Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies by Todd RendlemanRule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies by Todd Rendleman

Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies

byTodd Rendleman

Paperback | April 26, 2012

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With a critical eye that mirrors his subject's, Todd Rendleman explores the values, temperament, character, and style that have made Roger Ebert the most trusted and influential film critic in America.

Introducing the one critic whom so many moviegoers recognize, argue with, and love, Rule of Thumb illuminates Ebert's critical strengths and blind spots. His sensibilities are further appreciated through comparisons to incisive, provocative colleagues like Pauline Kael and John Simon. While exploring their critical clashes, the author offers fresh assessments of a host of movies, from modern classics like Last Tango in Paris and Blue Velvet, to films that deserve another glance, like Music Box, In Dreams, and Bliss.

Few are in a position to write a firsthand memoir of one of the world's great film critics, but Rendleman accomplishes just this, smartly intertwining his own coming-of-age cinematic sensibility with a witty critical analysis of his subject. All told, his achievement is noteworthy: he offers a unique view of a celebrated personality, while revealing himself as a writer of insight and dash.

Todd Rendleman is Professor of Communication Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches film art, history, and criticism. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Title:Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the MoviesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.5 inPublished:April 26, 2012Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441192212

ISBN - 13:9781441192219

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Table of Contents

Preface by Roger Ebert
Chapter 1: Godchild
Chapter 2: Rule of Thumb
Chapter 3: Close to Ebert
Chapter 4: The Total Effect
Chapter 5: Lit Crit
Chapter 6: And I Still Can See Blue Velvet, Through My Tears
Chapter 7: Cross References
Chapter 8: Turned On
Chapter 9: Misfires
Chapter 10: I Ain't A Pretty Boy No More
Epilogue: Heroes

Editorial Reviews

Cheerfulness and generosity-even overgenerosity-aren't qualities we often associate with good film critics, but they characterize the long and productive career of Roger Ebert, and they also mark Todd Rendleman's ardent reading of his work. Rendleman pays Ebert the biggest compliment a moviegoer can give a critic: he can't get enough of him-and he wants to keep arguing with him, long after everybody else has gone to bed. --Craig Seligman, author of¿Sontag and Kael: Opposites Attract Me