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Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Ebert’s sensitivity to the possibilities of life and art is heightened by his reverence for spiritual curiosity and old-school, muscular Christianity. His fascination with the moral and philosophical questions that spring from faith...

Lit Crit

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...A love of words precedes and ushers in a love of images, and Ebert’s deep-seated empathy was honed from reading books, as well as watching movies. In fact, Ebert’s childhood memories are peppered with affection for literature. His mother...

Godchild

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Naked and restless in bed, Faye Dunaway finally stumbles to her second-story window to eye Warren Beatty, the contours of her back glistening with sweat. Another sweltering shot: a bird’s-eye view of Paul Newman as the wily Cool Hand Luke...

And I Still Can See Blue Velvet, Through My Tears

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Of Last Rites, Ebert argues, “It is not only bad filmmaking, but it is offensive as well—offensive to my intelligence. Many films are bad. Only a few declare themselves the work of people deficient in taste, judgment, reason, tact...

Close to Ebert

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...On the relationship between style and content, Ebert’s Law remains: A movie isn’t just what it’s about; it’s how it is what it’s about. It’s what makes a trifle like Lassiter enjoyable (“Here’s a basic rule about thrillers: Style is a lot...

Epilogue: Heroes

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...The first week of July 1997 was a lonely one for movie lovers. Robert Mitchum, one of the great, laconic tough guys—our sleepy-eyed icon of film noir—died on Tuesday, July 1. With a trench coat and fedora, a cigarette dangling from his...

I Ain’t a Pretty Boy No More

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...More than any critic, Roger Ebert champions the underdog. And his enthusiasm for the overlooked is another offshoot of his critical empathy. He loves a resurgence—Ingmar Bergman directing Ingrid Bergman in her final film, Autumn Sonata...

The Total Effect

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Roger Ebert eats films whole. He is particularly skilled at conveying the total effect, the sum of the parts. This knack is often evidenced in indelible summations. Regarding Tony Scott’s The Hunger, a vampire film in which style not only...

Misfires

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...After fifteen years, I still haven’t recovered from teaching Apocalypse Now or reading Ebert’s unbridled enthusiasm for it. “It’s one of the central events of my life as a filmgoer,”“It’s one of the central events”: Ebert, review...

Rule of Thumb

Todd Rendleman

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rule of Thumb : Ebert at the Movies

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...History demonstrates that power, authority, and mercy reside in the turn of a thumb. In portrayals of ancient Rome, a host of Hollywood films depict gladiatorial battles where victory is awarded by a sea of raised thumbs. Over and against...