Vishnevetsky At the Movies


Photo by Jay Schroeder.

We're proud to announce that our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will be co-hosting Ebert Presents At the Movies, Roger Ebert's re-launching of the format he made famous with Gene Siskel.

The new weekly program will debut on January 21 on PBS affiliates throughout the United States. Vishnevetsky will co-host the show with Christy Lemire of the Associated Press. Bloggers Kim Morgan, Omar Moore and Kartina Richardson will serve as regular contributors. Ebert, who is the show's executive producer, will also also contribute a weekly segment. The show is produced by his wife, Chaz Ebert, and will be filmed at Chicago's WTTW, the original home of Siskel & Ebert. Vishnevetsky promises to use the word "Feuilladian" as many times on television as possible and to not talk so much about mise-en-abyme.

This might be a good time to revisit some of Vishnevetsky's writings. You might want to read his essay on Jean-Claude Van Damme, his birthday letter to Abel Ferrara or his discussion of the history and future of cinema with cinematographer Yu Lik-Wai. Or you might be into his speculations on Neil Marshall or Pierre Morel. Or perhaps you'll want to delve into his defense of D.W. Griffith or his investigations of The Keep, Survival of the Dead, The Expendables, Predators, The Social Network, The Girlfriend Experience, that goddamn Prince of Persia movie, the use of voices in cinema, Greenberg, Jason Statham, or the problems of Inglourious Basterds. You might want to check out some of the essays he wrote for our series on Takashi Miike's films in the 2000s, or read about why Clint Eastwood is a Brechtian, why Renoir isn't elegant, why Spread is a great movie, or whether Andrew Bujalski believes in the existence of evil.

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