Brian Tallerico serves as the president of the Chicago Film Critics Association and is the managing editor for the film review website RogerEbert.com. He and I chatted at a coffee shop across the street from Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre before he met up with some friends for a night of poker. We talked about Netflix, his approach to film criticism, the need for Rotten Tomatoes, Ebert’s legacy and more.
What is the purpose of a film critic?
It’s someone who gives words and vocabulary to what people already know and think about movies. You know if you like a movie. You know if you think a movie is bad; you know if you think it’s good, but you don’t know why. A good film critic can help explain the cinematography choices or the music choices or the lighting choices and make you go: “Oh, that’s why I think The Godfather is good!” When I was growing up I loved movies, but I found that I lacked the vocabulary. People like Roger [Ebert] gave me the vocabulary to discuss them. I’m not a consumer guide; I hate consumer guides. Continue reading →
LOS ANGELES – Talen Horton-Tucker was something of a legend in the Chicago high school basketball world. The Uptown native garnered national accolades throughout his career at Simeon Career Academy High School where he held a 20.5 ppg/8.7rpg/4.8apg stat line his senior year and led his team to a 29-4 record, but that was merely the prologue to his career story.