Joel Siegel, 1943-2007

It has been said that everyone has an opinion on any given topic.

That is especially true in the world of entertainment, where we have critics for almost every minutia. But there are some critics that survive over time, ones that we tend to trust. Growing up, it was Siskel & Ebert and Joel Siegel. Gene Siskel passed away in 1999, and Roger Ebert is struggling with health issues now.

Joel Siegel was Good Morning America’s answer to Gene Shalit; albeit, a more intelligent and knowledgeable answer to Shalit. My lasting memory of Siegel was his review of Raiders of the Lost Ark. After seeing his review, my parents said ok to going to see Raiders. After that, my parents and I trusted a majority of his reviews. He continued to prove himself as a fair critic. Did he have some less-than-desirable moments? Yes, his review of Clerks II is what recent moviegoers have as a lasting impression.

For me, I will remember that day when he described a movie to a rollercoaster and reminded us how going to the movies was supposed to be fun…

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