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Classic Ebert...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by BadgerBeer, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. BadgerBeer

    BadgerBeer Active Member

    Maybe not as epic as his review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo but Ebert is at it again with his review of the latest Nicholas Sparks movie. While he does not hate the movie I suspect he is not too fond of Mr.(Ms.?) Sparks.

    "The Last Song" is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote the screenplay. Sparks recently went on record as saying he is a greater novelist than Cormac McCarthy. This is true in the same sense that I am a better novelist than William Shakespeare. Sparks also said his novels are like Greek Tragedies. This may actually be true. I can't check it out because, tragically, no really bad Greek tragedies have survived. His story here amounts to soft porn for teenage girls, which the acting and the abilities of director Julie Anne Robinson have promoted over its pay scale.

    To be sure, I resent the sacrilege Nicholas Sparks commits by mentioning himself in the same sentence as Cormac McCarthy. I would not even allow him to say "Hello, bookstore? This is Nicholas Sparks. Could you send over the new Cormac McCarthy novel?" He should show respect by ordering anonymously. But it seems unfair to penalize Miley Cyrus fans, Miley herself, and the next Peter O'Toole for the transgressions of a lesser artist.


    God I loves me some Ebert.
  2. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    That's fantastic. When Ebert attacks you, he makes sure you know you've been attacked.

    I read a story about Sparks, and he really does seem like a horse's ass with an extremely inflated sense of self-importance.
  3. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    If Sparks replies, he'd better not even mention whether or not someone ever won a Pulitzer Prize.
  4. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Let's see:
    Ebert ... check.
    McCarthy ... check.
    Sparks ... not so much.
  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    A friend of mine used to work at a Books-A-Million store in New Bern, NC, where Nicholas Sparks lives. Of course, corporate took full advantage of Sparks being local for promotionals ... or, more likely, they capitalized on one another. My friend felt that Sparks was an egomaniac, completely full of himself and quite a legend in his own mind.

    Roger Ebert, as usual, is correct.
  6. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    A nice little takedown of Sex and the City II

  7. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    That nicely sums up my view of the show Sex and the City. Tried to watch it a couple times, but couldn't find anything redeeming or clever about it.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Ebert hits it out of the park as usual.
  9. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    His moralizing about 'Kick Ass' was ridiculous, but the guy is as good as his rep.
  10. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    Just one nit to pick, but Shakespeare was not a novelist. He was a playwright and his works were meant to be performed more than digested by a solitary reader. But the larger point stands.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Like "Ally McBeal," S&TC appeals to women who think the world revolves around their social life. The rest of us don't get it, and aren't really intended to ...
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I always assumed that was the point, or something. I guess now that I think about it, it doesn't make sense as a point.
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