Movie Critic Roger Ebert has passed away, age 70

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  1. manleywoman

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    Just a few days after posting his last blog post about how his cancer had returned and he was backing off his workload, he's lost his battle. :(

    For all of us who love movies and culture (and who doesn't?) this is such a loss.

    RIP Roger. Chicago will miss you.
  2. Gypsy

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    I am so sorry to hear this. I just read about the return of the cancer.

    May he rest in peace.
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    What sad news. He seemed like such a genuinely kind person.

    I hope his family and friends can find comfort for their loss.
  4. znachki

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    Oh that sucks! Two thumbs down. I will miss his work immensely. He was one of the few critics who I trusted to always deliver a thoughtful review. He put up such good fight.

    My 13 year-old nephew has been a fan of his for years. Roger was his favorite critic!

    Gene - slide over and make some room on that couch!
  5. skatesindreams

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    I'm very grateful for the love of movies; and serious journalism about the artform which he shared with all of us,
    He and Gene Siskel will now be able to continue their ongoing discussions.

    RIP.
    You will be missed.
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  6. skatingfan5

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    RIP, Roger Ebert. You put up a long and brave fight with an awful disease and will be greatly missed. Condolences to his wife Chaz, family, friends, colleagues, and all who appreciated his writing.

    His hometown has been gearing up for the annual "Ebertfest" film festival, which will start in less than two weeks. Roger organized the first "Overlooked Film Festival" in 1999 as a tribute to his late colleague, Gene Siskel (who died much too young from a brain tumor) and this year is the 15th anniversary. It just won't be the same without Roger's presence. :(
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    I admired how he handled his fight with cancer publicly - a great model for dealing with challenges in a gutsy and classy way. RIP Roger.
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    When I heard his cancer returned, I had a feeling it was only a matter of time. I didn't think it would be so soon though. RIP Roger Ebert. You will be missed. :(
  10. skipaway

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    I've always enjoyed his review. RIP Roger
  11. AragornElessar

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    Gone far too soon.

    Can't you just see him up there right now w/Gene going around to all of the legends of Hollywood and having a ball chatting them up?

    Godspeed Sir and Rest In Peace.
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  12. duane

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    Used to love watching Siskel and Ebert, tho I thought Roger had a bullying, uppity attitude. He would appear to be actually insulted if Siskel didn't agree with his review, and the gentle-minded Gene often seemed afraid to. I found myself constantly yelling "IT'S JUST YOUR OPINION!" at the tv screen! But I kept watching. lol

    But what a wonderful career he had...to be paid big bucks to give movie reviews!! I'm still jealous!

    RIP
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    This makes me very sad. I always enjoyed his reviews, even when I didn't agree with them- mainly because he was a good writer as well as a good critic. RIP
  14. Rex

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    A great loss to the filmgoing public. A good man in all respects.
    Prayers to his lovely wife Chaz.
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    I never knew how much of their arguing was "real" and how much was exaggerated for the show. Roger shed a lot of light on it for me in his 2009 tribute to Gene, on the 10th anniversary of his death.
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    Aww, dang it, he was much too young! :(

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    Just saw this on the cnn website. Ebert will be missed.

    RIP Roger.
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    What a courageous man. He added so much to so many people's enjoyment of the movies. We'll keep watching them for you, Roger! Two thumbs up for Siskel and Ebert!
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    For his attitude regarding having cancer and later losing his ability to eat and talk (which would devastate most, I think), Ebert will forever be my hero. I'm glad he didn't seem to suffer too long and was lucid until his final days.
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    Aw, that's sad. I didn't always agree with him, but his knowledge about and passion for movies was unsurpassed. His written reviews were often more entertaining than the movies themselves, and they always gave me insight and food for thought.

    RIP, Roger.
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    I generally found my film tastes were similar to his tastes (though not 100% matched). Any time a new film release happened to catch my attention, I'd usually check out his review first before deciding whether it was worth watching. I particularly remember his review of what became my favorite film, Almost Famous: "Oh what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it." :)
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  22. heckles

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    When they were on PBS, Gene was the more disagreeable of the two. It seemed to shift sometime after they went into syndication.
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    :( Siskel and Ebert at the Movies was a groundbreaking show.

    And Roger was one of the first film critics to get online. I remember him posting on Compuserve (yeah, I'm that old) and he would always answer questions and emails.
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  26. HeatherC

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    Such sad news. RIP Mr. Ebert. :( :fragile:
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    Sad news. I loved Siskel &Ebert and then Ebert & Roeper. Entertaining shows and educational. I always loved movies, but they made it even more worthwhile.
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    after he couldnt eat anymore, he wrote a recipe book for his rice cooker. i love that.
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    I love these lines from 10 movies he hated

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/49913/10-movies-roger-ebert-really-hated#ixzz2PYTDLVhw

    It includes a couple of my favourite movie review lines ever

    "Mad Dog Time" should be cut into free ukulele picks for the poor.

    and

    This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.
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    Thanks for sharing, cygnus.

    Ebert will be missed. :( RIP
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    He hated some movies that many geeks loved, like Kick-Ass (and whyy is The Usual Suspects on that list?!), but the guy was always honest about what he felt. :)

    Also, could throw some zingers in his time. He was having a spat with Vincent Gallo (the director The Brown Bunny) and Gallo called him a fat pig. Ebert replied with, "One day I will be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of The Brown Bunny." :rofl: But after Gallo cut out a quarter of the movie, Ebert gave it a thumbs up. :)
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    :( May he rest in peace.
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    "Pearl Harbor: the story of "how on December 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle."

    This describe how I hated that film exactly.
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  36. orientalplane

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    A great film critic. RIP :(
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    This is actually heartbreaking. I discovered this reading the statement from Chaz on his blog. My heart goes out to her and all of his family and friends.

    He was the only critic, I liked to follow. Even when I didn't share his opinion, I loved reading his reviews. He was a great writer and his passion for cinema was inspiring. I will miss reading his reviews very much.

    RIP, Roger. :(
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  39. manleywoman

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    A friend of mine from high school actually made a small indie film in 1999 called "Man of the Century" and Roger Ebert gave it two thumbs up. The review is here. My friend was thrilled to have that happen to him.
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    He continued to do that to the end.