I've not yet seen an episode of Ebert's new show but in your own inimitable way, you've tapped into a small part of what Cinema Styles Anger Week is all about. How? I'll write it up tomorrow, or go for four posts in one day and write it up tonight.
It is quite possible, Bill. I actually was Ignatiy at the Siskel Center on Saturday. I heard him answer someone who asked how it was going, "It's going all right," he said with a tone that suggested there was room for improvement.
I actually was Ignatiy...Wait, what? Marilyn was Ignatiy? Who is she now? Is she Rod now, or was Rod really Kim Morgan all along? I'm confused.
For the record, I like him a lot. He knows a shit-ton about movies, and can talk about them intelligently, but he's not dry or academic or anything like that, and his taste and interest in films is about as all-embracing as you could want. But I think the show restrains him too much, and she's just...I don't want to be mean. She's just a bad match.
Greg, Marilyn is everyone. She is number four.
I watched an episode of the new show and found it basically just as embarrassing as the heavily-maligned Ben & Ben iteration. I'm probably not going to give it another chance.
Oh, it's not that bad, BLH. I don't think so, anyway. I just don't know why it's focusing on the same kinds of films the horrid Ben & Ben version did. If Ignatiy had been paired with Elvis Mitchell, say, or any number of other good writers who know their movies, with more freedom to discuss a wider variety of films (it's on PBS, fer Chrissake!), it could really be something.There was a weird segment on the last episode I watched where a woman -- I didn't catch who it was -- went on at length about I AM LOVE. The woman bugged me, quite frankly, because she tried to claim that in one scene from the film the leaves of a plant were the "precise shade of green" as the walls and furniture in the room (by "precise shade of green", I took her to mean "the walls and furniture were also kind of green"), but at least it was something different, and I wondered why the primary critics on the show weren't allowed to do something similar in their discussions. It's frustrating.
I agree, why she was chosen over Elvis mystifies me. Almost as much as it mystifies me why she was chosen at all when Kim Morgan is right there.
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