Roger Ebert… Gone at 70. Rest In Peace, sir.

By on April 4, 2013 7:46:09 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Roger Ebert was the consummate film critic, journalist and screenwriter.

He was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, and the first to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He lost his fight with cancer today… but he won’t be forgotten. Not by me.

Something he wrote is particularly important and memorable (for me):

“‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs, no need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

That pretty much says it all… except that he’ll be joining up with his old sidekick Gene Siskel again.

“Two thumbs up”, sir.

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April 4, 2013 7:49:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

R.I.P. Roger Ebert. You did well.  

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April 4, 2013 8:23:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The other day I read about it in the news, his cancer returning. He said he was taking a leave of presence. RIP Mr. Ebert.

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April 4, 2013 8:55:46 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

R.I.P. Roger Ebert

Wonderful quote, Doc.

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April 4, 2013 9:15:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

What Wiz said.  

he’ll be joining up with his old sidekick Gene Siskel again
  

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April 5, 2013 8:24:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I know that there are are MORE movie fans wandering around this site than this. All you have to do is look through the forum threads to see that there is no lack of opinions about ANY movie, whether sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, etc. (e.g. Frogboys current Hobbit Movie Thread')

I honestly can't recall any favorite or specific quotes that Siskel or Ebert ever made about any movie because I just enjoyed listening to everything they had to say. When I was a teen, I could only find 'Sneak Previews' on PBS for a long time and even then, they would move it's time around, so I had to really search for it. I always did and always found it.

My friends didn't like to talk movies, so I would watch Siskel and Ebert. What movies I saw weren't dictated by their reviews either. I stood in line for Pink Flamingos and some other truly awful movies. 

I'm going to miss Ebert's reviews and wit like I still miss Gene Siskels. I like the idea that they are together now, catching up on all the flicks they missed watching together, arguing over some of the finer points, and enjoying each others company like I enjoyed watching them every week.

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April 5, 2013 8:48:18 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Siskel and Ebert

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April 5, 2013 8:52:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting PoSmedley,
I'm going to miss Ebert's reviews and wit like I still miss Gene Siskels. I like the idea that they are together now, catching up on all the flicks they missed watching together, arguing over some of the finer points, and enjoying each others company like I enjoyed watching them every week.

So true, Noah.

Their reviews were followed religiously by my parents and me. He was a true fighter... he never gave up. It's a mercy that he isn't suffering any more.

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April 6, 2013 5:52:42 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Siskel and Ebert, the true dynamic duo, have finally taken that last ride into the sunset.  RIP.  And may your words be taken to heart by those who can make a difference on a large scale.

“‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs, no need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

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