Thursday, August 26, 2010

'Sophie & Daddy' replaces 'Siskel & Ebert'

As Sophie Stevens clutched her security blanket and donned her 3-D glasses, the movie "Toy Story 3" reverberated in Theater 6 of the downtown Disney cineplex. Like many parents in movies with kids, I got more enjoyment watching her than the film.

Sophie, 5, just saw her first movie in a theater. Her review was this: "It was a little good. 'Cars' is better because of King Car. I liked Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head. They're funny."

Because of Sophie's insightful review and my sophistication, we will end an 11-year void our country has endured and replace "Siskel & Ebert" as the country's foremost movie critics.

As a involuntary rule, I'm predisposed to dislike any, and all, sequels. A third installment of any movie already has a black mark against it because it may just be cashing in on previous success. "Toy Story 3," though, has too much humor, likability and toy memories for adults for it to get a thumbs down. The flick works for both kids and adults.

Although I tend to see approximately four movies per year in the theater and Sophie has only seen one in her life, we are obvious choices to replace Siskel & Ebert, whose TV partnership ran from 1986 to 1999.

Gene Siskel passed away in 1999, and movie reviews never were the same since. Roger Ebert then teamed with a sycophant named Richard Roeper, and that guy appeared bought off by the movie studios and/or an ignoramus. Sadly, Ebert now has battled thyroid cancer and has lost his voice. He remains an American treasure, even though he is in the twilight of his life.

Enter "Sophie & Daddy."The only negative to Sophie and my film-reviewing partnership is that we will only be able to review kids movies for many years. It likely will take us a decade to get to rated R films.

Below is a video of "Siskel & Ebert" outtakes that is arguably the funniest video on the Snooze Button Generation. I couldn't believe what I was seeing with this video and laughed heartily. Enjoy!

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