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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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    Quote Originally Posted by duane View Post
    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.
    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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    Sometimes, satire knows exactly how to say what we feel.

    “While not without its flaws, life, from birth to death, is a masterwork, and an uplifting journey that both touches the heart and challenges the mind,” said Ebert
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/rog...triumph,31945/

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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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    Such sad news. RIP Mr. Ebert.
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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...#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.

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    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.

    6. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, zero stars. The best thing about it is that it runs for only 75 minutes.... Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cygnus View Post
    I love these lines from 10 movies he hated

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/49913...#ixzz2PYTDLVhw
    Thanks for the link. This was great:

    The Brown Bunny, zero stars. I had a colonoscopy once, and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny.

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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." 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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    A great film critic. RIP
    Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    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.
    He continued to do that to the end.

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