Remembering Ed Koch: New York Mayor, Surprise Film Critic

As the former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, who died today at the age of 88, was a prominent pop culture figure in his own right. He appeared in several movies and TV shows; “Sex and the City,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “The First Wives Club” and “The Hebrew Hammer” are just a few of the productions in which he appeared as himself.

But Koch was also a true movie lover. After his mayoral tenure, he became a bona fide critic, reviewing films for a New York area newspaper. And in 2009 he started an online video series called “The Mayor at the Movies.”

Koch screened films with regular audience members, and his reviews (ending with either a “plus” or a “minus”) reflected that Ordinary Guy ethos. These are highlights from a few of his video segments:

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