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Matson Is All Thumbs

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9 Responses to “Matson Is All Thumbs”

  1. Roman says:

    So long and thanks for all the thumbs, Roger.
    The curtain is not closed though as we still have Roger’s invaluable wesbsite.

  2. frankbooth says:

    For a minute there, you had me thinking that he had died.

  3. LexG says:

    Nice artwork, Ebert is THE KING…
    …but all of this coverage tends to slight ROEPER, the MOST RELIABLE CRITIC IN AMERICA for eight years on now.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know… He doesn’t know his classic Hollywood cinema.
    You know what? FUCK ALL THAT. Movies before 1960 mostly SUCKED unless you are OLD.
    ROEPER = infinitely relatable, awesome, straight-shooter REGULAR GUY who SCORES CHICKS and OWNS ASS.
    Obviously Ebert is an incredible treasure (as was Siskel), but Roeper has at the VERY least done a yeoman’s job of filling a difficult spot for years and especially in the last two years keeping the show going and entertaining.

  4. TMJ says:

    Can we dial back the hero worship a tad and recognize that Ebert stopped grading on a legitimate scale years ago? It seems three is his lowest grade (on average) and many (too many) get a perfect four stars.
    I get it. Roger is thrilled to be alive, and his enthusiasm carries over to his films. But it’s tough to take any critic seriously when they give positive reviews to THE MUMMY (3 stars), SWING VOTE (3 stars), the dreadful X-FILES (3.5 stars), THE HAPPENING (3 stars) and so on.

  5. hcat says:

    now to be fair lex I am also frequently asked to leave brothels when I show up wearing other people’s skin, sure it is not Brad Pitt’s and usually that of some vagrants but let me assure you the practice is frowned upon.

  6. hcat says:

    And I am also amazed at the passes that he is giving terrible films but no amount of worship is to much for this man. I remember watching him and Siskel on PBS with my father and they are really the reason I starting loving movies. I was the only kid in my eighth grade class who was excited to see Stand By Me because I liked the director’s previous work.
    Seeing that we are always on the verge of losing him I am glad the community still gets the chance to applaud him.

  7. Cadavra says:

    “Movies before 1960 mostly SUCKED unless you are OLD.”
    Lex, if you really believe that, you’re even a bigger ass than previously thought. If you just wanted to get a rise out of people, then Mission Accomplished.

  8. Pale Viewer says:

    Ebert was dead on with the X-Files. Plot was confusing and villains idiotic, but the film itself was a good old school thriller.
    The ending in a boat was both hilarious and sad, because we sure as hell aren’t going to hear from Mulder and Scully any more.

  9. LexG says:

    Since the BYOB was in a mostly political bent, thought I’d bump for this:
    Apparently Ebert, Phillips, and Roeper didn’t even get to issue or say a proper farewell or give any sort of indication or explanation on the last “Ebert & Roeper,” which aired the weekend before last. That show went out with no acknowledgment that it would be last, not a word from R/P, then last weekend’s was a rerun as is this weekend’s.
    Christ, after eight years, Roeper wasn’t even allowed to say good-bye or thank the audience on his behalf and especially Roger’s? Thank Roger’s audience for watching for 30-some years????? Obviously Roeper and Ebert have made their opinions known elsewhere, but I wish the powers that be had allowed Roeper or Phillips to at least make a succinct farewell.
    Not blaming either, as I’m sure either guy would’ve been willing to say something tactful and at least acknowledge the situation… the whole scenario is just depressing and a prime example of how NOT to treat a well-liked show, its fans, its stars, its fans, and its legacy.

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