You’ll never take in a film the same way after reading movie reviews by famed critic Roger Ebert. I commented on the Top 3 Ebert reviews that resonated to me and selected key quotes from each commentary:
1. Armageddon – Ebert abhors Michael Bay’s direction in this pop culture mainstay, mainly the fast-paced, music video-esque cinematography. I remember keeling over in laughter, holding my aching belly while reading his scathing review of the apocalyptic thriller. Ebert had legitimate concerns about the reality, or lack thereof, the film espoused, and the fake emotions the plot points elicited. It taught me to smarten up and not drink the syrupy Kool Aid that are your typical summer-time blockbusters.
Ebert Quote: “Take almost any 30 seconds at random, and you’d have a TV ad. The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.” Ouch.
2. Set It Off -All four leading ladies deserved Academy Award nominations. All four. They were incredibly dedicated to these roles. The anger, pain and desperation these characters burdened. I know many people that can’t bear to watch this film more than once, because of the injustices that loom in one’s soul long after the credits roll.
Ebert Quote: “The movie surprised and moved me: I expected a routine action picture and was amazed how much I started to care about the characters….this movie has the first chase scene I’ve seen in a long time that I’ve cared about.”
3. Do The Right Thing -Like my sister always said, there are movies you can put in a time-traveling capsule and set to the future for 50 some odd years, take them out, brush off the cobwebs, and the storyline and characters are just as relevant and poignant as their year of birth. “Do The Right Thing” is one of them. While Radio Raheem’s radio was TOO GOD DAMN LOUD (yeah I said it), he should not have been murdered for it. I would’ve rioted too. Shoo.
Ebert Quote: “Most movies remain up there on the screen. Only a few penetrate your soul. In May of 1989 I walked out of the screening at the Cannes Film Festival with tears in my eyes. Spike Lee had done an almost impossible thing. He’d made a movie about race in America that empathized with all the participants. He didn’t draw lines or take sides but simply looked with sadness at one racial flashpoint that stood for many others.”