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2013-04-04 06:56:02 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Craptastic: I'm going to the funeral of a good friend tomorrow

I'm sorry to hear that.  For whatever it's worth, you have my most heartfelt condolences.


Thanks. I'm hoping to get all of the tears finished tonight so I can be "strong" tomorrow. Second one in the past ten months, but this one is kind of "different".
 
2013-04-04 06:57:33 PM  
Bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.



Eeeww, Roger Ebert decomposing corpse stuck in the tread of my sneakers. Should have buried him deeper.
 
2013-04-04 06:57:35 PM  

Knucklepopper: That was such a shocking bit of news; like finding out your fifth grade teacher died.
But now I'm obsessed; what did Ebert say about Siskel's death in 1999? I can't find an obit him quoting anywhere.


I remember on their show him playing the clip of him and Siskel singing a duet on The Critic.
 
2013-04-04 06:57:50 PM  
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gunga galunga: bigbobowski: gunga galunga: bigbobowski: are you kidding me? he turned himself into a sideshow freak! oh I know so sad. I know he couldn't feed himself anymore, but he could have ate a bullet. why not just get a V for vendetta mask and spare us the horror

0/10

Worst attempt I've seen in a long time. And that includes the politics tab.

worst attempt at what? I can't post my opinion because it is not the same as yours? let me know if this is better: He was a great man. granted he made his fortune watching movies, and telling you should go see them or not. 50 percent of the time he may have been right (in your opinion) the other 50 he was just some a**hole. who cares that he's dead. maybe his family and they should be. he added absolutely nothing to the human condition, except whether Aliens vs. Predators should get a thumbs up or thumbs down.

I'm not giving you any points. Deal with it!


all right you win. I used to watch the show back in the day. he did seem like a nice guy, I deal with much bigger jerks every day. but you gotta admit that plastic surgery was pretty scary
 
2013-04-04 06:58:48 PM  
Dang, the newspaper today said he was cutting back on his schedule.

Don't think he realized how much.

RIP
 
2013-04-04 07:01:42 PM  

Krustofsky: Dang, the newspaper today said he was cutting back on his schedule.

Don't think he realized how much.

RIP


Actually, I think he did realize the magnitude of his statement. The man wrote a piece, on average, every day for something like 40 years. You don't just suddenly announce you're not going to be doing that anymore and not have an inkling inside of what means.
 
2013-04-04 07:02:59 PM  

gunga galunga: Knucklepopper: That was such a shocking bit of news; like finding out your fifth grade teacher died.
But now I'm obsessed; what did Ebert say about Siskel's death in 1999? I can't find an obit him quoting anywhere.

I remember on their show him playing the clip of him and Siskel singing a duet on The Critic.


Playboy's exec editor wrote this obituary today:  http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2012/03/siskel_and_eber t _an_oral_history_.html
 
2013-04-04 07:03:31 PM  

Knucklepopper: You don't just suddenly announce you're not going to be doing that anymore and not have an inkling inside of what means.



shades of that "Peanuts" cat writing his farewell column on Saturday, and then pasting on Sunday.

/or whatever it was.  like a day or two after his farewell, game over.
//Joe Shlabotnik unavailable for comment
 
2013-04-04 07:04:12 PM  
He was a great reviewer. I didn't agree with him all the time, but I usually respected his opinion. I liked his non-movie writing as well.

I thank Roger and Gene for a lot of reasons, but a couple stand out for me.

Firstly, they put me on to one of my favorite movies of all time. Anyone who remembers their early years will remember how much they hated two particular types of movie:  comedies with bathroom and/or drug humor, and horror/slasher movies from the 80s. So imagine my shock when they gave "two thumbs up" to a horror movie... a sequel to a crappy movie I'd seen on Showtime. I was so intrigued by it getting a positive review I ended up watching Evil Dead 2 and loving it. I watch that movie (my DVD signed by Ash himself) every couple of years.

Secondly, their review of The Crying Game. I didn't think it was the end-all be-all of cinema... but when I watched the review they never once even hinted at the big reveal in that movie. They were both so good at their job that they gave a perfect, full length spoiler-free review of that film. They never even suggested they were leaving something out, they never seemed to be talking around a subject.

Also: Both were vocal champions of the letterbox format when TVs were an unhelpful aspect ratio. It always amazed me seeing how much studios were cutting off for pan and scan.

Ebert's death is really the end of an era. He'd better be on next year's Oscar Remembrance reel (he did write, so he qualifies).
 
2013-04-04 07:04:38 PM  
The Onion weighs in with a surprisingly sweet commentary:  http://www.theonion.com/articles/roger-ebert-hails-human-existence-as - a-triumph,31945/
 
2013-04-04 07:07:27 PM  

lohphat: Kaeishiwaza: [imgs.xkcd.com image 642x1500]

In the end, no one makes it out alive.


On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
 
2013-04-04 07:15:46 PM  
I thought that kid was still doing work on SNL?  But, it would be in poor taste for me to argue that point on this day.


img827.imageshack.us

RIP Fat Albert
 
2013-04-04 07:15:51 PM  

ariseatex: [u.jimdo.com image 180x240]
RIP Mr. E. Bert


Badger: RIP Bert...

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 250x238]


i49.tinypic.com
It's been done.
 
2013-04-04 07:18:09 PM  
I cant claim to be a fan. Never paid much attention to critics. But no one deserves that fate. fark cancer. fark. Cancer.

/one grand mother, two grandfathers, and several more
 
2013-04-04 07:18:47 PM  
Ebert may have been a film critic, but he was a damn good writer.  He was obviously no Nabokov, but he knew how to communicate: "I hated this movie. Hated hated  hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it."

/RIP Roger
//and fark you cancer
 
2013-04-04 07:20:54 PM  
Movie world fails to suffer, news at 11....
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2013-04-04 07:28:43 PM  
freepostermaker.com

Seriously fark cancer.

RIP :(
 
2013-04-04 07:40:28 PM  

LeilaK: The Onion weighs in with a surprisingly sweet commentary:  http://www.theonion.com/articles/roger-ebert-hails-human-existence-as - a-triumph,31945/


Best. Obit. Ever. 
No kidding. Total genius.
 
2013-04-04 07:43:14 PM  

Surool: Also: Both were vocal champions of the letterbox format when TVs were an unhelpful aspect ratio. It always amazed me seeing how much studios were cutting off for pan and scan.


Maybe my wife's first husband should have watched more S&E. CSB: She got him a laserdisc player for his birthday one year, and helpfully purchased a few laserdics of his favorite movies. One was a Clint Eastwood western, can't remember which one.

He:

a) Insisted it was broken and;
b) made her take it back for replacement

because of the black bands at the top and bottom of his 4:3 TV screen. Nothing, and I mean nothing, including diagrams explaining and a film encyclopedia entry would help him grasp "aspect ratio."

I'm convinced that was the beginning of the end of their marriage.
 
2013-04-04 07:44:16 PM  
img2-2.timeinc.net
RIP Evil Knievel
 
2013-04-04 07:46:12 PM  

dramboxf: Surool: Also: Both were vocal champions of the letterbox format when TVs were an unhelpful aspect ratio. It always amazed me seeing how much studios were cutting off for pan and scan.

Maybe my wife's first husband should have watched more S&E. CSB: She got him a laserdisc player for his birthday one year, and helpfully purchased a few laserdics of his favorite movies. One was a Clint Eastwood western, can't remember which one.

He:

a) Insisted it was broken and;
b) made her take it back for replacement

because of the black bands at the top and bottom of his 4:3 TV screen. Nothing, and I mean nothing, including diagrams explaining and a film encyclopedia entry would help him grasp "aspect ratio."

I'm convinced that was the beginning of the end of their marriage.


It would have been a deal-breaker for me... not over movies, but being so thick-headed that they couldn't learn from having the situation explained to them.
 
2013-04-04 07:55:14 PM  

Surool: It would have been a deal-breaker for me... not over movies, but being so thick-headed that they couldn't learn from having the situation explained to them.


Me, too. I mean, even the basic, "Hey, remember when we went to the movies LAST WEEK? Remember how the screen was like five times as wide as it was tall? Yes? Now, how many times wide as tall is your TV?" failed.

Eh. As it turned out, that was only his 1,545th most annoying trait.
 
2013-04-04 07:56:12 PM  

Thresher: [img2-2.timeinc.net image 240x320]
RIP Evil Knievel


Um...is it just me, or does that guy totally look like Richard Burton?
 
2013-04-04 08:01:52 PM  
I haz a sad, but not a surprise. Cancer sucks.
 
2013-04-04 08:05:16 PM  
There have been smarter people than Roger Ebert, and better writers, and people who loved breasts more. But nobody was a smarter tits-loving writer than Ebert. I don't think he copped a single feel in the first quarter-century of his life that he didn't find a way to work into an essay on letterboxing or his review of  The Black Cauldron.

Adjusted for the fact that I'm posting it on fark.com, this is the highest praise I can think of. I'll miss him.
 
2013-04-04 08:12:27 PM  
R.I.P., Roger Ebert. One of the best writers, critics, and class acts of all time, and someone that I always looked up to as a budding journalist and critic from middle school through college. You'll be missed.
 
2013-04-04 08:16:23 PM  
RIP, Roger.
You'll be missed for sure.
 
2013-04-04 08:16:27 PM  
he taught me that movies can be more than a way to sell popcorn

even lester has a sad now

redroom.com
 
2013-04-04 08:17:05 PM  
A favorite S&E moment was once, on Letterman's NBC show, Dave intro'd them as "Having gotten married in a secret ceremony earlier today!"  It got a small laugh, but then it turned into a roar when Gene and Roger walked out, and over to the couch, holding hands.  Dave's interviews with them were always great.
 
2013-04-04 08:19:48 PM  
www.ericagavin.com
 
2013-04-04 08:23:44 PM  

zerkalo: Siskel and Ebert spar with elitist National Review critic over films like The Empire Strikes Back

Linked here a few months back, both of them in good form


Seems like the NR critic was spot on with his criticisms...but they apply better to the prequels.
 
2013-04-04 08:24:54 PM  

volodya: [www.ericagavin.com image 600x845]


oh, and THIS

wish he would have written more movies. that ones a hoot and a half. hell, a hoot and two-thirds even
 
2013-04-04 08:29:36 PM  
Anyone else experiencing the cognitive dissonance between the sadness in hearing the news of his passing and seeing the comically silly facial expression that his surgeries left him?

static.tvguide.com
 
2013-04-04 08:32:00 PM  

LazerFish: Son of Thunder: LazerFish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_fAVEz-Y34
The Critic should have ran for more than 2 seasons. Just sayin'...
RIP

Crapple. Beat me to it.

no biggie, just means we're both awesome :)


Not The Critic, but a pretty good, albeit kinda squirrely (like an animated maniac) tribute from a few decades ago.
 
2013-04-04 08:36:39 PM  

Treygreen13: 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?


Obvious typo. He meant to say pizza does not exist at California Pizza Kitchen.
 
2013-04-04 08:39:21 PM  

Oh, and:

24.media.tumblr.com

RIP E-Bert
 
2013-04-04 08:40:36 PM  

zerkalo: Siskel and Ebert spar with elitist National Review critic over films like The Empire Strikes Back

Linked here a few months back, both of them in good form


Wow. That other guy was the most pompous ass I've ever seen outside of fiction.
 
2013-04-04 08:45:31 PM  
1) Meh. I don't worship at the temple of Ebert the way 80% of Farkers seem to.
2) ONCE AGAIN it's proven that when a 'famous' person reports that they are sick but things look good it's a
    certainty that they will be dead sooner rather that later.
3) Read one of the obits in the Trib - guy's name is Kogan or something like that. It was so over the top in it's praise for
    Ebbie that it was like he was giving Rog slobbering obiturially blow job. I don't think the guy would have written one like
    that for someone who actually matter.
 
2013-04-04 08:53:27 PM  

douchebag/hater: 1) Meh. I don't worship at the temple of Ebert the way 80% of Farkers seem to.
2) ONCE AGAIN it's proven that when a 'famous' person reports that they are sick but things look good it's a
    certainty that they will be dead sooner rather that later.
3) Read one of the obits in the Trib - guy's name is Kogan or something like that. It was so over the top in it's praise for
    Ebbie that it was like he was giving Rog slobbering obiturially blow job. I don't think the guy would have written one like
    that for someone who actually matter.


And when you die, no one but your cat will care, and she will eat your face.
 
2013-04-04 08:53:50 PM  
That was quick from the time he announced he was cutting his workload because the cancer returned to his death.

I always enjoyed his reviews...even when I didn't agree with him.  The one thing I liked is that he would rate a genre flick based on the standards of the genre...rather than as a comparison to The Seven Samurai or Citizen Kane.

RIP Roger
 
2013-04-04 08:53:54 PM  
I saw someone upthread mention they had corresponded with Roger and are included several times in one of his movie glossaries. That's an actual csb and made me decide to add mine.

A few years ago Roger wrote a blog post about limericks, in limerick. It was brilliant. The commenters began to write their comments in limerick as well and it inspired Roger to turn the thread in a contest. Once the contest was announced, people from literally all over the world began to submit limericks, me among them. The votes were counted and three finalists were named. I was one. I got to correspond with Roger several times. We sent him pictures of ourselves to post with the final group of limericks and people voted again. I placed third, which was still fantastic to me. Roger had told us that he'd selected some items from his home as prizes. About a week later I received a framed print of a bird done by Edward Lear, who was also a renowned illustrator in addition to being the inventor of the limerick, and a small hard cover book of his poems and illustrations. The print had obviously been hanging somewhere in Roger's house and now it hangs in mine. I'm honored to have it.

After the contest was over I continued to be acquainted with him through membership in his Ebert Club and one year I went to Ebertfest in Champaign and got to watch a film with him and a few hundred other cool people in his hometown theater.

I wouldn't say we were friends, but we were friendly. He always said encouraging things about my writing and it meant more to me than any editor's or professor's comments ever did. I'll miss the hell out of him.

I realize that by posting this I will be identifiable to anyone who would go to the trouble of looking it up, but I don't care. I'm really farking sad.
 
2013-04-04 08:55:57 PM  
This is a very sad day though, except of course for the pinheads who still whine because he gave zero stars to Kick-Ass or whatever, you know, the usual children.

Ebert will be missed very much by smart people, though.
 
2013-04-04 08:59:00 PM  

ZoSo_the_Crowe: Video games are officially art again.


lol
 
2013-04-04 09:12:40 PM  
I always read the Ebert review of every movie I watched...even when I didn't agree with him it was an entertaining read.  There were some baffling reviews where he got plot points totally wrong...I figured his brain sometimes went to sleep after watching so many movies.
 
2013-04-04 09:13:28 PM  
Scary
 
2013-04-04 09:22:07 PM  

Abox: I always read the Ebert review of every movie I watched...even when I didn't agree with him it was an entertaining read.  There were some baffling reviews where he got plot points totally wrong...I figured his brain sometimes went to sleep after watching so many movies.


I cut him some slack, particularly on genres he wasn't really into, because he would still make important notes about the filmcraft. Often disagreed with him on some point or another, but allows appreciated his viewpoints.
 
2013-04-04 09:29:55 PM  
Interestingly, my father, a movie buff who bore more than a passing resemblance to Roger Ebert, died twelve years ago today of cancer, and he would have been 70 this year had he lived.  Coincidence?

Cancer sucks.  Thumbs down.

RIP, Mr. Ebert.  I shall ram my car into a fruit cart in your honor.

Failing that, a hay wagon.
 
2013-04-04 09:33:01 PM  
I wonder what the last movie he watched was
 
2013-04-04 09:44:10 PM  

Fano: eggrolls: The balcony better be closed. Everybody who goes up there gets cancer.

Statler and Waldolf more unkillable than Abe Vigoda.


But Jim Henson went down hard. Think about it
 
2013-04-04 09:55:21 PM  
i14.photobucket.com
R.I.P.  HUBIESTUBERT
 
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