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2021-08-25 5:38:50 PM  
"And one night-sometimes people want to just watch something funny-but Roger would say, 'Nope. I'm the film critic. I get to choose the movie.' And he made us all watch Joe Versus the Volcano."

Burn
 
2021-08-25 6:52:45 PM  
Kids these days watch Redletter Media ... or probably somethink on TikToxic
 
2021-08-25 6:54:59 PM  
Siskel & Ebert - "Cop and A Half" (1993)
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Ebert infamously enjoying Cop and a Half and Siskel at around 2:50: "Where's your red suit and beard, Santa cause you just gave them a gift."
 
2021-08-25 6:56:00 PM  

Porous Horace: Kids these days watch Redletter Media ... or probably somethink on TikToxic


RLM is about as close to siskel and ebert as there is. the only major differences are that mike and jay never worked for a major newspaper, they don't hate each other, and siskel and ebert didn't have a sidekick, but they really should have.
 
2021-08-25 7:35:17 PM  

log_jammin: Porous Horace: Kids these days watch Redletter Media ... or probably somethink on TikToxic

RLM is about as close to siskel and ebert as there is. the only major differences are that mike and jay never worked for a major newspaper, they don't hate each other, and siskel and ebert didn't have a sidekick, but they really should have.


One thing I've grown to appreciate about RLM, and it's something that also applies to Ebert, is how constructive their criticism can be. RLM can be reviewing some complete trainwreck of a vanity project, and laughing at most of it, but will still point out when they get what the filmmaker was trying to do. In RLM's case specifically, they have the low budget filmmaking experience to empathize, but still point out how it could have been done better.

Similarly, I always appreciated Ebert's philosophy of grading a movie against what it was trying to be, rather than some pretensious "art" standard. If it was trying to be a ridiculous comedy or action flick, and it did it well, he supported it.
 
2021-08-25 7:40:43 PM  
Where the hell was Biggles:

Similarly, I always appreciated Ebert's philosophy of grading a movie against what it was trying to be, rather than some pretensious "art" standard. If it was trying to be a ridiculous comedy or action flick, and it did it well, he supported it.

This. The man loved high brow art films just as much as blockbusters just as much as trash. As he said: "a film isn't what it's about, but how it's about".
 
2021-08-25 7:41:56 PM  
They were both fantastic, but him more so.

Also, am I the only one who finds "Joe Versus the Volcano" funny?
 
2021-08-25 7:54:59 PM  

log_jammin: Porous Horace: Kids these days watch Redletter Media ... or probably somethink on TikToxic

RLM is about as close to siskel and ebert as there is. the only major differences are that mike and jay never worked for a major newspaper, they don't hate each other, and siskel and ebert didn't have a sidekick, but they really should have.


Problem with critics now is, particularly YouTube critics, is they all talk about the same damn movies. There's no variety. Part of Siskel and Ebert's appeal was, along with discussing the blockbusters and studio awards bait, they'd introduce the audience to lesser known movies that would have otherwise likely disappeared into obscurity. And when they saw a movie they really liked at a festival, they championed the fark out of that movie for months.
They were a huge reason Pulp Fiction went from an arthouse curiosity to grossing $200 million.
 
2021-08-25 8:10:55 PM  
I keep looking for new episodes of their show but I can never find any. What gives?
 
2021-08-25 8:12:25 PM  

Flaming Gas Bag: I keep looking for new episodes of their show but I can never find any. What gives?


They found out what you did at the Pottery Barn and quit making shows in protest.
 
2021-08-25 8:23:59 PM  

Slappy Longballs: [YouTube video: Siskel & Ebert - "Cop and A Half" (1993)]

Ebert infamously enjoying Cop and a Half and Siskel at around 2:50: "Where's your red suit and beard, Santa cause you just gave them a gift."


The "Give me a milk, Steve" scene was shot in one of my favorite Tampa dive bars.
 
2021-08-25 8:57:04 PM  

Where the hell was Biggles: Similarly, I always appreciated Ebert's philosophy of grading a movie against what it was trying to be, rather than some pretensious "art" standard.


Yes, exactly. A critic should be able to give a good review to a good movie, even if they're not a fan of "that kind of movie".
 
2021-08-25 10:19:17 PM  
Where the hell was Biggles:

Similarly, I always appreciated Ebert's philosophy of grading a movie against what it was trying to be, rather than some pretensious "art" standard. If it was trying to be a ridiculous comedy or action flick, and it did it well, he supported it.

This is the same guy who wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.  He was a huge fan of B-movies and the like.
 
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