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The Balcony Is Closed

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert by Roger Ebert

Reviewed by Chris Bolton

"This was a tough year for movie lovers. Apart from the abundance of middling to outright bad films and ever-inflating ticket prices (inversely proportional, it seems, to a decrease in the quality of the moviegoing experience), there was the death of beloved director Robert Altman. And, for more than half of 2006, we had to endure silence from one of the nation's best film critics. Roger Ebert has been MIA since July, when he underwent surgery for salivary cancer. He is currently in rehabiliation ('learning to walk again,' he writes on his website) and has contributed only a couple of movie reviews since...." Read the entire review.

2 Responses to "The Balcony Is Closed"

    Albert Armijo January 8th, 2007 at 8:38 am

    A very good review. Let's hope that Ebert regains his good health and returns soon. He is missed.

    Dian Francesca Cuccinello January 8th, 2007 at 9:41 am

    That was one of the finest reviews of a reviewer that I have ever had the pleasure to read. Chris Bolton's take on Roger Ebert was dead on. Roger very rarely ever steered me wrong on a film, and I felt that no matter how bad a movie was, that he was reviewing, he was never acerbic, but always genuinely gracious and respectful of the art and the artists involved. Thanks for the pleasant ride!
    Dian Francesca

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