Tag: Roger Ebert

RIP Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013)

RIP Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013)

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Better writers than I will doubtless be weighing in shortly on the passing of legendary film critic Roger Ebert. It would probably be a waste of your (and my) time to try and add my own paltry two cents. So instead I want to remember Roger and his old partner Gene Siskel in happier days, on the set of their timeless syndicated review program At the Movies. These outtakes represent the unique bond and vicious senses of humor the two shared. Warning: This is definitely not for the easily offended.
GFS home movies: The Third Man

GFS home movies: The Third Man

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Due largely in part to a recent tweet from Roger Ebert, I decided to check out The Third Man recently.  It's apparently considered to be pretty good, as evidenced by its inclusion on AFI's original list of the 100 best American movies of all-time (it was at #57, but was cut from the most recent list).  I also wanted to check it out because I haven't really taken the time to explore film noir as much as I'd like, and also I figured it had to be good since it had pre-puffy Orson Welles. Score one for social networking, because it definitely is an enjoyable film and has held up fairly well since it was released in 1949. So what's it all about?  The film takes place in post-World War II Vienna, a defeated city divided into four occupied zones (American, British, French, and Russian), a
Lay off the prognosticating, Rog.

Lay off the prognosticating, Rog.

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Here's a quote from Roger Ebert's review of the 1986 classic Lucas, co-starring a budding talent by the name of Corey Haim: Lucas is played by Corey Haim, who was Sally Field's son in "Murphy's Romance," and he does not give one of those cute little boy performances that get on your nerves. He creates one of the most three-dimensional, complicated, interesting characters of any age in any recent movie. If he can continue to act this well, he will never become a half-forgotten child star, but will continue to grow into an important actor. He is that good." Oops. (props to jefitoblog for bringing this Nostradamus-esque tidbit to light)