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Posts Tagged ‘Gene Siskel’

‘Two Thumbs Up!’ Now Essentially a Hand-Me-Down

Remember those halcyon days when a “Two Thumbs Up!” quote from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel was the kiss of life for a Hollywood studio publicist? The only way it could be better was if the iconic pair threw a “Way” into the middle of the expression.

Well, those days are long gone. When At the Movies rebooted at the beginning of the year under the banner of “Ebert Presents,”  with AP film writer Christy Lemire and newcomer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sitting in the balcony, a big part of the deal was their ability to use the Ebert-trademarked phrase. But as a sign of both the weak imprint of the new show and the general splintering of film criticism, the expression now carries far less weight than it once did.

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Roger Ebert Writes Out

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After Roger Ebert recent profile in Esquire magazine, which detailed his many surgeries to fight cancer and has left him unable to eat, drink, or speak, the Chicago Sun-Times columnist and perhaps one of the two most iconic movie critics in the world (the other being his late partner, Gene Siskel) the narrative on the street seemed to be “This is Ebert’s last interview.” Instead, the outspoken writer took to his column today to say that even though several blogs and other outlets have picked up on the “final words” narrative (so to speak), that we’re “all dying in increments” (as Poynter likened its column). Even though he was shocked by the picture of himself used in the Esquire column, with part of his lower jaw missing as he stares mischievously into the camera, he says, “If we think we have physical imperfections, obsessing about them is only destructive.”

Read More: Roger Ebert’s Last Words, con’t. — Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert: The Essential Man — Esquire