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The Great Movies III Hardcover – October 15, 2010
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Ebert, indisputably the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic, returns with a third collection of brief essays on 100 movies worthy of further examination. As before, he balances his selection among classics from Hollywood’s golden age (Top Hat, The Band Wagon) and modern era (Godfather: Part II, Groundhog Day), silent movies (Phantom of the Opera, Safety Last), foreign masterworks (Fanny and Alexander, Late Spring), and a smattering of documentaries (Crumb) and animation (three Chuck Jones cartoons). In every case, Ebert offers informed critical appraisals, as well as background on the movie’s making and significance, that make these pieces rewarding for film buffs and ideal introductions for first-time viewers. Ebert views his role as one of education and enlightenment: Citing readers who accused him of snobbery when he disparaged the Transformers sequel, he wagers in his introduction that no one could start out loving that misbegotten effort, “experience the films in this book, and end by loving it.” While few might share his belief that today’s moviegoers can be steered away from Michael Bay and toward Béla Tarr, his populist-based optimism is commendable. High-Demand Backstory: Ebert is the most popular movie critic for the average Jane and Joe Citizen, and public libraries need to stock his collected reviews. --Gordon Flagg
“In every [essay], Ebert offers informed critical appraisals, as well as background on the movie’s making and significance, that make these pieces rewarding for film buffs and ideal introductions for first-time viewers.”
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Ebert doesn't believe in "listing" movies, as in "The Ten Best Adventure Movies of All Time." He realizes that people have taste in movies like they have taste in other art forms, so my "best movie" may not be appreciated by you at all. What Ebert does is review movies that display the best in what makes movies an art form... story, filming techniques, acting, and originality.
I read every one of his reviews with relish, because Ebert is both a great writer and an insightful life philosopher. His reviews open my mind to think about life, not just about the movies that reflect life. I probably only watch half of the movies he writes about... his reviews let me know if its a movie I would find worth watching or not. I know that because of his reviews I have watched hundreds of movies I would never even have known existed, and am glad for it.
I love movies. I suspect you do to, or you wouldn't be reading this. There are lots of reviewers out there, but I have found that the most insightful and balanced of them all is Roger Ebert. I wish he was still with us to write The Great Movies IV, V, and VI at least, but we lost Ebert to cancer at age 70 in April, 2013.
His words two days before his death, "So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."
It was so sad to witness Roger's health decline so dramatically and yet, what a courageous man he was! He continued to work and inspire after most of us would have given in to despair.
I am so very sorry he has passed away. He was a really great reviewer of movies and a hell of a nice guy