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Title: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Darth Geek on April 04, 2013, 01:10:51 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-roger-ebert-dead-20130404,0,602338.story (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-roger-ebert-dead-20130404,0,602338.story)

Sad, but not altogether unexpected, news.


I shall choose to remember him in his guest appearance (along with Siskel) on The Critic.

http://www.youtube.com/v/c_fAVEz-Y34

Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Bob on April 04, 2013, 01:22:25 PM
He was my FAVORITE movie reviewer and his few DVD commentaries (like the one from "Dark City") were the best I have ever heard.  It was a real movie learning session on them.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Kete on April 04, 2013, 01:44:33 PM
I didn't always agree with him, but I have a lot of respect for him.  RIP.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on April 04, 2013, 01:57:47 PM
Yeah, I remember disagreeing with him a number of times. But this dude was essential in bringing movie criticism and thinking into the mainstream, which in turn made it somewhat more accessible a thing for the rest of us.

Plus, all else aside, he threw all of his his at-one-point-quite-substantial weight behind supporting Dark City. I could never hate him after that.

So I'll miss the man, for sure.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: knightsaber1 on April 04, 2013, 03:21:46 PM
Truly a sad day for all of us, I think. We knew it wouldn't be long, but we just didn't want it to happen anytime ever.  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 04, 2013, 03:39:48 PM
sad, he fought that cancer hard.  Damn cancer.

Read his final book not too long ago.  It was really good. 
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Darth Geek on April 04, 2013, 04:16:02 PM
With scientists finding out the universe may be a computer simulation, will Ebert get in trouble with God for saying video games aren't art?
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 04, 2013, 04:31:08 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/roger-ebert-hails-human-existence-as-a-triumph,31945/
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CHICAGO—Calling the overall human experience “poignant,” “thought-provoking,” and a “complete tour de force,” film critic Roger Ebert praised existence Thursday as “an audacious and thrilling triumph.” “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, adding that while the totality of all humankind is sometimes “a mess in places,” it strives to be a magnum opus and, according to Ebert, largely succeeds at this goal. “At times brutally sad, yet surprisingly funny, and always completely honest, I wholeheartedly recommend existence. If you haven’t experienced it yet, then what are you waiting for? It is not to be missed.” Ebert later said that while human existence’s running time was “a little on the long side,” it could have gone on much, much longer and he would have been perfectly happy.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Darth Geek on April 04, 2013, 05:02:36 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/roger-ebert-hails-human-existence-as-a-triumph,31945/
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CHICAGO—Calling the overall human experience “poignant,” “thought-provoking,” and a “complete tour de force,” film critic Roger Ebert praised existence Thursday as “an audacious and thrilling triumph.” “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, adding that while the totality of all humankind is sometimes “a mess in places,” it strives to be a magnum opus and, according to Ebert, largely succeeds at this goal. “At times brutally sad, yet surprisingly funny, and always completely honest, I wholeheartedly recommend existence. If you haven’t experienced it yet, then what are you waiting for? It is not to be missed.” Ebert later said that while human existence’s running time was “a little on the long side,” it could have gone on much, much longer and he would have been perfectly happy.
As wierd as the bottom half of his face was near the end, I am glad they went with practical effects instead of CGI.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: pstokely on April 04, 2013, 07:10:17 PM
will he be buried with copies of Cop and a half and Home Alone 3? :D
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 04, 2013, 07:19:34 PM
After hearing about some of his future plans yesterday, this was really disheartening news.  Roger Ebert was one of the best reviewers even when I didn't agree with him and created a show that I originally watched for movie clips but eventually appreciated for their thoughtful reviews and opening my eyes to movies I would have otherwise missed.  I recommend reading his Great Movies articles on his website to find out about some great movies you might have missed or to remind yourself why some of the great movies are great.

Here are a couple I like (comedies too.  Might make you feel better)
Groundhog Day
http://rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20050130%2FREVIEWS08%2F501300301%2F1023

This is Spinal Tap
http://rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20010121%2FREVIEWS08%2F101210301%2F1023

Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Starman! on April 04, 2013, 07:33:27 PM
This just breaks my heart. He was the greatest film critic ever. I loved his DVD commentaries too. I spent a lot of my childhood/pre teen years watching Ebert & Roper (not as good as Siskel & Ebert, I know). The man was truly an idol for me. R.I.P.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: TheUnabeefer on April 04, 2013, 07:59:56 PM
I just have to say that I love, respect and think so highly of the man that I typed my typical "death of a celebrity" joke witty remark tweet like I usually do... thought for a second... said "That's much too soon"... backspaced it... and resumed reading his quotes.

Anyone who knows me to shy away from a joke ever doesn't really know me at all....... I will miss Roger Ebert.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Lembach on April 05, 2013, 02:38:38 AM
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Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: KidFlash on April 05, 2013, 07:15:55 AM
Yeah, one of my FB friends posted 'don't be a dick about Ebert' <paraphrasing>, and the responses he got were of the 'who's being a dick?' variety. My FB feed was a love-fest, but that's because I have film geek friends and family. My tribute status to him was about five paragraphs, but that is because he and Siskel were huge in my development as a writer and as a film lover. Plus he was kind enough to actually publish an article of mine on his website three years ago. I'll treasure that always.

I see that Kevin posted a picture of Ebert from the Esquire article (that you should all read) on his Tumblr.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: mearnest on April 05, 2013, 07:38:58 AM
'Hate' might be a bit strong, but they were not close friends.  I couldn't help thinking the same thing when I saw that cartoon though.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: KidFlash on April 05, 2013, 08:10:46 AM
It seems their relationship had peaks and valleys. It started out with hate, then mutual respect, then to something not unlike brothers near the end. Course, the reality might be vastly different from the public version, but Ebert never struck me as a man who would want to whitewash something so public from his personal life. I know Ebert wrote a very nice piece on the anniversary of Siskel's passing.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Darth Geek on April 05, 2013, 09:20:53 AM
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So which one of them is Crow and which one of them is Tom?
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: dangfish on April 13, 2013, 04:54:34 PM
Still sad when I think about it......when I was growing up our whole family would watch Siskel and Ebert every week. Whenever we want to check out a review for a new film we would always go to rogerebert.com first. 

Does anybody know what other DVD commentaries he did besides Dark City?
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on April 13, 2013, 06:03:01 PM
Still sad when I think about it......when I was growing up our whole family would watch Siskel and Ebert every week. Whenever we want to check out a review for a new film we would always go to rogerebert.com first. 

Does anybody know what other DVD commentaries he did besides Dark City?

He did one for Casablanca, and I think Citizen Kane as well. I've yet to listen to any of them, but I think I'll give it a go real soon.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: KidFlash on April 15, 2013, 07:53:50 PM
Does anybody know what other DVD commentaries he did besides Dark City?

Great Movies III had a list - Casablanca (the only one I've listened to), Citizen Kane, Beyond The Valley of the Dolls, Crumb and Floating Weeds.

It's really too bad they never got Siskel & Ebert to do a laserdisc commentary in the 90s before Siskel got sick.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Darth Geek on April 15, 2013, 08:01:18 PM
I would have paid good money to see them do a DVD commentary for North.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Thrifty on April 16, 2013, 05:26:32 AM
I would have paid good money to see them do a DVD commentary for North.
I doubt either of them would watch that movie again for any amount of money.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: KidFlash on April 17, 2013, 10:28:57 PM
If Siskel had lived, he would have demanded to do a commentary on the 25th Anniversary Saturday Night Fever DVD. I recall numerous articles with a picture of him standing next to John Travolta's suit from the film. He was such a big fan of the film that he bought it when it went up for auction. Wonder where the suit is now.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on April 17, 2013, 10:42:28 PM
If Siskel had lived, he would have demanded to do a commentary on the 25th Anniversary Saturday Night Fever DVD. I recall numerous articles with a picture of him standing next to John Travolta's suit from the film. He was such a big fan of the film that he bought it when it went up for auction. Wonder where the suit is now.

I have exactly zero pieces of evidence to back up this claim, but I believe he was buried in it.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: KidFlash on April 19, 2013, 07:24:52 PM
He wasn't. Looks like a collector from London bought it for $145k in 1995 or so. It was shown off last year at a UK auction.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/aug/06/john-travolta-white-suit-v-and-a
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Starman! on April 24, 2013, 06:28:06 PM
His commentaries were fun listens. Haven't watched Floating Weeds or Crumb with the commentaries, but the rest were very good. I came to like Dark City more thanks to Ebert's commentary.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: MUD CRICKET on April 27, 2013, 07:19:35 PM
his website was part of my usual round.  i keep clicking it out of habit and getting depressed.
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: KidFlash on June 04, 2013, 11:38:01 AM
The website will continue. They have a cadre of editors and writers, along with Chaz Ebert's occasional missive.

Here (http://maxcdn.zenpencils.com/comics/2013-06-04-ebert.jpg) is a wonderful tribute that's making the rounds today. Won't lie, it got a little dusty near the end. (I thought it was too big to post, so it's linked.)

http://zenpencils.com/comic/118-roger-ebert-on-kindness/
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 04, 2013, 11:56:37 AM
Wait... Roger Ebert died?!
Title: Re: RIP Roger Ebert
Post by: Hebs on June 04, 2013, 12:29:23 PM
Man, what a shame - I remember listening to a (somewhat) recent news story about him, where he'd ask his wife to describe the food she was eating in great detail, so he could relive the sensation of taste with her.  I can't imagine how hard that must've been for the both of them.