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Video Review Shows Go Young: Ebert Presents and ComingSoon's FilmPulse

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 19, 2011 at 12:24PM

Michael Phillips and Tony Scott, where art thou? Cheers went up among cinephiles when At the Movies dumped the two Bens (callow Lyons and less callow Mankiewicz), but unfortunately the damage was done, and Phillips and Scott were perhaps too intelligently polite to survive in TV land.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Michael Phillips and Tony Scott, where art thou? Cheers went up among cinephiles when At the Movies dumped the two Bens (callow Lyons and less callow Mankiewicz), but unfortunately the damage was done, and Phillips and Scott were perhaps too intelligently polite to survive in TV land.

But even the great Roger Ebert, who created At the Movies with the late Gene Siskel, placed his TV bet on wet-behind-the-ears critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Mubi.com to co-host with A.P.'s Christy Lemire the new Ebert Presents at the Movies, which launched on PBS stations in January. I've been trying to give the show a chance, but I just don't engage with these two bright film enthusiasts. Here's a recent episode.

They both look like geniuses compared to the latest video review show to hit the internet, ComingSoon.net's FilmPulse, starring two "emerging filmmakers" who aren't identified. Two twentysomething guys cruise through Paul and E.T. and Flickchart, giving us a blow-by-blow on how they choose movies (not by heeding other critics, apparently) before bringing on professional pitchman Morgan Spurlock, who is wily enough to survive any interview. (The first show is below.)

There are a raft of smart young cinephiles out there who can hold forth knowledgeably and entertainingly on film. Off the top of my head they include my Oscar Talk sparring partner Kris Tapley, Slashfilm's podcasters, Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, NextMovie's Matt Patches, IFC's Matt Singer (who has contributed to Ebert's show), and critics William Goss, Aaron Hillis, Alison Wilmore, Eric Kohn, James Rocchi, Kim Voynar and Karina Longworth. All could wipe the floor with these people.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.