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Hayao MiyazakiJapanese director Hayao Miyazaki has captured the hearts and imaginations of many with his keen ability to reproduce a kind of melancholic innocence in his films — a slow-moving, yet always-moving emptiness that is best described by the Japanese word “ma,” which Miyazaki explains in an interview from 2002 with the late Roger Ebert. However, it’s a sad day for anyone who admired his whimsical animated films. Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino announced at the 2013 Venice Film Festival that the legendary director is retiring, and The Wind Rises will be his final film. Continue reading to explore what made Miyazaki’s films so unique, both technically, cinematically, and emotionally. More »

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Roger EbertOne of the great questions that pervades the understanding of cinema is simply this: What is its purpose? There are countless theories that attempt to answer it. Film theorists, like Rudolf Arnheim believed that film is art, in that it shouldn’t (and doesn’t) represent or replicate real life, whereas André Bazin thought films capture an “objective reality”. Roger Ebert had his theories as well, and in a commentary on Dark City, he suggests that film isn’t the medium to use when trying to express a logical and intellectual argument. Hit the jump to hear Ebert’s thoughts on why cinema is an emotional medium. More »

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Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert passed away on April 4th at the age of 70. He had been writing for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, and through his personable demeanor and unwavering love of film, he captured the hearts and imaginations of filmgoers, film-lovers, and filmmakers. From his articles, books, and television show, he provided insight into the world of cinema and at the same time acted as an emissary, allowing for more than scholars to enter into the discourse. He was the film scholar for the common man, and despite his celebrity and independent films’ lack thereof at the time, he encouraged his readers to watch them. After the death of someone who not only took film criticism to new heights, but also advocated for independent films so persistently, one must wonder just how important and far reaching Ebert’s influence and opinion was for the development of independent cinema. More »