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Sometimes, it feels as if we are eavesdropping on day-to-day conversations rather than just hearing the usual litany of platitudes and regrets.

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Stray Dog

"Stray Dog" largely succeeds because Granik's technique complements her subject. Both he and the film are modest in their goals and cherish the value of…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Siskel & Ebert's 1980s Holiday Gift Guides

For four years, Gene Siskel and I produced an annual Video Gift Guide. These taping sessions were endless, chaotic and exhausting. Our poor producer, Larry Dieckhaus, said he would have rather negotiated the Cuban Missile Crisis. Gene and I fought over everything. It was all the more hilarious because of our forced jollity.

I think you can see some cracks in the ho, ho, ho spirit here. We almost drew blood in a disagreement over a toy train. We each made our own film with a toy PixelVision camera. We slugged it out with an early video game.

These precious videos recently surfaced after years of being thought lost. I watched them. I laughed, I cried, and during the video boxing match I kissed my ass goodbye.

A note of thanks to TheAisleSeatCom, the user on You Tube who uploaded all these videos.

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When Siskel & Ebert were on "Sneak Previews"

I haven't seen these shows since they first aired. It was long said they'd been erased by PBS/Chicago, but I never believed it--if only because of my conviction that 30 minutes of Gene and me had to be worth more than half an hour of erased and recycled tape.

Sneak Previews: "Invasion of the Invasion Movies." PBS, 1980.

Sneak Previews on "Women in Danger" films and "Halloween." PBS, 1980

Sneak Previews:"Man with 2 Brains, Superman III, Trading Places (1 of 2). PBS, 1983

Sneak Previews: Trading Places, Psycho II (pt. 2 of 2). PBS, 1983.

Sneak Previews: "Ghost Busters." PBS, 1984

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Siskel & Ebert on home video in 1988

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Laserdiscs were new. Pan-and-scan was popular. The idea of watching a movie at home was catching on. Siskel & Ebert had an important influence in some areas, and we led the charge against pan-and-scan and colorization, and praised the idea of letterboxing, which has become standard. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen! Thank you very much!

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The triumph of the day-fly

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