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Gene Siskel

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Gene Siskel

American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1946.

Countries: United States (81%), (13%), United Kingdom (6%)

Main connections: Roger Ebert, PBS, Do the Right Thing

Linked to: Defense Information School, The Walt Disney Company, Jews, PBS

 

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Gene Siskel was born in 1946 add something


1967

He attended Culver Academies and graduated in philosophy at Yale University in 1967, where he studied writing under Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey, who helped him land a job at the "Chicago Tribune" in 1969 add something


1968

Siskel served in the United States Army Reserves; graduating from basic officers training in early 1968, and serving as a military journalist and public affairs officer for the Defense Information School add something


1969

From 1969 until his death in early 1999, he and Ebert were in agreement on nine top selections: "Z", "The Godfather", "Nashville", "The Right Stuff", "Do the Right Thing", "GoodFellas", "Schindler's List", "Hoop Dreams", and "Fargo" add something

 

Siskel compiled "best of the year" movie lists from 1969 to 1998, which have helped to provide an overview of his critical preferences add something


1970

Roger Ebert - He is shown discussing the dynamics of appearing with Gene Siskel on the 1970s show "Coming to a Theatre Near You", which was the predecessor of "Sneak Previews" on Chicago PBS station WTTW. He expressed his approval of the proliferation of young people writing film reviews today on the Internet


1971

He only walked out on three films during his professional career: the 1971 comedy "The Million Dollar Duck" starring Dean Jones; the 1980 horror film "Maniac"; and the 1996 Penelope Spheeris film "Black Sheep" add something


1975

Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular review shows from 1975 to 1999 add something

 

In 1975, Siskel teamed up with Roger Ebert, film reviewer for the " Chicago Sun-Times", to host a show on the local Chicago PBS station WTTW which eventually became "Sneak Previews" add something

 

Leslie Halliwell - Gene Siskel wrote in 1975, "There is a well-developed consensus among film scribes that Leslie Halliwell's "The Filmgoer's Companion" is the single most valuable reference book on film


1977

"Sneak Previews" gained a country-wide audience in 1977 when it was carried on PBS add something


1979

Sorcerer (film) - Ebert, in a November 1979 episode of "Sneak Previews" with Gene Siskel, called the film an "overlooked classic", and was shocked that the film "was so completely overlooked" despite starring Academy *award nominee Roy Scheider and being directed by William Friedkin, an Oscar winner


1980

Raging Bull - "Raging Bull" is voted by many critics including Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel as the best film of the 1980s


1982

Siskel and Ebert left WTTW and PBS in 1982 for syndication add something


1983

Terms of Endearment - Gene Siskel, who gave the film a highly enthusiastic review, correctly predicted upon its release that it would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1983


1985

There would have been a tenth, except that Ebert declined to rank the documentary "Shoah" as 1985's best film because he felt it was inappropriate to compare it to the rest of the year's candidates add something

 

Back to the Future - "Back to the Future" appeared on Gene Siskel's top ten film list of 1985


1986

In 1986, Siskel and Ebert left Tribune Broadcasting to have their show produced by the syndication arm of The Walt Disney Company add something

 

The Fly (1986 film) - Film critic Gene Siskel named "The Fly" as the tenth best film of 1986

 

Chicago Tribune - In 1986, the "Tribune" announced that celebrated film critic Gene Siskel, the "Tribune"'s best-known writer, was no longer the paper's film critic, and that his position with the paper had shifted from being that of a full-time film critic to that of a free-lance contract writer who was to write about the film industry for the Sunday paper and provide capsule film reviews for the paper's entertainment sections


1989

Drugstore Cowboy - The film was very well received critically, being listed on the Top Ten list of both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert for films released in 1989


1990

Siskel was a die-hard Chicago sports fan, especially of the NBA's Bulls, and would cover locker-room celebrations for WBBM-TV news broadcasts following Bulls championships in the 1990s add something

 

Martin Scorsese - After the film was released Roger Ebert, a friend and supporter of Scorsese, named Goodfellas "the best mob movie ever" and is ranked 1 on Roger's movie list for 1990, along with Gene Siskel and Peter Travers, the film is widely considered one of the director's greatest achievements.

 

Dead Poets Society - On their Oscar Nomination edition of "Siskel & Ebert", both Gene Siskel and Ebert disagreed with Williams' Oscar nomination, with Ebert saying that he would have swapped Williams with either Matt Dillon for "Drugstore Cowboy" or John Cusack for "Say Anything", and on their "If We Picked the Winners" special in March of 1990, Ebert chose the film's Best Picture nomination as the worst nomination of the year, believing it took a slot that could have have gone to Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"


1992

Carl Franklin - The film was bestowed the honor of Best Film of the Year by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in 1992, and was named one of the 10 Best Films of 1992 by the National Review Board


1993

Schindler's List - The film was named the best of 1993 by critics such as James Berardinelli, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel


1994

On Deadly Ground - At the time of its release, Gene Siskel included the film in his "Worst of" list for 1994, singling out the melancholy tone of the film, and the quality of Seagal's dialogue


1995

Roger Ebert - In 1995, Ebert, along with colleague Gene Siskel, guest-starred on an episode of the animated TV series "The Critic"

 

Pulp Fiction - In 1995, in a special edition of "Siskel & Ebert" devoted to Tarantino, Gene Siskel argued that "Pulp Fiction" posed a major challenge to the "ossification of American movies with their brutal formulas"


1996

Fargo (film) - Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert both named "Fargo" the best movie of 1996


1998

In 1998, Siskel underwent surgery for a cancerous brain tumor add something


 

At the 1999 Academy awards ceremony, after its "In Memoriam" montage of deceased stars and film contributors , host Whoopi Goldberg gave a brief, impromptu tribute to Siskel in which she said: "Gene, honey, wherever you are, here's to you" and included the traditional "thumbs-up" gesture, to great audience applause add something


Gene Siskel died in 1999 add something

 

The last film Siskel reviewed on television with co-host Ebert was "The Theory of Flight" on Saturday, January 23, 1999 add something

 

He announced on Wednesday, February 3, 1999, that he was taking a leave of absence but that he expected to be back by the fall, writing "I'm in a hurry to get well because I don't want Roger to get more screen time than I." add something

 

On Saturday, February 20, 1999, Siskel died from complications of another surgery at the age of 53 add something

 

Gary Oldman - Ebert's co-presenter on the film review television show, At the Movies, Gene Siskel, described Oldman as a "wonderful" actor; following Siskel's death in 1999, Oldman said, "it's pretty overwhelming for a kid from South London to hear the two most important film critics in the world call you one of the greatest actors in the world.


2000

The Film Center was renamed The Gene Siskel Film Center in his honor in 2000 add something


2009

In this 2009 documentary film he is seen debating with Ebert over the merits of the film version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" add something