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Watch: Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Special 'Dial H For Hitchcock'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 8, 2014 11:37 AM
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Alfred Hitchcock
You'll want to make some time for this excellent "Siskel & Ebert" special from 1983, “Dial H for Hitchock,” in which the beloved and much-missed critical pair do their thing (after a few promos for their review of “The Big Chill”, for whatever reason). The show highlights an interesting bit of film history: it was made to coincide with the rerelease of several Hitchcocks in the early 80s – “Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” “Rope,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The Trouble With Harry” - all of which had been hard to see in the U.S. for some years before 1983, Hitchcock himself having intentionally kept prints scarce to increase their value. “

Watch: Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Special On The Magic Of Steven Spielberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 2:05 PM
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Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg—who has plenty of filmmaking years left in him—already has a number of honors he'll be remembered for. Of course there's the two Best Director Oscars he's already got on his fireplace mantle, the distinction of being the man who created the summer blockbuster thanks to "Jaws," and simply being one of the best storytellers the medium has ever seen. And it says something about his work that already in 1984, critics were already looking back on his body of work.

Watch: 20-Minute 'Siskel & Ebert' Special On The Films & Career Of Stanley Kubrick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 2:34 PM
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Stanley Kubrick
This week saw a couple of notable cinematic anniversaries: March 31st marked fifty years from they day Stanley Kubrick first penned a letter to Arthur C. Clarke for a collaboration that would eventually yield "2001: A Space Odyssey," and on a sadder note, today marks one year since the death of Roger Ebert. But here's a way to celebrate both filmmaker and critic.

In Remembrance: Watch Vintage 30-Minute Interview With Roger Ebert About Film, Criticism & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 12:00 PM
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It's still hard to believe, but one year ago today, film critic Roger Ebert passed away. The legacy he left behind could run paragraphs, but he was an institution in the medium, a passionate voice for the artistry of film and an eloquent, accessible voice that made cinema approachable for everybody. He's dearly missed, but today we have a video that will hopefully help celebrate an individual whose influence is still very deeply felt.

Watch: Roger Ebert's First 20-Minute Interview On 'Charlie Rose' In 1996

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 1:37 PM
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Life Itself
"There was a thunder in Ebert's heart, and that was his love for movies, and he wanted to tell the world about films, both big ones and small," Chase Whale wrote in our Sundance Film Festival review of the upcoming documentary "Life Itself." And there's no doubt about that. Whether you agreed with him or not, there were simply no other critics who could make talking intelligently about film as engaging and accessible as Roger Ebert, and that shines through in this vintage interview.

Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chaz Ebert Shares Her Praise For The Actor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 12:28 PM
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Almost Famous Philip Seymour Hoffman
While the 24-hour news cycle tries to piece together the last day in the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman, embarrassing themselves in the process (sorry CNN, we don't need an interview with the guy who made him coffee on Saturday morning), we continue to mourn the loss of the actor. In case you missed it, yesterday saw a nice 7-minute tribute reel make the rounds online, and a couple more folks have spoken about their fondness and feelings for Hoffman in the wake of his death.

The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 27, 2014 3:02 PM
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Best of Sundance 2014
The film writing community is still catching up on sleep, getting over festival flu and showering off the stink of their blogger condos, but there's no escaping it: the Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. For over thirty years, the festival has provided a welcome opportunity to shake off awards season, and to start to look over some of the movies and faces that we'll be talking about for the next twelve months.

Sundance Review: Roger Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' A Profoundly Moving Story About One Of Cinema’s Greatest Superheroes

  • By Chase Whale
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  • January 22, 2014 10:04 AM
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Life Itself
Without question, Roger Ebert is the most recognizable figure in American film criticism, possibly even international criticism, and deservingly so. Ebert helped curious minds alive today better understand movies and what they were trying to say, moving past the obvious and always finding something deeper. "Life Itself" is based on Ebert's memoir of the same name, but the film goes far beyond the book's last page. This documentary actually started shooting months before Ebert knew he was going to die, and the bulk of the focus is on his many relentless and rigorous battles to stay alive, as well as highs and lows in his life—there’s no soft-pedaling here. One very admirable trait about Ebert—when he learned he was going to die, and very soon, he wanted the show to go on.

Watch: Werner Herzog Describes Roger Ebert's Search For "Truth In Cinema" On 'Charlie Rose'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 16, 2013 1:22 PM
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Werner Herzog, Roger Ebert
It’s really amazing how fast time flies. It has already been two weeks since Roger Ebert left us, leaving a void in the film world that may never be filled. For many, his name was synonymous with the term “movie critic” with the Siskel & Ebert brand becoming a household name shortly after entering national syndication over thirty years ago. And though his contributions to his “At the Movies” show were limited starting in 2006, he still regularly updated his website with at least three to four reviews every weekend. Plus, once a month, he’d enter a new addition to his “Great Movies” list, giving us keen insight on all the great films in cinema, classic or modern.

Watch: 5 Movies Roger Ebert Championed Including 'Do The Right Thing,' 'Hoop Dreams,' 'Monster' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 3:49 PM
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Films That Roger Ebert Championed
As many of The Playlist team wrote earlier today, the late Roger Ebert was instrumental for many of us discovering a nurturing what has become a lifelong passion of cinema. And much of that has to do with "At The Movies," his influential long running show with Gene Siskel (and in later, less satisfying years, Richard Roeper) that brought the movies into our homes with pointed critiques, debates, arguments and most of all, enthusiasm. While many have been digging up the Ebert's zingers and classic takedowns, we wanted to focus on the moments where he got truly excited and got behind a movie.

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