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Cinemax's Excellent “Outcast” Asks Timeless Questions into his position—and the relationship occasionally reminds one of Buffy and Giles. Siskel and Ebert often fought and argued, but were in fact dear friends. Their relationship is explored in the recent documentary Life Itself, about Ebert's life. In , Chicago Sun-Times writer Roger Ebert became the first film critic to his upbringing, his battles with alcoholism, his relationship with his wife, Via email, Ebert answered a few of The A.V. Club's questions about his.
He was opposed to the practice whereby theatres lower the intensity of their projector bulbs in order to extend the life of the bulb, arguing that this has little effect other than to make the film harder to see. Ebert wrote a further piece in response to Barker. He admitted that he barely played video games: He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had written some blog entries on the subject.
Ebert in May A supporter of the Democratic Party Ebert publicly urged liberal filmmaker Michael Moore to give a politically charged acceptance speech at the Academy Awards: I am still awake at night, asking how? My choice is to not support abortion, except in cases of a clear-cut choice between the lives of the mother and child. A child conceived through incest or rape is innocent and deserves the right to be born.
I cannot believe in God. I refuse to call myself an atheist, however, because that indicates too great a certainty about the unknowable. Inhe underwent surgery for cancer in his salivary glandwhich was followed up by radiation treatment. He was again afflicted with cancer in In June of that year, he had surgery to remove cancerous tissue near his right jaw. To maintain the sanctity of that glowing accolade, Siskel and Ebert trademarked the phrase.
In response, Ebert claimed that he "had made it clear the Thumbs could remain during good-faith negotiations," despite what the press release said. He went on to explain that, "They made a first offer on Friday which I considered offensively low. I responded with a counteroffer. They did not reply to this, and on Monday ordered the Thumbs removed from the show. This is not something I expected after an association of over 22 years.
Any fan of Siskel and Ebert and the Movies can tell you that some of its best moments came when the critics were in serious disagreement about a movie. When we were in a group together, we were always intensely aware of one another. Sometimes this took the form of camaraderie, sometimes shared opinions, sometimes hostility. But we were aware. If something happened that we both thought was funny but weren't supposed to, God help us if one caught the other's eye.
But there is care: The filmmakers care enough about these people to observe them very closely, to note how they look and sound and what they feel.
Review of Naked 18 February Once is the kind of film I've been pestered about ever since I started reviewing again. People couldn't quite describe it, but they said I had to see it. Review of Once 24 December In the twilight of the 20th century, here is a comedy to reassure us that there is hope — that the world we see around us represents progressnot decay.
Pleasantvillewhich is one of the year's best and most original films, sneaks up on us. It begins by kidding those old black-and-white sitcoms like "Father Knows Best," it continues by pretending to be a sitcom itself, and it ends as a social commentary of surprising power. That it's scary and dangerous to learn new ways.
The movie is like the defeat of the body snatchers: The people in color are like former pod people now freed to move on into the future. We observe that nothing creates fascists like the threat of freedom. Pleasantville is the kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent.
Yes, we have more problems. But also more solutions, more opportunities and more freedom. I grew up in the '50s. It was a lot more like the world of Pleasantville than you might imagine. Yes, my house had a picket fence, and dinner was always on the table at a quarter to six, but things were wrong that I didn't even know the words for. Review of Pleasantville 1 October Here is how [life] happens. We find something we want to do, if we are lucky, or something we need to do, if we are like most people.
We use it as a way to obtain food, shelter, clothing, mates, comfort, a first folio of Shakespeare, model airplanes, American Girl dolls, a handful of rice, sex, solitude, a trip to Venice, Nikes, drinking water, plastic surgery, child care, dogs, medicine, education, cars, spiritual solace -- whatever we think we need.
To do this, we enact the role we call "me," trying to brand ourselves as a person who can and should obtain these things. In the process, we place the people in our lives into compartments and define how they should behave to our advantage. Because we cannot force them to follow our desires, we deal with projections of them created in our minds.
But they will be contrary and have wills of their own. Eventually new projections of us are dealing with new projections of them. Sometimes versions of ourselves disagree. We succumb to temptation — but, oh, father, what else was I gonna do?
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I feel like hell. I'll do it again This has not been a conventional review. There is no need to name the characters, name the actors, assign adjectives to their acting.
Look at who is in this cast. You know what I think of them.
This film must not have seemed strange to them. It's what they do all day, especially waiting around for the director to make up his mind. Review of Synecdoche, New York 5 November Sometimes when you've read the novel, it gets in the way of the images on the screen. You keep remembering how you imagined things. That didn't happen with me during Sophie's Choicebecause the movie is so perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.
It is about three people who are faced with a series of choices, some frivolous, some tragic. As they flounder in the bewilderment of being human in an age of madness, they become our friends, and we love them.
Review of Sophie's Choice 1 January Here is a lovely film about two high school seniors who look, speak and feel like real year-old middle-American human beings. Do you have any idea how rare that is? They aren't crippled by irony.
They aren't speeded up into cartoons. Their sex lives aren't insulted by scenes that treat them cheaply. The story requires them to make love, but it doesn't insist we see her tits. Review of The Spectacular Now 2 August Films like Speed belong to the genre I call Bruised Forearm Movies, because you're always grabbing the arm of the person sitting next to you.
Done wrong, they seem like tired replays of old chase cliches. Done well, they're fun. Done as well as Speed, they generate a kind of manic exhilaration. Review of Speed 10 June We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise.
Looking back over a lifetime, we describe what happened as if it had a plan. To fully understand how accidental and random life is — how vast the odds are against any single event taking place — would be humbling. Whoever that happens to be. Review of Three Colors: Red 2 December Terrence Malick 's The Tree of Life is a film of vast ambition and deep humilityattempting no less than to encompass all of existence and view it through the prism of a few infinitesimal lives. The only other film I've seen with this boldness of vision is Kubrick's A Space Odysseyand it lacked Malick's fierce evocation of human feeling.
The Tree of Life has awe-inspiring visuals suggesting the birth and expansion of the universethe appearance of life on a microscopic level and the evolution of species. This process leads to the present momentand to all of us.Siskel and Ebert Tribute - Nostalgia Critic
We were created in the Big Bang and over untold millions of years, molecules formed themselves into, well, you and me. And what comes after? In whispered words near the beginning" nature " and " grace " are heard. The entire story, every detail, is told in the present tense. We know what they know when they know it, and nothing else.
This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims. Review of United 93 27 April Kids are not stupid. They are among the sharpest, cleverest, most eagle-eyed creatures on God's Earth, and very little escapes their notice. You may not have observed that your neighbor is still using his snow tires in mid-July, but every four-year-old on the block has, and kids pay the same attention to detail when they go to the movies.
They don't miss a thing, and they have an instinctive contempt for shoddy and shabby work. I make this observation because nine out of ten children's movies are stupid, witless, and display contempt for their audiences, and that's why kids hate them. Is that all parents want from kids' movies? That they not have anything bad in them? Shouldn't they have something good in them — some life, imagination, fantasy, inventiveness, something to tickle the imagination?
If a movie isn't going to do your kids any good, why let them watch it?
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Just to kill a Saturday afternoon? That shows a subtle kind of contempt for a child's mind, I think. All of this is preface to a simple statement: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination. Willy Wonka is such a surely and wonderfully spun fantasy that it works on all kinds of minds, and it is fascinating because, like all classic fantasy, it is fascinated with itself. For kids of a certain age, home is everything, the center of the world.
But over the rainbow, dimly guessed at, is the wide earth, fascinating and terrifying.
There is a deep fundamental fear that events might conspire to transport the child from the safety of home and strand him far away in a strange land.
And what would he hope to find there? Why, new friends, to advise and protect him. And Toto, of course, because children have such a strong symbiotic relationship with their pets that they assume they would get lost together. Review of The Wizard of Oz 22 December Three-and-a-half star reviews[ edit ] Burt and Verona are two characters rarely seen in the movies: Their great concern is finding the best place and way to raise their child, who is a bun still in the oven.
Review of Away We Go 10 June Occasionally an unsuspecting innocent will stumble into a movie like this and send me an anguished postcard, asking how I could possibly give a favorable review to such trash. My stock response is Ebert's Law, which reads: A movie is not about what it is about.
It is about how it is about it. Review of Freeway 24 January Rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines. Women, I suspect, are more likely than men to view sex from the over-all perspective of what we may call their lives. In a country like Saudi Arabia, whose citizens express discomfort about men and women even attending movies together, I have little doubt which gender is more concerned.
Review of Humpday 22 July [W]hat Husbands and Wives argues is that many "rational" relationships are actually not as durable as they seem, because somewhere inside every person is a child crying me! We say we want the other person to be happy. What we mean is, we want them to be happy with us, just as we are, on our terms Beneath the urgency of all the older characters - both men, both women, and even the older dating partners they experiment with - is the realization that life is short, that time is running out, that life sells you a romantic illusion and neglects to tell you that you can't have it, because when you take any illusion and make it flesh, its hair begins to fall out, and it has B.
True love involves loving another's imperfections, which are the parts that tend to endure. Review of Husbands and Wives 18 September It is strange how the romances of the teenage years retain a poignancy all through life - how a girl who turns you down when you're 16 retains an aura in your memory even long after you, and she, have ceased to be who you were then.
I attended my high school reunion a couple of weeks ago and discovered, in the souvenir booklet assembled by the reunion committee, that one of the girls in my class had a crush on me all those years ago. I would have given a great deal to have had that information at the time. The Demon Seed was a bumper crop.
Rosemary would have been happy to have this baby. Do not, under any circumstances, take children to see it. Take my word on this. Review of Orphan 22 July The movie delights me with its cocky confidence that the audience can keep up. Primer is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review. It will surely be hated by those who 'go to the movies to be entertained', and embraced and debated by others, who will find it entertains the parts the others do not reach.
Review of Primer 29 October It is better to find a partner you can contend with for a lifetime than one who accommodates you because he doesn't really care.
Life's missed opportunities, at the end, may seem more poignant to us than those we embraced — because in our imagination they have a perfection that reality can never rival. Review of The Sleepy Time Gal 22 November It considers not only how we relate to others, but how we relate to our ideas of others — so that a completely phony, non-human replica of a dead wife can inspire the same feelings that the wife herself once did.
That is a peculiarity of humans: We feel the same emotions for our ideas as we do for the real world, which is why we can cry while reading a book, or fall in love with movie stars.
Our idea of humanity bewitches us, while humanity itself stays safely sealed away into its billions of separate containers, or "people.