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It’s easy to dismiss Roger Ebert as the most read and followed movie critic of all time; so he didn’t like a movie you liked – it’s not really the point I have come to realize. I read his weekly blog and reviews, even for films I have no intention on seeing and even if I disagree with his dissecting of the film. He’s a brilliant writer and has no reason to cater to anyone’s opinions.
Earlier this year ABC had decided to officially cancel their long-running movie review show At The Movies (which turned to awful when Ebert called it quits). Ebert later hinted that he was working on a new movie review show of his own. Now it’s finally here: At The Movies has been restored to its rightful owner, and in January 2011 it’s going to be re-launching on PBS under his guidance. Here’s what Ebert had to say:
“This is the rebirth of a dream…I believe that by returning to its public roots, our new show will win better and more consistent time slots in more markets. American television is swamped by mindless gossip about celebrities, and I’m happy this show will continue to tell viewers honestly if the critics think a new movie is worth seeing.”
The new show will not be hosted by Ebert, but he will use his computer voice to appear on each episode with a segment called Roger’s Office, taking a look at classic, overlooked and new films. The new hosts will be Christy Lemire of The Associated Press and Elvis Mitchell of NPR, who will bring back the classic Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down rating system.
A pilot for the new-format At the Movies was shot earlier this summer, and a sampling of that taping has been posted below. Over the last few years, Ebert has become one of the most popular opinions on the Internet. His Twitter account is always going and his blogs as I mentioned are read by millions. Earlier this year we posted a few spots about Ebert recovery and health since his battle with cancer. See him get his voice back here and bookmark his blog.
Oh Roger, never change. This might be the funniest review the great Roger Ebert has ever written. I figure you can go read the whole things here, but also that I would provide some of the best quotes from his review. Sex And The City 2 opens this weekend? Looks racist and stupid, so it will be #1. Ebert goes to say:
“Some of these people make my skin crawl…their defining quality is consuming things. They gobble food, fashion, houses, husbands, children, vitamins and freebies. They must plan their wardrobes on the phone, so often do they appear in different basic colors, like the plugs you pound into a Playskool workbench.”
“…marital crisis., Carrie thinks they should talk more. But sweetheart, Mr. Big has nothing to say. At least he’s provided you with a Manhattan apartment that looks like an Architectural Digest wet dream.”
“Miranda is a high-powered lawyer who is dissed by her male chauvinist pig boss. Samantha is still a sexaholic slut. Charlotte has the two little girls she thought she wanted, but now discovers that they actually expect to be raised. Mothers, if you are reading, run this through your head. One little girl dips her hands in strawberry topping and plants two big handprints on your butt. You are on the cell to a girlfriend. How do you report this? You moan and wail out: “My vintage Valentino!” Any mother who wears her vintage Valentino while making muffin topping with her kids should be hauled up before the Department of Children and Family Services.” (more…)
One of the most hated controversial movies of all time is getting a remake, and the first teaser trailer has finally arrived online. Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave is a rape revenge movie that was released back in 1978, Roger Ebert wrote that this was the worst movie that he had ever seen, referring to it as “a vile bag of garbage…without a shred of artistic distinction,” adding that “Attending it was one of the most depressing experiences of my life.”
So the remake is going to be great! I Spit On Your Grave is expected to hit select theatres this September; check out the trailer. (more…)
Yesterday we learned about the cancellation of At the Movies, something I saw coming after Richard Roeper left the show. Roger Ebert has since announced that he and his wife Chaz (seen here on Oprah with his new voice) will produce a new movie review television show tentatively titled Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies. At the Movies will end in August after 35 years.
“No, Wednesday’s cancellation of At the Movies hasn’t discouraged us,” Ebert wrote on his blog on Thursday. “We believe a market still exists for a weekly show where a couple of critics review new movies.” “The Thumbs will return,” Ebert says. Also saying a host has been selected and that the show, which will encompass everything from big money blockbusters to low-budget indie films, will have a huge presence on the web and other new media platforms. The film critic added that he would also like to make “occasional appearances” on the air.
This is great news. If you’re like me and keep up with Ebert on his blog and weekly movie reviews, you know that the guy can give you some confidence in life, for me it’s to be a better writer and reviewer. What can I say; he makes me want to be a better blogger. (more…)
Roger Ebert was on Oprah this past Tuesday to discuss his now beaten cancer and how he his regaining his voice via technology. Pretty crazy stuff. As we noted before, he had recorded commentaries for several DVD movies before he lost his voice [Citizen Kane being one of the best he did, a must listen]. A Scottish company called CereProc blended digital recordings of Ebert speaking to make his text-to-audio voice.
Here he is on Oprah giving his Oscar predictions and such, seeming well happy:
Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer. He had recorded commentaries for several DVD movies before he lost his voice [Citizen Kane being one of the best he did, must listen]. A Scottish company called CereProc blended digital recordings of Ebert speaking to make his text-to-audio voice. Ebert says it has has helped him regain a voice his grandchildren can recognize, and as you will see in the clip below, as does his wife Chaz.
Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer. He has been doing a lot of writing online, reviews and a blog. Ebert writes that the voice will be heard predicting Oscar winners on a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show airing Tuesday. He says he may be able to use the voice for radio and webcasts. I continue to be impressed by how Ebert is living his life.
It’s been hard over the past few years keeping up with the failing health of one of my heroes Roger Ebert. When it comes to “his last words” as he puts it, he is nothing but strong and upbeat. Esquire has a poignant and inspiring look at a man whose love of movies and writing has helped propel him through a time that would likely have broken most others. I have received some flack over the years from people who see me reading an Ebert review or defending a film saying “it got two thumbs up”, and truth be told – It only made me feel more special to know that they were unknowing of Ebert and I was. He isn’t your regular poster line critic, he is highly knowledgeable about anything he talks about, whether it be in his reviews or his blogs. He once said a few years ago, “life is too short for ‘OK’ movies“; man was he right. It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television’s most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped.
All movie critics are asked two inevitable questions: (1) “How many movies do you see in a week?” and (2) “What’s the greatest film of all time?” Gene Siskel found that it didn’t matter what his reply to (1) was: “I can say one or a dozen–it doesn’t matter. The real answer is between four and ten, but they don’t really care.” The answer to (2), as we all know, is “Citizen Kane.” When naming that film, I sometimes even joke, “That’s the official answer.” The most respected “best film” list in the world is the one the UK film magazine “Sight & Sound” runs every 10 years. They poll the world’s directors, critics, festival heads, archivists and others. Ever since 1962, the top film has been “Kane.”
“Citizen Kane” is arguably the most important film, for two reasons: It consolidated the film language up until 1941 and broke new ground in such areas as deep focus, complex sound, and narrative structure. The other reason is that it demonstrated the auteur theory 25 years before it was being defined (of course that theory was already being demonstrated in silent days). It was “a film by Orson Welles.” It dramatized that the controlling author of a film, especially a great film, is usually its director, not its studio, producers, writers or financial backers. A movie studio, Welles said, is the best toy train set a boy could ever hope for.