The Critic

The Critic is an American animated show which aired from 1994 to 1995 on ABC and FOX. As the name would probably suggest it’s about a critic. A film critic to be precise.
The main character of the story is Jay Sherman (voiced by Jon Lovitz). The story follows the New York critic as his misfortunes and apparently “grotesque” appearance lead him to entertaining adventures. Oh… and apparently he has his own review show called Coming Attractions.

Jay Sherman has spoken!

The show was created by writing partners Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who had previously worked as writers and showrunners on a little show called… The Simpsons!

And of course having such and opportunity it’d be a shame if they didn’t have at least a couple The Simpsons crossovers.

And one last thing!
Is it just me or does Jon Lovitz kind of looks like the the character he voices?

Suspicious..

Gene Siskel

Eugene Kal “Gene” Siskel, the other half of the legendary duo. He and Roger Ebert became really popular with review show, which they hosted, Siskel and Ebert at the Movies. It aired from 1986 until 1999, when Gene met his untimely demise.

The show continued for a few years by the name Ebert & Roeper at the Movies. The name was changed when Ebert’s Chicago Sun-Times colleague Richard Roeper was hired.

Normally, Siskel and Roger Ebert would refuse to guest star in movies or televisual series (except for talk shows) as they felt it would undermine their responsibility to the public. However, they both could not resist appearing on an episode of the animated television series The Critic.

In 1998, Siskel underwent surgery for a cancerous brain tumor. 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.”

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

Dough Walker

Internet celebrity Dough Walker became famous on YouTube in 2007. Around that time he introduced a number series and characters, in which he starred.

    • Ask That Guy with the Glasses(A comedic Q&A show.)

      That Guy with the Glasses

    • Bum Reviews
      (Reviews of recently released films… as a bum!)

      Chester A. Bum

    • 5 Second Movies(One of his most popular creations.A quick edit of movies (usually between 3 and 10 seconds) summarizing the movie in a comedic way.)
  • The Nostalgia Critic
    (This features scene-by-scene reviews of films. The series later features more recent works as well.)

    The Nostalgia Critic                           (This picture is so suborn, I can’t even center it!)

Around the late 2007 Walker had his videos removed from YouTube over copyright complaints from studios like 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. After a few attempts to get them back online, in 2008 he (together with Mike Michaud) created the website ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. It includes not only Dough’s personal work, but the reviews and commentaries of a number of people.

At the moment Walker is going strong, with his work getting an average from 100,000 to 300,000 viewers per week. ( And this is just the Nostalgia Critic Show )

Despite sometimes having a bit of childish humor, (this is just a personal note) his shows have been very entertaining for me and I will continue watching them with pleasure.
He is by far my favorite online critic.

Roger Ebert

About a month ago on April 4, 2013 one of the most respected film critics, Roger Ebert (aged 70) passed away ending his 11-year battle with cancer. He was the second half of the legendary duo, which were  Roger and Gene Siskel (who passed away in 1999).

Two years before his death he wrote:

“I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris”

Two days before his demise, the passionate critic ended his last blog post with:

“So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”

Anybody with a passion for cinema was saddened by the news. President Obama wrote:

“Roger was the movies … he could capture the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical … The movies won’t be the same without Roger”

To this I can only say rest in peace…

You will be missed