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The Ebert Challenge 
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Post The Ebert Challenge
I have stated before that I was never an avid reader of Ebert's writing, but I plan to make up for that by reading at least one of his reviews each day from now into the unforeseeable future. I figured that it would be a great way to honor his memory, as well as carry on the film criticism torch.

I plan on using Roger's Rotten Tomatoes page as a directory for his reviews. I currently do not own any of his books, but does anyone know if there is a tome out there that features all of his reviews? Clearly, all of his reviews are online, but I would like to own a book of his.

Any help would be great.


Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:26 am
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He's written 10,000 reviews, so there's no book that has them all, but a great place to start would be "Roger Ebert's **** Reviews, 1967-2007."

http://www.amazon.com/Roger-Eberts-Four ... ar+reviews

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Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:39 am
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He has a lot of reviews under "Great Movies". It gives you a pretty good chance of finding a film you like. It would certainly be a more pleasant experience than checking out Human Centipede 2 or Caligula to see if you would give it a 0-star review.

Also: Ebert was far too generous in giving four star reviews since he had a near-death experience in 2006. (Although he was dead on with Raman Bahrani.) Before that, there was usually a good reason. I totally disagreed with him on Brian de Palma, who I detest, but his favorable reviews of "Children of Heaven," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Sita Sings the Blues" and "Samurai Rebellion" opened worlds to me.

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Syd Henderson wrote:
He has a lot of reviews under "Great Movies". It gives you a pretty good chance of finding a film you like. It would certainly be a more pleasant experience than checking out Human Centipede 2 or Caligula to see if you would give it a 0-star review.

Also: Ebert was far too generous in giving four star reviews since he had a near-death experience in 2006. (Although he was dead on with Raman Bahrani.) Before that, there was usually a good reason. I totally disagreed with him on Brian de Palma, who I detest, but his favorable reviews of "Children of Heaven," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Sita Sings the Blues" and "Samurai Rebellion" opened worlds to me.


I don't detest DePalma by any stretch, but I do agree Ebert overrates (overrated---sigh) him

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I would heartily suggest browsing and reading the Great Movies section on his website. Fantastic stuff even if you don't agree with his picks it makes for fascinating reading. His Great Movies review of Planes, Trains and Automobiles moved me like almost nothing else he wrote: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbc ... 20301/1023

Some other great reviews:

Life Aquatic: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbc ... 01010/1023

Fargo: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbc ... 80302/1023

Hoop Dreams (a film I believe he loved as much as any he ever saw): http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbc ... 10301/1023

And it's been getting some recognition this week, but his teardown of Mad Dog Time is among his best and funniest: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbc ... 90303/1023


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I actually enjoyed Mad Dog Time, but his review is certainly interesting to read.


Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:56 pm
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Post Re: The Ebert Challenge
just came across this from his review of License to Kill

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On the basis of this second performance as Bond, Dalton can have the role as long as he enjoys it. He makes an effective Bond - lacking Sean Connery's grace and humor, and Roger Moore's suave self-mockery, but with a lean tension and a toughness that is possibly more contemporary. The major difference between Dalton and the earlier Bonds is that he seems to prefer action to sex. But then so do movie audiences, these days. "Licence to Kill" is one of the best of the recent Bonds.


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