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Ebert's candid take on his old TV show...

Postby J.M. Vargas » Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:01 pm

... from his blog: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/11/post.html. He pretty much takes a dump on Lyons and Mankiewicz (more on the former than the latter) and this quote is vintage Ebert:
The show's reviews were not kind. Two websites opened to catalogue Lyon's lapses. I e-mailed Mankiewicz in sympathy, comparing him to the victim of a drive-by shooting.
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Re: Ebert's candid take on his old TV show...

Postby Mach6 » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:00 pm

I agree with Ebert 100%. I don't know what the hell that corporate nitwit was thinking by replacing Roeper & whomever with "The Bens" was a good idea. Demographics! To me, Roeper & Michael Phillips should've been the permanent hosts. They had good chemistry, probably because both of them are working for rival Chicago newspapers. (Ironically, just like Siskel & Ebert.) Their reviews were entertaining & informative & they could really trash a God-awful film like Siskel & Ebert did. "The Bens" reviews of bad movies were just that: BAD! Just compare their boring & stiff review of Transformers 2 to Siskel & Ebert's review of Highlander 2 The Quickening or Phillips & Roeper's review of The Love Guru. Lyons is an easy target, but Mankiewicz deserves some blame too. Mankiewicz did show some intelligence, but he was bland & lacks Roeper's sense of humor.

I liked what I've seen from A.O. Scott & Michael Phillips as the new hosts. While Scott is no Roeper, he doesn't insult my intelligence or bore me to death. I can look forward to watching At The Movies again.
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Re: Ebert's candid take on his old TV show...

Postby Bill Treadway » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:25 pm

Reminds me of a line in a Woody Allen film: "Demographics? You mean how the country suddenly became stupid?"

I really shouldn't be surprised at what Disney did. After all, they've screwed more people than in a porn film..
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Re: Ebert's candid take on his old TV show...

Postby Stubblecat » Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:46 pm

That Sunday morning in early 1999 when I sat down to watch Siskel & Ebert, only to be greeted by Roger eulogizing Gene, was the day that the concept of credible television movie criticsm died.
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Re: Ebert's candid take on his old TV show...

Postby Steve T Power » Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:49 am

I'll always consider Ebert a reviewer - not a critic.

Siskel on the other hand...
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