Roger Ebert Quotes (53 Quotes)


    Well, you know, a lot of modern directors and their movies are influenced by the flat lighting and textbook cutting style of television.

    Movies absorb our attention more completely, I think.

    A lot of people didn't have sex in high school in the 1950s, ... My favorite actors include Robert Mitchum and Clint Eastwood . They don't look anything like me.

    I've been told that I am evil. I've been told that I am behind the persecution of millions of Americans. That I have encouraged hate toward gays. I've received both very brief and obscene messages, and very long and literate messages that tell me a vote for Crash was vote for homophobia.

    Oh, here comes Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and Jimmy Smits Announcing the arrival of Mel Blanc and Jimmy Smits to the Academy Awards ceremony.


    But the fact is, most people are not going to be rich someday.

    The secret of the movie is that it doesn't strain to draw parallels with current world events - because it doesn't have to.

    The Academy is paranoid about its image.

    Gene was a lifelong friend and our professional competition only strengthened that bond, ... He showed great bravery in the months after his surgery, continuing to work as long as he could.

    By going to the movies, and because of other things, too, going to college, making a wide variety of friends, moving around traveling, I became a lot more open-minded than the heritage I was born into might have suggested.

    I'm kind of glad the web is sort of totally anarchic. That's fine with me.

    I don't think he's an a-, ... But if he's going to persist in making bad movies, he's going to have to grow accustomed to reading bad reviews.

    I'll tell you, I think that the Internet has provided an enormous boost to film criticism by giving people an opportunity to self publish or to find sites that are friendly.

    We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn't have to be white, and the other one doesn't have to be the ethnic sidekick. We're way over that. And I think it's happening in society, too.

    There was a bedrock of respect that developed over the years,

    And I think both the left and the right should celebrate people who have different opinions, and disagree with them, and argue with them, and differ with them, but don't just try to shut them up.

    Well, you know what, I'm 60 years old, and I've been interested in politics since I was on my daddy's knee. During the 1948 election, we were praying for Truman. I know a lot about politics.

    I don't think Bush was legitimately elected President.

    You can have a movie with hardly any cuts, or very few cuts, that is fascinating, you can't take your eyes away from it... Look at some of the long takes in Citizen Kane.

    If a movie is really working, you forget for two hours your Social Security number and where your car is parked. You are having a vicarious experience. You are identifying, in one way or another, with the people on the screen.

    It's funny that there was so much disturbance about having a Catholic in the White House with Kennedy, and when we finally get a religion in the White House that's causing a lot of conflicts, and concerns, and disturbances for a lot of people, it's in the Bush Administration.

    Most of us do not consciously look at movies.

    Class is often invisible in America in the movies, and usually not the subject of the film.

    No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.

    The reason (Burton) wanted to make 'Ed Wood' is that Ed Wood had so much fun making movies. And that's where Ed Wood and Tim Burton connect. Tim Burton makes films that are a lot better, but he doesn't make them with any more love.

    The early years were pretty rocky, there were a lot of fights, a lot of disagreements, some edginess, ... Gradually, I think, we came to really enjoy doing this show and really respect the other guy. In recent years there was a great deal of affection and friendship.

    Alan Berg's memory haunts many people, even those who never heard him on the radio, because his death could be read as a message Be cautious, be prudent, be bland, never push anybody, never say what you really think, offer yourself as a hostage to the weirdos even before they make the first move. These days, a lot of people are opposed to the newfound popularity of 'trash television,' and no doubt they are right, and the hosts of these shows are shameless controversy-mongers. But at least they are not intimidated. Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend.

    We don't have a lot of class-conscious filmmaking.

    We had lots of big fights, ... We were people who came together one day a week to work together and the other six days of the week we were competitors on two daily newspapers and two different television stations. So there was a lot of competition and a lot of disagreement.

    It's a good question, because a movie isn't good or bad based on its politics. It's usually good or bad for other reasons, though you might agree or disagree with its politics.


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