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Roger Ebert: The Essential Man

<i>Published in the March 2010 "Essentials" issue</i><p><b>For the 281st time</b> in the last ten months, Roger Ebert is sitting down to watch a movie in the Lake Street Screening Room, on the sixteenth floor of what used to pass for a skyscraper in the Loop. Ebert's been coming to it for nearly thirty years, along …

The Jurassic Park Period: How CGI Dinosaurs Transformed Film Forever

The 1993 thriller, returning to theaters this weekend in 3D, marked the second time Steven Spielberg started a new era in cinema—for better and for worse.<p>Universal<p>Steven Spielberg, for all his achievements, will always be first remembered for how his little (big) shark movie set the mold for a new …

Shane Carruth Will Have Another

Getting extremely drunk with indie film's leading visionary-recluse-lunatic<p><b>INT. YELLOW CAB — NEW YORK CITY — LATE ON A THURSDAY NIGHT</b><p><b>BARON</b><br>I still …

Trailer Trash

It seemed as though we had survived a dark time, and made it safely to the other side, when roughly two minutes and twenty seconds of the new “Star Trek” trailer had elapsed without the appearance of a certain ear-splitting and maddeningly ubiquitous action-movie-trailer musical cue. And then, …

Analyzing My Favorite Piece of Animation: Tigger by Milt Kahl

For starters, watch when Tigger first begins bouncing:<p>There’s little to no anticipation in his legs, but instead the anticipation is shown in the …

Ain't It Cool's Harry Knowles: The Cash-Strapped King of the Nerds Plots a Comeback

The founder of the once-renegade movie site, who earned the admiration of Peter Jackson and Steve Jobs, is struggling for money and relevance in the …

Steven Soderbergh on Quitting Hollywood, Getting the Best Out of J.Lo, and His Love of Girls

<i>This piece was originally published on January 27, 2013.</i><p>Steven Soderbergh has directed 26 films since his 1989 debut, <i>sex, lies, and videotape</i> — the …

Watch Pixar's John Lasseter Harass a Dumbfounded Tim Burton at Disney Studios in 1980

There's just something dorky and addictive about watching old videos of our big-screen heroes long before they discovered greatness. Most of us …

Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy on 'Star Wars,' 'Lincoln' and Secret J.J. Abrams Meetings (Exclusive)

In her first in-depth profile, Kennedy reveals how she landed Abrams to direct "Episode VII" as THR talks to Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and …

Pauline Kael was my mentor

<b>Pauline Kael</b><p>The legendary film critic helped teach me how to write, to think — and even how to watch movies<p>Richard Kramer<p>February 3, 2013 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on the L.A. Review of Books.<p>Picture it: I’m 16, sweaty and sebaceous, facing the doorman of an old building on …

“Django Unchained”: Put-On, Revenge, and the Aesthetics of Trash

I have to face it: Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” is his most entertaining piece of moviemaking since “Pulp Fiction.” Some of it, particularly in the first half, is excruciatingly funny, and all of it has been brought off in a spirit of burlesque merriment—violent absurdity pushed to the …

HitFix

In Praise Of Negasonic Teenage Warhead Of ‘Deadpool,’ A Truly Essential Superheroine<p>The Franchise Era Of Filmmaking: What Is It, And How Did We Get …

In Defense Of Spielberg’s WAR OF THE WORLDS

You’d think we live in an era where bravura filmmaking is just flooding our movie theaters, judging by the way people react when you talk to them …

Why the OG 'Die Hard' Still Rules

Hands down, the original <i>Die Hard</i> is one of the greatest action movies ever made – it's relentlessly inventive, engaging and funny at the same …

Die Hard

A Summer with Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was missing. The office he was using at MGM’s West 55th Street world headquarters in New York to supervise the national release of</i> …

American Cinematographer: Once Upon a Time in the South

Quentin Tarantino’s previous collaborations with Robert Richardson, ASC, <i>Kill Bill</i> (<i>AC</i> Oct. ’03) and <i>Inglourious Basterds</i> (<i>AC</i> Sept. ’09), quoted …

The Lean Years Of Ang Lee

Recalling an interview he did with the director in 1993, Jeff Lin ponders what the two-time Oscar winner endured until fame finally arrived:<p>From age …

11 Things I Learned From LACMA's Conversation With David Fincher About 'House of Cards' – /Film

Last night I attended a screening of the first two episodes of <b>House of Cards</b>, followed by a conversation with <b>David Fincher</b>. I had already watched the …

How Steven Spielberg’s Cinematographer Got These Eleven Shots

Few men know Steven Spielberg as well as Janusz Kaminski. The Oscar winning, Polish-born cinematographer has shot all of Spielberg's films since …

The Badass Interview: Harmony Korine On SPRING BREAKERS

Harmony Korine is a serious filmmaker, not that he'd admit it. Raised by a documentary filmmaker who dragged him along with a traveling circus, and …

Steven Spielberg, Hollywood Historian: A Debate Between Matt Zoller Seitz and Tom Carson

[Publisher’s Note: <i>I’ve been arguing with film and TV critic Tom Carson for over a decade, over all sorts of issues. One is the relative merit, or</i> …

The Morning GIF: Disney’s recycled animation

<i>Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just</i> …