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35 Years Of 'Apocalypse Now': Watch Vintage Roger Ebert Review, Making Of Doc, Clips And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2014 1:07 PM
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" 'Perfection' can be its own limitation, and sometimes a 'flaw' may contribute mightily to a work's ultimate power. (A work without flaws is a work without ambition).' The Roman poet Horace often inserted lines in his poetry that stuck out like sore thumbs, forcing the reader to confront the established pattern; Horace's aims were different, and more profound, than the reader initially thought they were. 'Apocalypse Now' functions in the same way, its makers committed to a rare and glorious vision," director James Gray writes in Rolling Stone, as part of a longer, must-read appreciation of Francis Ford Coppola's epic film. And Roger Ebert agreed with him.

Watch: Siskel & Ebert's First Full Episode Of 'Opening Soon At A Theater Near You' From 1975

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 2:10 PM
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This week, Steve James' touching, moving portrait of Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," will start rolling out to theatres. The documentary tells the rather incredible life story of the nation's most famous and beloved film critic, the man who both wrote "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" and won a Pulitzer Prize for his criticism. But undoubtedly, one of the most key figures in Ebert's life was Gene Siskel, with the pair first hitting the airwaves in September 1975 with a movie review show, clunkily named, "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You." (Thank goodness they changed that.) And now you can watch how it all began.

Tim Burton's 'Batman' At 25: Watch Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Review & 'Entertainment Tonight' Report From L.A. Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 12:29 PM
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Batman Jack Nicholson
If you're of a certain age, by this point 25 years ago, you had already seen Tim Burton's "Batman" and perhaps were lining up to see it again. As we noted yesterday, Warner Bros. was slightly concerned about the shift in tone from the campier TV take most mainstream audiences knew, to the darker (yet fantastical) world Burton conjured for his version. But they didn't really need to be concerned. Audiences loved it, and most critics embraced it to, but not everyone did....

Watch: Celebrate 'Life Itself' With Trailer For Roger Ebert Doc

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2014 4:23 PM
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Life Itself
It's telling that in the year since Roger Ebert's death, no one has even come close to replacing him as America's film critic, a voice that reached both cinephiles and the average moviegoer, providing meaty sustenance for the former, while never alienating the latter. Ebert made the movies accessible, celebrated their artistic form, and championed films both big and small. He's still very much missed, but the upcoming "Life Itself" is a fitting eulogy.

Watch: Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Special 'Dial H For Hitchcock'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 8, 2014 11:37 AM
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Alfred Hitchcock
You'll want to make some time for this excellent "Siskel & Ebert" special from 1983, “Dial H for Hitchock,” in which the beloved and much-missed critical pair do their thing (after a few promos for their review of “The Big Chill”, for whatever reason). The show highlights an interesting bit of film history: it was made to coincide with the rerelease of several Hitchcocks in the early 80s – “Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” “Rope,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The Trouble With Harry” - all of which had been hard to see in the U.S. for some years before 1983, Hitchcock himself having intentionally kept prints scarce to increase their value. “

Watch: Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Special On The Magic Of Steven Spielberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 2:05 PM
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Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg—who has plenty of filmmaking years left in him—already has a number of honors he'll be remembered for. Of course there's the two Best Director Oscars he's already got on his fireplace mantle, the distinction of being the man who created the summer blockbuster thanks to "Jaws," and simply being one of the best storytellers the medium has ever seen. And it says something about his work that already in 1984, critics were already looking back on his body of work.

Watch: 20-Minute 'Siskel & Ebert' Special On The Films & Career Of Stanley Kubrick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 2:34 PM
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Stanley Kubrick
This week saw a couple of notable cinematic anniversaries: March 31st marked fifty years from they day Stanley Kubrick first penned a letter to Arthur C. Clarke for a collaboration that would eventually yield "2001: A Space Odyssey," and on a sadder note, today marks one year since the death of Roger Ebert. But here's a way to celebrate both filmmaker and critic.

In Remembrance: Watch Vintage 30-Minute Interview With Roger Ebert About Film, Criticism & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 12:00 PM
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It's still hard to believe, but one year ago today, film critic Roger Ebert passed away. The legacy he left behind could run paragraphs, but he was an institution in the medium, a passionate voice for the artistry of film and an eloquent, accessible voice that made cinema approachable for everybody. He's dearly missed, but today we have a video that will hopefully help celebrate an individual whose influence is still very deeply felt.

Watch: Roger Ebert's First 20-Minute Interview On 'Charlie Rose' In 1996

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 1:37 PM
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Life Itself
"There was a thunder in Ebert's heart, and that was his love for movies, and he wanted to tell the world about films, both big ones and small," Chase Whale wrote in our Sundance Film Festival review of the upcoming documentary "Life Itself." And there's no doubt about that. Whether you agreed with him or not, there were simply no other critics who could make talking intelligently about film as engaging and accessible as Roger Ebert, and that shines through in this vintage interview.

Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chaz Ebert Shares Her Praise For The Actor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 12:28 PM
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Almost Famous Philip Seymour Hoffman
While the 24-hour news cycle tries to piece together the last day in the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman, embarrassing themselves in the process (sorry CNN, we don't need an interview with the guy who made him coffee on Saturday morning), we continue to mourn the loss of the actor. In case you missed it, yesterday saw a nice 7-minute tribute reel make the rounds online, and a couple more folks have spoken about their fondness and feelings for Hoffman in the wake of his death.

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