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Old “Siskel & Ebert” Reviews On a New Website

Old “Siskel & Ebert” Reviews On a New Website (photo)

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I’ve told this story before but it’s absolutely true: while most kids my age stayed up past their bedtime to secretly watch R-rated movies, I stayed up to watch “Siskel & Ebert.” It was one of my favorite shows, and for years it was only on Sundays at midnight. So I’d kiss my parents goodnight, turn off the lights, and lie awake for an hour until the show came on. Then I’d turn my television, lower the volume to one above mute, and pray Gene and Roger didn’t yell too loudly and get me caught.

I love reading criticism and I still love watching old “Siskel & Ebert” reviews. The full run of their Disney-syndicated show was available on that series’ website until it was cancelled last year, and a good amount of material has shown up on YouTube over the years. But now two “Siskel & Ebert” fanatics who put my own fandom to shame have started an archive site, SiskelAndEbert.Org dedicated to preserving as much of the show as they can. It’s far from complete at this point, just a few dozen reviews, but it’s a great start, particularly because a lot of the material on it already has previously been impossible to find online. Like, for example, the very first episode of the show, back when it was on PBS and called “Opening Soon …At a Theater Near You” and, in a weird convergence of all my teenage obsessions, had a theme song by Billy Joel:

These guys are hardcore. They hunted down copies of “Sneak Previews,” “At the Movies,” and the rest from the Library of Congress and the Museum of Broadcast Communications. I hope they continue to build a complete “Siskel & Ebert” (& Roeper) archive. I’m going to watch every single thing they put up. I won’t even need to stay up late to do it.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…