A Life Itself at the Movies

A- Documentary Directed by Steve James The first thing you have to understand about Life Itself, Steve James' biographical documentary about Roger Ebert, is that James is hardly a dispassionate observer. He was not a close friend to Ebert, but he owed a lot to the famous film critic. It was Ebert, and his partner … Continue reading A Life Itself at the Movies

On David Pogue, Piracy, and the Call for Making Movies Available Online Immediately

Last week, tech journalist David Pogue wrote a piece for the Scientific American calling for the Hollywood studios and the MPAA to make new movies available for streaming and downloads as soon as they open in theaters.Streaming movies offers instant gratification: no waiting, no driving—plus great portability: you can watch on gadgets too small for … Continue reading On David Pogue, Piracy, and the Call for Making Movies Available Online Immediately

Films You Can See Again and Films You Can’t

There are two kinds of movies at film festivals--those that have been picked up by an American distributor, and those that haven't (there's also a gray area: films that distributors are negotiating over). The difference is important when you're deciding what to see. If a film doesn't have an American distributor, chances are you will … Continue reading Films You Can See Again and Films You Can’t