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Old 04-04-2013, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default R.I.P. Roger Ebert

Yeah, I know we have a R.I.P. Thread...... but this man deserves his own thread.

Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer - Chicago Sun-Times

I am saddened by this. I loved this man. Yeah, he had some sketchy opinions (see his views on video games) and would put down a lot of horror i liked (personally I think he was a closet Friday the 13th fan - who gots to all of them knowing they hated everyone they saw before... anyone with reason would see maybe 2 or 3 and not bother... but he saw them all)... Plus the whole Ryan Dunn thing probably knocked him down some (personally I think it may have been soon, but he was still 110% correct in what he said)

But he loved movies, and although I can't say I always agreed with him, I admired what he did none the less.

I also admire that through it all he never gave up, he was still doing reviews from his hospital bed the last time... gotta love that kind of dedication to ones art.

But love him or hate him, he was an important figure in the world of cinema and will be missed.

R.I.P Mr. Ebert.

‎"I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people." - Jack Handey.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think anyone could hate him really. A good man taken (looks up life expectancy) 7 years too early. At least we still have Mark Kermode going for a few more decades.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Man, this makes me sad. I didn't always agree with his reviews but I loved his writing and thought he was a fascinating guy. I actually saw him in person twice in my life: once at a movie in the park screening of Some Like It Hot that he organized and spoke at, and once on a sidewalk in downtown Chicago when we walked right past each other as I was on my way to work.

The world of movies just won't be the same without him.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Have mercy on the poor.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My all time favorite movie critic. I figured this was coming, I am a regular reader of his reviews, and as of late his page has been mostly guest reviewers. He was equally entertaining praising a film or cutting it to ribbons. I disagreed with him on scattered, infrequent occasions, but even with that he made his case so eloquently, either for or against, the film, I was compelled to respect his POV. Him and I were almost in lockstep on politics. I am really going to miss Roger.


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Old 04-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ebert was the gold standard of anything art criticism for me. He didn't just watch movies and give his opinion on them, he helped explain movies latent with symbolism that could so easily pass under a viewer's nose, he took what directors gave him and formulated his own thoughts on the message and intent.

I never really got to see Ebert & Siskel in their heyday and that always made me sad. Just watching videos on Youtube of them going at showed what awesome chemistry they had as a duo. Their banter where both of them would vehemently disagree, and neither would emerge as the right perspective, but both took something away from the discussion and viewers got the perspective of two of the most insightful minds in film. That won't ever be replicated.

Two thumbs up for his legacy.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by hip hop bunny hop View Post
Are you sad because of the subject matter of the article or because Roger Ebert passed away?
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Electrophonic Tonic View Post

That got me choked up. Seriously.

I'm going to miss this man. As a recent passionate film lover I arrived very late to the party of the life that was Roger Ebert. I have read almost every review from him I have found on whatever movie I was looking up at the time. I didn't agree with him every time but I actually cared and was intensively curious as to what he thought about a movie I liked, a movie I hated, or a movie I had interest in seeing. The man was the definition of doing what you love. I'll miss him.

I just hope he got to sit down and watch a classic favorite of his before he died. I would hate it if the last film he saw was "The Admission" or the new "G.I. Joe" movie.
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