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hutch0
Date: 2009-04-08 23:43
Subject: and speaking of ebert...
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...Roger Ebert tears Bill O'Reilly a new aperture. I love this man's work.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-04-08 23:21 (UTC)
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:D
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User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2009-04-08 23:21 (UTC)
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This is why I don't worry about Roger Ebert if the Sun-Times goes under.

(One of these days, I'll have to introduce you to Michael H. Price, the former film critic at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Mr. Price could write Ebert under the table, and he quit back in 1997 when a new editor decided to rewrite him repeatedly because the editor didn't like Price's conclusions. I used to work for this same editor, and I explained to Mr. Price that he couldn't help it: if this editor ever went straight edge, five coke dealers wouldn't be able to send their grandkids to Harvard any longer. Anyway, the Star-Telegram will most likely be dead by the end of the year, and Mr. Price's status? He took a lot of grief for leaving at first, but now he's seen as being smarter than ever for leaving that fiasco before it actually cost him money.)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-04-09 22:43 (UTC)
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You see, this is one of the many things I love about the US. Even on the smallest papers - no offence to the Star-Telegram - there are writers of extraordinary ability and grace. I'm sure there are bitter, hamfisted hacks as well, but I can't think of a mainstream newspaper critic over here who even gets close to Ebert. There's a kind of calm, dignified Lake Wobegone erudition to his writing that I like very much.
I'm trying to track some of Michael Price's work down online at the moment. There's a nice article about him here.
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2009-04-11 01:06 (UTC)
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Heh. That interview ran shortly before (a) I went to Mr. Price's signing of Forgotten Horrors (where he related the other reasons why he quit), and (b) just before the Fort Worth Weekly was bought by the New Times empire and driven into the ground. I still have my copy of Forgotten Horrors, and it's both eloquent and respectful of far too many completely forgotten serials and horror films of the Thirties and Forties. For instance, did you know that John Wayne actually created the concept of screen fistfighting because he was tired of getting punched full-bore in the shoulder?

Unfortunately, there's also a bit of bad news, in that the Fort Worth Film Festival was scheduled for a very bad weekend in September of 2001. It's gone, as well as the entertainment center Caravan of Dreams in downtown, but he's still plugging away for good films and good filmmaking in Texas.

Oh, and should you ever get the chance to come out this way, I'll have to show you Fort Worth. The presumption is that it's small with a name like that, but it's actually one of the biggest cities in Texas. Beautiful place, too: while Dallas went insane in the Seventies and Eighties with destroying every trace of its old history that it could, Fort Worth did its best to preserve the parts of the city worth preserving, and it's the better for it. I could brag for days on its art and science museums, its botanic gardens, and its top-notch zoo, but I'd rather take people out there to show them why I'm so enthused.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-04-12 00:54 (UTC)
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I'd read stories about how Wayne had invented the `screen punch,' but I never knew why. I have a friend who I suspect would get on like a house on fire with Mr Price - he's also an afficionado of old film serials, to the extent that he can quote the names of the cinematographers and the people who did the effects. I suspect he'd love a copy of Forgotten Horrors. If it's still in print, I think it would make a very nice Christmas present for him.
I'm unlikely to be visiting the US again any time soon; I can barely afford to travel to work at the moment. But when I do, I would like to visit Texas, so don't discount us descending upon you and the Czarina like the merciless funnel of a tornado one day.
BTW, have you shelved this year's Chelsea Flower Show?
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2009-04-12 16:08 (UTC)
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Sadly, yes: I'd love to see the show this year, but finances and work situations are going to make it impossible. There's always next year, especially if the books sell well.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-04-12 23:21 (UTC)
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I read somewhere that this year's show is going to be slimmed down some because of the economic situation, so next year's might be a better one to aim at.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2009-04-09 01:41 (UTC)
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Luverly stuff on the Intarwebs this week, isn't there? Hugs and smiles, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-04-09 22:31 (UTC)
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Oh yes.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2009-04-09 03:50 (UTC)
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But Ebert's nuts if he thinks Charles Krauthammer is "admirable"; CK, albeit usually less offensive than O'Liarly, is actually as much out of touch with reality and he lies just as readily.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-04-09 22:32 (UTC)
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Possibly Ebert's being ironic. You know, `even Krauthammer's preferable to you.'
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