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Some more Ebert love: Siskel & Ebert archive, post 1986

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Small Town Guy, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Ebert's getting a lot of attention for his writing, and rightfully so, but how many people would have found those words over the years without the exposure he got from the TV show? A few years ago the archive of At the Movies went online, with all the reviews since 1986. Ebert explained that the tapes between 1975 and 1985 were apparently destroyed.


    You can search it by year or movie. Some memorable ones:

    Black Sheep. The first movie Siskel walked out on.

    Ebert gets Siskel to change his review of Broken Arrow.

    Cop and a Half. Ebert bizarrely enjoys it. Siskel mocks him.

    The Tony Danza classic She's out of Control. They, um, did not enjoy it.

    North. The written review was the one that they read at the roast of Rob Reiner.
  2. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Ebert is on Oprah right now, and she just showed a photo of the layout of Jones' Esquire piece and called the story "amazing." Nice!
  3. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Always enjoyed Ebert. I wish him the best with his rehab; great story how he's kept up his writing.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Add another to the Ebert canon. He brilliantly destroys Kick-Ass: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100414/REVIEWS/100419986
  5. ucacm

    ucacm Active Member

    Siskel is hilarious in the Black Sheep review. "I've never seen Chris Farley be funny. He just screams and runs around like a fat man."
  6. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    It's easy to forget how wonderful these shows were.
    They were so eloquent and their passion for movies comes through whether they're praising a good one or blasting a bad one.
    Such a shame that health robbed each of his gift to share that passion with us through this TV show.
  7. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    That review is awesome.
  8. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    He does?

    Giving it one star and lamenting how "dark" it is does not a brilliant destruction make.
  9. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    This (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050811/REVIEWS/50725001) is a brilliant destruction.

    The all-timer. The Babe Ruth of Ebert reviews.
  10. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    As much joy and giggles as that review has given me over the years, one nice thing happened if you skip ahead a few years later when Ebert was sick. After one of his nasty surgeries, he got a bouquet of flowers with a note signed "From your least favorite actor, Rob Schneider." Ebert wrote about it and said that it was "a reminder, if I needed one, that although Rob Schneider might (in my opinion) have made a bad movie, he is not a bad man, and no doubt tried to make a wonderful movie, and hopes to again. I hope so, too."


    Ebert is a really smart guy, an excellent writer and has a great dry wit that rolls from those typewriter keys of his. He also, apparently, is a great guy, who is worthy of the respect he's been getting lately.
  11. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    I think his point is that the use of the 11-year-old is so reprehensible and distracting, the movie becomes less about the movie, and the more about the morality of using an 11-year-old to swear and kill, and worse yet, take physical abuse.

    I haven't seen the movie, but I suspect if you can't get comfortable with that, the rest of the movie doesn't matter.
  12. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    That movie just makes no sense to me. When I initially saw a trailer for it, it looked like a little preteen empowerment superhero tale. But then it turns out to be rated R? I can't imagine any adult other than fans of the comic going to see it, and then on DVD it's going to end up being seen by a bunch of kids who the content isn't appropriate for.
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