I give his death two thumbs down.
Hard frown. I’m taking tips for what I should watch as far as movies that this guy loved. Anyone?
Here’s his “greatest films of all time” list from April 2012:
Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog)
Apocalypse Now (Coppola)
Citizen Kane (Welles)
La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
The General (Keaton)
Raging Bull (Scorsese)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
The Tree of Life (Malick)
Well, that sucks.
Terrible news. sigh.
This is very sad and somehow shocking even though it shouldn’t be, but to make it even worse when I read about this at the AVClub, someone in the comments mentioned something about Iain Banks and… holy crap, guys. Don’t know how many Iain Banks fans there are out there but this day officially sucks.
It’s a cliche, but fuck cancer.
We can all celebrate the man by (re)watching his favorites:
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Up Series
Gates Of Heaven
La Dolce Vita
The Third Man
As a kid growing up in Chicago, I always loved Ebert and Gene Siskel; they were two of the very few film critics who treated film seriously beyond just ‘see this or don’t see this.’
Don’t think that a comment on a blog is necessarily an appropriate way to convey the loss I feel. However, watching this YouTube clip of Gene and Roger arguing over Silence of The Lambs takes the sting out.
As both a Chicagoan and a film lover, everything is sad today.
No, no no no. I just do not want to accept that this is true.
Oh man. Oh man. Goddammit, cancer.
RIP. What I loved about him is not only did he know a great deal about movies, but he wasn’t afraid to love shittier ones as well. He will be missed.
I keep refreshing his Sun-Times site and it keeps giving me “service not available” and I guess that’s what put over the top into flat out sobbing.
RIP. I really enjoyed this Will Leitch story on his relationship with Mr. Ebert, because it gives a nice picture of what great man he was: http://deadspin.com/5482198/my-roger-ebert-story
I love his writing so much and will dearly miss reading new entries in his blog, website, just anything. His love and appreciation for film made even his opinions I didn’t agree with well reasoned and wonderful.
Something seemed imminent with that recent announcement, but not THIS imminent. Dang.
Anyone else weep over this? I wanted to be a film critic when I was younger–still think about it sometimes–and this man made me think about movies in a way no one else has before and no one has since. What a remarkable man.
I wish I had something poetic to say but it’s just as well that I don’t; Deaths renders mere words irrelevant. Still, expressing that his presence will be greatly missed seems worth saying. Like so many have already said:
My dad and I watched his show religiously for years. He taught me how to appreciate and discuss movies. And as he became more frail, he taught me how to appreciate living.
I remember one of the first Sneak Previews episodes I watched was a review of The Shining. Been watching every iteration of their show faithfully since. I was gutted when Siskel died.
Ebert actually replied to an email I sent him once just a few days after getting hooked up to the internet. Truly the end of an era.
Roger Ebert really was the best. Remember when he smacked down Nicholas Sparks? Really, RIP.
I’m still struggling to wrap my head around how big of a cultural loss this is for, well…everyone. RIP.
I wasn’t able to log in at work yesterday when I heard this awful news. In fact, I haven’t been able to log in much at all lately, and I really miss it. But the first place I wanted to come was here, to this place, this real/unreal/intangible “room” where we watch great movies and great television and trampoline accidents together, and where we talk about stupid people things and smart people things and just get through it all somehow…Well, anyway, I don’t have much to say, but Mr. Ebert said this, in 2011, and Salon.com reposted it. I think it just about sums it up: “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.” RIP Mr. E.
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