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Roger Ebert dies at 70
after battle with cancer

Chicago Sun-Times, by Neil Steinberg

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Posted By:Mike PHX, 4/4/2013 3:47:44 PM

Roger Ebert loved movies. Except for those he hated. For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers. “No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

Comments:
That was quick.
He was politically a naif, but I did enjoy his reviews and essays.
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Reply 1 - Posted by: mossley, 4/4/2013 3:50:12 PM     (No. 9259622)

Sorry for his loved ones. Never cared for his reviews. It was obvious from some of them that he hadn´t watched the movie; he got the basic plot elements wrong.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: G-Tom, 4/4/2013 4:34:51 PM     (No. 9259690)

He was a world class Clymer and a commie.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: patsyf1941, 4/4/2013 4:48:45 PM     (No. 9259707)

I enjoyed "At the Movies" when Siskal was still alive. I couldn´t watch Ebert afterward. However, I will say a prayer for him.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq, 4/4/2013 4:51:55 PM     (No. 9259711)

Taking a Leave of Presence to dead in 2 days? Incredible.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jinx, 4/4/2013 5:14:29 PM     (No. 9259738)

couldn´t stand the Communist. Am not going to now act like I am sorry he´s gone.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4Justice, 4/4/2013 5:37:41 PM     (No. 9259771)

Will I get in trouble again if I say that I wish he had gone away long before Siskel???

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Reply 7 - Posted by: doublesharp, 4/4/2013 7:52:47 PM     (No. 9259964)

if you can´t say something nice.......

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rat Patrol, 4/4/2013 8:36:52 PM     (No. 9260002)

Nasty old goof...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StuartL, 4/5/2013 1:16:15 AM     (No. 9260243)

The SunTimes’ fawning obit is followed by several hundred equally fawning (and predictable: “The balcony is closed forever now”) posts. One of them, however, asked why the SunTimes was apparently deleting any less-than-glowing encomia. How about it, SunTimes? Favorite son, de mortuis nil nisi bonum and all that, but how about loosening the choke-chain, just a little? Compared to where he may be now, Roger can certainly take the heat...

Granted, he could sometimes write a decent stick. And, as posters elsewhere have noted, his earlier, less politically tainted reviews were his better ones, unmarred by the gross mistakes and oversights of his later criticism.

His blog, on the other paw, was largely unreadable. Entries that stick annoyingly in my mind are the one a few months ago in which he touted universal disarmament, after ‘fessing up that he had never “shot a gun,” and a very recent one in which he bemoaned the dire doom about to be visited on us by Global Warming. Not to mention his self-serving explanation of how (yes, “how,” not “why”) he was a Roman Catholic. He was apparently comfortable in the faith, from his earliest schooldays ... except for that annoying business of believing in God.

He also made millions from his early investment in Google – but a few months ago was crying poor, panhandling CrowdSource and Kickstart donations to put his little half-hour show back on PBS.

And, embarrassingly for someone who once wanted to be a professor of English, he never, ever got the hang of “who” and “whom”.


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