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Saturday, August 10, 2002
I wish that I could write like Roger Ebert. I don't know how many of you read his reviews, but you should do so. With very few exceptions, he writes what I think about movies. More often than not, we agree. Usually for the same reasons. He's just better at expressing things than I am. Then again, we have different goals, I think.

When I review a movie (if you want me to port the archives of my (short) career over, let me know), I want to not only tell the reader about a movie, I want to educate the reader about film as an art. I want to tell them about other movies that address similar themes, perhaps in a better way. I want to let people know that there are movies that exist beyond the multiplex. Ebert's audience is already aware of that. (BTW: I'm still a little pissed at my boss).

Ebert is one of the few critics that can distinguish between 'movies' and 'films'. He knows and appreciates 'popcorn' movies as well as 'art-house' movies. This is something that's essential to reviewing movies. He can appreciate things like The Mummy with Brendan Fraser, and things like My Neighbor Totoro. One is mainstream, one is anime, and he liked them both.

I really don't know where I'm going with this, apart from YOU SHOULD READ EBERT.

Comments by: YACCS