Review are plenty nowadays on the countless sites (such as the one you’re currently reading) that do such a thing. Back in the day, though, you had to wait for the Sunday paper for critique of the latest film to grace your local cinema. Leonard Maltin, Gene Siskel, Joel Siegel, Andrew Sarris, etc. and, yes, Roger Ebert. I respect all of these critics opinions, though differ with them on many an occasion.
When we think film critics of yore, we forget that these titans reviewed EVERYTHING. Take, for instance, Ebert’s review of today’s SoS movie, Friday the 13th Part 2. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“The late show was half-filled with high school and college students, and as the lights went down I experienced a brief wave of nostalgia… My nostalgia lasted for the first two minutes of the movie.”
“Then an unidentified man sunk an ice pick into the girl’s brain, and, for me, the fun stopped.”
“The audience, however, carried on. It is a tradition to be loud during these movies, I guess… Everybody in the audience imitated hoot-owls and hyenas… Five guys sitting together started a chant: ‘We want boobs!'”
“This movie is a cross between the Mad Slasher and Dead teenager genres; about two dozen movies a year feature a mad killer going berserk, and they’re all about as bad as this one. Some have a little more plot, some have a little less. It doesn’t matter.”
“Sinking into my seat in this movie theater from my childhood, I remembered the movie fantasies when I was a kid… Neither the kids in those movies nor the kids watching them would have understood a world view in which the primary function of teenagers is to be hacked to death. *This review will suffice for the Friday the 13th film of your choice.”
Click here for Roger Ebert’s full review of Friday the 13th Part 2.