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Movie Critic Roger Ebert has passed away, age 70

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by manleywoman, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    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

    Gypsy Watching the Leaves Change!

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

    May he rest in peace.
  3. BittyBug

    BittyBug Dispirited

    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

    znachki Active Member

    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

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    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.

    You will be missed.
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  6. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    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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  7. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

    Wow RIP :(
  8. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    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.
  9. Tesla

    Tesla Whippet Good

    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

    skipaway Well-Known Member

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

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    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

    duane Well-Known Member

    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!

  13. cygnus

    cygnus Well-Known Member

    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

    Rex Well-Known Member

    A great loss to the filmgoing public. A good man in all respects.
    Prayers to his lovely wife Chaz.
  15. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    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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  16. Wiery

    Wiery Well-Known Member

    Aww, dang it, he was much too young! :(

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  17. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

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

    RIP Roger.
  18. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    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!
  19. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  20. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    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.
  21. Aaron W

    Aaron W Well-Known Member

    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

    heckles Well-Known Member

    When they were on PBS, Gene was the more disagreeable of the two. It seemed to shift sometime after they went into syndication.
  23. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

  24. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    :( 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.
  25. fscric

    fscric Active Member

  26. HeatherC

    HeatherC Go Team SW Florida! =)

    Such sad news. RIP Mr. Ebert. :( :fragile:
  27. smurfy

    smurfy Well-Known Member

    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.
  28. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    after he couldnt eat anymore, he wrote a recipe book for his rice cooker. i love that.
  29. cygnus

    cygnus Well-Known Member

    I love these lines from 10 movies he hated


    It includes a couple of my favourite movie review lines ever

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


    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.
  30. Simone411

    Simone411 FSU Uber fan

    Thanks for sharing, cygnus.

    Ebert will be missed. :( RIP