When Roger loved a movie, he really championed it. But when he hated a movie, that usually led to some his best writing:
The Brown Bunny
"I had colonoscopy once and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny.
"Battlefield Earth is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way."
"North is one of the most unpleasant, contrived, artificial cloying experience I've had at the movies.
I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering, stupid, vacant, audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by it's belief that anyone would be entertained by it."
He goes on to say...
"I hated this movie as much as any movie we [he and Siskel] have ever reviewed during the 19 years we've been doing this show. I hated it because of the premise, which seems shockingly cold-hearted, and because this premise is being suggested to kids as children's entertainment, because everybody in this movie was vulgar and stupid, and because the jokes weren't funny and because most of the characters were obnoxious and because of the phony attempt to add a little pseudo-philosophy with the Bruce Willis character."
Love it. And then...
Ebert's future co-host on Ebert and Roeper, Richard Roeper, would later go on to list North as one of the 40 worst movies he's ever seen, saying that, "Of all the films on this list, North may be the most difficult to watch from start to finish. I've tried twice and failed. Do yourself a favor and don't even bother. Life is too short.
b. April 2012 d. April 2012
May perpetual light shine upon him.
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