I’m not even going to attempt to answer... Read more »
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Great writing and great films, with Roger Ebert and Se7en

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I wonder how long it took Roger Ebert to realize Se7en was a great film. It took me at least ten years. I was two months shy of my fourteenth birthday when David Fincher’s stylized masterpiece hit theatres. The movie was as well-received as it was widely hyped, and just as notorious – my mother heard from a... Read more »