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Questions for the Movie Answer Man

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What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Why don't movie actors wear seat belts? Was Fargo really based on a true story? Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert answers these and hundreds more. Using wit, insight, and dozens of other experts, he resolves some of the most common questions about the moviesand some of the most bizarre. 
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Jan Strnad
Dec 06, 2011 Jan Strnad rated it really liked it
This is a book from 1997 in which Roger Ebert answers miscellaneous movie-related questions submitted by readers. It's going on fifteen years old as I write this review, so some of the questions are getting a little dated. For instance, people and theaters back then were struggling mightily with that newfangled surround sound and the concept of letterboxing, which aren't quite the concern today that they were then. And the current movies that created a lot of buzz are now "oldies": Beyond Sunris ...more
Scott
Sep 03, 2009 Scott rated it did not like it
Don't get me wrong, I love Roger Ebert. He was my entry, like that of many young people, into film criticism. And some of his newer, honest, and more personal writing that he has done during his recent illness has revealed him to be a superb essayist.

However, the Movie Answer Man column has always been dumb, less an informative column for avid film aficionados and more of a forum for Ebert to answer questions with pithy little jokes.

And, again, when it comes to Ebert's so-called "humor," I am
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Glenn Whelan
If "Questions for the movie answer man" were a carefully structured journey through the known and unknown trivia tidbits surrounding the last 100 years of Hollywood film-making, this would be a welcome book to exist on any cinemaphile's bookshelf. Unfortunately, this is only a thematically compiled collection of letters sent to Roger Ebert's "Movie answer man" column. This is troublesome for many reasons.

Firstly, the questions are often stupid and repetitive. Second, his responses are simplisti
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George Shubin
Nov 17, 2011 George Shubin rated it it was ok
Typically, I enjoy reading Roger Ebert's reviews, even if I don't always agree with his assessments. His prose style is enjoyable.

This book, however, is a different story. Consisting of a little over 300 pages, most of the text is made up of questions from readers of his Movie Answer Man column in the newspaper. His answers are mostly one-liner wisecracks. Now and again, Ebert elaborates, but there's not enough of him in this book to make it worthwhile. You have to slog through a lot of piffle t
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John Orman
Dec 01, 2012 John Orman rated it it was amazing
Ebert, the Movie Answer Man, answers questions from many areas related to movies, including questions about particular movies, directors, and actors. I especially liked questions about Dumb Audiences, Flops, Books into Films, Casablanca, and Movie Math.
Amazing how often references to Tarantino and Pulp Fiction show up in many categories!
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The title pretty much says it all.
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I found this interesting but it would not be if you were too young to remember the movies he is answering questions about!!
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Roger Joseph Ebert was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic and screenwriter.

He was known for his weekly review column (appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and later online) and for the television program Siskel & Ebert at the Movies, which he co-hosted for 23 years with Gene Siskel. After Siskel's death in 1999, he auditioned several potential replacements, ultimately choo
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