When Siskel & Ebert reviewed North, it was quite the review. Probably the best ever.
Nope. The best ever review was for an imaginary Frances Ford Coppola film by Bloom County's Opus the Penguin:
"[This film] did for the movies what Jonestown Kool-Aid did for kids' drinks."
@Evil – wanna be my new best friend? I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Bloom County (and most everything Berkeley Breathed). Binkley's anxiety closet? Story of my childhood.
This was with Elijah Wood, right? I think I actually saw this review on tv when I was younger. I love snark.
Also – I liked North.
I remember this review when it was originally on TV. I still can't get over the fact North was a Rob Reiner movie. Several of his movies are in my Top 10 list of all time favorites.
Never missed Siskel & Ebert. Roger was truly a lovely man & will be missed.
Aww. RIP Roger.
Hey, Lucas, I had an anxiety closet, too! Now that I'm a big girl, I still want to run to that closet but manage to get a grip.
I grab the ativan, Reese.
@Reese – Binkley's anxiety closet was where his worst fears would come out of in the middle of the night. Like this.
But I know what you mean
And I just realized the image I linked was Opus, not Binkley's. Which is here.
I googled Bloom County, I had never heard of it. Was it just a comic, or was a movie made from it?
huffington post has a article about eberts best snarky reviews.
eg; Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, 2009"If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
@Puggle – it was a comic. There was a kind of spin-off animated film about Opus, but that was a one-off. It was some of the most biting social commentary of the 80's and 90's. I loved it even when I was barely old enough to know what they were talking about.
Bloom County…best comic strip ever!!!!!It was intelligent humour.
@Lucas. LMAO! In college I had a Mormon show-up at my house one afternoon when I was wearing my Opus "Penguin Lust" t-shirt and had Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf" playing in the background. Could not have planned that if I tried.
Loved that t-shirt.
Oh, and the Mormons never came to our house again as long as we lived there (probably still don't to this day.)
Count me as another HUGE fan of Bloom County and proud owner of a Penguin Lust shirt.
Gayeld I am lmao at what the Hell must have been running through the Mormons heads at the moment you opened that door.
OMG…I haven't thought about Bloom County in forever!! I swear, that and Calvin & Hobbes shaped (some might say 'warped') my sense of humour forever!!!
@Sherry. He was literally struck speechless. He must have stood there for a good two minutes before he could put together a coherent sentence. His expression (which was priceless) was somewhere between "Take me now" and "Get behind me, Satan!"
@Lucas. I still run across the odd Bloom County comic strip that I cut out and saved. I read them, snicker, and then put them back in whatever hidey-hole they were in so I can run across them again sometime.
LOVED Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes. Great stuff. Throw in a few Far Side panels as well. . .
RIP Roger Ebert.
Bill the cat died of acne.
Also, i saw this show live, I can't believe it was Elijah Wood in that famously bad movie!
@Libby. Actually, he died crashing his Ferrari into a cactus at 140 mph, the acne thing was just a cover story.
My parents had bloom county books around the house and my local libraries and used book stores had TONS of them for some reason, and to say i love that comic would be an umderstatement… The art is on another level, but that dark and sarcastic humor in such a surreal world makes it my favorite comic strip ever, hands down. To this day i think Portnoy and Hodgepodge are the radest names ever. If i ever have 2 sons down the line, that will be their names… Or 2 dogs, whatever come first.
Man, I miss good comics. Not to say there aren't some funny ones now. My kid LOVES Get Fuzzy. But Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County were where it was at. I still have my Billy and the Boingers square vinyl somewhere.
That Ebert review is the reason North isn't on DVD. They'll probably release it now. I have hundreds of movie posters with Ebert blurbs on them. If they ever DO release North (which has a young Scarlett Johansson in it) I'm going to print my own DVD cover with Roger's "I HATED, HATED, HATED, HATED this movie" blurb right at the top of it.
I love Bloom County! I even sent Berke Breathed a fan letter one, and got a handwritten reply back, which is still someone in my piles of personal papers! That reminds me of a story I should write up some time for my blog…
Bill the Cat was the original Grumpy Cat. "Ack!" "Thbbft!" And he isn't really dead – he was revived via tongue cloning.
I especially loved the Prince William strips. "So … We're off for a royal family outing, eh, mum? Hope we get to see Uncle Andrew! I like Uncle Andrew's style … Randy Andy! Randy Andy! Randy Andy! Randy Andy!""Time to go fetch yer father.""HEY GNARLY CHARLIE!!"
Best Ebert review ever was when he admitted Infra-Man was his favorite guilty pleasure movie ever…just so happens it's mine too!