At the Movies-Best of 1982

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firstmagnitude (7 years ago)
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Boy this was fun to watch! I need to check Diva out. I didn’t know they did indivdual reviews as seen at the end of this show.
goldiechick (7 years ago)
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Gradepoint, how did you save everything? You must have been ahead of your time and decided to transfer everything to this website about 30 years or more. Firstmagnitude said a few years ago that he didn’t start taping until at least sometime in early 1983. You’re way ahead, even going back to "Sneak Previews."
julesp (6 years ago)
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What a throwback, these are great to watch indeed...
It’s interesting that they ranked Diva so high in their respective list, hinting at how it was dismissed in its country of origin, France. I do think they sort of miss the point as to why it was dismissed though... I’m a frenchman, born & bred (nearly), and I’ve seen it, and honestly it’s not that great. It is full of technical wizardry and true exhilaration, but the story meanders too much, and the dialogue veers into pretentious and is often stilted. Then again, Americans and French people may not have the same opinion about a French movie. I guess our standards aren’t the same.
But it clearly is a marvel to simply regard. That Paris metro chase is truly amazing; you only catch a glimpse of it here.
julesp (6 years ago)
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..."the" pretentious, sorry...
Selk (6 years ago)
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Patrice Donnelly’s next film was "American Anthem", which Roger hated so much he gave it half a star.
blake (6 years ago)
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Thanks so much for these, gradepoint, your uploads are my favorite. Great picture quality and I especially love the captions giving the taping and air dates for the shows, and the commercials. Just one thing: why is it that the 2nd commercial breaks are always replaced with a blank screen? A small quibble to be sure, I really appreciate your making these available.
@ShyHustler (5 years ago)
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This episode demonstrates the quintessential difference between Siskel & Ebert: Roger likes many different kinds of movies, but at the end of the day, he always validates the mainstream classics, while Gene is not afraid to go totally out of the box. I miss these guys so much.
Siskelfan (6 years ago)
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Wonderful!!! This is a great episode!! Thanks you!
Dan (5 years ago)
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I find an error in your description. It aired on 1/7/83, not 1/8/83.

I can tell this because the air date of the stinkers episode say 1/14/83, and each episode comes out a week after the next.
gradepoint (5 years ago)
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Dan, you’re right. Though to be even more specific (and geeky) about this, I think I can safely surmise that with a syndicated program such as this, local television networks who picked up this show were given some liberty as to when they could air it. Note at 1:51 the program card reads PROGRAM AIRS: 1/7-1/13/83. To confirm this, I’ve gone through different T.V. Guides of the time and different stations would indeed air the show at different times and days, though they were probably obligated to show them at more optimal time slots, at least in the initial showing. Some stations showed these episodes more than once over the course of a week. But the weekend seemed to be the prime choosing. But yes, the first this show aired was Jan. 7, which by the way was a Friday.
gradepoint (5 years ago)
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blake, to answer you’re question of more than a year ago, these recordings are straight from the studio. These were not recorded off TV. This is the copy that was distributed to all the television stations for broadcast. The first commercial break is for all of the national sponsors (like Glad, Crest, etc.). The 2nd break is for the local advertisements in your local area.
Heath Mitchell (5 years ago)
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I wonder how they choose which movies they talk about. I understand that they can’t talk about all of them due to limited time, but it seems to me that they would at least want to talk about the highest ones that they can.
Xenugears (5 years ago)
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Hum, neither picked that year’s best picture winner, Gandhi.
58panorama (5 years ago)
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Actually, Roger picked "Gandhi" for 1983(not that you can tell in the Best-of 1983 episode).
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I didn’t realize 1982 was such a tremendously good year. This would have been my top ten for that year

1) Fitzcaraldo
2) Blade Runner
) Das Boot
4) Tootsie
5) The Verdict
6) The Long Good Friday
7)Gandhi
8) 48HRS.
9)Conan the Barbarian
10)E.T.
MrNoCal (5 years ago)
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This is so great to watch! Strangely, the one thing that made me go "OMFG!" was the commercial for the RCA video disc player. I must admit to my family owning it at the time, and also getting the stereo version (I was about 16-17 at the time) and thinking it was the greatest thing ever! What a piece of crap that turned out to be...video discs played with a needle like a record. That "technology" didn’t last long at all, thankfully!
gradepoint (4 years ago)
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Shawn, I would say 1982 was one of the best years for Sci/Fi and Fantasy. Blade Runner, Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan, Tron, E.T., Poltergeist, The Thing, Road Warrior, The Secret of NIMH, Conan the Barbarian, Pink Floyd-The Wall, The Dark Crystal. Good year.
Film Cricket (2 years ago)
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OMG! Fini Can Water You. That is the most brilliantly inept line I’ve ever heard. I want so badly for people to see that scene but I can’t find a clip of it on YouTube.
Film Cricket (2 years ago)
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LOL! The Executive Producer is Sheldon Cooper!
Mandeth (2 months ago)
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Back in the 80s I thought Siskel & Ebert were good critics. But looking back, they were often way off. Especially in condemning movies with action. It was a big PC cause at the time and Siskel was especially biased against action films. Both of them were wrong on Blade Runner, Terminator, Aliens, At Close Range, Casualties of War and so on.

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Rogers Top 10.
10. The Weavers-Wasn’t That a Time!
9. The Verdict
8. Moonlighting
7. Mephisto
6. Das Boot
5. Personal...

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