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2013-04-04 04:23:10 PM
I didn't always agree with his reviews, but always made a point to read his take on a film. I liked his review style.

He will be missed.
 
2013-04-04 04:23:30 PM
kvinesknows: gharrblll

Well bless your heart.

RIP, movie-man.
 
2013-04-04 04:23:37 PM
June 18, 1942. Same day as Paul McCartney! Never noticed that before.

R.I.P. Mr. Ebert
 
2013-04-04 04:23:44 PM

Zapruder: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 275x183]
RIP Ryan Dunn


What are the odds on Bam Magera...

(a) taking the high road and saying something classy.
(b) act like a total dickhole.
 
2013-04-04 04:23:58 PM
I may have to watch his Dark City commentary track tonight.
 
2013-04-04 04:24:57 PM

FirstNationalBastard: over_and_done: gunga galunga: SilentStrider: I hope his will contains a dig at Rob Schneider.

No. Ebert stopped slagging on Rob Schneider after Rob sent him some flowers when he was first diagnosed with cancer with a card reading "from your least favorite actor".

This.  And besides, Ebert's burn wasn't of Schneider personally, but of a specific Schneider movie.  Along the lines of, "you're capable of making good films, you've done it before, this wasn't one of them, stop trying to defend it as a good movie."

My only major disagreement with Ebert was on his stance of "video games can't ever be art".  When it came to reviewing movies, I think he was spot on nearly every time, and I will miss him.  I have a really hard time reading the crap that passes for a film review from most places these days.

Didn't he eventually reverse his opinion on video games?


I think he eventually softened the absolute "this can't ever happen" stance, to something along the line of "this might possibly someday happen, but it hasn't happened YET".  With which I still disagreed, but I respected how he could hold that opinion.
 
2013-04-04 04:25:30 PM
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2013-04-04 04:26:28 PM
He's updating his review of Heaven's Gate now.

Rest easy, thumbslinger.
 
2013-04-04 04:26:47 PM
The casket is now closed.
 
2013-04-04 04:27:32 PM
Aw, dammit.  I really liked that guy.  Even when I had more pretentious aspirations to film criticism, I had several of his books, and appreciated his down-to-earth humanism.  Not that he didn't know his shiat, cuz he did.  Anyway, dammitsomuch.  RIP.
 
2013-04-04 04:28:35 PM
As good of a film critic he was - probably the best - I'll miss his blog and tweets the most.

We lost a really good one today.

His blogs on religion were especially great.
 
2013-04-04 04:29:42 PM

nekom: Siskel & Ebert were just a bit before my time, can't say I really remember watching them but they were certainly household names. RIP movie goer.

Blues_X: Cancer... you go fark yourself.


:(

Finally a post we can all agree with.


So much that.
 
2013-04-04 04:30:07 PM
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RIP ROGER, ROGER!
 
2013-04-04 04:30:54 PM
I admire what he did, but some of his reviews are maddening to me. He loved Being There, which is one of my favorite films. But at the same time, he hated Three Amigos, which is another of my favorites.
 
2013-04-04 04:31:05 PM
siskel and ebert together again!
 
2013-04-04 04:31:41 PM

TheBlackrose: Somewhere out there, Armond White cackles as he bathes in the Fountain of Youth.


`Came to say something a lot like this.
 
2013-04-04 04:31:47 PM

Treygreen13: He loved Being There, which is one of my favorite films.



I.........I like to watch.
 
2013-04-04 04:32:04 PM
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Huh?
 
2013-04-04 04:32:29 PM
His voice will live on.

Seriously.  The computer thingy is still running...
 
2013-04-04 04:32:31 PM
damn...
 
2013-04-04 04:33:20 PM

Treygreen13: .


He also really hated "UHF." WTF?
 
2013-04-04 04:34:06 PM
It sometimes seemed like they had very rigid views about what a movie was supposed to be, and had a very hard time getting out of that box.   The review that sticks in my mind is Siskel and Ebert both turning thumbs down on a quirky little number called A Christmas Story.   I think if it had been exactly the same movie but in French, they would have stepped over each other saying how much they loved it.
 
2013-04-04 04:34:48 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [cdn.marketingtechblog.com image 400x633]

RIP


If. ONLY.
 
2013-04-04 04:34:51 PM

dramboxf: Roger and I have exchanged emails a few times over the years (I appear about a dozen times in his Little Movie Glossary) and I am gonna miss his writing. His reviews, his blogs, his books.

I wonder how long it's going to be before I see a movie I haven't seen before and then stop thinking "I wonder what Roger said about this?"



No shiat?  wow.  that's awesome.

/but I'll have to deduct 10 points for tellign that story with no "Roger And Me" joke, given we are talking about film.
 
2013-04-04 04:35:13 PM
So long, man.  You did your best.
 
2013-04-04 04:35:38 PM

TrixieDelite: Two thumbs down and ten toes up.
Siskel and Ebert were like the two old guys in the Muppets theater.
Loved their arguments, though I wish they would have gotten more physical and thrown a few punches.


This is a great piece on Siskel and Ebert's relationship (please ignore the terrible title on the article).  I see that the Siskel & Ebert episode of "The Critic" has already been posted, great work everyone.

I'm going to miss his writing most of all.  Even if a review was for a movie I had no interest in it was worth reading just for his writing.
 
2013-04-04 04:35:38 PM
What a major loss.

I grew up watching Siskel and Ebert Sunday (IIRC) night.  My family loved the squabbles, digs and arguments.  Hilarious, plus they rarely agreed on a bad movie.

More than anything, that show was genuine.  Even reality TV is scripted today.  But when Roger looked pissed off, he really was pissed off.  Aside from sports, there's nothing genuine anywhere today.

After Gene died and he got cancer, Ebert's writing deepened and became better.

Anyhow, this is a huge loss for American culture.  I was hoping he'd make it awhile longer.
 
2013-04-04 04:36:09 PM
That was one of the highlights of Saturday on PBS.  You couldn't leave the house in January it was so damn cold, so I always remember that being on.
 
2013-04-04 04:36:24 PM
That was fast ...

May he RIP.
 
2013-04-04 04:37:58 PM
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RIP Dodger Elbert
 
2013-04-04 04:38:01 PM

moops: Thanks goodness we still have Michael Medved to review movies.


Good lord, if that's what we are left with, let's just retire the movie industry altogether.
 
2013-04-04 04:38:29 PM

trippdogg: It sometimes seemed like they had very rigid views about what a movie was supposed to be, and had a very hard time getting out of that box.   The review that sticks in my mind is Siskel and Ebert both turning thumbs down on a quirky little number called A Christmas Story.   I think if it had been exactly the same movie but in French, they would have stepped over each other saying how much they loved it.


But you could always read his reviews, and learn exactly why he didn't like it.  Often his well explained negative reviews got me more interested in seeing a movie than any other glowing positive review.
 
2013-04-04 04:38:43 PM
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RIP Franz Schubert
 
2013-04-04 04:38:53 PM
A true giant of the profession, which will be reeling in his absence for a long time.

Saw, but didn't meet, him (and Siskel) the one time we went to a taping of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1992. Who'd have imagined that, 20 years later, they'd both be dead? Ebert was, at the time, quite portly so I imagined heart disease or something might get him, but I would never have imagined thyroid cancer.

Whenever an interesting movie came out, I always tuned in to the show (or, later, trotted over to suntimes.com) to see what he thought of it. More often than not, it seemed that, between him and whomever else was on the show, he gave the more accurate reviews.

RIP Roger. Two thumbs down to Subby for a crappy headline!

Oh, and two thumbs down, WAY down, to cancer...
 
2013-04-04 04:39:22 PM
Damn.  Well, he sure got us with the surprise ending, didn't he, since he just announced his retirement a couple of days ago.
 
2013-04-04 04:39:23 PM
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RIP Like button
 
2013-04-04 04:39:41 PM
ITT: bitter Farkers who can't comprehend that other people (chiefly movie critics) can have opinions that differ from their own. Also, other Farkers who can't separate their feelings about a movie (something meaningless) from the fact that a respected and famous movie critic has passed away from a terrible disease (something important). Also, Farkers who obviously never read Ebert closely and don't realize that he was anything but a snob - he was an everyman, frequently gave movies the benefit of the doubt, and was generally pretty forgiving to filmmakers.

That said, goodnight moviecriticman. One of my favorite writers. R.I.P.
 
2013-04-04 04:40:24 PM
well -that- escalated quickly. I just read about him cutting his workload due to his cancer's return, and then this news. What an awful way to spend your last years. RIP Mr.Ebert.
 
2013-04-04 04:42:01 PM

Nana's Vibrator: I can already hear him at the Gates, pushing St. Peter aside because he wants to go argue with Gene.


Their first movie they'll review: "The Big Bang".  Followed by "Adam and Eve" and "The Ten Commandments."

Next week: "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and "King of Kings"

Gonna have to wait a while before they get to the WWII movies.

/Thanks for everything Roger
 
2013-04-04 04:42:45 PM
What a great writer.  An authentic, personal voice with something to say.
 
2013-04-04 04:42:51 PM

rickythepenguin: Treygreen13: He loved Being There, which is one of my favorite films.


I.........I like to watch.


The movie was alright (a little monotonous) until the ending when he apparently starts to walk on water.  Then it turned into something sublime.
 
2013-04-04 04:43:37 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: rickythepenguin: Treygreen13: He loved Being There, which is one of my favorite films.


I.........I like to watch.

The movie was alright (a little monotonous) until the ending when he apparently starts to walk on water.  Then it turned into something sublime.


spoiler alert.
 
2013-04-04 04:43:42 PM
Fantastic obituary! Would read again!
 
2013-04-04 04:43:51 PM

Almost Everybody Poops: RIP best movie critic ever.

At least he can pair up with Siskel again.


I doubt either of them would like that. They weren't friends in real life, and didn't even particularly like each other.

/RIP, movie reviewer dude
 
2013-04-04 04:43:53 PM
RIP englebert.

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2013-04-04 04:44:23 PM
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RIP Thumb Man
 
2013-04-04 04:44:31 PM
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RIP Rich Seubert
 
2013-04-04 04:44:46 PM
I greatly enjoyed his eloquent writing.  He will be long remembered.
 
2013-04-04 04:44:52 PM

L.D. Ablo: More than anything, that show was genuine.  Even reality TV is scripted today.  But when Roger looked pissed off, he really was pissed off.  Aside from sports, there's nothing genuine anywhere today.


On a side note, this is one of the thing I still like about Letterman - he's got enough clout to say what he feels like even if it pissed people off. If he's mad you're gong to hear about it. I feel the same way about SNL - it's about the last live thing on TV and some people can't wait to get rid of it so they can have an entire TV world of risk free vanilla blandness.

And you're right about Ebert - he was real. They'll never be another like him.
 
2013-04-04 04:45:47 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: The movie was alright (a little monotonous) until the ending when he apparently starts to walk on water.


it has been so long since i last watched it i don't klnow if you are being literal or metaphorical, but I do know that i really dug the movie.
 
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