In Memoriam: Roger Ebert Comments -


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RaithManan 4/5/2013 2:35:53 AM

I was 7 years old when I started watching Sneak Previews on PBS in 1978.  Siskel and Ebert and their previews at the time for me may have been a bit over my head early on, but I learned rather quickly.  They were a hoot to watch on tv every week.  Whether they liked a movie, disliked it, agreed with each other or not... they were like fine wine as they were the most honest critics people would listen to even if we moviegoers didn't always agree with them.

Then many years after being shuffled off and having to find another affiliate to carry their show, their act never got tiresome.  Then Gene passed away shockingly.  At times Roger seemed lost without his trusted companion, but he pressed on with various critics before settling with Richard Roeper.  While he was not Gene, but he filled Gene's shoes admirably.

But then Roger gets struck with cancer and over the next several years fought it and for a time had won the few rounds.  But the fight had taken its toll as he looked nearly unrecognizable and was painful to watch him waste away.  The real sad part was that he had just did an interview the other day and said his cancer had recurred.  But this time, it wasn't meant to be.  

Despite all he went through, Roger never quit his job, never quit the fight... not one DAMN bit.  That my friend deserves two thumbs up regardless.  Now that you can finally rest, I'm sure once you got past the heavenly gates, there was Gene sitting in that front row and probably said, "Take a seat old friend, I've been waiting on you.  We got the best view from here."

Rest in Peace Roger..... and for ol' times sake, I'll whistle out the classic theme when I go to the movies this weekend where I'm sure many of us we'll see you.... AT THE MOVIES.  

fatpantz 4/5/2013 5:28:39 AM

RIP Roger...I remember having 2 channels growing up and staying up late to watch him and Siskel argue about one of my biggest passions every Saturday night, followed by SNL and The Gary Shandling Show.

You will truly be missed.

jedibanner 4/5/2013 5:49:45 AM

this man had class, had integrity and never became sour about what he said or how he said it and for this he is a great example of someone you can look up to it. Add to that the aspect of what he had to fight for in the end, he still did it gracefully and he will be missed for sure.

Chopsaki 4/5/2013 9:46:42 AM


monkeyfoot 4/5/2013 10:08:58 AM

RaithManan, agree 1000% !

Everything any critic either on TV, radio or blogging owes a ton to Ebert and Siskel.

I haven't found it online but I saw an editorial cartoon on TV that pretty much says what Raith said. It showed the silohuettes of Siskel sitting down in front of a movie screen and Ebert coming up to sit by him. Siskel is saying, "I saved the aisle seat for you."


Two thumbs up, Mr. Ebert.

InnerSanctum 4/5/2013 10:14:09 AM

 RIP:  He was my favorite critic.  

doublec 4/5/2013 2:03:56 PM

 Well written, Rob. Well said, RaithManan.
Roger was the gold standard by which all critics will ever be judged. Thanx to him and Gene for the countless happy memories. And of course, Two Thumbs Up!

jppintar326 4/5/2013 4:43:04 PM

There are so many movies that I watched because I heard about it on Siskel & Ebert.  Dark City was a great example.  Roger Ebert featured that on show and eventually named it the best movie of 1998.  It is a great movie the would've been overlooked if it weren't for Siskel and Ebert.  A great movie that had a great cast.  See you by Shell Beach Roger.

Wyldstaar 4/5/2013 10:26:54 PM

Roger wrote a piece for Salon a while back called I do not fear death.  It's a stirring read.


I'd include a link, but posts with those in them are automatically deleted most of the time.

DarthoftheDead 4/7/2013 3:40:56 PM

R.I.P. Mr Ebert

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