For as long as I've had access to the internet, looking up Roger Ebert's new movie reviews has been a regular part of my Friday. Reading over them, and the recent entries in his excellent blog, has made me nostalgic for the good old days, the days of Siskel & Ebert.
That was appointment television. Now, Gene Siskel has been dead for nearly ten years, and a nasty bout with mouth cancer has left Ebert unable to speak. The show that used to be Siskel & Ebert, then became Ebert and Roeper, then limped along without Roger as Roeper and the Stand-In of the Week, no longer exists. That's a shame. It was nice to have a forum for intelligent and independent discussion of films somewhere on television.
Plus, who didn't love the relationship between Roger and Gene? At their best, they were like a finely honed comedy duo. Here's an outtake from Siskel & Ebert from back in the day:
And what video posting about Siskel and Ebert would be complete without their musical number from The Critic?