Jun. 18th, 1942
Urbana, Illinois, USA
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- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [June 23, 2005]
- Hobbies: walking, reading, travel, sketching, cosmology, Darwinism.
- Says that the first movie he ever saw was _A Day at the Races (1937)_ (qv) starring 'The Marx Brothers' (qv).
- Considers the film _Day of the Woman (1978)_ (qv) (aka "I Spit On Your Grave") to be the worst movie he has ever seen.
- Shares the birthplace of Urbana, Illinois with the character Hal 9000, as specified in _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv) one of his all time favorite movies. He held a birthday party for Hal 9000 at the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1997 (Hal's birth date in the novel, not the film) celebrated with a screening of 2001 and its co-writer 'Arthur C. Clarke' (qv) in attendance via satellite.
- His number one movies from the following 1990s were _Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv), _JFK (1991)_ (qv), _Malcolm X (1992)_ (qv), _Schindler's List (1993)_ (qv), _Hoop Dreams (1994)_ (qv), _Leaving Las Vegas (1995)_ (qv), _Fargo (1996)_ (qv), _Eve's Bayou (1997)_ (qv), _Dark City (1998)_ (qv), and _Being John Malkovich (1999)_ (qv).
- Wrote an introduction for the book "Mad at a Movies," a compilation of past movie satires from the pages of "Mad" magazine. He credits Mad's movie satires as one of his earliest inspirations for becoming a film critic.
- He drew criticism when he stated that he considered _The Passion of the Christ (2004)_ (qv) to be 'the most violent film I've ever seen'. Many misinterpreted that to mean that he felt that the violence in the film was negative and exploitive (even though he gave the film a glowing review). He stated in his Q and A column that "The effect of movie violence depends on subjective factors, including the purpose the filmmakers had in using it."