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(Chicago Trib)   Roger Ebert cuts his workload after announcing his cancer has returned   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 96
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2013-04-03 10:04:35 AM
What a jaw-dropping surprise!
 
2013-04-03 10:10:38 AM
That sucks. Fark you, cancer.

/movies suck now anyway so you're not missing much
 
2013-04-03 10:17:01 AM
You can beat this, Roger.  Chin up and all that, eh wot.
 
2013-04-03 10:18:05 AM
Dammit. One of a handful of reviewers whose opinion I truly respect, even when I don't always agree.
 
2013-04-03 10:33:02 AM
That's terrible. Love his writing even though I don't always agree with his reviews.
 
2013-04-03 10:35:34 AM
Keep a stiff upper lip
 
2013-04-03 10:41:19 AM

johnnieconnie: That's terrible. Love his writing even though I don't always agree with his reviews.


This. I love that he judges movies based on what they're trying to be rather than just going off his own opinion - i.e. comparing Fast Five to something like Speed. He never comes off as pretentious or petty.
 
Ant
2013-04-03 10:51:50 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!


Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!
 
2013-04-03 10:52:28 AM
At least he can still express himself through writing.  I can't imagine what it would be like not to be able to speak.
 
2013-04-03 10:58:40 AM
I hate this so much. I've been lucky enough to meet him (a few days after Gene died) and he's such a nice, warm man. Great writer too. Hasn't he been through enough?
 
2013-04-03 11:02:43 AM
In the Esquire article Ebert said that if the cancer returned he probably wouldn't take more treatment, his body was just too badly beaten up.  This, like your movie, sucks.
 
2013-04-03 11:02:54 AM

Sybarite: Dammit. One of a handful of reviewers whose opinion I truly respect, even when I don't always agree.


I'm still pissed off at him for spoiling the ending of Super in the 1st paragraph of his review.

/Cancer still sucks, though
 
2013-04-03 11:03:30 AM

Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!


Actually Roger would likely laugh at that one, and all other comedic lines. He has always been a sucker for scathing comedies.
 
2013-04-03 11:04:32 AM

Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!


depends.  what body part did that toddler have removed?
Citation?

I noticed that you didn't comment on the other two posters who made similar jokes.  Why is that?  Are you a afraid?
 
2013-04-03 11:10:51 AM

Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!


Q: What do you call a toddler with leukemia?
A: Dead.

/am I doing it right?
 
2013-04-03 11:12:13 AM

Welfare Peanut Butter: Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!

Q: What do you call a toddler with leukemia?
A: Dead.

/am I doing it right?


well, everyone dies eventually, so you can make the same joke about what do you call a person who is born.
 
2013-04-03 11:18:40 AM
Fark cancer.
 
2013-04-03 11:20:52 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: dies eventually, so you can make the same joke about what do you call


Ok then:

Q: What's funnier than a toddler with leukemia?
A: A toddler with leukemia in a clown costume. who's also dead.
 
2013-04-03 11:22:18 AM
At least he admitted he was wrong about Blade Runner before the cancer takes him.
 
2013-04-03 11:24:15 AM
Gene Siskel died of cancer. Roger Ebert lost his jaw to it.

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert watched several movies a day. In the same city. Often in the same theater.

WATCHING MOVIES IN CHICAGO GIVES YOU CANCER. Please keep your Chicago movie exposure to a low level.

Gene and Roger are our canaries in the coal mine.

/I have a huge sad. Roger Ebert is so unbelievably awesome and a fantastic writer and is the exemplar of what a great critic should do -- he not only reviews movies, but pushes the artists and industry to make better movies and educates the public in film.
 
2013-04-03 11:25:14 AM

Welfare Peanut Butter: tenpoundsofcheese: dies eventually, so you can make the same joke about what do you call

Ok then:

Q: What's funnier than a toddler with leukemia?
A: A toddler with leukemia in a clown costume. who's also dead.


I don't get the "who's also dead" part.  That doesn't add to the joke.
I wouldn't use a clown costume since some find them creppy vs. funny.
 
2013-04-03 11:26:28 AM

I_Am_Weasel: You can beat this, Roger.  Chin up and all that, eh wot.


Careful, there is someone here who has sand in his vagina - he is going to come after you for that.
 
2013-04-03 11:26:40 AM
That video really caught me off-guard, having forgotten that he's missing bits. Poor fellow.
 
2013-04-03 11:27:35 AM

browneye: Fark cancer.


This. A million times at the top of my lungs.
 
2013-04-03 11:27:59 AM
tenpoundsofcheese is going out of its way to demonstrate that it's a shiatstain.
 
2013-04-03 11:28:50 AM

Welfare Peanut Butter: Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!

Q: What do you call a toddler with leukemia?
A: Dead.

/am I doing it right?


Well, I think the difference is that your joke is a generality while the one belonging to Numbnuts up there was about a specific person's fresh diagnosis.
 
2013-04-03 11:32:14 AM

Wayne 985: Welfare Peanut Butter: Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!

Q: What do you call a toddler with leukemia?
A: Dead.

/am I doing it right?

Well, I think the difference is that your joke is a generality while the one belonging to Numbnuts up there was about a specific person's fresh diagnosis.


Now, now.  That is no way to talk about I_am_weasal or Captsacto.

insert welcometofark.jpg here.
 
2013-04-03 11:32:18 AM

brandent: At least he admitted he was wrong about Blade Runner before the cancer takes him.


What about giving Die Hard 2 stars?
 
2013-04-03 11:39:54 AM
I have the utmost respect for Ebert but I think this is a little overdue. It seems like a number of his reviews over the past couple of years have displayed indications of his attention wandering - missing crucial plot details in various movies and so forth.

Still, the man has forgotten more about film than most of us will ever know.
 
2013-04-03 11:58:18 AM

Welfare Peanut Butter: tenpoundsofcheese: dies eventually, so you can make the same joke about what do you call

Ok then:

Q: What's funnier than a toddler with leukemia?
A: A toddler with leukemia in a clown costume. who's also dead.


Q: What's the most hilarious part about twenty-three year olds with leukemia?
A: There are twenty of them
 
2013-04-03 12:06:10 PM

Mugato: That sucks. Fark you, cancer.

/movies suck now anyway so you're not missing much


Maybe so, but I miss his reviews.

Richard Roeper just doesn't cut it.
 
2013-04-03 12:07:57 PM
So what's left of him now, just eyes and a forehead?
 
2013-04-03 12:08:16 PM
Terrible sequel.
 
2013-04-03 12:09:51 PM

Sybarite: Dammit. One of a handful of reviewers whose opinion I truly respect, even when I don't always agree.


This.
 
2013-04-03 12:11:01 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!


I sincerely hope you fail at everything you do in life, and that all of your joy turns to ash in your mouth.
 
2013-04-03 12:11:42 PM
Sucks, but I'm not surprised considering he's had an awful lot of guest reviewers the past couple months or so.  I visit his site every Thursday for the week's reviews.
 
2013-04-03 12:13:34 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: johnnieconnie: That's terrible. Love his writing even though I don't always agree with his reviews.

This. I love that he judges movies based on what they're trying to be rather than just going off his own opinion - i.e. comparing Fast Five to something like Speed. He never comes off as pretentious or petty.


That's what makes me appreciate him. Even if a movie isn't his cup of tea he finds a way to evaluate if it achieved what it set out to do. So much better than the critics that beat up a movie for not being the Fellini masterpiece they have in their head.
 
2013-04-03 12:14:31 PM
What incredible bad luck.
 
2013-04-03 12:17:37 PM

Fano: That's what makes me appreciate him. Even if a movie isn't his cup of tea he finds a way to evaluate if it achieved what it set out to do. So much better than the critics that beat up a movie for not being the Fellini masterpiece they have in their head.


Those usually turn out to be his two star movies, not his cup of tea but he'll write that they do what they do well.

There's a writer at the LA times who does a good job at that as well.
 
2013-04-03 12:19:55 PM
I have several books of his reviews, and use them for guidance on films I should see.  As some have noted, he never explicitly judges a film based on what it should be, but lets it make its own mistakes or successes.

\his reviews of the Twilight films are hilarious
 
2013-04-03 12:28:13 PM
Sad news. Cancer sucks dead donkey balls.
 
2013-04-03 12:29:34 PM
I had the chance to briefly meet him 20-some years ago when he came to the movie theater I worked at a couple of hours after he came to the book store I also worked at. (It was college. I had a lot of jobs. I was hoping he'd swing by the library I worked at the next day to hit the trifecta, but no such luck.) He did a double take, and I assured him that I was the same person, not twins. He was incredibly patient with the people who walked up to shake his hand, slap him on the back, etc., and just an overall pretty cool guy.

And like others have said, he's a very good writer. Something that we have too few of today, especially when everyone and their mother has a blog on which they review movies.
 
2013-04-03 12:30:24 PM
Also, fark cancer.
 
2013-04-03 12:34:10 PM
How the fark do you get cancer of the ankle?
 
2013-04-03 12:36:32 PM

Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!


It was Christmas, and little Susie watched her toddler brother open his gifts. All she'd gotten was a pair of socks, but clearly her parents had spent a great deal more money on him. Already he'd gotten a fire engine pedal car, an enormous stuffed pony, Tinkertoys, at least a hundred Hot Wheels cars, a toy train, and a puppy, and there still ten presents to go. "I wish I had leukemia," she said, glumly.
 
2013-04-03 12:45:50 PM

Sybarite: Dammit. One of a handful of reviewers whose opinion I truly respect, even when I don't always agree.


i think that the reason for this is that he doesn't just say "this movie sucked". Instead, he explains why he didn't like it, and he does it with enough clarity that it makes it easy for us to know if we agree with his reasons for not liking it.

The same goes with the movies he gives good ratings to. I've read many reviews where my takeaway was that I can respect why Roger likes a given movie, but I probably wouldn't based on the reasons he gave. That's what sets him above 90% of the rest of the field, IMO.
 
2013-04-03 12:46:55 PM

Welfare Peanut Butter: tenpoundsofcheese: dies eventually, so you can make the same joke about what do you call

Ok then:

Q: What's funnier than a toddler with leukemia?
A: A toddler with leukemia in a clown costume. who's also dead.


Gol Dammit so much! Fark you for making such a terrible joke.... and me .... for laughing at it!
 
2013-04-03 12:48:00 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: johnnieconnie: That's terrible. Love his writing even though I don't always agree with his reviews.

This. I love that he judges movies based on what they're trying to be rather than just going off his own opinion - i.e. comparing Fast Five to something like Speed. He never comes off as pretentious or petty.


Except when he's saying Video games can't be art in which case he's a pretentious farking douche.
 
2013-04-03 12:51:04 PM

Incog_Neeto: Except when he's saying Video games can't be art in which case he's a pretentious farking douche.


He has relented to some degree on that position recently, he admits that SOME games contain art that on technicality they are still ultimately games.
 
2013-04-03 01:02:27 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Ant: tenpoundsofcheese: What a jaw-dropping surprise!

Jokes about people who've had body parts removed due to cancer are funny. Maybe you could tell one about a toddler with leukemia next!

It was Christmas, and little Susie watched her toddler brother open his gifts. All she'd gotten was a pair of socks, but clearly her parents had spent a great deal more money on him. Already he'd gotten a fire engine pedal car, an enormous stuffed pony, Tinkertoys, at least a hundred Hot Wheels cars, a toy train, and a puppy, and there still ten presents to go. "I wish I had leukemia," she said, glumly.


+1 a masterwork
 
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