You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger – review | Film | The Guardian
She's sitting there now, drinking from a tall paper cup. “Films have to be finished, even if you do it blindly,” someone in the movie If he needs to get someone's attention and they're looking away from him or sitting with him in the dark, Sun-Times and appearing with Richard Roeper on At the Movies. David Poland Richard Roeper Lisa Rosman Gerardo Valero Kim Voynar Lebanon (Samuel Maoz), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen), and . And of course, when you have two major film critics together, disagreements could . And then he holds the Coke bottle prominently next to his face for the rest of the scene. Big Guy, Little Guy: Siskel was tall and skinny; Ebert was short and fat. . Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Invoked a few times when the duo.
This show provides examples of:
Siskel also liked Lambada despite admitting its faults, which resulted in being chewed out by Ebert for being too soft. Gushing About Shows You Like: Invoked, as the purpose of their annual "Best of" episodes.
Also arguably the point of their "Memo to the Academy" episodes. Similarly, "Kid Vid", an episode about movies that parents would enjoy with their kids.
Why is it "Siskel and Ebert" and not "Ebert and Siskel"? Ebert lost a coin flip. The famous outtakes of Siskel and Ebert on YouTube have garnered millions of hits. On more than one occasion, Siskel and Ebert have said that if they were hired by Hollywood, they could fix a lot of bad screenplays. During their review of "Female Perversions": And as men, we know it goes on; you know the old line, "Men think about sex every, y'know, thirty seconds" or something like that; this is not an exaggeration.
I was picturing Paulina Porizkova, I wasn't thinking of you. During their review of 3 Ninjas Kick Back: This is not quality, and I don't want you suggesting that people might like it. I think that they, y'know, I actually liked the first 3 Ninjas movie, and I think that if parents are, have their kids who want to see this picture, I say "rent the first one", don't take 'em to this, 'cause it's really quite bad. Oh Gene, you're doing a great job of setting yourself up here as the great, noble defender of childhood entertainment- Siskel: Similarly, when they reviewed Benji the Hunted: In one of their most famous episodes, Ebert gave a marginal thumbs down to Full Metal Jacketclaiming it wasn't Kubrick's best.
Siskel used the logic that it was way better than most of the movies released that year and deserved a thumbs up. Eight years later, the roles were reversed when they reviewed Casino: Siskel gave it a marginal thumbs down because he compared it unfavorably to Scorsese's earlier work especially Goodfellas and Ebert claimed it was better than the majority of the movies that year and was worth seeing.
Siskel incorrectly pronounced Super Mario Bros. In their review of SidekicksEbert pronounced Mr. Roeper pronounced Fockers as "Fauquers".
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One completely incorrect statement about the duo is that they supposedly give thumbs up only to pretentious artsy foreign films and give thumbs down to all mainstream action films. Judgment DaySpeedMission: ImpossibleUnder Siege 2: Dark Territoryand Men in Blackamong many others.
Not only this, but they frequently called out the Oscars at times where they felt Harrison Ford was ignored for Academy attention for his action roles, which they mentioned more than once that he could do better than anyone else aside from maybe Steve Mc Queen in decades past.
The Fugitive was probably one of the more notable examples of them feeling he was snubbed. Siskel addressed this stereotype in their review of Blade: And I'm saying Blade qualifies as a good one. Their arguments could fall into this quite often; the two had been paired together so long that they knew what made the other tick and jumped on that.
And while they did argue, they also kidded each other just as much. Throughout the entire run, the typical outfit for both Siskel and Ebert was a blazer with a turtleneck underneath.
However, there have been exceptions: Both wore tuxedos for some of their "Best of" shows, and Ebert wore a suit and tie for his Gene Siskel tribute episode. Perhaps the biggest aversion occurred in a special episode "Sunny Side of the Screen", where they both wore blazers with Hawaiian shirts underneath. Ebert made one during their review of Gamera: He gave the film thumbs up despite listing some flaws.
Siskel said that all of Ebert's flaws were accurate and suggested renting one of the early giant monster movies instead which he felt were superior. At this point, Ebert took Siskel's point too far by sarcastically suggesting that the audience shouldn't bother with any of the films on the program and to just rent Citizen Kane.
Ebert's fallacy backfired when Siskel said: But I'm just saying is, that I think you want to like this picture more than you know in your heart of hearts that it really contains entertainment value. Siskel said it was absurd that Ebert was giving a Kubrick film that rating, while in the same show he gave a recommendation to Benji the Hunted which he disliked.
In their review of Kids in the Hall: Brain CandyEbert rattled off a list of adjectives as to why he hates the film: Boy, are we apart on this one. I found this movie to be awful, terrible, dreadful, stupid, idiotic, unfunny, labored, forced, painful, bad!
I'm afraid the brain is missing. The movie might've been better if it had simplified its storyline, and not tried to deal with homeless men, baseball, romance, cancer, aliens from outer space, magic fireworks, people who are missing in action, and the small town resentment of outsiders. I think- I did cover baseball, okay. The show in its various incarnations ran for decades from to Love It or Hate It: Famously, they awarded each movie they reviewed a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.
Their thumbs were in fact trademarked to prevent other shows from copying them!
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Ebert stated that Connery's huge smile in Highlander II: The Quickening was perhaps because of the massive paycheck he received, especially since the film had a huge budget and looked like it had No Budget. Due to the wide variety of films that debuted each week, they could review a slasher flick Lampshaded by Siskel in one episode: Our next movie, and it's The Rugrats Movie Another good one was when they reviewed Nicolas Cage 's It Could Happen To You, which they were very enthusiastic about, calling it one of the best films of all time After the commercial that followed this review came the North review, which doesn't need an explanation.
Their review of Silent Night, Deadly Night consisted mostly of them wagging their fingers and clucking "Shame, shame" at all the names listed in the credits. There's also Siskel's infamous review of the original Friday the 13thin which he referred to the director as "one of the most despicable creatures to ever infest the movie business" and gave out the personal addresses of some of the people involved in the film's creation so equally infuriated viewers could send their hate mail directly to them.
The opening to Siskel and Ebert: The duo write their reviews for their respective newspapers, and head for the news stands where the papers with their reviews are being delivered, followed by the two heading into the theater while arguing with each other about each others' reviews. In their review of Frozen Assets which both would name the worst film ofEbert said that as a reward for having to view this film, he deserved months "in a beautiful valley with honey and nectar and zephyr-like breezes".
Siskel joked that he had simple tastes, to which Ebert added: And a big car! Siskel and Ebert were spoofed in many shows, usually in a Take That, Critics! Siskel said the caricature was "petty," and Ebert complained, not that he felt insulted, but that he was in a Godzilla film and didn't get to be eaten or squashed by the monster.
A segment in Animaniacs featured obvious caricatures "Codger Egbert and Lean Hisskill" as a pair of TV critics who are tormented by Slappy and Skippy Squirrel for rating Slappy's cartoons "two stinky toes down. Twice in the series, Ebert resorted to this in the same context: Yet it is also inventive, persistently diverting, speckled with ideas.
Line by line, scene by scene, I always found something there to hold the attention. It is never boring. Anthony Hopkins and Gemma Jones play Alfie and Helena, an ageing couple who separate when Alfie has a late menopausal need to date younger women. Lonely, credulous Helena starts listening to an absurd fortune teller, played by Pauline Collins.
Their art-dealer daughter Sally Naomi Watts becomes infatuated with her boss Antonio Banderaswhile her failed novelist husband Josh Brolin also begins to stray. Brolin has the best line, jeering at his mother-in-law's spiritualist fads, and pointing out that the only "tall dark stranger" she will meet is the same one that must eventually find us all — a reminder, maybe, of the Bergmanesque encounter in Love and Death.
There are, it must be said, no big laughs as such, and this is a gloomy movie, with a fiercely atheistic line. Helena's beliefs, so far from being harmless eccentricities, actually destroy her daughter's one chance at professional fulfilment. Again, this is not the longed-for comeback masterpiece.