Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ex Machina

It’s rare these days to see a modern science-fiction film about something; that dares to provoke a response through its ideas and themes. Rarer still to find one┬áthat’s not a remake or a sequel or based on a book or a comic or a manga or a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is that […]

Furious Seven

The Fast and the Furious films are aggressively ridiculous. These movies are like the Velveeta of modern cinema; gooey, delicious cheese. For fourteen years, the adventures of Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Connor, their friends, enemies and frenemies have dominated the American action landscape like no other franchise. Yes, The Fast and the Furious films are a […]

Ebertfest: Day 5

Well, it’s official: the 17th Roger Ebert Film Festival is over. This was my first Ebertfest, and I’d say it was a rousing success. Twelve movies over the course of five days in the historic Virginia Theater. Today, the last film was Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction, which is about the pianist and music […]

Ebertfest: Day 4

Well, the 17th Ebertfest is winding down to a close, with one more film tomorrow at 11 am. After that, we have to wait another year. Today, I started waiting in line around 8:45 am (there was already quite a line), and we were let into the theater a little after 10. Around 11 am, […]

Ebertfest: Day 3

Another great day at Ebertfest, and, unfortunately, once again I’m going to have to rush through it due to how late it was here when I got back (my computer is still on Oregon time, I guess). Anyway, before the film festival, once again it was my privilege to go to two wonderful panel discussions […]

Ebertfest: Day 2

Second day of the festival, and the first full day of movies. Whew! Since I got in late and I have to get up soonish, I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible. Early this morning at the Illini Union, which is located at the University of Illinois, there were two panels on ongoing […]

Ebertfest: Day 1

Well, the first day of Ebertfest is officially over and I’m having a blast. Not only have I gotten to see already one great movie, met lots of really cool fellow film fans and heard lots of really interesting insight from a variety of critics, producers and actors, but I also got to wait in […]