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Remembering Roger Ebert, Hideo Kojima’s Five Favorite Films, ‘Margaret’ Battle Ends, and More

Written by on April 4, 2014 

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Roger Ebert passed away one year ago today. To remember his legacy, RogerEbert.com has published a variety of pieces:

A year ago today, my sweet Roger transitioned out of this world into the next. April 4, 2013, was one of those days when nothing went as planned, and when things changed forever. I had gone to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago with my daughter, Sonia, and filmmaker Gregory Nava and his fiancé Barbara, excited and intent on bringing Roger home. I’d left the heart-shaped wreath I had bought Roger for Valentine’s Day hanging above the fireplace, where it remains today. One day it will lose its luster, as symbols of love do. But love itself is not that way. Love is eternal.

16 remastered, classic Werner Herzog films will debut on Fandor starting on April 10th.

Jack Giroux profiles Jonathan Glazer at Film School Rejects:

No one could ever accuse Jonathan Glazer of opting for quantity over quality. The British filmmaker has made only three movies in the span of 14 years, including his latest, Under the Skin. During that time, and before he made his feature debut in 2000 with Sexy Beast, Glazer directed music videos for Radiohead, UNKLE, Massive Attack, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and more of your favorite bands. He also has done commercials for Nike, Audi, Guinness and Motorola. Glazer has a résumé to brag about.

The six-year legal battle over Kenneth Lonergan‘s Margaret is finally over, THR reports.

Brad Brevet analyzes Ingmar Bergman‘s Persona at Rope of Silicon:

It’s hard to believe it has already been more than three years since I first saw Ingmar Bergman‘s Persona. The first Bergman film I saw was The Seventh Seal back in 2007 and I was immediately hooked. I quickly followed that up with Wild Strawberries and have since come to own many of the iconic Swedish director’s films, and as much as I never believed anything he directed could effect me as much as Seventh Seal, Persona is a whole new level of filmmaking.

Cinematographer John Bailey (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters) lists his top 10 Criterion films.

Jim Jarmusch is profiled by Melena Ryzik at NYTimes:

The filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is old school. He writes all his scripts out by hand and then dictates them to a typist. Ideas are jotted down in small, color-coordinated notebooks and, despite the presence of an iPad and iPhone in his life, he doesn’t have email. “I don’t have enough time as it is to read a book or make music, or see my friends,” he said. “People don’t believe me, too. They think I’m just saying that because I don’t want to give it to them. But no, I do not have email.”

A silent masterpiece has been found in the Netherlands, BBC reports.

Hideo Kojima discusses his five favorite films — Blade Runner, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, High and Low, Taxi Driver, and 2001: A Space Odyssey — at IGN:

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