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2013-04-04 09:56:40 PM  
 
2013-04-04 10:12:48 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.


This isn't the obit, but it's the column Ebert wrote on the 10th anniversary of Siskel's death.  Very moving.
 
2013-04-04 10:13:42 PM  
This thread doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This thread isn't the bottom of the barrel. This thread isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This thread doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.
 
2013-04-04 10:28:03 PM  
goddammitsomuch doesn't begin to cover it. When I was growing up in the NW 'Burbs late '70's/early '80's, the first thing my dad would ask when we asked to go to a movie was 'what does Siskel and Ebert think of it?"
 
2013-04-04 10:29:43 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.


Here (in 3 parts) is the tribute episode of the syndicated program Ebert filmed the week after Siskel's death:

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=bzsmNHrZVeY    (part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=Hh0bKJWs0Vw    (part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=K-hX5FepO3g    (part 3)
 
2013-04-04 10:33:49 PM  

gunga galunga: dramboxf: gunga galunga: One of my favorites was one given to him by long forgotten comedian, Emo Philips, on how the two most difficult words to say in the english language are "yes" and "no". A foreign character, no matter how good his english is, will say "yes" and "no" in their native tongue.

Probably because "no" is "no" in many other languages. But the rule still applies (Nyett, nein, etc)


And some languages don't actually have words for "yes" and "no".

In Irish, for instance, you have to negate the verb from the question, so the answer to "Are you [...]?" isn't "yes" or "no", but "I am [...]" or "I am not [...]", and so on.
 
2013-04-04 10:37:10 PM  
RIP Nicole Eggertimg.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-04 10:50:20 PM  
RIP
RIP MEME
 
2013-04-04 10:53:59 PM  

Wittenberg Dropout: RIP
RIP MEME


that trick never works.
 
2013-04-04 10:58:35 PM  
Fark you, cancer. :(
 
2013-04-04 11:01:47 PM  

Lets celebrate the man's work...

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.

The plot is incomprehensible. The dialog of the Autobots®, Decepticons® and Otherbots® is meaningless word flap. Their accents are Brooklyese, British and hip-hop, as befits a race from the distant stars. Their appearance looks like junkyard throw-up. They are dumb as a rock. They share the film with human characters who are much more interesting, and that is very faint praise indeed.
The human actors are in a witless sitcom part of the time, and lot of the rest of their time is spent running in slo-mo away from explosions, although--hello!--you can't outrun an explosion. They also make speeches like this one by John Turturro: "Oh, no! The machine is buried in the pyramid! If they turn it on, it will destroy the sun! Not on my watch!" The humans, including lots of U.S. troops, shoot at the Transformers a lot, although never in the history of science fiction has an alien been harmed by gunfire.

There are many great-looking babes in the film, who are made up to a flawless perfection and look just like real women, if you are a junior fanboy whose experience of the gender is limited to lad magazines. The two most inexplicable characters are Ron and Judy Witwicky (Kevin Dunn and Julie White), who are the parents of Shia LaBeouf, who Mephistopheles threw in to sweeten the deal. They take their son away to Princeton, apparently a party school, where Judy eats some pot and goes berserk. Later they swoop down out of the sky on Egypt, for reasons the movie doesn't make crystal clear, so they also can run in slo-mo from explosions.

The battle scenes are bewildering. A Bot makes no visual sense anyway, but two or three tangled up together create an incomprehensible confusion. I find it amusing that creatures that can unfold out of a Camaro and stand four stories high do most of their fighting with...fists. Like I say, dumber than a box of staples. They have tiny little heads, although Jetfire® must be made of older models, since he has an aluminum beard.

RIP Epic Takedown Man
 
2013-04-04 11:12:55 PM  

Sinbox: 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.

Here (in 3 parts) is the tribute episode of the syndicated program Ebert filmed the week after Siskel's death:

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=bzsmNHrZVeY    (part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=Hh0bKJWs0Vw    (part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=K-hX5FepO3g    (part 3)


Nice post, thanks!
 
2013-04-04 11:30:48 PM  
R.I.P. Mr. Ebert

www.nndb.com

/hot like hyperinflation
 
2013-04-04 11:31:02 PM  
image.lyricspond.com

RIP Opinionated Chicago man
 
2013-04-04 11:41:47 PM  
His film writing was always interesting. I have read and re-read his reviews books.

Too bad he spent the last years of his life in the Obama era being a pompous jerk online about his left wing crazy politics, though. He lost many admirers in the process. It was really beneath him.
 
2013-04-04 11:42:55 PM  

LeilaK: Apparently his death was peaceful.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/04/a_statement_from_chaz_ebert .ht ml


dusty in this farking room right now.
 
2013-04-04 11:47:40 PM  

birneyfafesbolleet: His film writing was always interesting. I have read and re-read his reviews books.

Too bad he spent the last years of his life in the Obama era being a pompous jerk online about his left wing crazy politics, though. He lost many admirers in the process. It was really beneath him.


desperate, perfunctory, even by failed fark troll standards pathetic.
 
2013-04-04 11:47:49 PM  

barneyfifesbullet: . He lost many admirers in the process



No, nothing of value was lost.
 
2013-04-05 12:16:54 AM  

rickythepenguin: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 290x174]


RIP CAMEMBERT


i154.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-05 12:23:28 AM  
This thread is probably dead by now, but i'm still feeling sad about his death, so I'll share my tiny csb. My wife touched on it upthread, but...

Back in the early 90s, before the world wide web was much more than an experimental overlay of the internet that a few of us geeks played with, I had a Compuserve account and, being a movie buff, I signed into the "Showbiz Media forum".  I was happy to find a great group of people to talk about movies with. One of them posted with the name "Roger Ebert," and I assumed it was someone picking a funny name or, at best, an official moderator. I had had a few conversations with this person before I realized I was talking with the one and only.Over time, I became about as close to the forum folks as I was to anyone. Roger was very active in the early days, and got to be more scarce as he got busier, but he was always the heart of the group.

I had loads of conversations with him, mostly about movies, but also about cooking and restaurants and lots of other things.  When he started doing the "Movie Answerman" column, I was quoted a few times, both questions and answers. For a while, those were the first things that would come up when you googled my name, which tickled me.

People in the forum argued passionately, including Roger, but we followed his example of arguing while still being nice to each other.  I really liked his writing, I really admired his passion for and knowledge of film. but most of all, I knew him as a really good man. He was just as interested in being friends with nobodies like me as he was thecelebrities that he dealt with in his work. Probably more. 

The thing that drew me to Roger's reviews was that I could usually tell be the way he wrote them whether I'd like a movie, regardless of whether or not he did. That's very rare; I've actually never run into that quality since. It's not a big surprise that he died, but it's a sad thing.
 
2013-04-05 12:24:43 AM  

ertznay: This sucks. Nothing more to say really.

 
2013-04-05 12:32:09 AM  

rickythepenguin: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 290x174]


RIP CAMEMBERT


Eh, Camembert was a dick.  He should have left Rita and Runt alone.
 
2013-04-05 12:36:21 AM  
Someone needed to post this:

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."

 
2013-04-05 12:41:28 AM  
Here's Roger writing about his own death:
http://www.salon.com/2011/09/15/roger_ebert/
 
2013-04-05 12:47:50 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: No. There is another.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x492]


Still a fan of his. Not sure why some folks seem to hate him.

Anyway, I remain a tremendous fan of Ebert's. Even when I didn't agree with his reviews (which was rare), I understood where he was coming from and respected that. His social writings were brilliant as well and the same applies.
 
2013-04-05 01:11:12 AM  

BuckTurgidson: Nice post, thanks!



*tips hat*

Also: here's a rather poignant interview Ebert gave to Larry King right after Mr. Siskel's funeral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRErc9HJSq8

I had some rather....contrary feeling wrt to Roger's reviews and to a few of his methods. However, it would be churlish of me to speak ill of him on the day of his death. So I'll simply say that I watched, I read, I learned (in both the positive and negative meanings) and for the greater part, I respected.

Requiescat in pace, Mr. Ebert.
 
2013-04-05 01:12:42 AM  
...feelings...
 
2013-04-05 01:36:14 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [jaydeanhcr.files.wordpress.com image 410x514]


When Abe Vigoda dies, the internet will self-destruct.
 
2013-04-05 01:39:55 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

R.I.P. Freebird?
 
2013-04-05 01:47:15 AM  
Oh man... I just found out about this. This has to be the saddest reason to ever un-follow somebody on Twitter.

/I didn't always agree with Ebert but I always respected him as a writer and as a fellow lover of movies.
 
2013-04-05 02:06:59 AM  
He continued to do great work after he got sick. Most people wouldn't.

I was fortunate enough to meet him once, shortly after Gene died. Despite the fact that I was a total stranger, and he was in mourning for his friend, he took the time to talk to me. He took the time to encourage me and give me advice. That advice shaped the next several years of my life, and helped me put food on my table through most of it.

It's not like I knew him, and I guarantee he didn't remember our conversation. But I will miss him.

RIP sir. You were one of the good ones.
 
2013-04-05 02:31:00 AM  

dramboxf: rickythepenguin: Well I guess SOMEONE works in a morgue.

FF/EMT a long time ago.


If the eyes remain open the develop a horizontal bruise.

tache noire eye (NSFLunch)
 
2013-04-05 03:23:44 AM  
You are bad people, most of you.
 
2013-04-05 07:05:05 AM  

lepton68: Looking forward to reading his review of Heaven.


It isn't very good. Evidently St. Peter didn't like his jacket, so he got stuck with a room by the noisy ice machine for all eternity.
 
2013-04-05 07:43:09 AM  
Ach.  Sad news.
 
2013-04-05 08:57:04 AM  
To movie lovers, you will always be two thumbs up Mr. Ebert.

Rest in peace.
 
2013-04-05 09:01:12 AM  
These RIP memes suck beyond the telling of it, and there was never a time when they didn't.

And yes, there was a time when Fark was NOT riddled with this crap.

/why am I still here
//hope springs eternal
 
2013-04-05 11:16:06 AM  
I hate it when anyone dies... but I'm not going to deify them in death.

He was an asshole as far as I'm concerned so...

i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-04-05 11:38:50 AM  
Two Thumbs Way Way Wayyyyyy Up!
 
2013-04-05 11:57:48 AM  
I've been on fark a long time before I became a member. Why do a few assholes have to make jokes of somebodies death? It's not funny and it will never be funny. So I would like to tell you all to fark off.
 
2013-04-05 12:20:03 PM  

squrrelco3: I hate it when anyone dies... but I'm not going to deify them in death.

He was an asshole as far as I'm concerned so...

[i2.kym-cdn.com image 299x156]


You and the other fan of Battleship will get over it someday.
 
2013-04-05 01:07:03 PM  

bonzeemer: Why do a few assholes have to make jokes of somebodies death?


There will always be a few puppy kickers around, sadly.
 
2013-04-05 02:19:35 PM  

 His  idea about a 9/11 memorial was the best.

Make It Green
September 14, 2001

BY ROGER EBERT


 
2013-04-05 03:36:19 PM  

bonzeemer: I've been on fark a long time before I became a member. Why do a few assholes have to make jokes of somebodies death? It's not funny and it will never be funny. So I would like to tell you all to fark off.


I enjoyed posting in the RIP Mary Travers thread "dragons live forever, but not so little girls."
 
2013-04-05 03:50:17 PM  
To Mr. Ebert, may he rest in peace, and may you worthless farks follow the example he lived.
 
2013-04-05 04:50:56 PM  
Finally, Siskel and Ebert give Kingdom of Heaven two thumbs up.
 
2013-04-05 11:29:45 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-06 08:28:34 PM  

gunga galunga: I was a regular poster on his Compuserve forum.


I just noticed this post, and you have no EIP.  I was a regular there too, last name same as my Fark handle.  If we knew each other, send me an email (EIP).
 
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