Scott Hardie | March 3, 2002
Anybody who is fed up with me mentioning Roger Ebert (I am!) may stop reading this entry now. Ebert has a new book out, "The Great Movies," a collection of essays published under the same title, in which he explores great movies of the past. 100 of his 150 essays to date are in the book. I mention it here not because I care about the book - every essay is right there on the web site - but because the foreword to the book is exceptional. The first two sentences alone are transcendent for me. Regardless of whether you prefer cinema or literature or music or any other art form, it's wonderful to hear someone who truly, absolutely understands and appreciates a particular art form discuss it.

I also thought it was worth noting that he did a stop-action session with "Fight Club," something I and some friends considered doing in 2000. I didn't realize it. I would have killed to have sat in on that one. :-)


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