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Gene Siskel

Eugene Kal Gene Siskel (January 26, 1946February 20, 1999) was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune.

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TIL Roger Ebert wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but Gene Siskel hated it
Gene Siskel's 2nd review of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, written by Roger Ebert
I love this photo from the Gene SIskel Film enter in Chicago!
Just saw a screening of THE LOVE WITCH in 35 MM at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. 💗
Roger Ebert on the death of Gene Siskel via
We'd rather see a picture that we liked then dump on one we didn't.
On today's Calendar/Daughters of the Dust at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art...
Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors havi...
This John Hughes movie famovusly lead to a disagreement between critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert
The only actor who I think probably might have possibly taken a swing...
They know they got the TV ad, they know they got the name recognition, t...
I have thought this since gene siskel died from brain cancer - thanks for sharing
I would rather turn my head and cough than see any part of 'Patch Adams'...
Alt history where Shalit and Siskel have a tv show reviewing movies from a hot tub called "the gene pool".
The result is a picture that represents so much of what I want and rar...
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I'm not surprised that Spielberg was able to capture the heroism of Sc...
That's probably when I get the most angry at American movies, when they ...
Gene Siskel placed James Woods as his pick for his 'Best Actor' suggestion to the Oscars for his role in the 1998 movie "Vampires".
The Bartman-esq section is exactly where Northern Suburban kids would sit, Gene Siskel!
I was just reading a 1972 interview of Stanley Kubrick by Gene Siskel after A Clockwork Orange was released.…
After 27 years, I walked out of my first one a few months ago. Black ...
Former COD Student’s Documentary 'Raising Bertie' to be Shown at Gene Siskel Film Center
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel first championed my film, 'Hoop Dreams,' w...
Sought comfort in The Larry Sanders Show, but the episode featured not just Shandling but John Ritter, Warren Zevon, and Gene Siskel. Siiigh
During this Larry Sanders Show rewatch I sometimes get sad. There's a scene with Garry, John Ritter and Gene Siskel. All gone too soon.
Join the Kyiv Committee at the Gene Siskel for the documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl from June17-23 h…
Still sorta gutted by Larry Sanders ep last night that had John Ritter, Gene Siskel, and Warren Zevon. Also had dewey-fresh Josh Malina tho.
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Hey, I loved The Onion' s "Ebert Victorious," after Siskel died, and I really liked Gene.
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For my 50th birthday, I got ahold of a new print of 'Saturday Night Fever.'...
It is to Maltin as what Black Sheep was to Gene Siskel.
Gene Siskel talked about what would have been PG-13 that '84 summer. He mentioned Temple of Doom, Gremlins & Streets of Fire
As long as you don't smell like Gene Siskel, it's all good! ;-)
Granted, a lot of great critics have walked out before. Gene Siskel did it three times.
But you know, really, if you think about it Roger and I and all critics rea...
"Through his television reviews with Gene Siskel, Stuckmann discovered the idea of a debate on a film, but a respectful one."
17 years ago we lost one of the greats in film criticism. Gene Siskel you are missed.
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Chicago! We're beaming our faces to the Gene Siskel for a Q&A following the SOUTHBOUND screening tonight
Facts about "The Ice Storm" . 2) Gene Siskel called it the best film of the year.
John Goodman is more that just a big guy, he's a wonderful actor.
Radient Visions=SAIC Media Art from 1965 to now! Tonight at Gene Siskel Identities.
Gene Siskel picked BABE 2 as his last "Best Film Of The Year." It was on my top ten in '98 as well.
While most critics disliked this movie, and Gene Siskel were big fans of it -
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do you not know of the amazing Gene Siskel nor of the fantastic Roger Ebert? For shame, son. You will be punished.
The average entertainment industry executive is a dead ringer for Gene Siskel.
From Roger: "Gene Siskel and I were like tuning forks. Strike one, and the other would pick up the same frequency."
Off to the great Gene Siskel to see Yuri Bykov's The Fool. USSR alive and well, padded apartment doors, stair wells and all.
Who Did the Best Job of Playing Steve Jobs? via (with apologies to the late Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert).
but Gene Siskel gave it a stay tuned bc the suspense is there and great things to come in future installments.
SAVE THE DATE for a one time screening of A Voice Among the Silent at the state-of the-art Gene Siskel Chicago on Sunday Nov 22 at 5:30 pm
"Jonathan Demme has made a grab for the money in filming this story (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS)" - Gene Siskel (!)
I got a good one Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg  VS Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert
My next film premieres at Gene Siskel on 8/21: See you there?
Hey, baby. Wanna be the Gene Siskel to my Roger Ebert?
Reminds me of when I was Campus Activities Board Lectures Chair & had 2 deal w Gene Siskel
S2E16 of The Larry Sanders Show had as guest stars Gene Siskel, John Ritter, and Warren Zevon. All greats that died much too soon.
Gene Siskel once said that any movie with Harry Dean Stanton could not be bad. He is right
People forget... that's what made Siskel & Ebert so thrilling sometimes. That feeling that Ebert was going to choke Gene silly someday.
Gene Siskel's print review for the original Friday the 13th.
Both and Gene Siskel chose this film as their Best of the Year -
me too! We should start a website and we can be like Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel!
Gene Siskel gave this movie a "thumbs up" while Roger Ebert hated the movie and told Siskel he should be ashamed of himself.
Here's Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel debating John Simon on the merits of The Empire Strikes Back
One stupid thing: being sick and poor means I missed the 3D film festival at Gene Siskel, and I really wanted to see it.
Review: 'Girlhood': A vivid coming-of-age drama from France, Celine Sciamma's "Girlhood" (now at the Gene Siskel…
As Gene Siskel would say, Christie woke up that morning, looked in the mirror, said, I look FINE. RT
A lot like newsman Sam Donaldson, movie critic Gene Siskel would make the "unexpected" remark, and just end up sounding truly dumb.
Can't remember was it Gene Siskel or Roger Ebert who used expression "felt life" to describe a scene. Lots ton…
Warren Zevon. John Ritter. Gene Siskel. Every guest star on this episode of Larry Sanders is awesome. And dead. :(
Aw. Gene Siskel in this episode of Larry Sanders acting against John Ritter. Awesome. Miss that dude.
Reminder that one of the last things Gene Siskel ever did was name Babe: Pig In The City the best movie of 1998
Is that Gene Siskel playing guitar with
"What keeps me going is that I have a strong desire to see something great." . - Gene Siskel
I'm no Gene Siskel or captain kirk but I would say Zodiac, Fight Club and Se7en are all better.
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. Gene Siskel and I watch this every Black Sabbath. He wishes Madea was in it! -Satan
With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel &…
Jean de St. Aubin of Gene Siskel appeared on to talk about the great film lineup in Oct:
Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher mo…
1980 discussion between Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on Hollywood on-screen violence against women
"Thank you for asking about Roger first, Larry" — Gene Siskel on The Larry Sanders Show
It was either Gene Siskel or Roger Ebert who said, "They should remake bad movies, not good ones."
How about renaming the Gene Siskel Film Center to Siskel&Ebert Film Center?
Betty and Veronica pay tribute to Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel's "At the Movies."
Fun to look back at Siskel & Ebert's initial takes on classics. Here Gene misses the boat on Silence of the Lambs:
In Search of continues at Gene Siskel in Chicago!
Oh man, it was a huge honor to speak in the Gene Siskel Film Center. The world is less for the loss of these two.
Roger Ebert talks with Larry King shortly after the death of Gene Siskel
Siskel & Ebert - Special Tribute Show to Gene Siskel, part 1 of 3! . via
at the Gene Siskel Film Center is the perfect way to kick off season! Currently: equally inspired and creeped out
...look for beautiful old Googie signage, go to Gene Siskel Film Center, maybe even see a new music concert at Constellation...
did you know it was Gene Siskel's favorite movie of all time? AND he owned Travolta's suit? Which JT autographed for him?
My film "A Lover For My Husband" sold-out at Gene Siskel Theater. My next film will too adding 15,000 more theaters.
Well Life Itself is very touching and poignant. RIP Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel.
The piece mentioned in LRT is here (and would later form much of the Siskel chapter in Ebert's "Life Itself" book):
There isn't a Gene Siskel biography, is there? This seems an oversight.
I added a video to a playlist Gene Siskel Reviews "The Empire Strikes Back" for the Chicago CBS News
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Critics are raving!. *camera cuts to Roger Ebert snorting ecstasy off Gene Siskel's bare chest at Electric Daisy Carnival*
Kubrick on the sets of FULL METAL JACKET - Amazingly, when he talked with Gene Siskel about the film in 1987, Kubrick predicted the financial meltdown brought about by lack of rules on banks, saying "A more likely threat (than nuclear war) is the social upheaval that would be caused by an economic catastrophe triggered by the failure of the largest banks in America, which are presently carrying huge Third World loans that can never be repaid as assets. Most of the 10 major banks in the United States are technically bankrupt. It`s really `the emperor`s new clothes.' They would be legally bankrupt if they were honest and stopped treating these loans as assets. Government treasury bills and bonds are the safest and most liquid investments. I would certainly not put any substantial funds in any bank today." Here is Kubrick's entire talk with Gene Siskel, which is quite wonderful, especially since he gave so few interviews about FULL METAL JACKET. CANDIDLY KUBRICK A Private Man Talks Openly About Life, Movies ...
Obviously I mean Gene Siskel, not anyone else who may happen to have the same initials&likewise excels in her chosen field.
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Steve James and Chaz Ebert Talk LIFE ITSELF, Working with Roger Ebert's Words, Learning More about Him, and the Relationship between Ebert and Gene Siskel.
So, still have NOT watched THE NORMAL HEART (soon Jamie, very soon), but tonight's screening may very well put this film geek's box of tissues to good use: LIFE ITSELF, a documentary about the life and oh-so-terrible death of Roger Ebert. Right about the time Gene Siskel starts to get headaches, I'm gonna be a goner.
When Roger Ebert died on April 4, 2013, it felt like a death in the family, not only because I'm a film critic, but because he and Gene Siskel are a huge part of the reason why. The different incarnations of their Siskel & Ebert show were instrumental in my upbringing, driving home the idea that mov…
Chaz Ebert talks with Ricky about how Roger regretted the years of squabbling with Gene Siskel. (Photo credit: Getty)
Gene Siskel and Chaz Ebert in Photos: This week in Hollywood's parties and events
NC: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. You know, growing up, I remember seeing a trailer for a Rob Reiner film called North. (Clips of North) NC: (Voiceover) Even though I never saw it, it looked harmless enough. Sort of a quirky comedy about a boy who divorces his neglecting parents and searches the world for better ones. NC: It just looked like any other average family comedy, but what really drew my attention to it was the Siskel and Ebert review. Gene Siskel: It's junk. First class junk. Roger Ebert: It's a movie that makes me cringe, even when I'm sitting here thinking about it. Gene Siskel: It’'s embarrassing. You feel unclean as you're sitting there. Roger Ebert: I hated this movie as much as any movie we've ever reviewed in the 19 years we've been doing this show. NC: (Surprised) Dang. That is HARSH. I mean, these are the guys that reviewed Batman and Robin, Kazaam, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and The Tom and Jerry Movie, and THIS is the movie that made t ...
Two movies in two days? I'm beginning to feel like Gene Siskel! Tonight? Seth MacFarlane's " A Million ways to die in the west" A- when it tries to be Blazing Saddles it doesn't really work. But when it's trying to be a traditional sweeping John Wayne type western it's very good! Majestic photography of Monument Valley and a wonderful Elmer Bernstein inspired score is marvelous. There's even a Frankie Lane type cowboy song over the closing credits (think Rawhide). Yes I enjoyed it :-)
I liked a video Gene Siskel vs John Ritter
So mad I just left work & walked over to Gene Siskel to see this Stuart Hall documentary and it was sold out. Ugh. I guess Wednesday it is
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel: The Best Chicago film critics ever! I wonder what they would have said about this evening's Oscar telecast.
I really miss the days when the post Oscars show featured Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. It was about the films and not just a fashion show.
Oh and I'm so glad Roger Ebert was included in the In Memoriam. Espically after they didn't put in Gene Siskel.
I must admit, I miss Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on the Red Carpet.
According to wikipedia, Patch Adams was the last movie Gene Siskel ever called the Worst of the Year.
Movie critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel discuss American movies with the National Press Club.
Got the entire "Larry Sanders" series for Christmas. In Season Two, the three guests on one of the shows were Gene Siskel, John Ritter, and Warren Zevon, all of whom died young. What are the chances of that?
Random fact of the day: Gene Siskel gave 'Carnosaur' a thumbs up review. Ebert hated it.
Three GOP members will respond to Obama's State of the Union, disguised as Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper.
Roger Ebert, who lost the ability to speak due to cancer tells Cynthia Bowers through a computer about his partner and friend Gene Siskel.
It was watching Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert "At The Movies" with my parents that taught me to think about and love motion pictures. It was between undergrad and the Internet that I saw Jane Campion's short "Peel" in a theater and the thought twinkled for the very first time that maybe I could tell stories visually, too, though how, I did not know. It was Grant Balfour who I met in a South Florida film club where we were the only two under 30 and he told they had film classes at PBCC. It was a teacher there who told me that Florida State had a film school - and in fact, a really good one. It was my fellow FSU Film School students - We'll Rest When We're Dead, Sir - who enabled me to land in Los Angeles. And it is everything and everyone here who has made me the filmmaker I am today. I don't know what the next major turn in the story is - Is it to come? Has it already happened? Time will tell, as it always does, but in the meantime, it is a good day to be thankful for the journey and all who travel it with ...
Reading about what a turd Armond White is got me thinking. I'll bet I'm not the only one that looked forward to watching "At the Movies" and some of the other review shows when I was a kid. Pauline Kael was still writing, Gene Siskel was still alive, and Armond White was still fermenting under his log. Which critics are you fans of? Any? None?
So, last night, I saw the movie "12 Years A Slave," finally, with my friend/fellow film buff, Luke, the Gene Siskel to my Roger Ebert. This film absolutely lives up to all the hype it's been receiving. It tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was born and raised in Saratoga, New York, and had a loving family and a successful career as a violinist. He is then tricked by two con men into coming to Washington, D.C., where they get him drunk and give him to slave auctioneers. For the next 12 years, Solomon is forced to serve two masters, one kind and one depraved. Over those 12 years, he is subjected to the most brutal, depraved punishments it's amazing he even survived some of them (one of which involves him hanging from a noose). Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers an absolutely powerful, compelling performance as Solomon, perfectly showing his struggle to just survive on a day to day basis, and maintain his identity at the same time. It serves as a brutal reminder that all those who were ensl ...
You all have heard the expression "everyone's a critic," right? I figure why not make a movie about the most talked about movie critics of all time, Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert. The majority of the film would focus on both mens' personal lives from high school up to the time they met for the first time, and then decided to be professional movie critics. Show maybe two or three brief scenes where they have conflicting views on select films, and show how they acted towards each other off camera and back stage. Nicolas Cage as Siskel, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Ebert. Afterall, movies have been made for figures such as: Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Thomas Dolby, Steve Jobs, Marc Zuckerberg, and now Nelson Mandela. Thoughts or opinions?
The Oscar worthy movies are hitting the big screen as the year rounds out and I can’t help but want to read the reviews by Roger Ebert. I went back and watched some old Siskel and Ebert reviews on YouTube and forgot how much I enjoyed and anticipated their show each week (on Sunday’s where I lived). I remember going to the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT) in 1990 and sitting next to Ebert during one of the screenings. I got to talk to him for a few moments before the movie started. His reviews were always a good read and he will be missed. Roger Ebert (6/18/1942 - 4/4/2013 RIP) Gene Siskel (1/26/1946 - 2/20/1999 RIP)
At a time when critics mostly hailed from the coasts, he was a Midwesterner people related to There were controversies here and there, but nobody denies his impact on movie criticism (CNN) -- Roger Ebert was seldom at a loss for words. His debates with Gene Siskel, his longtime co-host ...
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY... December 14 In a 2008 interview on BBC Radio 4, Robin Gibb confessed to making it through only the first 30 minutes of the world premiere, and to never having seen the rest of the picture in the decades that followed. Millions of Americans did, however, make it through the film that made a movie star out of 23-year-old John Travolta and propelled the already famous Mr. Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, to a level of superstardom rarely achieved before or since. The film, of course, was Saturday Night Fever, a pop-cultural juggernaut that had its world premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on this day in 1977. Well-cast, well-acted and well-directed, Saturday Night Fever earned positive reviews from many critics, including the late Gene Siskel, who called it his favorite film ever. But whatever its other cinematic merits, even the film's strongest proponents would agree that it was the pulsing disco soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever that made it a work ...
Memo to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and PWI Awards November 28, 2013 By Ryan Porzl It's that time of year. Around this time of year, Dave Meltzer and the Wresting Observer Newsletter as well as Pro Wrestling Illustrated begin to consider who should be nominated for their yearly awards. The great film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert used to have a “Memo to the Academy” special where they bring up actors, actresses, and movies they believed deserved nominations in an attempt to influence the vote. I liked the concept and decided to steal it. I don't expect this to change anyone's mind but I'll still do it for fun. Think of this as me doing a charitable thing since Meltzer and his readers aren't the smartest people while PWI doesn't usually nominate many people outside the WWE. Because of that, I decided that out of the goodness of my heart, I'll help them out with suggestions. Remember, the names on here are names of wrestlers that I think should get nominated but might be overlooked. Just bec ...
Risky Business holds up! I agree with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. This is the defining coming of age of a young adult movie of my generation as The Graduate was to the 60s. Though Risky Business is a much better movie. I guess because I was a teenager when it came out.
There's a Roger Ebert biopic on the way, apparently, which means I have to just throw this out there: Clark Duke as the young Roger, Oliver Platt as the old Roger. Also, Kevin Spacey as Gene Siskel. Boom. Casting done.
SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT MOVIE FACTS DID YOU KNOW - The release of this film was picketed by angry parents who were not happy to see Santa Claus depicted as an axe murderer, despite the fact that Tales From The Crypt had done the exact same thing twelve years earlier. As a result, box office sales plummeted and the film was shelved for another year where it saw new light in an uncut video form (which has since gone out of print). This film was planned to be a limited release but open wider by Christmas, but the protest canned the idea, and was pulled after two weeks of release. To protest the film, critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel read the credits out loud on their television show saying, "shame, shame, shame" after each name. This film was known as "Slayride" throughout its production. Tri-Star decided to change the title to "Silent Night, Deadly Night" at the last minute. The title "Slay Ride" actually ended up as a subplot in another film, the Disney holiday movie Ernest Saves Christmas. In the Ern ...
My alternative was "The illegitimate love child of Woody Allen, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel."
"Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel once famously ruled that no movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton could be..."
Master of the sword. Avenger of the truth. Blind as a bat. Phillip Noyce directs Rutger Hauer and Terry O'Quinn in ‘BLIND FURY’ tonight on ThisTv. A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier. Did you know? •Blind Fury is a loosely based, modernized version of Zatoichi Challenged, the 17th film in the Japanese Zatoichi film series. •Film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave the film "Two Thumbs Up".
How true this is. "No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." ---Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, journalist and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, he was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. As of 2010, his reviews were syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad. Ebert also published more than 20 books and dozens of collections of reviews. Ebert and Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel helped popularize nationally televised film reviewing when they co-hosted the PBS show Sneak Previews, followed by several variously named At the Movies programs. The two verbally sparred and traded humorous barbs while discussing films. They created and trademarked the phrase "Two Thumbs Up," used when both hosts gave the same film a positive review. After Siskel died in 1999, Ebert continued hosting the show with Richard Roeper. In 200 ...
Slept in this morning till 9:15. That has not happened in a long time. Feel great though. Dru and I are going to the movies today to see "Man Of Steel". I have heard both good and bad comments, but I have learned that even Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel disliked some movies I really loved, so I take a risk and watch. If I like it, I will own it when it comes out on DVD. If I don't like it, I usually never watch it again. Have a great day and be blessed.
Birthday remembrances 4 Roger Ebert born today. Who loved films & film making as much as he & Gene Siskel? Instilled passion in all of us
BIRTHDAYS--- Happy 71st to Paul McCartney...singer/songwriter who played bass guitar for 'THE BEATLES'...were they best R&R Band ever ??? Base stealing legend Lou Brock turns 74 today...the HOF Cardinal held all base stealing records (936) until Ricky Henderson broke it in 1991...i prided myself on this when i played baseball !!! RIP...Roger Ebert, who died this year at age 71...the Chicago Sun Times movie critic was the first movie critic to win the Pulitzer Prize...famous for his partnership with Gene Siskel on TV from the 80'5 thru the 90's !!!
On this day in 1847 the Chicago Tribune begins publishing. The Tribune would become one of the major newspapers in America. Over time the Tribune Company would include ownership of WGN Radio and WGN Television. At one time the Trib portrayed itself as the World's Greatest Newspaper which gave rise to the use of WGN as call letters for the media properties. The Tribune Company owns a number of other newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and for many years it owned the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. Among the best known columnists who wrote for the Trib were: Ring Lardner, one of the great early sports writers. Ann Landers the advice columnist. Mike Royko the political writer and Mayor Richard Daley biographer. Gene Siskel the movie critic. Probably the most famous moment in Tribune history was the headline 'Dewey Defeats Truman' from 1948.
Roger Ebert can really get on my nerves sometimes when I read some of his old reviews. He actually feels it is necessary to tell people the ending of a movie without a spoiler alert. His partner Gene Siskel took a LOT of heat for giving away the twist in 1992's 'The Crying Game'. Just review the film. If you have to tell us what is wrong with an important part of the film that proves to be a spoiler it means you are insecure about what you're written up to that point.
FROM THE FOUNDER: We all love movies. We all have different taste in genres of films. Some we like more than others & some absolutely say "no way". Some that are "so bad their good" & others we say *** was Hollywood thinking?" Although the vast majority of Americans go to the movies to be entertained, there are politics in movies & moviemaking too. Sometime we have trouble choosing a film we might want to see (at $10 plus a movie, the last thing we want to do is waste it on a really bad movie) & sometimes we want to know more about it before we pay to see it. Many times we turn to movie critics for just that & get their opinions on the movies we'd like to see. Since the vast majority of movie critics that work for the newspapers/news media are predominantly liberal & liberal leaning in their reviews (such as Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Joel Siegel, Peter Travers, Gene Shalit, Andrew Sarris, Leonard Maltin, Rex Reed, Richard Roeper, David Ansen & Kenneth Turan). But there are Conservatives film critics out . ...
Pretty great RTLove this old photo of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert:
off the top of my head: Gene Autry, Gene Kelly, Gene Wilder, Gene Simmons, Gene Hackman, Gene Siskel. In good company.
I feel like Gene Siskel was waiting for in heaven's theater lobby holding a bucket of popcorn & saying "Welcome home, friend."
he's probably right, I wouldn't be shocked to see Gene Siskel as St. Peter.
Buffalo Bob Smith & Gene Siskel in a real Afterlife dustup; donnybrookin' around clouds, barneyin' over whose 'TV buddy' just showed up. RIP
Roger Ebert has reunited with Gene Siskel. Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert.
Every time I see the thumbnail for the Jack Benny Show on Netflix I think it's Gene Siskel and *** my pants
I just watched Gene Siskel and John Ritter get in a fight on the Larry Sanders Show. They are both dead now.
20 years ago we had Gene Siskel, John Ritter, and Warren Zevon.
Watched a Larry Sanders Show episode tonight with John Ritter, Gene Siskel, and Warren Zevon. It was crazy funny, but still made me sad.
Also the episode w/ Gene Siskel, Warren Zevon, and John Ritter. (All now gone.) What in the *** is going on here?
Cool! MT I think I've found my fave place in Chicago (@ Gene Siskel for Broken w/ 2 others)
Final week of the EU Film Fest starts tomorrow; & on Huppert, Seidl & more in
Our guide to the final week of the European Union Film Festival: European Union Film Festival heads toward the...
Having what Gene Siskel once called the best tuna fish sandwich in LA.
In "Admission," Tina Fey Plus Paul Rudd Equals Dud⁰: The great Gene Siskel used to say that his ...
Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave Speed 2: Cruise Control, 2 thumbs up. I assume this was to hitch out of the cinema as fast as poss.
Here's a good opinion piece on and "the death of film criticism". Many parallels to games journalism.
Gene Siskel was right about All the President's Men:
I like spacey,but in seven he was supposed to play "John Doe" but the gene siskel in me felt more john q. somebody.
Gene Siskel was MURDERED in the HOSPITAL. HOLLYWOOD executives hated him the most. Hollywood is viciously ruthless bc they lack creativity
What's coming up in week 3 of the The recommends Resnais, Seidl, and Huppert:
Just watched a great ep of the Larry Sanders Show with Gene Siskel, John Ritter and Warren Zevon.
"Oldman's performances during his career have provided inspiration for younger actors who would go on to enjoy successful Hollywood careers: Tom Hardy has described Oldman as his "absolute complete and utter hero", and "hands down, the greatest actor that's ever lived"; Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe and Ryan Gosling have also cited Oldman as their favourite actor. Other actors like Shia LaBeouf, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jason Isaacs and Michael Fassbender have cited Oldman as an influence. Peers including Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, John Hurt and Colin Firth have expressed their admiration of Oldman's acting talents, with Firth hailing him as "very strong candidate for the world’s best living actor." Prominent film critics like Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Janet Maslin, and Peter Travers have also been outspoken in their appreciation of Oldman; Travers described him as "one of the best actors on the planet." Prior to his first Academy Award nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ...
Reading a book about conspiracies. Look soon for my new book : " Abe Lincoln the Godfather of Disco " in this book I reveal how movie critic Gene Siskel purchased the white coat from Saturday Night Fever at a benefit auction. In the inside pocket he discovered a rough draft of the Gettysburg Address. On this paper are the longhand math equations of Mr Lincoln trying to figure out just what the *** four score and seven adds up to. More to follow
We've received confirmation from more than two dozen people already who say they'll be attending the screening of "Midget Zombie Takeover" in L.A. on March 23 at midnight at the Laemmle NoHo 7. Sweet! If any of you know Richard Roeper or Gene Siskel, tell them they're welcome to attend, too!
Monday, 3/4 (This was originally posted for Thursday, but we didn't get to it until today.) Today, we watched a very young Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert review Spielberg's career up to 1984. There's a discussion guide for this posted on HAC.
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel being interviewed at Disney-MGM in mid 1990's. I was told they didn't want to be interviewed together. Ebert didn't suffer fools and a bit brusk. Siskel was an amazing gentleman. Together, they were my fav movie critics.
Just watched Blue Velvet. It was (obviously) phenomenal, I definitely agree with Gene Siskel in his comparison of it to Psycho, as sort of a shocking, completely new experience that you can't help but watch. I've now completed David Lynch's Feature Filmography, although luckily there's still plenty of TV stuff to go, mainly the Hotel Room trilogy and On the Air's 7 episodes. Having seen all of his features, I think my favourite is still Lost Highway, it's just the perfect amalgamation of all that is Lynch (modern noir cinematography, innovative sound design, dual females), followed closely by Eraserhead. Least favourite is Elephant Man. It's enjoyable, but fairly generic, feels a bit like a sketch comedy bit, "What if David Lynch had directed the Elephant Man?" I hope the Twin Peaks season 3 rumours turn out to be true.
Just received the go ahead to go pick up a beautiful consignment armoire dating to 1820 from a dealer in Charleston who is going out of business. The cool thing is that the armoire was purchased in Paris in 1980 by Gene Siskel and is still owned by his wife. The wife called us today to arrange everything. More and more brushes with celebrities, so we must be moving in the right direction.
Watching an old rerun of Larry Sanders and Gene Siskel is having a conversation with John Ritter. : (.
Today would be Gene Siskel's 67th birthday. I can't say I miss him. Like Mikhail Gorbachev he didn't contribute much to my career. Quite the opposite.
Sixteen years after the article below appeared, when Gene Siskel fell ill we needed a substitute on the first shows Gene would miss, and we both immediately agreed on the same man: Tom Shales.
January 26 1788 The first European settlers landed in present-day Sydney, Australia. They were led by Captain Arthur Phillip and included 700 English convicts for a new penal colony. 1880 Douglas MacArthur, the five-star general who vowed in the Philippines during World War II, “I shall return” — and did — was born. He died April 5th, 1964, at age 84. 1905 A 3,106-carat diamond was discovered in South Africa. This largest diamond ever found was cut into 106 polished diamonds, the biggest of which, the 530.2-carat “Star Of Africa,” was presented to Brit 1905 Singer Maria Von Trapp, whose life story inspired The Sound Of Music, was born. She died March 28th, 1987, at age 82. 1924 ”The Charleston” hit Number One on the pop chart. 1934 Germany and Poland signed a 10-year non-attack treaty. However, the Nazis invaded Poland a little over five-and-a-half years later, on September 1st, 1939, beginning World War II. 1946 Film critic Gene Siskel is born. He dies in 1999. 1948 Executive Order 9981 w ...
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Happy Birthday to Ellen DeGeneres, David Strathairn, Eddie Van Halen, Scott Glenn, and the late Paul Newman and Gene Siskel.
Siskel & Ebert can be seen in these archived rebroadcast of the early shows featuring Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. The shows range from their PBS days on Sneak Previews to At The Movies from 1982 to 1986.
Talk about creepy...watching THE Larry Sanders Show on Netflix and John Ritter and Gene Siskel are talking to each other! W-e-i-r-d.
There's a Larry Sanders episode with him, John Ritter and Gene Siskel. Super sad.
Watching an old Larry Sanders Show, guests: Gene Siskel, Warren Zevon and John Ritter, what's that about???
Come see the WORLD PREMIER of Roundabout American! Sat- 7:45 @ the Gene Siskel Film Center.
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I've always regarded Steve Ballmer as the Gene Siskel (Siskel and Ebert fame) of Software .. Ive never agreed w/ either
Trying to write a rap about the fiscal cliff. All I have so far is Gene Siskel spliff.
I dreamed I was at a Christmas party with 1980s Gene Siskel and Roger
YES! How is the film on PPIL going? (I did a screening w/ Peter G a few years ago at the Gene Siskel Ctr
A lot of exciting screenings coming up in January starting with two screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center in...
About to see Valtari from at Gene Siskel!
About to see Valtari, the new Sigur Ros movie, at the Gene Siskel Film Center
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Shortly after realizing he didn't have enough thumbs to put down after an AA Flight, Gene Siskel died
Can't beat a date night at the gene siskel Grateful for all the culture Chicago has to offer.
In his review, Gene Siskel predicted this film would win that year's Academy Award for Best Picture -
Scrooge & Marley has more screenings this december at Gene Siskel - be wise and check it out.
Details on the Dec. 21, 22 and 27 screenings at Gene Siskel Film Center
When Roger Ebert finally goes they should bury him next to Gene Siskel and have their tombstones be two giant thumbs.
I'm watching an old episode of The Larry Sanders Show. This 1 was cursed, his guests were Gene Siskel, John Ritter, & Warren Zevon. Scary!
Corduroy seats. Feel like I'm in tha seven tes. @ Gene Siskel Film Center
I'm at Gene Siskel Film Center for Samsara (Chicago, IL) w/ 3 others
The Insect treatment: an interview with Nate Cunningham: If you've seen a movie at the Gene Siskel Film Center in...
The struggles and triumphs of The Joffrey Ballet, the first quintessentially American ballet company, are beautifully recapped through a wealth of performance footage as director Hercules (BILL T. JONES: A GOOD MAN) illustrates a history of the company’s innovation and international success. The rev...
From December 9 through January 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in association with Universal Pictures and UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years, the second part of a two-part observance of the studio’s centennial.
Weekly Top Five: Wong Kar-wai films: As part of its series of notable contemporary Hong King cinema, the Gene Siskel...
It's Marina Abramovic's birthday today, and we're celebrating by shedding tears. The "grandmother of performance art" would likely embrace the gesture, given the hundreds of weeping visitors she faced during her 2010 cry-fest MoMA retrospective, "The Artist is Present."
Gene Siskel hated the Joker's voice in Mask of the Phantasm. The late Siskel hated the voice of The Animated series Joker. He... hated... Mark Hamill's voice of the Joker. The legendary voice work of Mark Hamill, the man who redefined the Joker, the MAN IS THE GREATEST PERSON TO EVER PLAY THE JOKER! Yeah, this is the very reason I never listen to a critic on anything and that's because sometimes they are just plain wrong!!!
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Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times review the 1994 slasher film, Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
I loved Gene Siskel, just for being unpredictable. He liked BRAIN CANDY and HARLEY DAVIDSON & THE MALBORO MAN.
The Larry Sanders ep where Gene Siskel & John Ritter fight is depressing. Warren Zevon ending the show is a last little gut punch.
Why is that during Siskel and Ebert's review of the failed Super Mario Brothers movie Gene Siskel mispronounces Mario as "Merrio"? It's just as awkward as hiring a Brit (Bob Hoskins) and a Hispanic (John Leguizamo) to play Mario and Luigi. And Dennis Hopper as King Koopa? Even more awkward.
I love watching old clips from Siskel & Ebert. is always fantastic, and R.I.P. Gene Siskel.
Try the late Gene Siskel's favorite. Sounds gross, as do c-s & kettle corn, but it's awesome. Equal parts caramel pc & cheese pc.
Vic, Mike, and I at the PREMIERE of Our Longest Drive @ Gene Siskel Film Center
"Our Longest Drive" director Martin Rodahl with the urn. @ Gene Siskel Film Center
These guys drove to Artic Circle with their friend's ashes to play golf in "Our L @ Gene Siskel Film Center
Covering the premiere screening of "Our Longest Drive." Airing Tuesday's on the G @ Gene Siskel Film Center
Hi. I'm sure you won't see this but I used to follow your show with Gene Siskel way back when in the UK. Wonderful stuff...
Watching an episode of Larry Sanders' Show with John Ritter, Warren Zevon, and Gene Siskel...
Mom Schmidt is apparently not happy with tonight's replay official: "This game has had more bad reviews than Gene Siskel!"
Yesterday I watched a documentary at the gene siskel theater called "The House I Live In" every body should go watch it
"The House I Live In" is at the Gene Siskel Film Center. I saw a clip on the WSJ's website. It looks good.
Gene Siskel on The Larry Sanders Show! Last person I'd expect to see on here. What a treat. Is gonna show up to?
saw "The House I Live In" at the Gene Siskel tonight. Really really good film! You should definitely go see it ASAP.
"Tim Burton is a director that loves people." - Gene Siskel Good thing Gene didn't live to see the Planet of the Apes remake, Alice In Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
Thanks to Yerazed Ramirez Villanueva for sending me this! Top 20 Things Oprah Knows for Sure Since the day the late Gene Siskel asked me, "What do you know for sure?" and I got all flustered and started stuttering and couldn't come up with an answer, I've never stopped asking myself that question. And every month I must find yet another answer. Some months I feel I hardly know a thing, and I'm always pressed to make the deadline for this column. This time around, in honor of our tribute to the subject, I looked back and came up with my all-time top 20: 1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.) 2. You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script. 3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power. 4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson from Maya Angelou.) 5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you. 6. What you believ ...
Ross McElwee's PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY opens tonight at 6:00; gives it a Critic's Choice in the
The House I Live in opens in Los Angeles (5 theaters in LA area), Chicago (Gene Siskel Film Center) and Washington D.C. (West End Cinema) today! It is also still playing in NYC at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Angelika. Please spread the word. Thanks!
Dual yearlong memberships to the Gene Siskel Film Center up for auction at for Literacy Challenge
Almost showtime for the Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet at the Gene Siskel !
Thanks to the Gene Siskel we're on a Czech New Wave kick!
And remember, opens TOMORROW in LA @ the Downtown Indepent and CHI @ The Gene Siskel Film Center!!
What kinda hipster film fan are you? You dont even know where the Gene Siskel Film Center is.
y’all want to go see “The House I Live In” tomorrow night at the Gene Siskel center?
Lucky is the wife who shares her husband's obsession. Lucky is the husband whose wife cheerfully labors at his side as they eke out a dismal existence. Unlucky is the wife who tires of marriage without a steady income and no health insurance, where at one point, she and her spouse have to pool their...
What can be done about the A new doc, "The House I Live In" will be showing @ the Gene Siskel 10/12-10/18:
Fact: Gene Siskel liked From Beyond more than Aliens. Don't agree but love the bravado!
I’ve had the idea of writing this post for a long time, and I’m finally ready to do it. For as long as I can remember, whenever I’d meet someone new at home or abroad, I’d strike up a conversation. It’s just how I’m wired. If someone enters my orbit, or I enter theirs, like on a plane, or in a line ...
Worst movie critic of all time? Gene Siskel. Seriously, that guy was like the worst movie critic ever. What an *** If you want a good movie reviewer, take a movie review from Doug Walker, he's a very good movie critic.
"I guess what I found lacking in the film was any excitement in that lion cub. He is as dull as Aladdin himself." -Gene Siskel, while reviewing the Lion King
Kate Middleton calls it "better than the lap of luxury!" Steven Tyler said "we watch them for inspiration!" Gene Siskel returned from the dead and said "I dont have enough thumbs to rate it!" ok.. None of that is true. But we promise a helluva great time.. Starcrush tonight at Looney's North!
Stanley Tucci should be cast as Gene Siskel.
"Jeremy Irons is at the top of his game as Scar" -Batman, reviewing 'The Lion King' in 1994, filling in for an ailing Gene Siskel.
It was Gene Siskel who introduced me to the concept of Lip Flap. By this he meant the practice of speaking without saying anything of use. Its primary purpose, he explained, was to allow people to sneak up on...
Check out my post re my favorite move of the Year" Beasts of the Southern Wild. If you havent seen it- find it - It will be worth your while. In CHicago area its playing at Landmark on Diversey and Clark and the Logan in logan Square.Its such a great film. Also just found out it will be screened at Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State St. . Yours truly takes credit for bringing it to their attn while serving on the Community Council of Gene Siskel's Black Harvest Film Festival---which btw, you need to catch a couple of films there before it ends on Aug 30. I'll be there for the film Shorts group "Love African American Style" this Saturday, Augus Aug 25 at 8. Those are usually good-- cant wait--
Jeff Ross on the movie Mystery Men with Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo - "That movie was so bad, Gene Siskel...
If I could be Gene Siskel for a Day, I would say this! I wished they renamed Total Recall to Total Refund, as to say, "After watching this piece of crap movie, I would like a Total Refund of my ticket."
On their year-end Top-10 lists, Roger Ebert ranked this film at and Gene Siskel had it at -
Weird, I watched the Larry Sanders with him on it the other day, it also had Gene Siskel & John Ritter. Dead people episode!
So excited to see Castles in the Sky by Miyazaki & Takahata @ Gene Siskel Film Center
Hong Sangsoo's THE DAY HE ARRIVES opens today in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Don't miss it!
Gene (Siskel) is rifling through your pots and pans looking for mice droppings to compliment his Mustard greens salad?
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MT .& Gene Siskel review 1986 film, BLUE VELVET. Once again,Gene gets it right
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well the grim reaper carries a sickle and Gene Siskel died 13 years ago...
Screening Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center is TURN ME ON DAMMIT! a coming of age story with its head in the gutter
"The only thing you have to fear is Monday 2." - Gene Siskel
Candid Candace on the Gene Siskel gala with Reese Witherspoon:
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Even after nearly two decades, Gene Siskel explaining The Crying Game to Hank is funny.
I forgot how much I genuinely liked Gene Siskel. That dude was pretty cool.
Watching John Ritter confront Gene Siskel on The Larry Sanders Show is pretty weird.
I really haven't been paying attention, since the Gene Siskel is playing ghibli films
Okay, if you were to ask me whatever happened to singer/songwriter Paul Williams I would have said "Uh, I think maybe he died?" Fortunately, he's alive and well (!) and featured in a new documentary that Malik and I just saw at the Gene Siskel called PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE. The Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning Paul Williams, who gave us such classics as "Evergreen," "The Rainbow Connection," "We've Only Just Begun," "You and Me Against the World," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and so many more, succumbed to years of alcohol and drug addiction that largely derailed his career. He has been sober for the past 20 years, became a certified counselor in addiction recovery, and still actively tours and writes music. He is also a man of enormous integrity and humility and someone we can all learn a great deal from. Go see this film! But brace yourselves for filmmaker/narrator Stephen Kessler. Annoying, self indulgent, unfunny, utterly impressed with himself, a case study in how not to be a documentary ...
Treat yourselves to NEVER STAND STILL at the Gene Siskel Film Center. A deeply inspiring and stunning beautiful documentary film about the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in western Massachusetts. If you ever thought the camera could not do justice to live dance performance, this film will prove you wrong. I'd never even heard of Jacob's Pillow before seeing NEVER STAND STILL, and now I'm exploring ways to get there.
The critics I read in newspapers and watched on TV as a boy. Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel and Jay Boyar are probab...
I'm at Gene Siskel Film Center for Rialto Pictures' 75th Anniversary Restoration of Grand Illusion (Chicago, IL)
the movie will be playing at the Black Harvest film festival, located at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Aug 17 & 23..!
Our movie, Into the Wake, will be screening at Gene Siskel Center this month- just sent out invites. Y
Chicago - GRAND ILLUSION ends Thurs @ Gene Siskel Film Center - see the film before the fireworks tmw:
Reese Witherspoon made a scene at the Gene Siskel Film Center benefit.
Chicago - GRAND ILLUSION continues this week @ Gene Siskel Film Center - new 35mm print of 4k restoration:
Oh and Friday the 13th was 1980, too... but I understand that. Gene Siskel hates anything slasher that isn't Halloween.
Just watched a show from 1981 where Gene Siskel says there was not one film from 1980 worthy of being in the top 100 films of all time.
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