Friday, August 03, 2007

'At the Movies' is on the web

My favorite new website of the week is It's a video archive of all the movie reviews by Siskel & Ebert, Ebert & Roeper and Roeper & guest critics. It purportedly offers 1,000 shows and 5,000 movies. (I haven't check.)

Ebert is, of course, not doing the TV show at the moment because of his ongoing struggle with cancer. (He continues to post written reviews at

Watch the thrashing of "Battlefield Earth." Listen to the ho-hum chatter about "Grosse Pointe Blank." Check out the enthusiasm for "Heavy," featuring Pruitt Taylor Vince, who will appear at a LSUS theater production soon.

The site has its navigation problems (where's the alphabetical index?). However, if you're looking for a movie from the last 15 or 20 years, you'll likely find it.

What I've always enjoyed about these critics are their inspired, reasoned debates. They don't shout. They don't interrupt for ego's sake. They have evidence for their claims. They see clearly through the marketing fog. And they often seriously disagree about what merits a thumbs up.

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