Roger Ebert's memoir is going to become a movie that might be awkward for him to review

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6 Responses to “Roger Ebert's memoir is going to become a movie that might be awkward for him to review”

  1. Navin_Johnson says:

    James also did The Interrupters.  This sounds awesome, and it would be a fitting tribute Ebert.

  2. Here’s how he handled a “review” of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, for which he wrote the screenplay:  http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19700101/REVIEWS/708110301/1023

  3. Brainspore says:

    If Charlie Kaufman can write a movie that’s about itself then surely Roger Ebert can have a movie that reviews itself.

  4. crummett says:

    Who better to review it?

  5. Alan Olsen says:

    He won’t recuse his thumbs, just sit on them.

  6. kent williams says:

    Obviously anything he would write about this movie can’t be regarded as objective film criticism. But don’t you want to read it anyway?

    While I’m on the subject: I write music reviews.  I’ve written hundreds of them, over the last 14 years.  I think that objectivity is crap. You’re paid to be personal and subjective, and what other reaction does one have to art but a personal one?
    I think “This movie is based on my autobiography, and here’s what I think of it.” is a perfectly fine first sentence for a review. Even better would be if he hated it.  And actually wouldn’t a movie based on Ebert’s life that was awful be more interesting than one that was earnest and well crafted?

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