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Old 06-10-23, 05:39 PM
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Re: Roger Ebert – Discussion & Appreciation (1942-2013)

Originally Posted by Count Dooku
IDK, and I'm not going to watch any of those movies just to see if I agree with their opinion. That was their take, and they aren't dummies. Ebert was clearly influenced by how the person he heard in the theater, who was urging the killer on, was reacting to the movie.
Do you really believe that actually happened?
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Do you really believe that actually happened?
I do. He seemed pretty upset describing it.
Why would you think he was lying?
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Re: Roger Ebert – Discussion & Appreciation (1942-2013)

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I do. He seemed pretty upset describing it.
Why would you think he was lying?
Maybe he thought it would help his argument against slasher films (sort of like pretending that only women are victims in those movies, or that the killer's POV shot was something that just came about in 1980).

I'll just repeat what I said about it in my earlier post: "And if Ebert actually did sit next to a guy who rooted for the killer in a movie, I'd say that says more about where he lived than about some trend in movie-making, or audiences in general."

To tell the truth, I think they were both more upset that they had to watch the movie in a theater, and didn't get a private press screening, than anything else (and if homicidal maniacs really were ranting in the audiences in Chicago movie theaters in 1980, I can understand why they would be).


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Re: Roger Ebert – Discussion & Appreciation (1942-2013)

The episode where they review North from 1994 is epic. They wreck it and go back to talking about Ed Wood instead.

I also enjoyed their review for Species in which Siskel says he "loves breasts."
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Re: Roger Ebert – Discussion & Appreciation (1942-2013)

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I also enjoyed their review for Species in which Siskel says he "loves breasts."
It was a different time, and Gene could get a little creepy. During the Endless Love review, he was irritated because Brooke Shields (then still only 15) used a body double.
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Wait, is there really a question as to whether or not audiences root for the killer in a slasher movie? Isn't that like half the appeal for people?
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Re: Roger Ebert – Discussion & Appreciation (1942-2013)

Speaking of great Siskel and Ebert stuff on You Tube, David Letterman archivist Don Giller put together a six part, six and a half hour collection of every appearance Siskel and Ebert made on the show (including other neat bits, like Michael J Fox's hilarious breakdown of their critiquing styles and their personalities).

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One thing I realize made the show so good for me, is that trailers weren’t easy to find before the internet. And they’d give a few long clips during the review. So even when it was an R rated movie I couldn’t watch, I’d get to savor these clips.
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Life Itself is free on YouTube right now.

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Not in my country.
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Re: Roger Ebert – Discussion & Appreciation (1942-2013)

Originally Posted by rocket1312
Wait, is there really a question as to whether or not audiences root for the killer in a slasher movie? Isn't that like half the appeal for people?
There is definitely a connection between the killers and the audience in these films. Look at all of the fanfare that developed many years after films like Halloween (Michael Myers), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Freddy), Friday the 13th (Jason), Child's Play (Chucky) etc. were released. There's good reason you don't see any Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson, Alice or Andy Barclay figurines for sale!

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