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2 thumbs up for Siskel & Ebert!

Postby henry2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:53 pm

Because they were two major reviewers who loved THUNDERDOME. They appreciated, and loved, the movie just as much as I do. I think it's nice to see people like that movie, I think it deserves better. I know a lot of people don't agree however. :(
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Re: 2 thumbs up for Siskel & Ebert!

Postby biolumen » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:25 pm

I remember watching their review and feeling a bit more optimistic about it following the pessimism I felt coming off my earlier viewing of the making-of featurette. I think Ebert put it at #8 on his ten best list for 1985.

Until now I had forgotten that Thunderdome was the only major Hollywood release in memory that did not open in my city the same weekend it did elsewhere in the country. It was delayed for one week. At the time I thought it was a bad omen.
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Re: 2 thumbs up for Siskel & Ebert!

Postby henry2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:36 pm

Siskel & Ebert's review of THUNDERDOME used to be on Youtube but isn't any more. Hopefully someone will post it on Youtube again. I'm not very computer savvy and don't know how. :roll:
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Re: 2 thumbs up for Siskel & Ebert!

Postby biolumen » Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:35 pm

The episode with the Thunderdome review is archived on the SiskelandEbert.org site linked below. It's the last movie reviewed.

http://siskelandebert.org/video/U9UR1X1 ... rdome-1985

Interested quote by Ebert at the end. "I want to see the 4th one and I don't like sequels". He missed it by a couple of years.

I've never been able to find their review of Road Warrior anywhere. That might have something to do with the fact that they were still on PBS' "Sneak Previews" at the time. In fact, 1982 was their last year on that show.

I know that Ebert reviewed Road Warrior favorably, but the following indicates that Siskel also gave the movie a thumbs up on their show.

http://www.megalextoria.com/usenet-arch ... 00522.html

For anyone interested, Ebert's print review of MM2 is here.

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mad-m ... rrior-1981

No Mad Max review, though. That's another thing that annoyed me for years. It doesn't appear as if Ebert ever saw the movie, or if he did, he never wrote a review of it.

On that same site is this interview of Gibson around the time of Tequila Sunrise. Mel comments on a possible Mad Max 4.

I asked Gibson how he felt about the fact that the Max Mad character has taken on a life of his own, becoming the same kind of movie icon as James Bond, or Tarzan.

"The problem is to find a way to play a character like that without getting taken over by him," Gibson said. "Sean Connery was so identified with Bond that it took him awhile to get over it, but he finally beat it. I think his mistake was to do Bond pictures one after another. I've tried to throw other things in the middle, a space it out a bit. I think what also helps is to drop back for a little while, disappear, so you're not overexposed."

Would you do another Mad Max picture?

"Never."

Never of any sort?

"Well," he sighed, "there could be, maybe someday, a kind of Max story that I would want to do. But it certainly isn't being planned, and if it were, I wouldn't want to be a part of it at this point. Maybe in 10 years."

Mad Max in his 40s?

"You see what I mean."

http://www.rogerebert.com/interviews/ev ... es-through

EDIT:

Oohhh. Gene Siskel's print review of Thunderdome. Never read this before.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985 ... ad-warrior
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Re: 2 thumbs up for Siskel & Ebert!

Postby henry2 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:57 pm

biolumen, thanks for the links! :)
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