So bummed about this news; so grateful for his life and work.
One reason crime movies tend to be intrinsically interesting is that the supporting characters have to be riveting.
The single worst argument Siskel and I ever had came after a coin flip, when we were unable to decide what we had been flipping for. We eventually had a two-out-of-three flip to settle the question of the original flip.
I don’t see myself getting married much before I’m 26. I won’t have the time, and, besides, I’m not mature enough to be nice to anyone else. I like being alone, without anyone to bother me. What if I got married to someone who wouldn’t let me lock myself in my room for six days and read?
“Mother” will have you discussing the plot, not entirely to your satisfaction. I would argue: The stories in movies are complete fictions and can be resolved in any way the director chooses. If he actually cheats or lies, we have a case against him. If not, no matter what his strange conclusions, we can be grateful that we remained involved and even fascinated.
“When I am writing my problems become invisible and I am the same person I always was. All is well. I am as I should be.”
“There was hell to pay last year when I published my list of Twenty Best. You’d have thought I belched at a funeral. So this year I have devoutly limited myself to exactly ten films.
On each of two lists.”
I love Roger Ebert.
The General. I’ve grown to love me some Buster Keaton. Seems like every scene in this movie has a laugh built-in. But it’s not just a gag to hold you over until something happens. They’re all connected with the chase or to at least show you what the hero is like. And I love the efficiency of the stunts. Everything seems so cleanly done. Great stuff. Roger Ebert on The General.
Update: This movie is also set in my home state of Georgia. Just sayin’…
Please don’t repeat that tired old meme about how I shouldn’t believe everything I read on Wikipedia. It knows a damned sight more than I do.
Poets put lovers under trees, and nobody asks where that tree came from. Why can’t Kubrick put his aging man in a bedroom?
Haven’t seen the movie and don’t plan to, but I like Roger Ebert’s assessment here: “Some superheroes speak in a kind of heightened, semi-formal prose, as if dictating to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations… ‘Iron Man’ doesn’t seem to know how seriously most superhero movies take themselves.“