Posts Tagged ‘Roger Ebert’

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The List

Okay, I scored 163 on their little tabulator.  Not really happy about half of them though, and don’t find them “great.”  Good to see some on the list that I hadn’t expected.  Most of the ones I missed I am happy avoiding.

 

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Roger Ebert famously called Fight Club a “fascist movie,” but I don’t actually agree with this assessment.

“’Fight Club’ is the most frankly and cheerfully fascist big-star movie since ‘Death Wish,’ a celebration of violence in which the heroes write themselves a license to drink, smoke, screw and beat one another up.”
–Roger Ebert

This is a comment on the style of parts of the narrative, not the substance, what I believe is truly behind the acting out.  Fight Club does not promote fascism, and that seems like a very odd determination.  What it does do is set up the natural conflict between order and chaos, society and anarchy.  The stifling banality of consumerism strips modern man of his primal nature, but the more he is controlled and ordered, the greater the need to turn to barbarism, mindless violence, war.  This dichotomy is behind Fight Club, and is expressed in several ways, not all of them crystal clear either.

The movie does meander in parts, losing steam here and there, jumping about in its direction, which can be frustrating.  A lot of ideas are included, some which work better than others.  There is also a fantasy element to confuse one even further.

A far from perfect film but even Ebert acknowledged that the intent of the narrative may diverge significantly from what some audience members may take from it.  Can we see and absorb what we choose to from a film like this?

 

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JFK

BY ROGER EBERT / December 20, 1991

Oliver’s Stone’s “JFK” builds up an overwhelming head of urgency that all comes rushing out at the end of the film, in a tumbling, angry, almost piteous monologue – the whole obsessive weight of Jim Garrison’s conviction that there was a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy…

 

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Goodbye Roger Ebert

Posted: April 4, 2013 in -
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Cancer takes film critic icon Roger Ebert.

I didn’t always agree with Roger Ebert, but I did a lot more often than I didn’t.