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Looking Back Five Years

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Looking Back Five Years
“There was the prodigious mind, of course: the voluminous knowledge of film and the incisive way he could cut to the heart of what made a movie work, or not. But what I’ll remember most and love best about Roger Ebert was his playful side, and an infectious enthusiasm that was astonishingly alive after decades in a business in which it would have been easy — and safe — to be cynical.”
And– “He has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.”
The Last Line Of Roger Ebert’s Last Filed Review, To The Wonder
AndRay Pride On His Colleague, From The Release Of Life Itself
“Everything that Roger Ebert was, was a newspaperman, and was because he was a newspaperman.”

Brooks Barnes Takes The Measure Of A24

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

“They are the original Coca-Cola,” Scott Rudin said, “and everybody else is New Coke. Except for Searchlight, which is Tab.”
Brooks Barnes Takes The Measure Of A24, Although Bandying Meaningless Phrase “Cult Favorite” About A $9 Million-Grossing Film Is Suspect

Ray Pride On Dave Kehr’s “Movies That Mattered”

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

“Clarity is the abiding virtue.”
Ray Pride On Dave Kehr’s “Movies That Mattered”

Guardian Explainer Of The Day: Roman Polanski

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Guardian Explainer Of The Day: Roman Polanski

Headlining Kyle Buchanan ‘s Gold Standard

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

“In a Weak Year at Sundance, Will Any of the Fest’s Movies Score with Oscar?”
Headlining Kyle Buchanan‘s Gold Standard

“Sundance, Steeped in Weinstein Mystique, Enters a New Era”: A Brooks Barnes Explainer For Sundance 2018

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

“This is no longer Mr. Weinstein’s freewheeling festival, the one he blasted into the public consciousness with eye-popping deals to bring male-gaze entries like Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Reservoir Dogs to theaters. Sundance is now a prime showcase for women — films directed, produced and written by women; films with female protagonists; special events focused on female empowerment. And most of the distribution deals involve TV sets.”
“Sundance, Steeped in Weinstein Mystique, Enters a New Era”: A Brooks Barnes Explainer For Sundance 2018

Woody Allen

Friday, January 12th, 2018

“Studios and investors who get into business with Allen are aware that he’s a hit-and-miss legacy artist. But they aren’t in it for the goodwill. They want the prestige that comes with presenting ‘the new Woody Allen.’ How much longer can that prestige last?”
Fast Company Aggregates This And That About Woody Allen’s Current Circumstance

Woody Allen Documentary Director Bob Weide Again Makes A Case For Allen

Variety Pores Over Passages In 2013 James Franco Novel That Correspond To Allegations

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

[Acting teachers are] “fucked up. They are unlike any other teachers, because they deal with their students’ emotions and bodies. They get inside their students’ heads. Even if they have the best intentions, they can’t help from becoming gurus and therapists for their students, because they deal on such intimate terms. When you have a bunch of students looking up to you because you have liberated their emotions, it’s hard not to play the role of mentor/lover/father/mother.”
Variety Pores Over Passages In 2013 James Franco Novel That Correspond To Allegations

DGA Nominations for 2017

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

And the DGA Nominees Are Del Toro, Gerwig, McDonagh, Nolan, Peele
DGA First-Time  Nominees: Geremy Jasper, William Oldroyd, Jordan Peele, Taylor Sheridan, Aaron Sorkin

Ben Yagoda Invests Wholly In The Classic Fruition Of The Slate Pitch

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

“I hate to sound like a philistine, but audience-critic discrepancies often occur when a work is less than pleasant to sit through, whether because of The Sorrow and the Pity–like length (a growing problem, pun intended) or grim subject matter. Take last year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight, which has a 98 critics’ and 79 audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and which I haven’t seen. The Rotten Tomatoes blurb calls it ‘The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.’ I can get that at home.”
Ben Yagoda Invests Wholly In The Classic Fruition Of The Slate Pitch


Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Panel Discussion Features Top Chicago Film Critics
J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Michael Phillips, Pamela Powell and Ray Pride
CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the 90th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel Tuesday, January 23, 2018. CBS Radio Morning Drive News Co-Anchor Felicia Middelbrooks will moderate a lively panel discussion—discussing the snubs and shoe-ins—with Chicago film critics J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader), Sergio Mims (Shadow and Act, WHPK 88.5 Chicago), Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune), Pamela Powell (FF2 Media) and Ray Pride (Newcity).
“Once again, we can come together and celebrate an incredible year of film, filled with nuanced performances and heartfelt, poignant stories,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “Our esteemed panel of film critics will shine a light on films we may have missed or present a different perspective on films we have already seen, and it’s always entertaining to hear them go toe to toe defending their top picks for the broadcast in March.”
This free event will be held at the Film Center (164 N. State St.) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a post event reception featuring small bites. Guests are invited to RSVP at to reserve their seats, and will automatically be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to “Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star” (a $200 value). The winner will be selected at the Nominations Panel (you must be present to win).
About the Gene Siskel Film Center
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,600 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Ann Hornaday Takes An Intervalo While Discoursing On Last Jedi Reception

Friday, January 5th, 2018

“The challenge of critical thinking is to take pure subjectivity out of the equation so that your own idiosyncratic biases, blind spots, fetishistic likes and dislikes are, if not erased, at least put to the side, to better allow the movie be what it set out to be. It can be a tricky perceptual exercise: Even the most objective elements of filmmaking, like camerawork, sound design and story structure, are ultimately evaluated according to whether they work or don’t work for the individual spectator.”
Ann Hornaday Takes An Intervalo While Discoursing On Last Jedi Reception

Writer Riffles Fifty-Six Boxes Of Woody Allen’s Papers

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

“It’s deeply, anachronistically gross. More than that, he seems not to care about bettering or changing himself in any way. He lives and thinks and creates as he did in the 1970s, nearly a half-century ago. He’s a reminder that our future, however woke it becomes, will not be full of social-justice valedictorians quoting James Baldwin and Roxane Gay.”
Writer Riffles Fifty-Six Boxes Of Fifty-Seven Years Of Woody Allen’s Papers, Plows Through With Dismal Repetition

Owen Gleiberman Engages Bret Easton Ellis To Help Multiply Misunderstand The Post

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

The Post proves that even a director who’s as much of a technological virtuoso as Spielberg can’t necessarily get the wigs and the cigarette smoke right.” … “Obviously, I’m not implying I have the answer; no one does. But the point is that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.”
Owen Gleiberman Engages Bret Easton Ellis To Help Misunderstand The Post

Noel Murray, Unique Arkansas Cinephile

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

“There are a lot of us out here in the sticks who grew up watching ‘Siskel & Ebert’ and reading Pauline Kael. I personally travel to Toronto and Sundance every year in my capacity as a film critic, which covers a lot of the year’s big indie releases for me. But I also drive a few hours up the road to Columbia, Missouri, for True/False, and occasionally zip back to my old hometown of Nashville for its big festival. We all are also part of the fabric of America — red or blue.”
Noel Murray, Unique Arkansas Cinephile

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

“Really? Jesus, Jeff. I’m gonna have to assume you have aspergers or otherwise I just can’t keep up the good will. Aw, fuck it. Shove your self promoting links to your crooked prognostications up your pompous ass. And find a new hairstyle, that pomp is getting Trumpy. You can certainly have a mixed reaction to my work. And guess what. So do I. To yours. I am ‘mixed’ on your bullshit ‘website.’ Yes, you seem pompous to me. And uneven. I would even say ‘in the tank.'”
James Mangold Steps Up To Internet Erotic Connoisseur

Owen Gleiberman Seeks Just The Words For Jedi Skepticism

Monday, December 18th, 2017

“The moment is arbitrary, breathless but superimposed — spectacular in a monkeys-might-fly-out-of-my-butt sort of way.”
Owen Gleiberman Seeks Just The Words For Jedi Skepticism

Apatow on RT Rotten Tomatoes

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Via“Cole Smithey, The Smartest Film Critic In The World” WITH NSFW IMAGES

Vanity Fair Wants Openly Gay Star Wars Characters

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Vanity Fair Wants Openly Gay Star Wars Characters

David Lowery On How Parallel Ideas Rise Up, Even In Forgotten Conversations About Finished Scripts

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

David Lowery On How Parallel Ideas Rise Up, Even In Forgotten Conversations About Finished Scripts