My JMC 406 commentary class is going to be talking about writing critical reviews over the next week or two. Here are several readings and great talk by movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert for my students. But for all of you thinking about reviewing, these materials are all great. (And, please, take the time to watch the C-SPAN video of Siskel and Ebert talking to National Press Club back in 1995. Get passed the complaints about Sen. Bob Dole and get to where they talk about what makes movies good or bad.)
Siskel & Ebert at the National Press Club
- Roger Ebert’s Rule Book for Review Writing
A great set of rules for writing reviews. The first half deal with writing; the second half deals with working as a reviewer.
- Roger Ebert’s Web Site
A great collection of Ebert’s writing. Some about movies, some about other subjects.
- Three Reviews from Gene Siskel