Friday, February 19, 2010

Totally unrelated to food, pt. 1

Esquire magazine has a great article this month on Roger Ebert that is well worth checking out.

I remember watching "Siskel and Ebert" when I was kid, and whenever I think of movies, one of the images that flashes in my head is of those two, arguing over the merits of a film.

Another favorite "Roger Ebert" memory of mine is the first time I read of this episode (quoting from Wikipedia):
In January 2005, film critic Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times said in an
article that Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was overlooked for an Academy Award because
"nobody had the foresight to invent a category for Best Running Penis Joke Delivered
by a Third-Rate Comic." Schneider responded two weeks later with full-page ads in
Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, saying he had done research and found
that Mr. Goldstein had never won any journalistic awards, commenting,
"Maybe you didn't win a Pulitzer Prize because they haven't invented a category for
Best Third-Rate, Unfunny Pompous Reporter Who's Never Been Acknowledged by His Peers."
In August 2005, film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times responded to the
Schneider-Goldstein conflict in his review for Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
While noting that an online search showed that Goldstein had won a National Headliner
Award, a Los Angeles Press Club Award, a award, and the
Publicists' Guild award for lifetime achievement, Ebert said, "As chance would
have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my
official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks."

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