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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740771795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740771798
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic from the Chicago Sun-Times. His reviews are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada. The American Film Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have awarded him honorary degrees, and the Online Film Critics Society named his Web site, rogerebert.com, the best online movie-review site.

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Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic from the Chicago Sun-Times. His reviews are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada. The American Film Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have awarded him honorary degrees and the Online Film Critics Society named his Web site (rogerebert.com) the best online movie review site

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This movie yearbook is one of my favorites.
HappyUser
I am a big fan of Ebert's and I don't always like the same movies he does, but it is so cool to read what he thinks and feels about his movie experiences.
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I have many books written by Roger Ebert and I love them all.
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Look at any number of journalistic movie reviews, and more often than not the reviewer's discussion concerns the script, or "story," rather than the movie experience, or "discourse." If you as the reader have the feeling that the reviewer could just as well be describing a novel or play, more than likely he's not equipped to do the admittedly challenging job of evaluating cinema, perhaps the most complex, most realistic, and potentially the most powerful medium for "representing" reality, or a complex "living" world.

The majority of movies are "dumbed down" to reach the widest possible audience, thus guaranteeing its sponsors a profitable return on what is usually an investment running into many millions of dollars (even as far back as 1960, a film like "Cleopatra" cost its makers over 40 million). Each picture is a "formulaic" commodity produced by a mini-corporation (as we've become acutely conscious ever since the interminable lists of credits following movies lke "Star Wars")--an expensive operation, or company, that is compelled to follow predictable, codified patterns if only to satisfy shareholders' expectations (and insistence on a profit). First, there was Syd Field's ubiquitous manual with its gospel-like litany of rules governing any screen-play, from the number of climaxes to their precise positioning; next came the computer programs for writing screenplays, most using a "fill-in-the-blank approach following the same reductive pattern of the "hero's journey," as extrapolated from Joseph Campbell's "Man of a Thousand Faces.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Sprich on August 26, 2010
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Roger Ebert is clearly the dean of U.S. film critics (Pulitzer Prize, Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.) He brings an amazing base of knowledge to his reviews as well as a child-like sense of wonder when he experiences cinematic innovations. The book of his Four Star Reviews brings together his discerning comments on the best-of-the-best movies over a 40-year period. This is a must-read for any serious student of film.
It was my good fortune to study with Roger Ebert at the U. Va. Film Festival.
He's a passionate film lover and a great teacher. (Check out his full-length commentary on "Casablanca.")
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
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My one complaint about this meaty collection of four-star reviews is a greedy one. I wish there were more. I wish he had started publishing reviews earlier so that some of the great movies I remember from my young adulthood (which, by age, starts six years before his). He frequently cites these movies in this volume but oh, what I would give to read written reviews by him of slightly earlier movies like Seven Samurai, Dr. Strangelove, Smiles of a Summer Night, A Hard Day's Night, or uneven-but-not-stinker films of that period like Mondo Cane or The Tenth Victim.

But forty years of reviews? Hey! That's not bad!

Obviously, what I'm trying to say is that I enjoyed this collection immensely. I find nothing really wrong with it at all. I don't always agree with Ebert's take on a film but over all, I find him a reliable guide. More important, he is intelligent and passionate and always has something interesting to say.

Some people will use this book as a reference book. I probably will at times. (Just like I do with the various editions of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, which I find invariably fascinating.)

Others, including me, will read these reviews primarily for interest and pleasure. They'll find a lot of both in it.
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34 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Benstarbuck on August 29, 2008
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as it says on the jacket to one of ROGER's annual film reference guides , it's like having a conversation with a good friend . when i was younger , i saw eye to eye with MR. EBERT the lion's share of the time . as i grew older , a greater dispairity of opinion between myself and ROG began to occur . i noticed he had a strong disposition in favor of film with a very liberal agenda . that's hardly the point though . not only would it be profoundly boring if we always agreed , i'd lose . i'd lose one of the very best sources of film appreciation to which i could avail myself . oh , many is the time i wondered who slipped him an envelope to grant a good review to a film i though haughty or pretentious or heavy handed or crumby or stupid . but at the end of the week or month or however long i would go without reading ROGER , i knew i was not utilizing my favorite film critic . hell , we seldom agree on horror or comedy movies . who cares . he's still the man . he's put himself out there for public consumption for 40 years now . when he's on (and it's often) he's simply a great author . and he writes to meet deadlines . amazing body of work really . enthralling as a matter of fact . ***** . oh , and he's not watchin' the DVD like we are .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on April 11, 2013
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one of the greatest Movie minds and creative people ever. Roger Ebert was the truth and this book highlights the passion, depth and understanding of how he could break down a movie and the scenes and the locations. he made you stop, look, listen and feel the enviroment and where he was coming from with his takes. this is a great book and well put together and he will be missed.
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