The end of an era for print critics

 

When Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert sat across from each other in a semi-darkened theater and discussed movies it was more than a handy way to figure out how to spend your movie bucks.

It was an education.

Their conversations were often more entertaining than the movies. Anyone who cared to listen learned a new language.

The fact that a movie's future might depend on whether it got the most magical of critical endorsements — "Two thumbs up" — illustrated the power of their opinions.

Looking at old episodes of "At the Movies" or "Siskel & Ebert" these days is to examine an artifact from a bygone era.

The era of the newspaper film critic, the era of newspaper criticism, seems to be coming to a rapid and unceremonious end.

(Source: The Courant)


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