tenpoundsofcheese: Agree on all of those except Leon and Full Metal Jacket.Butch Cassidy I almost agree with.
Spanky_McFarksalot: Good, Donny Darko was absolutely one of the most boring terrible pieces of crap I've ever sat through, that and Eternal sunshine of the boring ass mind top my list of movies people like to seem edgy.
Earguy: De-Slide-ified, if anyone cares
Phil Moskowitz: I liked the guy, but that list is just damning. His taste was pedestrian in the extreme, despite his ability to write.
ThunderPelvis: Out of curiosity, I just read Ebert's review of Titanic. He gave it a literary blowjob, and that movie was the biggest, most overrated piece of sh*t I've ever had the misfortune of gagging my way halfway through and turning off in disgust. So, you'll have to pardon me if I don't take this list too seriously./RIP, anyway. Seemed like a good guy.
jake_lex: Full Metal Jacket is not 2 separate movies. Everything set up in the first half pays off in the second.I mean, the second half of the movie is the confirmation of Sgt. Hartman telling Joker "You're a killer, not a writer!"
kab: I'd agree. Interesting cinematic moments wrapped in a rather aimless story. Lost Highway suffered from the same thing.
MyKingdomForYourHorse: gunga galunga: IIRC, he didn't like the treatment of of the Jennifer Jason Leigh character. There he really missed the point. All the other teen comedies were showing sex as all fun and games. For this girl, sex was a painful deflowering in a baseball dugout and a premature spurting in the pool house followed by "Ding! Dong! You're pregnant!" Which is what sex ends up being like for many teens. It was supposed to be awkward and uncomfortable.I agree with him to some degree though, there was potential lost in character development for all involved. Granted, part of this was the demographic the film was aimed at, and that was part of the charm of those movies was that they accurately captured the teen essence of that day, but I agree with him that a much deeper and more meaningful message was lost in that movie.
MyKingdomForYourHorse: ltdanman44: i enjoy and respect Ebert, but he didn't like gladiator and I thought it was one of the best I had ever seen.He didn't like it because he felt it was too easy of a movie, in so far as it used every grand scape film trick in the book to either tug at your heart or open awe. I took tread that had been treaded by so many films before it and mashed it together. His dislike was not of the movie but for the director going the easy route.Much like his Fast Times review, he thought the movie had more potential and that the talent and scope were wasted.
jake_lex: funktilious_j: Clockwork Orange was a good movie about a distopian society. But I love movies about distopian societies. And I agree that Full Metal Jacket was 2 seperate movies. But I like it as well.But c'mon, he made The Shining, which Stephen King doesn't like, which automatically makes it good.Full Metal Jacket is not 2 separate movies. Everything set up in the first half pays off in the second.I mean, the second half of the movie is the confirmation of Sgt. Hartman telling Joker "You're a killer, not a writer!"
L.D. Ablo: wildcardjack: He took a shiat on Fear and Loathing.Of course it's a jumbled mess without a consistent theme. Thats the whole point.Came here to say the same thing. The review surprised me; I assumed that Roger had read the book.The book is an incoherent drug-addled mess that is very entertaining.The movie is also an incoherent drug-addled mess that is very entertaining.If you tried to impose some narrative structure on the movie, it would have been unfaithful to the source and, like you said, it would have entirely missed the point.I agree that the movie might not be any fun unless you're read the book. But everyone should read the book. It's a glorious trainwreck. Getting Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Benecio del Toro, and all the cameos in on the movie just makes it even better.
Handsome B. Wonderful: I find that quote about Reservoir Dogs to be pretty apt.
wildcardjack: Leon was creepy.
Gunderson: I have to agree with him on "Full Metal Jacket". Boot camp was amazing. After boot camp were snippets that were barely organized and the film just ran out of gas.
Dr.Zom: The argument could be made that the reason she's not a star is that no one realized her potential. Except Ebert.
GypsyJoker: Ed Grubermann: JosephFinn: There are people who like Dead Poets Society, besides the parts about Robert Sean Leonard and his father?I could never watch That 70's Show because I so wanted to kick that dad's balls out of his ears."Just give me my farkin' phone call."
Stridar: But sometime after Gene Siskel's death but prior to his public battle with cancer, Ebert turned his image around and become a well respected voice.
funktilious_j: Mr. Eugenides: My jaw dropped when I heard this news. He will indeed be missed. Farewell to the creator of "Beyond the valley of Ultravixens."You think your jaw dropped, his dropped a few years ago.
DonkeyDixon: Christian Bale: Clearly he doesn't like violence and that affected his reviews of Fight Club and Clockwork Orange, but that paragraph about Donnie Darko is absolute perfection. Even the pun about "trying to land it"He must have changed his opinion after a rewatch. I first learned about that movie from him in some kind of "movies to rent that you never saw in the theater" segment.
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