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On Siskel and Ebert's Trashing of the Horror Film

I wrote the following in response to comments made by critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on an episode of their show Sneak Previews, which aired in September 1980. 780 more words

Siskel and Ebert on "Blue Velvet"

  David Lynch’s 1986 drama/thriller, “Blue Velvet”, is perhaps Lynch’s greatest film. It is a challenging and relentless look into a seedy underground filled with depravity, violence, and sadomasochism that is juxtaposed by a squeaky-clean 1950’s esque suburbia. 1,054 more words

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Queued in Fridays: Life Itself

It’s been a long time since I did one of these. So let’s cut to the chase.

Life Itself is a documentary about the life of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert. 745 more words

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Marc Cassivi and Rebecca Makonnen champion the critics in new show Esprit Critique

It sometimes seems like serious cultural criticism is a relic from a bygone age. Thoughtful analytical writing or broadcast commentary on music and film is harder and harder to find in mainstream media, replaced by gushing celebrity profiles, gossipy news stories and cheerleading masquerading as criticism. 848 more words

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Life Itself: Roger Ebert as Lou Gehrig

I’ve never said this before in a review: I could watch Life Itself 100 times. From the moment Roger Ebert appears onscreen, speaking at the dedication of his star in front of the Chicago Theater in 2005, I unfurled the flag of adolescence and watched the rest of the movie from my parents’ living room in Huntsville, Alabama. 835 more words

Theatrical Film Reviews

Column: For Sure: The Gene Siskel Approach

Gene Siskel died some fourteen years before Roger Ebert did, which leads to the unfortunate tendency to think of him as the lesser guy in the legendary partnership of… 360 more words

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The Man in the Moon (1991) by Robert Mulligan

This was the first movie that I have ever selected in my life just by being drawn to a beautiful phrase scribed on the newspaper movie ad. 124 more words

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