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2013-04-04 03:52:39 PM  
16 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com

So I wonder what they are reviewing tonight?
2013-04-04 03:48:35 PM  
16 votes:
Somehow I would think "the balcony is now closed"  would be a better headline.
2013-04-04 03:50:33 PM  
7 votes:
The last movie he reviewed was "The Host".

So thanks Stephanie Meyers, you killed Roger Ebert. I hope you're proud of yourself.
2013-04-04 03:50:21 PM  
6 votes:
The cancer had just been revealed to have come back.  He said he was outlining plans for doing other work even though he couldn't do full reviewing.  He even said something about how he'll just be living out a dream of reviewing only the films he wanted to review.

I think he kind of knew what was coming.  He was outlining it in his own unique way and was making sure plans were in place to continue his legacy, but it sounds like he knew.

That kind of dedication to what you do ... solemn respect, out of me at least.
2013-04-04 03:49:32 PM  
5 votes:
Cancer... you go fark yourself.


:(
2013-04-04 03:46:36 PM  
5 votes:
My jaw is on the floor at this news
2013-04-04 03:58:24 PM  
4 votes:
He was one of us too. Sigh.
2013-04-04 03:50:12 PM  
4 votes:
Video games are officially art again.
2013-04-04 10:29:43 PM  
3 votes:

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 04:12:38 PM  
3 votes:
"I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try."
― Roger Ebert

RIP, Roger.
2013-04-04 03:58:48 PM  
3 votes:
Bummer.  At least he's no longer suffering.
2013-04-04 03:49:08 PM  
3 votes:
The balcony is closed.

/goodnight reviewer man
2013-04-04 03:48:37 PM  
3 votes:
If this is a start of a "Celebrity Triple" of deaths, I hope this guy is next.

pmcmovieline.files.wordpress.com
2013-04-04 03:48:23 PM  
3 votes:
No bad jokes from me today.

/RIP king of the movie reviewers
2013-04-04 03:46:49 PM  
3 votes:
Watched him growing up.

/sad.
2013-04-05 12:23:28 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-04-04 08:53:54 PM  
2 votes:
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 05:59:19 PM  
2 votes:

Raptavio: I just want it stated explicitly that when Abe Vigoda finally shuffles off this mortal coil, I will personally hunt down and murder any of you farkers who start in with the "RIP (kinda sounds like the guy's name)" posts.

You're pushing it with Ebert.


Just start putting people who do it on ignore. I do it for anyone who uses the phrase "brown people" on this site and the overall IQ of what I've read has gone up tremendously.
2013-04-04 04:45:56 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:42:45 PM  
2 votes:
What a great writer.  An authentic, personal voice with something to say.
2013-04-04 04:21:26 PM  
2 votes:
home.comcast.net

RIP
2013-04-04 04:16:03 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-04-04 04:06:56 PM  
2 votes:
imgs.xkcd.com
2013-04-04 04:02:05 PM  
2 votes:
North (1994)

"I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."

Roger Ebert
2013-04-04 03:59:03 PM  
2 votes:
In his honor, here's the episode of The Critic: Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_fAVEz-Y34
2013-04-04 03:53:37 PM  
2 votes:
Roger Ebert isn't dead. He's immortal.
2013-04-04 03:52:52 PM  
2 votes:

srtpointman: I remember watching At the Movies. Very sad.


Me too.

I liked when Siskel and Ebert really got into a good verbal slap down about a movie.  That was better t.v. than 90% of the crap that's on now.
2013-04-04 03:52:38 PM  
2 votes:
Those must have been some pretty tough years towards the end of his life.

I hope he's found peace.
2013-04-04 03:51:53 PM  
2 votes:
The world's missing a good man. Loved that guy.
2013-04-04 03:51:11 PM  
2 votes:
I love the thought of Gene Siskel and Ebert reuniting at this very moment and Siskel giving Ebert a hard time for liking "Carnosaur."
2013-04-04 03:50:51 PM  
2 votes:
RIP best movie critic ever.

At least he can pair up with Siskel again.
2013-04-04 03:49:20 PM  
2 votes:
The world lost a good one.
2013-04-04 03:49:09 PM  
2 votes:
The balcony is closed
2013-04-04 03:49:09 PM  
2 votes:
Man.  An end of an era.

Good bye, critical man.
2013-04-04 03:48:49 PM  
2 votes:
The videos of him and Siskel bickering were hilarious. So long, Roger, you will be missed.
2013-04-04 03:48:17 PM  
2 votes:
No words
2013-04-04 03:47:40 PM  
2 votes:
That was quick, we just had the "Ebert cuts his workload" article about his cancer returning yesterday.
2013-04-04 03:47:29 PM  
2 votes:

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


Dammit, I was going to say that.

/Goodnight, funny critic
2013-04-05 01:07:03 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:57:48 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:01:12 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:41:28 AM  
1 votes:
Here's Roger writing about his own death:
http://www.salon.com/2011/09/15/roger_ebert/
2013-04-04 11:47:49 PM  
1 votes:

barneyfifesbullet: . He lost many admirers in the process



No, nothing of value was lost.
2013-04-04 11:01:47 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:58:35 PM  
1 votes:
Fark you, cancer. :(
2013-04-04 10:12:48 PM  
1 votes:

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 09:56:40 PM  
1 votes:
2013-04-04 08:39:21 PM  
1 votes:

Oh, and:

24.media.tumblr.com

RIP E-Bert
2013-04-04 08:29:36 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:52:07 PM  
1 votes:

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!
2013-04-04 06:17:14 PM  
1 votes:
Darn, gotta clean up my act so I can go to Heaven and see Siskel & Ebert movie reviews.
2013-04-04 06:17:02 PM  
1 votes:
www.shrinkpictures.comHis last Tweet. Yesterday.
2013-04-04 06:14:24 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-04-04 06:03:31 PM  
1 votes:

Raptavio: I just want it stated explicitly that when Abe Vigoda finally shuffles off this mortal coil, I will personally hunt down and murder any of you farkers who start in with the "RIP (kinda sounds like the guy's name)" posts.

You're pushing it with Ebert.


You're assuming that this will happen.  At this point, I'm not.
2013-04-04 05:45:11 PM  
1 votes:

dramboxf: The point is that the eyes rarely stay closed when you do that with a real dead body. Also, you never see them actually close the eyes; they just pass their hands over the eye "area". Try closing someone's eyes (dead or alive) with the pinky-edge of your hand. They do it that way, I'm almost certain, so as not to mess up the makeup.


Well I guess SOMEONE works in a morgue.
2013-04-04 05:39:49 PM  
1 votes:

Zapruder: 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.


Actually, it was Richard Roeper who wrote that. Sadly, he is still with us.
2013-04-04 05:34:36 PM  
1 votes:
Jesus, I just remembered that one of my entries to his glossary was the Magical Death Hand Wave: When a relative of partner of the hero is murdered, and the hero must view the body, (always still at the scene of the crime,) the hero will pass his hand over the eyes of the victim and voila! magically, the eyes will remain closed.
2013-04-04 05:23:58 PM  
1 votes:
I think Leonard Maltin said it best in his eulogy for Roger.

"Some parts of Roger Ebert I really liked. Other parts of Roger Ebert I didn't like at all."

www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com

/Thanks, Leonard. You took the words out of my mouth.
2013-04-04 05:16:16 PM  
1 votes:

Nana's Vibrator: GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!  ROB SCHNEIDER CAN STAR IN MOVIES AGAIN!!!


I totally read that with Professor Farnsworth's voice in my head.
2013-04-04 05:12:22 PM  
1 votes:

dramboxf: 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.


I was a regular poster on his Compuserve forum. I drew his attention to an article on Entertainment Weekly about how the branch of the academy that voted on documentaries turned off Hoop Dreams after one hour. He thanked me and said he would go read it. Next episode of Siskel & Ebert, he did a segment about that article. I felt like Albert Brooks in Broadcast News: "I say it here, it comes out there."
2013-04-04 05:11:27 PM  
1 votes:
Thanks for everything.
Thanks for the movie reviews, the books and the great seat next to you and Gene Siskel.
Requiescat in Pace
2013-04-04 05:11:00 PM  
1 votes:
This sucks. Nothing more to say really.
2013-04-04 05:06:49 PM  
1 votes:
Today we will be reviewing Roger Ebert's death....

I thought the death was rather forced and it seem to come about with no proper context as you would expect in a big budget death. The lack of dramatic music was a mistake by the director as I really feel the audience would have appreciated it and it would have helped the audience prepare for the twist ending.

So, even though it had its dramatic points, I still must give this death a thumb down as I feel the director didn't really put his heart into it.....
2013-04-04 05:05:32 PM  
1 votes:
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?
2013-04-04 04:59:43 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:57:51 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:50:11 PM  
1 votes:
2013-04-04 04:44:52 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:35:38 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:34:06 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:33:20 PM  
1 votes:

Treygreen13: .


He also really hated "UHF." WTF?
2013-04-04 04:32:04 PM  
1 votes:
www.empireonline.com

Huh?
2013-04-04 04:31:05 PM  
1 votes:
siskel and ebert together again!
2013-04-04 04:30:54 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:26:28 PM  
1 votes:
He's updating his review of Heaven's Gate now.

Rest easy, thumbslinger.
2013-04-04 04:23:10 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:22:30 PM  
1 votes:
I died laughing at his refusal to rate or discuss The Human Centipede.  He just outright said "I refuse."

He WATCHED the movie, understand.  Screened the whole thing.  Just wouldn't dignify it with a review, despite admitting it was his job to do so...  And I think that's awesome of him.

I also loved how he pointed out that he was unable to screen any more movies the day he watched The Grey, because it left such an impression that it wouldn't have been fair to the other movies.  He had to put them off for a few days.
2013-04-04 04:13:01 PM  
1 votes:

Blues_X: Cancer... you go fark yourself.


:(


YOu might be interested in this news today.  Not sure why it's not all over the world.

http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/0403-breakthrough-canc er -killing-treatment-has-no-side-effects-says-mu-researcher/

Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne's team has developed a new form of radiation therapy that successfully put cancer into remission in mice. This innovative treatment produced none of the harmful side-effects of conventional chemo and radiation cancer therapies. Clinical trials in humans could begin soon after Hawthorne secures funding."

"A wide variety of cancers can be attacked with our BNCT technique," Hawthorne said. "The technique worked excellently in mice. We are ready to move on to trials in larger animals, then people. However, before we can start treating humans, we will need to build suitable equipment and facilities. When it is built, MU will have the first radiation therapy of this kind in the world."
2013-04-04 04:11:53 PM  
1 votes:
I know in the Esquire article he said that if the cancer came back he wouldn't have any more treatments.  When I read his blog post yesterday I had a feeling he was near the end because it read like an obituary.  I only knew him as a film critic until I started reading his blog a few years ago.  Damn, that guy could write.  Glad he's out of his pain, and good thoughts to his beloved wife Chaz.
2013-04-04 04:08:37 PM  
1 votes:
Somewhere out there, Armond White cackles as he bathes in the Fountain of Youth.
2013-04-04 04:07:11 PM  
1 votes:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: So I wonder what they are reviewing tonight?


Probably "The Bible" mini-series... "2 thumbs wayyyy down. They got it all wrong. None of this crap happened."
2013-04-04 04:06:22 PM  
1 votes:
http://web.archive.org/web/20090507234744/http://blogs.suntimes.com/e b ert/2009/05/go_gently_into_that_good_night.html

"I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris."

RIP
2013-04-04 04:05:18 PM  
1 votes:
"A movie isn't about what it's about. It's about how it's about it."
2013-04-04 04:03:58 PM  
1 votes:

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".
2013-04-04 04:03:54 PM  
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I hope he died nice and doped up. Cancer is a hell of a way to go.
2013-04-04 04:03:27 PM  
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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.
2013-04-04 04:02:49 PM  
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The thing I always liked about his reviews is that even if I disagreed with him, he was specific enough in his review that I knew if I would like a movie that he didn't like (or not like one that he did like) before I saw it.

He laid out is reasons clearly, and generally didn't just trash a movie pointlessly.
2013-04-04 04:02:06 PM  
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HaywoodJablonski: Get ready for Roeper and White


They removed more talent when they took Roger's jaw than Roeper could ever hope and aspire to have.
2013-04-04 04:01:51 PM  
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Mike: He was one of us too. Sigh.


Any chance you'll post his greenlights?
2013-04-04 03:59:13 PM  
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He was a rare breed and we won't soon see his like again.
2013-04-04 03:59:00 PM  
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downstairs: Watched him growing up.

/sad.


What, were you perched outside his bedroom window? How'd you know he'd get famous?
2013-04-04 03:59:00 PM  
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Legitimately sad about this.  His 'Great Movies' essays -- which he updated every couple weeks for a while -- introduced me to a TON of movies that I still love to death today.  As a geeky teenager in the middle of nowhere, it was super key to introducing me to stuff I wouldn't have known otherwise, from The Third Man to Walkabout.
2013-04-04 03:58:51 PM  
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I Hated, Hated, Hated, HATED This News
2013-04-04 03:58:51 PM  
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Damn....damn....DAMN!

and also....

FARK CANCER!
2013-04-04 03:58:26 PM  
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jigger: Well, let's get it started.


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RIP Hebert


let's not and say we did, asshole

of all the stupid memes that populate the internet, the "I'll pretend I don;t who some famous person is and mourn somebody with a slightly similar name" one is the least funny, creative or intelligent.  A good man and great wrtier just died, let's see if we can mourn HIM and not spend time dealling with all the jackasses who want to make this thread about how hip and clever they are mmmkay?
2013-04-04 03:57:36 PM  
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I'm saddened by this news
2013-04-04 03:57:14 PM  
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...and something of value was lost.
2013-04-04 03:56:42 PM  
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Wow...that just blows.
2013-04-04 03:56:22 PM  
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Sad to hear.
My condolences to his family and friends.
2013-04-04 03:55:57 PM  
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DemonEater: That was quick, we just had the "Ebert cuts his workload" article about his cancer returning yesterday.


When my grandfather's cancer came back, they gave him chemo on Wednesday, moved him to hospice on Thursday and he passed away the following Tuesday. They really thought when they checked him into the oncology unit on Wednesday that they were just going to keep him until he got through the worst of the round of chemo they gave him. When they got into the details, it was way worse than they had previously expected. The only reason he was given more than the normal "comfort" care was because one of his daughters (my mom's stepsister) was out of state and needed to arrange travel.

I feel bad that my grandfather lingered because his daughter was being wishy-washy (questioning the medical advise on moving him to hospice, rather than just getting herself to his bedside) and I'm glad Ebert didn't spend his days doped beyond comprehension just to hang on.
2013-04-04 03:55:46 PM  
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the balcony is now closed.
2013-04-04 03:55:24 PM  
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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?"
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-04-04 03:55:18 PM  
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TWX: So much for a sequel to Beyond the Valley of the Dolls...


His funeral will get good reviews as long as it has a lot of big busted brunettes showing lots of cleavage.
2013-04-04 03:54:48 PM  
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2013-04-04 03:54:13 PM  
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He will definitely be missed.
2013-04-04 03:54:12 PM  
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Siskel and Ebert - Together Again
2013-04-04 03:52:26 PM  
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fark you cancer
2013-04-04 03:52:11 PM  
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God dammit.
R.I.P. Roger; we'll miss you.
2013-04-04 03:52:10 PM  
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His book "I Hated Hated Hated This Movie" is one of the funniest, truest, greatest bathroom reading books in the history of...books of that...nature.  Ebert Victorious still the best Onion headline of all time. So long.
2013-04-04 03:52:01 PM  
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www.christopherfowler.co.uk

RIP Ebert
2013-04-04 03:51:43 PM  
1 votes:
RIP Movie Man


I watched him while I was growing up.
2013-04-04 03:50:55 PM  
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Very sad.
2013-04-04 03:50:34 PM  
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Rest in peace, sir, and thank you.
2013-04-04 03:50:32 PM  
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He was an excellent film critic, and a pretty sharp mind in general. He'll be missed.
2013-04-04 03:50:29 PM  
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Cancer sucks.
2013-04-04 03:50:03 PM  
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An absolute Icon, but his work seemed to get soft towards the end.
2013-04-04 03:49:43 PM  
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Review In Peace good sir.
2013-04-04 03:49:43 PM  
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RIP
2013-04-04 03:49:06 PM  
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Great, now we'll never get to see the final chapter of the "Valley of the Dolls" trilogy.

/goodnight, man who thought "The Jerk" was just about "funny hats"
2013-04-04 03:49:01 PM  
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Wow that was fast... RIP movie guy...
2013-04-04 03:48:59 PM  
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I was going to go with "The balcony is now closed," but I like the sentiment of this headline better.
2013-04-04 03:48:38 PM  
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I remember watching At the Movies. Very sad.
2013-04-04 03:48:33 PM  
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His ship has sailed into that dark, uncertain night.

RIP.
2013-04-04 03:47:48 PM  
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In before some dumbass comments on his lack of a ja-....too late...
 
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