Sunday, August 22, 2010

A LOOK BACK AT GREAT MOMENTS FROM THE BALCONY

It's our first weekend without At the Movies on the air. Rather than wallow in misery about it, I've decided to link to this article from the IFC website from earlier this week, celebrating the top ten favorite reviews from the entire history of the show.

There were plenty of nods to Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in that post. You know, the thing I will remember about their show is not just the great fights they had and the hilarious put-downs of bad movies -- but also the times when they would really go out of their way to champion a movie that wasn't getting a lot of attention. Their two thumbs championed the works of filmmakers like Spike Lee, and gave national recognition to movies like Fargo or Hoop Dreams (reviewed below) that otherwise wouldn't have gotten the exposure they deserved. That's probably what I'll remember most about the old show.

All we have now are the memories. Enjoy.

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