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Ebert scores again
am 15. Juli 2000
Roger Ebert is perhaps the best writer working in newspapers today. Most people, I realize, will scoff at such a statement: He's just a movie reviewer, after all. But if Ebert were on the op-ed page of the New York Times he would be regarded as the finest political mind of America; he chooses to write about film, so he is known as the finest film critic of America.
Ebert is at his best when he is reviewing movies he detests; he himself has acknowledged (in Questions for the Movie Answer Man, another book I highly recommend) that reviews of great films are sometimes sleep-inducing. Unlike most movie reviewers, he couldn't care less what is popular with the general public; he realizes that we don't need someone telling us what we like, we need someone expressing a clear opinion of what he likes.
The reviews appear as they were written when Ebert first saw the film, though I at times wished he would have included some comments with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight. For example: When he bashed "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," no one knew what a huge star Jim Carrey would become. A note from Ebert following that review about his opinions of Carrey today would have been interesting.
Still, this book has provided me with more laughs than anything I've read since High Fidelity, and it is full of little gems, like the notes Ebert took during his viewing of "Exit to Eden."
Movie fans already know they can count on Ebert for expert analysis of the latest films, but everyone should read this collection of his work. You can find reviews of the great films anywhere, but Roger Ebert is one of the few people who can make his reviews of bad movies much more entertaining than the movies themselves.