The show that made Siskel and Ebert famous. These two Chicago-based movie critics sit around and review movies, giving either "Thumbs up" or "Thumbs down." Noted for the good-natured ... See full summary »
Appraisers of antiques travel with the show to various cities. Area citizens bring articles for appraisal and often relate the histories of these items. The appraisers then expand on what ... See full summary »
Mark L. Walberg,
The show consists of three regular critics, Roger Ebert, Christy Lemire, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsk. Ebert, of course, is always superb, providing the just right mix of information, background, and personal opinion on every show he reviews. Unfortunately, we don't get to see as much of him as we would wish. Unfortunate, but not catastrophic.
The other two critics who host the show are unique and superb in their own right. They only lack one small ingredient that Siskel and Ebert brought together naturally. Somehow, they were able to give voice to just about every person who might want to go to a movie: Ebert, representing the mainstream moviegoer; and, Siskel the esoteric highbrows. I believe that Christy and Ignaty have a little of both in each of them. Unfortunately, sometimes they both sound like hoi polloi and sometimes they both sound like aristocrats. Somehow, they need to make sure that every review speaks to everyone. Siskel and Ebert accomplished this organically, but it needs to happen regardless of how.
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