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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

old Siskel & Ebert TV reviews to be available online

The AP has the news:

More than 20 years of televised reviews by newspaper film critics Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel and columnist Richard Roeper will be available beginning Thursday at the Web site http://www.AtTheMoviesTV.com.

The site is touted as the largest collection of video-based movie reviews online. Searchable by movie title, director or actor, it features about 5,000 lively — sometimes very lively — discussions of movies that always end with the reviewers’ “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” evaluation.

Cool. One of my first exposures to the idea of film criticism was the original Siskel & Ebert show, Sneak Previews, which ran on PBS from 1975 to 1983. These episodes are not what will now be available online — these are the reviews from the syndicated commercial-TV show the two critics started after PBS gave them the boot. But still, it’ll be interesting to be able to see these reviews.

I’ve been saying for years that it was only a matter of time before all manner of classic TV is available for viewing and/or download online, and here we go.

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