I stumbled upon a terrific series of clips from the early days of Siskel and Ebert
back when they were on PBS in the late 70s / early 80s, presenting their "Dogs of the Week," and it is absolutely worth two hours of your time to watch all thirteen chronological compilations. It's really sweet in a way to see both men at this stage of their career where they clearly like each other and these segments, where each of the two critics goes out of their way to see a movie they think will be bad and then make fun of it (though they will admit if the film they ended up seeing was good and will instead recommend it) in a way that seems solely engineered as a competition to make the other man laugh the most. Some of the funniest lines I've ever heard from this show are collected here, and some of the bad films they watched will be familiar (too familiar to me, thanks to all those Slasher movie screenings) and not all are that bad. But then you hear about something as ludicrous as the Wilderness Family Part 2
, Siskel's description of which made me laugh til I cried and Ebert was right there with me, or are treated to Siskel loudly losing it at Ebert's description of the sound effects of Cannibal Girls
. What's fun about watching them in order is that both critics get a lot better at coming up with funny things to say as they go along, so you can see comic growth unfurl over the clips. They also cycle through more than one "Wonder Dog" introducing the films, and the technical difficulties in one of the last videos is hilarious when the new dog refuses to stop barking and they have to soldier on through their bits. Highly recommended.
Here's a very long playlist with a lot of extra videos tacked on
, but it starts with the thirteen compilations in order