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2010-02-16 10:59:37 AM
Old news is so exciting.

Roger Ebert still rocks.

We're lucky he's still alive and reviewing
 
2010-02-16 11:03:24 AM
Good for him.

I have to admit, though, that picture of him made me do a double-take. Not trying to be insensitive or anything.
 
2010-02-16 11:03:33 AM
Obvious tag missing?
 
2010-02-16 11:06:49 AM
I'm not sure, but I think he had some work done.
 
2010-02-16 11:07:47 AM
Holy crap. I knew he had health issues, but that picture really really hit hard the extent of his issues. He doesn't look like the guy I remember.

Keep writing Ebert, I enjoy your reviews whether I agree or disagree with them.
 
2010-02-16 11:10:42 AM
he became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism.

There's a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism?

Siskel died in 1999? So Siskel died right before he could see Jar Jar Binks? He took the easy way out.

I keed, I liked the prequels.
 
2010-02-16 11:12:17 AM
Mugato: he became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism.

There's a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism?

Siskel died in 1999? So Siskel died right before he could see Jar Jar Binks? He took the easy way out.

I keed, I liked the prequels.


Come on. Jar Jar Binks wasn't that bad, okieday.
 
2010-02-16 11:12:24 AM
Mugato: Siskel died in 1999? So Siskel died right before he could see Jar Jar Binks? He took the easy way out.

So did you by stealing a joke from Jeffrey Ross.
 
2010-02-16 11:12:38 AM
I could've sworn I saw him on the Daily Show less than 4 years ago, not looking anything on like that picture..

Jeeezz.
 
2010-02-16 11:12:49 AM
Mugato: There's a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulitzer_Prize_for_Criticism
 
2010-02-16 11:17:09 AM
He's addicted to Twitter, I know that much. He's one of the more interesting people to follow.

While I'm on the subject though, the best person to follow is Kayden Kross. I never thought I'd find a porn star so funny, but alas, here we are.
 
2010-02-16 11:19:04 AM
Wise_Guy: Mugato: Siskel died in 1999? So Siskel died right before he could see Jar Jar Binks? He took the easy way out.

So did you by stealing a joke from Jeffrey Ross.


Did I? Didn't realize it.
 
2010-02-16 11:21:20 AM
slayer199: Holy crap. I knew he had health issues, but that picture really really hit hard the extent of his issues. He doesn't look like the guy I remember.

Keep writing Ebert, I enjoy your reviews whether I agree or disagree with them.


Yeah. I hadn't seen a post-op photo before. Still, it's actually kind of uplifting to know that, even after that, he goes on writing reviews and living his life. I hope he has a long retirement, vocal or not.
 
2010-02-16 11:21:32 AM
Ebert will either review a movie so awesome, he can die in peace or review a movie so bad, it will kill him.
 
2010-02-16 11:21:36 AM
I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."
 
2010-02-16 11:23:41 AM

"Tell me, Mr. Ebert... what good is a television movie review show... if you're unable to speak? "


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2010-02-16 11:23:59 AM
As long as he can keep getting those thumbs up.
 
2010-02-16 11:27:02 AM
Jonathan Hohensee: "blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."

You magnificent son of a biatch!
 
2010-02-16 11:28:09 AM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."


Hook, line, and sinker. You magnificent bastard.
 
2010-02-16 11:31:28 AM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."


Aaaaaaaaand now there's coffee all over my homework. Well done!
 
2010-02-16 11:34:47 AM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."


OMG I should not have read that during class. shiat, that got me into trouble.

Gold.
 
2010-02-16 11:35:59 AM
But will he continue to do reviews on movies he's only watched a fraction of? Lost a TON of respect for him after that.
 
2010-02-16 11:37:40 AM
As someone who has a farked up thyroid, I think I have to go shiat myself now.

/least I know life goes on
 
2010-02-16 11:40:20 AM
johnnyboog: Mugato: he became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism.

There's a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism?

Siskel died in 1999? So Siskel died right before he could see Jar Jar Binks? He took the easy way out.

I keed, I liked the prequels.

Come on. Jar Jar Binks wasn't that bad, okieday.


Yeah, 10 years on I find the kid to be far more aggravating than Jar Jar.
 
2010-02-16 11:41:37 AM
homarjr: He's addicted to Twitter, I know that much. He's one of the more interesting people to follow.

I followed him for a day, but I couldn't keep up. I generally read people's updates 3 or 4 times a day on my phone, and while I was following him I would have hundreds of updates every couple hours, more than half of them from him. I'm not saying he isn't interesting, but following him is a full-time job.
 
2010-02-16 11:43:29 AM
 
2010-02-16 11:46:10 AM
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2010-02-16 11:47:58 AM
mjbok: But will he continue to do reviews on movies he's only watched a fraction of? Lost a TON of respect for him after that.

He admitted that was a mistake and he says he doesn't do that anymore. As far as I know, he only did that with one movie.
 
2010-02-16 11:48:15 AM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert.... snip

Good farking job man, wow. Best Fark-induced laugh I've had for a while.
 
2010-02-16 11:49:12 AM
mjbok: But will he continue to do reviews on movies he's only watched a fraction of? Lost a TON of respect for him after that.

Sounds like you really know the whole story about that incident. Thanks.
 
2010-02-16 12:06:26 PM
Too bad he thinks his expertise on films lends itself to politics.

Sucks, what happen to him, though; never would not have recognized him especially considering he runs an old picture on his site; thought he had his hands in front of his face to hide a scar but that one bears no resembilance(sp) to his current situation.

Be glad you're still alive; the alternative sucks.
 
2010-02-16 12:12:10 PM
Hell, I didn't know the poor guy had gone through so much. All the news about the Taliban and our brilliant government must have overshadowed his story.
 
2010-02-16 12:16:25 PM
Ebert's blog has some of the best writing out there Link (new window)
 
2010-02-16 12:22:52 PM
This: I hope he continues to do reviews for many years to come and has a long short retirement, vocal or not.

FIFY
 
2010-02-16 12:23:40 PM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."


You made me read all of this for that little punchline?
 
2010-02-16 12:24:41 PM
destitute college kid: He admitted that was a mistake and he says he doesn't do that anymore. As far as I know, he only did that with one movie.

I never saw him admit that, but I didn't follow it that closely, I just remember his initial defending of it.

JohnBigBootay: Sounds like you really know the whole story about that incident. Thanks.

He initially reviewed a movie based on the first 15 minutes or so of the movie. Beyond that, you're right I don't know all of the follow-up behind it. However the fact that he did it in the first place to an independent film is crappy.
 
2010-02-16 12:28:04 PM
I've never had much respect for the man, but I lost all respect when I read his review of Fellowship of the Ring (don't bother looking for it online, they edited it after the huge response from people calling him a moran), where he complained that hobbits are supposed to live in trees, that the movie had a ton of loose threads hanging, and there was no clear ending. After reading that, I couldn't look at his reviews as anything but a bad comedy column.

And then he insulted Kurosawa's Rashoman.

/seriously, you can disagree with movies, but to call Rashoman a hack job?
 
2010-02-16 12:28:18 PM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."


damn you
that was incredibly well done

+1
 
2010-02-16 12:29:59 PM
See, I had no idea he was sick at all. I remember they cancelled him off his own show, but now I see why. Damn.
 
2010-02-16 12:31:56 PM
Cyrusv10: You made me read all of this for that little punchline?

Yes.
 
2010-02-16 12:34:03 PM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. -snip-
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."


How does one get stromboli out of a keyboard? Answer me that Mr. Smartypants person.
 
2010-02-16 12:35:57 PM
douchebag/hater: Too bad he thinks his expertise on films lends itself to politics.

Sucks, what happen to him, though; never would not have recognized him especially considering he runs an old picture on his site; thought he had his hands in front of his face to hide a scar but that one bears no resembilance(sp) to his current situation.

Be glad you're still alive; the alternative sucks.


He believes critical thought can be applied to most situations. You may wish to attempt it.
 
2010-02-16 12:37:49 PM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."



Two thumbs up!
 
2010-02-16 12:38:37 PM
mjbok: He initially reviewed a movie based on the first 15 minutes or so of the movie. Beyond that, you're right I don't know all of the follow-up behind it. However the fact that he did it in the first place to an independent film is crappy.

When a guy has been writing for over 4 decades screws up, admits it in print, apologizes to the director, and reviews the movie again... I don't know, I find that refreshing. He's not infallible and I appreciated the follow up and admission. One doesn't see that a lot from our famous folk.
 
2010-02-16 12:41:05 PM
Don't care if Mr. Ebert can talk. He has the gift of being able to write whether it be movie reviews or political commentary. Keep up the great work.
 
2010-02-16 12:42:28 PM
Nil by Mouth (new window)
 
2010-02-16 12:46:04 PM
Jonathan Hohensee: I actually saw Roger Ebert a couple of years ago. Every year I always go to the Florida Film Festival, it is a tradition of mine that I have enjoyed ever since I was a kid. My favorite films to go to are the ones that don't get a lot of hype; the tiny little films that was made with not a lot of money, but with a lot of spirit. So that year I decided to see a film from Chile called Play, and I found myself being the only person in the audience besides the director, her crew, and one other man.
That man turned out to be Roger Ebert.
I couldn't pay attention to the movie, the entire time I kept my eyes glued on a person who I have idolized for nearly my entire life.

After the movie, he walked up to the director and shook her hand, and then turned around and began to walk out of the theater. I always had a policy to never walk up to celebrities (it always seemed rude to me), but in this case I was willing to break my rule.
As he was walking out I stumbled over the seats to get to him. The man turned when I called his name.
"Mr. Ebert?"
The man turned around. I was utterly stunned.
"I am a pretty big fan of you. I have been since I was a little kid; I would say that I would not know half of the things I know about movies if it wasn't for your show."
Just then he stopped, looked me in the eye. I will never forget what he told me;
"blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."


A+++ WOULD LAUGH AGAIN!
 
2010-02-16 12:48:54 PM
JohnBigBootay: When a guy has been writing for over 4 decades screws up, admits it in print, apologizes to the director, and reviews the movie again... I don't know, I find that refreshing. He's not infallible and I appreciated the follow up and admission. One doesn't see that a lot from our famous folk.

You are right about that. I looked it up and he did admit he screwed up and did the right thing. However, I think that there are three factors to consider: 1. He initially defended his decision. 2. He put his admission that he watched the first 8 minutes at the end of his review. It is likely that a certain percentage of people got halfway through the review and wrote the movie off. 3. He came around about being wrong after he was called on the carpet for it.

I agree that it was refreshing for a highly regarded professional to admit that they were wrong (which rarely happens). I also respect the body of work that he has. He admitted that his love of his prose over-rode his duty to do his job (paraphrased from what he actually said), but I still think that it is a black mark on a long and distinguished career.

I haven't always agreed with any critic, but Ebert was unique in that he could see value in a popcorn flick that others would devalue and he also could point out when a "serious" film was pretentious and boring.
 
2010-02-16 12:54:31 PM
His skills as a reviewer aside he's started writing some pretty incredible social commentary on his blog in recent years as well that's well worth a read.
 
2010-02-16 12:59:09 PM
destitute college kid: He admitted that was a mistake and he says he doesn't do that anymore. As far as I know, he only did that with one movie.

I think he bailed on Caligula as well.

Tachikoma: And then he insulted Kurosawa's Rashoman.

I don't think he'd include Rashomon in his Great Movies series if he thought it was a hack job: Great Movies: Rashomon (new window)

Jonathan Hohensee: "blwaaaaahwawerrrrraaggh dfrrragggth. Thhhhssssrrrrup."

I think I love you.
 
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