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Ann: When Andy and I used to go the movies, he would always try to guess the ending of the movie. And he would always guess that the main character had been dead the whole time. Ann: When Andy and I used to go the movies, he would always try to guess the ending of the movie. And he would always guess that the main character had been dead the whole time. Even when we saw Ratatouille.

I look for good possibilities in movies. I don’t look for perfection.

"A mellow, reflective Christopher Walken", The Seattle Times, October 18, 2004

Danny: You can’t just walk out of a drive-in.

Posted in: Grease

Many moviegoers and video viewers say they do not “like” black and white films. In my opinion, they are cutting themselves off from much of the mystery and beauty of the movies.

"Movie Answer Man" column (25 July 2004)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

I didn’t have a stop watch, but it seemed to me the elephantine action scenes were pretty much spaced out evenly through the movie. There was no starting out slow and building up to a big climax. The movie is pretty much all climax. The Autobots® and Decepticons® must not have read the warning label on their Viagra. At last we see what a four-hour erection looks like.

Discussing the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen "Roger Ebert's Journal" (June 24, 2009)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

I lost faith in the Oscars the first year I was a movie critic — the year that Bonnie and Clyde didn’t win.

Playboy 20q
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Pixar is the first studio that is a movie star.

Twitter Feed (21 June 2010)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

In my very first review I was already jaded, observing of “Galia,” an obscure French film, that it “opens and closes with arty shots of the ocean, mother of us all, but in between it’s pretty clear that what is washing ashore is the French New Wave.” My pose in those days was one of superiority to the movies, although just when I had the exact angle of condescension calculated, a movie would open that disarmed my defenses and left me ecstatic and joyful.

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (2006)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Herzog by his example gave me a model for the film artist: fearless, driven by his subjects, indifferent to commercial considerations, trusting his audience to follow him anywhere. In the 38 years since I saw my first Herzog film, after an outpouring of some 50 features and documentaries, he has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular.

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (2006)
Posted in: Roger Ebert