Roger Ebert reminisces about the early days of his long-running TV show, which will go dark after 33 years.
Is was his (and the late Gene Siskel’s) weekly review program that was my first real introduction to cinema: how we viewed it, talked about it, how it affected and contributed to (for good or ill) culture. From this show I learned about the great filmmakers and the hacks. The masterpieces and flops. More than anything else Siskel and Ebert shared with us how passionate they were about film. And why it fucking mattered.
Sad to see it go. But I’m heartened by Ebert’s brief mention that he plans to keep on doing what he does.
Update: I viewed Ebert’s post from my Blackberry and missed these awesome outtakes of him and Siskel trying to do promo spots. The first clip starts with them bickering like an old married couple before veering off into a rant against WASPs. Bizarre, but funny:
The next one is them busting each other’s balls over their respective ordering styles at McDonalds. No shit: