Death and Life and Cinema

If you follow me on Twitter … well, then you’re on Twitter, and therefore you know about Roger Ebert’s death. I can’t say I knew him … but I read everything he wrote, so of course I knew him.

My remembrance of him is up on the NOW site; after writing it yesterday afternoon, I spent some time reading everyone else’s. I think it’s wonderful that the pieces break evenly between praising his words and his deeds. That was Roger. The work and the man are inseparable.

And today, after a respectful pause, the cinema continues. To that point …

Evil Dead: Fede Alvarez takes Sam Raimi’s possession franchise back to its ugly, gruelling roots. And Jane Levy is fantastic in a seriously complicated role. So yeah, you’re gonna want to see this.

Hit ‘n Strum: I was not terribly impressed with Kirk Caouette’s maudlin Once knockoff when I caught it at last year’s Canadian Film Festival; now it’s opening commercially, and John likes it even less.

Jurassic Park 3D: It’s Jurassic Park! In 3D! What else do you need to know?

Love, Marilyn: Liz Garbus’ docu-interpretation of the life of Marilyn Monroe offers excerpts from the late icon’s journals read by famous people. Glenn finds it sporadically successful.

A Place at the Table: Jose finds the latest documentary to tackle the issue of hunger in America more problematic than powerful. (I only know of it because The Civil Wars did  the soundtrack before breaking up.)

The Sapphires:  You know those movies that insist they’re delivering a crowd-pleasing good time but somehow all the seams keep showing through? Yeah, this is one of those. That said, I’m still surprised it didn’t win the People’s Choice Award at TIFF last year.

And there we are. Go see the scary movie.

One thought on “Death and Life and Cinema”

  1. He, like Gene Siskel before him, will be missed. I don’t believe in heaven, but I like to think those two friends and colleagues are reunited, picking up their bantering right where they left off. Such a loss of intelligence and enthusiasm, both in the realm of movie criticism and whatever other topic he chose to write on.

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