Ali’s first encounter with the awesome power of cinema
was when he saw Ray Harryhausen’s The Clash of the
Titans at the now-defunct Akün Sineması in Kavaklıdere,
Ankara. This led to an interest in both cinema and Greek Mythology,
eventually paving the way for a lifelong immersion in the arts.
His eclectic cinematic interests include the films of the ‘movie
brats,’ Alfred Hitchcock, Jewish comedy, film noir, biographies,
and movies about contemporary British history.
Originally from Ankara, Turkey, Ali has
lived in Cologne, Germany; Durham and London, UK. He
currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.
has been the Co-President of Sony Pictures Classics since its inception
over 18 years ago. Sony Pictures Classics produces, distributes, and acquires
independent films from all over the world.
Films currently playing or recently released on DVD include the Academy
Award® nominated features An Education (Lone Scherfig), The
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam), The Last Station (Michael
Hoffman), Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine) and three of the five Oscar®
nominees for best Foreign Language film category: A Prophet/Un Prophét (France), The
White Ribbon (Germany), and winner, The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina).
These films collectively earned 13 Oscar® nominations.
New and upcoming features include Please Give (Nicole Holofcener), Mother
and Child (Rodrigo Garcia), Wild Grass (Alain Resnais), Get
Low (Aaron Schneider), Lebanon (Samuel Maoz), You Will
Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen), and Micmacs (Jean-Pierre
Over the years Michael has worked with some of the world's finest filmmakers
including Akira Kurosawa, Louis Malle, Pedro Alomodóvar, Yimou Zhang, Ingmar
Bergman, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Altman. Past successes include Capote;
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Howards End, all nominated
for the Best Picture Academy Award®.
is retired from teaching at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written several books on film aesthetics
and history, and he is a particular fan of silent movies and Asian filmmaking.
A collection of his essays, Poetics Of Cinema,
was published in 2007.
He and Kristin Thompson, who have collaborated on Film Art: An Introduction
edition, 2010), write about film regularly at www.davidbordwell.net/blog
SEONGYONG CHO was born in Jeon-ju, South Korea. He is 27
and is currently a graduate student at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science
and Technology (KAIST) in Dae-jeon, where he has lived in campus dormitories
for over 10 years. He will complete his graduate course this summer and,
so he is contemplating the next steps in his life. Nevertheless, his passion
for good movies continues its primitive rampage, which includes weekly pilgrimages
to the local multiplex. He started his blog in 2008 and wrote 380 reviews
(in Korean) last year. In the midst of that, he manages to find time for
books, music, exercise (usually treadmill and swimming), and corresponding
with Mr. Ebert and other bloggers.
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is a literary agent for the Heacock
Hill Literary Agency
Certain of his clients, if they are correct, may point the way toward faster-than-light
technology, or present classically empirical evidence that suggests consciousness
forms biological matter, not the other way around. If they are wrong, no
harm done. In any case, it is time for new ideas. The more basic, cheaper
and the more accessible to individual experimentation, the better.
Tom has worked as an editor, writer, copywriter, promoter, producer, sound
engineer, musician, actor, scriptwriter, political organizer, public speaker
and a host of occupations, forgotten but for the philosophical experiment
they represented. This experiment began in adolescence, owing to independent
reading, wondering what philosophy ever had to do with anything. Forty years
into this experiment, the question has become “what makes people keep
dismissing philosophy?” Tom estimates he has watched about 20,000 movies
in his life so far, but almost never meets anyone who recommends a film he
has already seen.
is a writer and film critic
with experience in nearly every aspect of making and watching movies, including
screenwriting (and re-writing and re-writing), production, editing, exhibition,
marketing, publishing features, interviews, criticism, and academic study.
He is the founding editor-in-chief of, and a contributor to, RogerEbert.com
where he maintains a blog called Scanners.
Emerson was the editor of the late Microsoft Cinemania, a multimedia movie
encyclopedia on CD-ROM and the web, and was the editorial director of other
massive film-related internet database endeavors, such as Reel.com and FilmPix.com.
A member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (while based in LA as
the movie critic for the Orange County Register), he has written
for many on- and off-line outlets, including Knight-Ridder, the Seattle
Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Lincoln
Center Film Society’s Film Comment, The Rocket, Seattle
Weekly, MSN Movies, Premiere, Amazon.com, CinePad.com and
NPR affiliate KUOW.
He is also the co-author (with his friend and sometime writing partner,
Julia Sweeney) of the play and screenplay, Mea’s Big Apology,
the film It’s Pat, and other projects. He was a consultant
on Sweeney's monologues (and films) God Said Ha! and Letting
Go of God, and was a guest writer for SNL in 1994. Emerson has programmed
loads of films and series at the University of Washington, Seattle art houses,
the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Floating Film Festival (1998-2006).
C.O. “DOC” ERICKSON, an executive
producer, has over fifty years' experience as a producer and production manager
on many of Hollywood's biggest films. He began his career at Paramount Pictures,
serving as production manager on five Alfred Hitchcock films: Rear Window,
To Catch A Thief, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo. He
left Paramount to become John Huston's associate producer on The Misfits, Freud and Reflections
in a Golden Eye. He was production manager on Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra. He
also spent three years supervising film production for Brut Productions and
later became associated with Robert Evans on Chinatown, Players, Urban
Cowboy and Popeye. Other producer/production credits include 55 Days
at Peking, Blade Runner, Groundhog Day, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Magic and The
is an Egyptian journalist born in London. After five years in
the UK, his family moved back to their home country, Egypt, where Khairy has
been living in Cairo ever since.
His passion for cinema started at a very young
age when his father gave him an old video cassette of Jaws as a birthday gift,
the viewing of which triggered a movie-watching frenzy. Eager to know more
about the art form of the twenty-first century, he devoted most of his time
to reading and learning about motion pictures. At the American University in
Cairo, he studied Communication Media Arts, Film, and Business.
He writes on a regular basis, and, while he works as a film critic for Egypt’s
only English-language film magazine C, he prefers to write about the history
of motion pictures, film theory, and film analysis. To satisfy this preference,
he created his own blog, The Cinephile Fix, where his film essays and reviews
are available for movie buffs around the world to read. His goal of having
most of his work published and publically recognized, he has achieved! He has
always felt that film was a medium often misunderstood as simply a form of
entertainment (much like video games) and, while it is that, some films exceed
that notion, becoming masterpieces of art, regardless of the medium. He is
working on a book that should help films be taken more seriously in both the
Middle East and the rest of the world.
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is an architect working as a project
manager in Jersey City, NJ, where she lives with her husband, takes music lessons,
and goes to the movies. She started going to the movies at the Roseland, Beverly,
and Normal Theaters in her hometown, Chicago. She first used the internet in
the late 1990s, and subscribed to CompuServe specifically to participate in
Ebert” forum. She has contributed to various subjects on Roger
, questions to the Movie Answer Man,
and a cliché to his Movie Glossary.
is the movie critic for The Associated Press, based in Los
Angeles. She began reviewing films for the AP in March 1999 while covering
general assignments in the Dallas bureau, then moved to New York in 2000
to write about all aspects of entertainment. There, in 2004, she became the
first full-time film critic in the AP's history.
Christy is a member of the
Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She has covered the Oscars, Golden
Globes, Emmys, Grammys, Latin Grammys and MTV Video Music Awards. She's also
reported from the New York, Tribeca, AFI and South by Southwest film festivals.
Christy filled in several times as a guest critic on "At the Movies
With Ebert & Roeper" and appeared on the show's most subsequent
incarnation, "At the Movies." She's been a guest host on "The
View" and appeared on "Good Morning America," "Today," "American
Morning," "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Charlie Rose," to
name a few. She also fills in regularly on "What the Flick?!" the
movie review spin-off of the political talk show "The Young Turks." Christy
grew up in Woodland Hills, CA, and graduated from Southern Methodist University
in Dallas. She and her husband, Chris, had a baby boy, Nicolas, in November
NELL MINOW reviews movies every
week as The Movie Mom for Beliefnet.com and
radio station across the country. She is the author of The Movie Mom's
Guide to Family Movies, and her articles and reviews have appeared in
the Chicago Sun Times, Kansas City Star, USA Today, Child Magazine, and
the Chicago Tribune.
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is an IT Consultant and blogger from the Philippines (currently residing in
Malaysia) who has been dabbling in film criticism on and off for the past 10
years. He briefly served as film critic for the Manila Times
writes occasionally for his blog The
He was recently named by Roger Ebert as one of his "Far
Having travelled to 17 countries (residing in 6) for work and leisure, his
cinematic tastes are eclectic, to say the least. Though proficient in programming
code, he would gladly write about film instead, if he had the time.
has hosted “The Treatment,” with its inside look at the creators of popular culture,
since KCRW first aired the program in April 1996. Mitchell served as
the film critic at the New York Times
from January 2000 until May
2005. In October 2002, he gave the prestigious Alain Locke lectures on
African American culture at Harvard University and, subsequently, has been
a visiting lecturer at Harvard in Visual and Environmental Studies and in African
American Studies. The former entertainment critic for NPR’s “Weekend Edition,”
Mitchell has also been film critic at the Fort Worth Star Telegram
where he received the 1999 AASFE award for criticism, the LA Weekly
the Detroit Free Press
. He has been editor-at-large at Spin
and is special correspondent for Interview
magazine. He also hosts
the TCM interview program “Under the Influence.” A WGA Award nominee for his
work on “The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: Sidney Poitier,” he also produced
and co-created the NAACP Image Award winning “The Black List: Volume One,”
a documentary focusing on achievement in the African American community that
HBO acquired and ran after the film’s debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival
(where Mitchell has twice served on the Dramatic Competition Jury). “The Black
List: Volume Two” was carried by HBO in February 2009, and the final installment
had its premiere February of this year.
OMAR MOORE has loved film, it seems, forever.
He loves to see, write and talk about them. He writes and edits The
Popcorn Reel, his movie review and celebrity interview website. He
has contributed letters about film and legal issues to The New York Times. He is a
lawyer, athlete, songwriter, interviewer, photographer, political junkie, music
lover and sports fanatic. Born and raised in London, he lived in New York City
for many years and currently lives in San Francisco.
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Moore is one of Roger Ebert's Far-Flung Film Correspondents, a member of the
San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and is the San Francisco Indie Movie Examiner
You can find more of his commentary on The
is author and proprietress of Sunset
in which she covers the grand spectrum of cinema--classic to current, screwball
to grindhouse, arthouse to noir. She also writes for MSN Movies where she
Her film, music and culture pieces have been published at Huffington
In addition, Kim served as editorial consultant and writer
for ClickStar, where she worked with Peter Bogdanovich, Morgan Freeman, and
Danny DeVito, writing and producing DeVito's documentary series, "Jersey
she was head film critic for Willamette Week and weekly film critic for Portland's
daily, The Oregonian. She's also appeared on AMC, VH1, Reelz and Starz and
in various film documentaries, including the upcoming feature, "American
Grindhouse." She recently guest programmed for Turner Classic Movies.
Her most exciting moment was sitting in for Roger Ebert, guest hosting "Ebert & Roeper." A
film noir expert, she's presented movies and moderated interviews for both
the Los Angeles and the Palm Springs Noir Festival. In addition, she co-wrote
The Official Michael Jackson Opus, the first biography approved by the Jackson
family and estate. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
is currently director of
film education in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. He
has been film critic for Colorado Public Radio since 1976 and a contributor
on film topics to NPR's “Morning Edition” and “All Things
Considered” since 1987. He has a BA in English from the University of
Pennsylvania and a PhD in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
From 1966 to 1969 he was a VISTA Volunteer in rural New Mexico and Colorado.
He became a film critic as a direct result of his now 40-year friendship with
is a part-time instructor at various colleges
throughout the Chicago area, including the University of Chicago and Loyola
University. He usually lectures on Theology, Mysticism, History, and Literature.
He was recently named by Roger Ebert as one of his "Far Flung Correspondents."
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coordinates the Film Studies
program at the University of Georgia, where he is the Wheatley Professor of
the Arts and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. His books
End: Narration and Closure In The Cinema, A History Of The French New Wave
and the forthcoming History Of French Animation
. Neupert is also
on the board of the Ciné movie theater in Athens GA.
is the film critic of the Chicago
A.O. Scott, he has co-hosted “At the Movies” since September 2009.
He wrote about film for the San Diego Union-Tribune
and the Twin
Pages,” where he served as arts editor. He was also the film critic for
Minnesota Public Radio. Across the last twenty years, he has been the drama
critic of the Dallas Times Herald, San Diego Union-Tribune, St.
Paul Pioneer Press, Los Angeles Times,
and Chicago Tribune.
he teaches at the University of Chicago Graham School and the annual USC/NEA
arts journalism workshop in LA. His popular two-minute video reviews of the
latest releases can be found at chicagotribune.com/movies
lives on Chicago's northwest side with his wife and their 9-year-old son, who
considers hot buttered popcorn "the ace of snacks,” one step
above “king.” Michael is proud to call Roger and Chaz his colleagues
and his friends.
is an associate professor and department chair of the Communication Studies
Department at the University of San Diego. His current book project, Blaxploitation:
Hollywood’s Cash Cow Revisited and Reframed
, focuses on the political,
economic, and social climate that contributed to the manufacturing and maintenance
of Blaxploitation films. His work on black images and audiences has appeared
the Encyclopedia of African American Business History, Screening Noir
and the Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration.
He has done research
in the area of public policy, of which his most recent work appears in the Journal
of Mass Media Ethics
. He is co-author of “The Rhetoric of Hate on
the Internet: Hateporn’s Challenge to the Modern Media Ethics,” which
explores the role and responsibility of internet service providers with regard
to content that encourages bigotry and hate.
Pierson holds two degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
a BFA in Fine Arts in 1983 and a PhD from the Institute for Communications
Research in 1999.
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DAVID POLAND is the creator and publisher of Movie
host of the half-hour online interview series DP/30, and he still finds time
to stir it up daily on The Hot Blog.
was the co-host of “Ebert & Roeper” for
eight years. He reviews new movies every week for Starz, on richardroeper.com
for YouTube and hulu.com
. Roeper also review
films and is a correspondent for the Reelz Channel. Along with Roe Conn, Roeper
hosts a daily radio show on WLS-AM from 2-6pm.
Roeper's newspaper column has been appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times since
1987 and has been syndicated to newspapers throughout the world. The column
has garnered numerous honors, including the National Headliner Award. He has
contributed to Esquire, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, Maxim and
Roeper is the author of eight books, including Bet the House, which
was published in April 2010. From 2002-2005, Roeper was the film critic for
the CBS affiliate in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a regular commentator for
seven years on the Fox affiliate in Chicago, winning three Emmy® awards. Roeper
has appeared as a guest on “The Tonight Show,” “Top Chef,” “Entourage,” “Nightline,”
“Oprah,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor” and many other programs.
, a former labor organizer, writes as a film reviewer and journalist
for such publications as Us Weekly, Salon.com
Out New York
, and her own
indieWire blog, New Deal Sally. She has commentated on the Oxygen Channel,
TNT, the IFC, and for public radio. From 2005-2009, she served as the film
editor of the online magazine Flavorpill. Most notably, she also once served
as the assistant for Elmo on Sesame Street.
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was born in 1962 in Mexico City, where he
currently resides with his wife Monica. He has a degree in Architecture and
a MBA from the IPADE Business School in Mexico. His interest in movies started
at a very young age as his father used to take him and his brothers to double
or even triple features at their neighborhood theater. He mostly remembers
seeing Tarzan movies and Disney classics, though mostly they watched a lot
of forgettable war and cowboy movies. He remembers The Poseidon Adventure
talked about by everyone at his school, and by the time he saw Jaws
age thirteen, it became his favorite all-time film and somehow still remains
so, even after watching it more times than he can recall.
Valero first learned of Siskel & Ebert in the mid-eighties during one
of many summers he spent with friends in Columbus, Ohio. By 1988 it appeared
on a cable station in Mexico and soon became a must-watch for him. Then the
internet came along, and in 1999, he emailed Roger his very first suggestion
for his Little Movie Glossary, which, incredibly, he chose for one
of his coming Yearbooks! Since then Valero has sent him dozens (or hundreds)
of suggestions and, even though his days of batting 1.000 in that department
didn't last very long, he has happily been published about 20 times in Roger's
annual Movie Yearbook. He has also contributed to Time Magazine's “10
Questions” (segments on Alex Trebek, Andy Roddick and Hillary Swank) and to "Freeze
That Frame" in the long-defunct Video Review Magazine (1991).
Valero has won prizes in a number of trivia contests: an Omega watch for the
James Bond contest (1995) and a VCR for the Lethal Weapon one (1996), both
by Premiere Magazine (Mexico Premiere), and his first DVD
player in the Godfather trivia contest by Cinemex, a Mexican movie chain (1998).
His main interests are movies and DVDs, playing tennis, following the NY Yankees
and, whenever possible, traveling. His favorite film is still Jaws, but
the first two Godfather movies make him question his standings every
time he watches them.
is the features editor and a film critic for Movie
homepage. When she's not seeing movies or writing about movies, she stays busy
homeschooling her four youngest kids and chasing after Sophie, her recalcitrant
Jack Russell Terrier.
Grace lives to write, and hopes to write to live. She currently resides in