R.I.P. Roger Ebert (1942-2013)
Whether or not you agreed with his film reviews there is no doubting that Roger Ebert was perhaps the most famous and arguably the most powerful movie critic of his generation. The days when movie critics could single-handedly propel films to success or into the garbage heap are obviously long gone due to the proliferation of the Internet and novice film reviewers. However, the Pulitzer Prize winning Ebert was probably the last of the “giant” movie reviewers who along with Gene Siskel coined the phrase “Two thumbs up!” which movie distributors sought like a life-giving elixir so that they could paste the quote all over movie ads proclaiming the famous duo thought that their films were of good quality.
In his later life his struggle with cancer and his subsequent loss of his speaking voice served as inspiration for many showing how he refused to let his condition define him as he continued to work doing what he loved in penning editorials and film reviews. His last post to his website over at www.rogerebert.com was only a few days ago when he commented that he was taking leave due to his illness.
Personally, I loved reading his prose even if I had a totally different view of the film in question and frequented his site every few days wondering what he was up to. He will certainly be missed and film criticism will never be the same again. I’m sure he and Gene Siskel will continue doing what they loved in reviewing movies wherever they find themselves now.
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