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In Honor Of Siskel and Ebert: The Pop Cultural Couples Who Love To Hate Each Other

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | April 5, 2013 | Comments ()


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We lost a truly irreplaceable voice in the world of film appreciation and criticism this week. Roger Ebert not only helped shape the pop cultural landscape for over 40 years but was simply one hell of an admirable human being. The loss of that voice is keenly felt not only for those with out heads buried in the world of film, but also for the most casual filmgoer. That's how approachable Ebert was and how far-reaching his influence. The accessibility of Ebert's criticism came in large part from the weekly TV show he shared with critic Gene Siskel. Their their joyful, combative chemistry made film discussion a must-watch. And even for those of us who don't believe in a specific after-life, I think there's a lingering hope that Siskel and Ebert are finally reunited. In a balcony. Somewhere.

Over on Press Play today, Ken Cancelosi posted this loving tribute to Siskel and Ebert's sparring love/hate relationship. I watched and got a little emotional.

So in honor of my favorite sparring duo, here are a few more beloved fighters. Sometimes, just sometimes, an insult can feel like a hug.

Angelus and William The Bloody (Awful)
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Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
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Raylan Givens And Boyd Crowder
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Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly
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Aziraphel and Crowley (Not pictured but, well, this is pretty close.)
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Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth
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Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson
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Statler and Waldorf
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  • Matt C.

    Semisonic! Yay!

  • Strand

    What I loved about Siskel and Ebert was that despite their education and intellect, they never embodied the snobbery endemic in film circles. They were funny, personable and they bounced off each other so well.

    I remember the first times I saw their Jaws: The Revenge and Highlander 2 reviews. Beautiful. I'm not a spiritual person but in their case, I'd make an exception.

    "Pearl Harbor" is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle. "

    Ebert's Magnum Opus.

  • Summer

    Mulder and Krycek

  • AC

    dude Krycek shot Mulder's dad... low

  • ViciousTrollop

    I hate Bing Crosby with the fire of a thousand burning suns. That man was an abusive monster, even worse he was an avid golfer.

  • Apparently, Bing Crosby didn't brush or floss.

  • e jerry powell

    I'd bet he also didn't wipe his ass after toilet either.

  • NateMan

    I would pay so much good money for decent movie adaptations of Good Omens. And Wee Free Men.

  • Tinkerville

    If you haven't read this Esquire profile on Ebert, do it right now. When Ebert says that they were "born to be Siskel and Ebert" and then "I just miss him so much," I dare you not to cry.

    http://www.esquire.com/print-t...

  • Leigh

    crap. you won the dare.

  • K Landoni

    Beecher + Schillinger

  • e jerry powell

    Schillinger and two-thirds of general population.

  • John W

    Oscar Madison and Felix Unger.

    Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

    Tom and Jerry.

    Bill Compton and Eric Northman.

  • e jerry powell

    I think Queen Sophie-Anne would beg to differ on that last one.

  • e jerry powell

    I thought Statler and Waldorf were Siskel & Ebert.

  • BWeaves

    Nah, Statler and Waldorf worked together to heckle the live performers. Other than sitting in the balcony, I don't think they really were the same.

  • We need a MST3K or Rifftrax with Statler and Waldorf, and we need it now. Somebody pitch this to someone!!

  • Pamela Franck

    upto I saw the bank draft ov $5599, I accept that my mom in-law was like they say realie taking home money in there spare time on their computer.. there moms best friend had bean doing this for under 21 months and just now took care of the mortgage on there condo and bought Chevrolet. I went here, Big31.com

  • BWeaves

    Your mom-in-law is a whore. That's how she's making her money.

  • I have no idea what any of that means, but I'm going to interpret that as a pledge of $5599 to my Statler and Waldorf show. Anyone else less coherent want to donate?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Go fuck yourself.

  • Sarah

    Spike and Angel might be the greatest thing to ever happen to TV.

  • I could watch 5 seasons of the Spike/Angel season 5 dynamic. Incredibly awesome.

  • e jerry powell

    And who would they have been without Buffy?

  • Sarah

    Well, not who they became, that's for sure. She gave them both purpose to fight for the good side. But they graduated her, which is what Angel (the show) demonstrated. Their lives eventually stopped revolving around her, even though she was the love of both of their un-lives.

  • e jerry powell

    Fair enough. But still, not unlike Mr. Compton and Mr. Northman, they really needed to just "fuck each other and get it over with."

  • nrvs

    I dunno. If it wasn't for her I may have watched past season 2.

  • Does anybody know what movie Siskel was talking about that 'turned into a slasher flim at the end'?

  • Charlie Bradbury

    Single White Female, I think.

  • BWeaves

    Statler and Waldorf don't hate each other. They work as a team.

  • Some Guy

    It's everything and everyone else they hate. And with gusto!

  • Bert_McGurt

    Givens and Crowder, meet Bullock and Swearengen. I think this conversation could be rather interesting.

  • Phaedre

    That just blew my mind.

    The possiblities are delightful to contemplate...

  • BendinIntheWind

    Pete and Peggy!

  • lowercase_ryan

    That video didn't make me sad until the song at the end. But up until then it was all smiles. I'm very grateful.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Siskel and Ebert really was must-watch TV back in the day, I loved the hell out of that show.

  • Rochelle

    They were the first people I saw think critically about anything other than politics. It was a revelation and I loved them.

  • BWeaves

    Me too. I loved how they just bounced zingers off each other and never flinched. They just kept trying to one-up each other until it was time to move on to the next subject. It really was a sort of a sibling rivalry.

  • e jerry powell

    Or George and Martha.

  • Rocabarra

    I really enjoy virtually everything about Justified, but Boyd and Raylan's relationship is by far the most compelling part of the show.

    And Jaime and Brienne! Textbook love-hate right there.

  • Natallica

    Game of Thrones is GREAT on love-hate couples. Besides Jaime and Brienne, you have the more subdued but awesome dynamic between Tywin and Arya, and the teenage angst ridden Jon-Ygritte duo

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