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2013-04-04 04:45:56 PM

PanicMan: 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.


Case in point with the review for Christmas Story. They both disliked it, Gene for its disjointed nature and transitions (on technically Gene being right there) and Roger gave the movie credit for creating that perfect nostalgia movie but that he never was a fan of the style. They both disliked the filming itself, saying that the misty effect does nothing but blur the picture and adds no relevance to the nostalgia.

so they disliked it, but gave a clear reason why. That's the mark of a good reviewer because one could read the review and think "Well yeah, he doesn't like it but I freaking love those movies"
 
2013-04-04 04:46:38 PM
A challenger appears...
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2013-04-04 04:47:21 PM
RIP
 
2013-04-04 04:47:55 PM

rickythepenguin: No shiat? wow. that's awesome.


Yeah.


It used to appear at the end of his Movie Home Companion.


Then he released a tiny little standalone version, "Ebert's Little Movie Glossary," and by that time I had five or six in it.


Then The Bigger Little Movie Glossary came out with another six or so.


It's been so long, I forgot what most of them are. I remember Hollywood Cop Car was mine, I think.



This (when the site comes back up) is the last thing of mine that he published.

This is killing me. I told my wife on the 2nd when he posted that he was taking a step back from reviewing that I didn't think he had a chance of making it to 2014. Little did I know he didn't have a chance at making it to Friday.
 
2013-04-04 04:48:09 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-04 04:48:11 PM
www.woundedbird.com

RIP Ebn Ozn
 
2013-04-04 04:48:37 PM
www.shawnaytownsend.com
RIP Little Jack Horner
 
2013-04-04 04:49:08 PM
Dammit.

This is what I meant.
 
2013-04-04 04:49:13 PM
I ran into Roger a lot when I worked in downtown Chicago 30 years or so back.  He was always nice to people on the street.  His partner, Gene Siskel, crossed the street in front of my parked car while I was firing up a joint one day.  He saw the whole thing and laughed.  A really sad day this is.  I will miss Ebert.  Can anyone recommend a good film critic that I can latch onto now?
 
2013-04-04 04:49:27 PM

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


Of course, it invites you to make the same mistake that the other characters in the movie have made. But you're sitting there watching the guy walking on water deep enough to put his umbrella all the way in.

Pretty deep. The movie, not the water.
 
2013-04-04 04:49:35 PM
:(
 
2013-04-04 04:49:41 PM
RIP Roper's EPIRB

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boatsafe.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-04 04:50:11 PM
 
2013-04-04 04:51:02 PM
There are times I wished I believed in reincarnation or life after death.  RIP Roger.
 
2013-04-04 04:51:05 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Loved the man. He was active in his newsletter and his web page. Had a few comments exchanged with him, which was very cool.


I always thought that was cool, too. I actually made a point of saying on his blog's comments how much I appreciated him and his work a while back, because I knew he wouldn't be around for that much longer.
 
2013-04-04 04:51:40 PM
Did he ever come to admit that video games could be art? That was my only knock on the guy. Otherwise I enjoyed his wit and snark
 
2013-04-04 04:51:51 PM

dramboxf: I told my wife on the 2nd when he posted that he was taking a step back from reviewing that I didn't think he had a chance of making it to 2014. Little did I know he didn't have a chance at making it to Friday.



im not a huge movie guy and basically, i don't really read reviews;  if i want to see something, i'll see it, but rarely do i bother seeing what others say.  that said, like many others here, i remember watching his show (my parents were big movie buffs and this was the pre-cable era) many, many times as a kid, but as an adult i kind of grew out of him.

but it is a shame, i thought the same thing you said;  he announced his "Leave Of Presence" on 4/2, and 48 hours, game over.

cancer sucks ass.
 
2013-04-04 04:53:14 PM
   RIP Roger's Orbit

www.royrogersfestival.org hypervocal.com
 
2013-04-04 04:53:16 PM

OKObserver: I ran into Roger a lot when I worked in downtown Chicago 30 years or so back.  He was always nice to people on the street.  His partner, Gene Siskel, crossed the street in front of my parked car while I was firing up a joint one day.  He saw the whole thing and laughed.  A really sad day this is.  I will miss Ebert.  Can anyone recommend a good film critic that I can latch onto now?


There's a guy at the LA times that isn't bad, he does the reviews on NPR, Bob Mondello. He's no Roger but he's also not hackey like a lot of them out there are. He'll find something good in a movie even if he has distaste for it.
 
2013-04-04 04:53:34 PM
The very last lines of his review of the new Evil Dead:

"I love horror films that truly shock, scare and provoke. But after 30 years of this stuff, I'm bored to death and sick to death of movies that seem to have one goal: How can we gross out the audience by torturing nearly every major character in the movie?"

Nice job, Sam Raimi.
 
2013-04-04 04:53:42 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 692x700]

So I wonder what they are reviewing tonight?


Ghost
 
2013-04-04 04:53:47 PM

rickythepenguin: im not a huge movie guy and basically, i don't really read reviews;


I loved his reviews; didn't always agree, and it rarely (if ever) swayed me from seeing a movie I was interested in. But I loved how he wrote. And his non-review and non-film writing was sublime. It's hard to express yourself as clearly as he did. And I have to admit that I agreed with a lot of his politics, too.
 
2013-04-04 04:53:49 PM
RIP
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Herb Alpert
 
2013-04-04 04:53:57 PM
I had wondered why there were so few Facebook updates of his in the last month or so. Too bad, another piece from my childhood has died.

/RIP Critic man
 
2013-04-04 04:54:05 PM
I miss him already.
 
2013-04-04 04:54:07 PM

over_and_done: 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.


No he changed it to "No they can never be art but I shouldn't have said anything without ever playing one so you didn't have a way to argue with me."

"In a July 1, 2010, blog entry, Ebert maintained his position that video games cannot ever be art in principle, but conceded that he should not have expressed this skepticism without being more familiar with the actual experience of playing them."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Ebert
 
2013-04-04 04:56:24 PM

I Said: My jaw is on the floor at this news


careful, I used a similar line in a previous thread and a bunch of people got all upset.
 
2013-04-04 04:56:28 PM
considering 90% of his reviews were absolutely off base and geared for the mcdonalds walmart church crowd, i dont see the big loss.   like movies are even worth reviewing, if you want drama or education you read a fuking book, if you have 2 hours you need to kill, you watch a  movie.
 
2013-04-04 04:56:33 PM

OKObserver: I ran into Roger a lot when I worked in downtown Chicago 30 years or so back.  He was always nice to people on the street.  His partner, Gene Siskel, crossed the street in front of my parked car while I was firing up a joint one day.  He saw the whole thing and laughed.  A really sad day this is.  I will miss Ebert.  Can anyone recommend a good film critic that I can latch onto now?


Other than Ebert I usually get my movie reviews from The Onion A.V. Club, A.O. Scott at the NY Times, and The Cinema Snob
 
2013-04-04 04:56:51 PM

Redfire29: The last movie he reviewed was "The Host".

So thanks Stephanie Meyers, you killed Roger Ebert. I hope you're proud of yourself.


Good, I am not the only one that notice that.
 
2013-04-04 04:57:10 PM

rickythepenguin: but it is a shame, i thought the same thing you said; he announced his "Leave Of Presence" on 4/2, and 48 hours, game over.


Leave of presence, indeed.
 
2013-04-04 04:57:11 PM

dramboxf: This (when the site comes back up) is the last thing of mine that he published.


Doesn't seem like your linking is working... maybe just cut/paste the URL?  I'd be interested in reading it.
 
2013-04-04 04:57:15 PM
                   RIP Lodger Egret

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2013-04-04 04:57:51 PM

Mimic_Octopus: considering 90% of his reviews were absolutely off base and geared for the mcdonalds walmart church crowd, i dont see the big loss.   like movies are even worth reviewing, if you want drama or education you read a fuking book, if you have 2 hours you need to kill, you watch a  movie.


2/10.  Really, learn your subject better before trolling
 
2013-04-04 04:58:00 PM

vegaswench: The videos of him and Siskel bickering were hilarious. So long, Roger, you will be missed.


Well, if you like watching two bullies going at it, sure.
It was really pathetic to watch.
 
2013-04-04 04:59:17 PM

dramboxf: rickythepenguin: im not a huge movie guy and basically, i don't really read reviews;

I loved his reviews; didn't always agree, and it rarely (if ever) swayed me from seeing a movie I was interested in. But I loved how he wrote. And his non-review and non-film writing was sublime. It's hard to express yourself as clearly as he did. And I have to admit that I agreed with a lot of his politics, too.


i know nothing of his politics or his non-film writing.  the last review i can remember of his is basically, nothing.

like of recent movies, to illustrate how "non movie" i am, i saw Django about a month after it was released, and all i knew was civil war, slavery, bloody as fark.  i didn't seek out whether it was good or not.  and like, "Burt Wondersotne" is getting killed (is it even in theaters?) but I will guaranteedly see it.  but the last time i read a review to see if it was wroth my $8 was so long ago i don't even know.

I just don't "do" reviews and thus, don't know anything of waht Ebert did the last 15-20 years.
 
2013-04-04 04:59:43 PM
This saddens me. I always liked his reviews. Even when I disagreed with him, he was usually good at backing up his points. And he was genuinely funny and always came off as personable.
 
2013-04-04 05:00:09 PM
What a wonderful example of persevering in the face of personal adversity he was.
 
2013-04-04 05:00:43 PM

rickythepenguin: but it is a shame, i thought the same thing you said; he announced his "Leave Of Presence" on 4/2, and 48 hours, game over.


48 hours?
I see what you did there.

In Another 48 hours he will be buried.
 
2013-04-04 05:01:12 PM

bedtundy: I Said: My jaw is on the floor at this news

same here. Wow.


i.imm.io
 
2013-04-04 05:01:32 PM
at least he died doing what he loved,   being alive.
 
2013-04-04 05:02:08 PM
I always wanted to meet the PBS guy who basically told Siskel and Ebert that PBS owned them.

The two went syndicated shortly after that idiot lost them for PBS.

/Give 'em what they want....hey...hey...

content.internetvideoarchive.com
 
2013-04-04 05:02:08 PM

Peki: I'm not refreshing, so my apologies if someone else posts this:

Roger Ebert, Bill Gates, and RuPaul are playing golf. A lightning bolt outta nowhere strikes them all dead. God meets them at the Pearly Gates and says, "Sorry, guys, I missed. Jesus left his toys out and I stepped on one. I can send you back, but you each have to give up something you love."
Ebert: "I can give up pizza."
God sends Roger back to earth.
Gates: "I love money, but I can give up money."
God sends Bill back to earth.
RuPaul: "I love men, but to live, I can give up men."
God sends RuPaul back to earth.
The three men are later walking down Sunset Boulevard when they pass a California Pizza Kitchen.
Roger goes, "I just wanna smell." He goes inside and takes a big whiff. Pretty soon he is next to a thick, smelly, greasy, beautiful slice of pepperoni, and BANG! Roger Ebert goes to heaven, having had a bite of the forbidden pizza.
Bill and RuPaul look at each other and agree to keep watch so the other doesn't give into temptation.
As they continue walking, Bill eyes a shiny, brand new quarter, the one he's been missing from his Presidential quarters collection. "I'm not gonna touch it, I just wanna look at it," he says to himself.
He bends over, getting closer, and closer. . . until. . . finally. . . BANG! RuPaul goes to heaven.

/RIP. I've known your face for as long as I can remember watching TV. "Leave of presence" my arse.



encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com <-- California Pizza Kitchen Pizza

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com <-- Roger was from Chicago and would not have been tempted.

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

//Pepperoni does not exist at California Pizza Kitchen
 
2013-04-04 05:02:10 PM

rickythepenguin: but the last time i read a review to see if it was wroth my $8 was so long ago i don't even kn


That's because (In my opinion) the era of reading a single reviewer in your local paper ended with the wide proliferation of the internet and sites like Rotten Tomatoes. While you might really enjoy a reviewer, nobody agrees with somebody all of the time. But looking at the results of 100 or more reviews simultaneously can at least give you an idea of whether or not a film is *terrible* or watchable.
 
2013-04-04 05:03:40 PM
www.heyreverb.comRIP ROGER DALTREY
 
2013-04-04 05:04:26 PM

Raging Whore Moans: [www.heyreverb.com image 749x534]RIP ROGER DALTREY


...and my ability to input a carriage return apparently
 
2013-04-04 05:04:55 PM

SMB2811: over_and_done: 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.

No he changed it to "No they can never be art but I shouldn't have said anything without ever playing one so you didn't have a way to argue with me."

"In a July 1, 2010, blog entry, Ebert maintained his position that video games cannot ever be art in principle, but conceded that he should not have expressed this skepticism without being more familiar with the actual experience of playing them."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Ebert


My only disagreement with anything he's ever written as well.

I wonder if famous book critics made the same arguments against movies when they were first hitting mainstream.
 
2013-04-04 05:05:05 PM

downstairs: Doesn't seem like your linking is working... maybe just cut/paste the URL? I'd be interested in reading it.


It was a letter after that movie "Act of Valor" came out last winter. I noticed that a lot of the shots seemed to mimic the POV of a FPS and wrote:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120224/LE T TERS/120229986

That to him.
 
2013-04-04 05:05:23 PM
I loved him in 'Hellraiser'. There will NEVER be another Chatterer, as far as I'm concerned.
media.screened.com
 
2013-04-04 05:05:32 PM
MOGGEE: .

/RIP. I've known your face for as long as I can remember watching TV. "Leave of presence" my arse.


[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 237x213] <-- California Pizza Kitchen Pizza

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 240x192] <-- Roger was from Chicago and would not have been tempted.

[encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 276x183]

//Pepperoni does not exist at California Pizza Kitchen


Uh, what?
 
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