Posted by heatDrive88 (2536 posts) -

It was never about whether you agreed with his opinion, or even what movie he was writing about - even when you completely disregarded those factors, it was always about Roger Ebert's ability to craft an interesting, critical opinion to his audience. That was what made him such an inspiration to so many writers.

Roger Ebert passed away today. He was 70 years old, fighting a battle against cancer for over a decade of his last years.

Even in the days before the widespread existence of the internet, I still have many fond memories of Roger Ebert when I was younger, staying up far past my bedtime just so I could watch Siskel & Ebert discuss the latest, the greatest, and the worst movies of the time. I can say with a good amount of confidence that watching them on television in the early 90's was the first time I had ever paid attention to people critically thinking and discussing about movies, let alone any other subject matter.

Regardless of how you were introduced to Roger Ebert's legacy, he will remain an inspiration to anyone who writes critically about any medium. He will be missed - even by a fledgling writer such as myself. I could only hope to write something this beautiful, this unequivocally smart, this incredibly thoughtful, when I am one year away from my own deathbed.

#1 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5211 posts) -

I'll miss his mind. His article on Doctor Manhattan as a parable for God is still one I read on occasion.

#2 Edited by heatDrive88 (2536 posts) -

@oldirtybearon: Do you have a link to that somewhere? I'd be curious to read it, assuming it's not just a review he wrote about The Watchmen movie.

#3 Edited by Fredchuckdave (7129 posts) -

Ebert was always solid though lacking Siskel not quite as enthralling; but certainly had a well established opine and wasn't completely stereotypical in his reviews.

#5 Posted by NTM (8341 posts) -

I've already said what I wanted to, so now I'm really for a lack of words, but thanks for making this. I'm glad someone here mentioned the loss. And that was a sad read, it was like a letter to society before one's death.

#6 Posted by ApolloBob (577 posts) -

Siskel and Ebert were the giants of film criticism because you knew they genuinely loved the medium - they didn't rip on a movie because they loved the sound of their own snark or the power of their opinions. They saw a bad movie as a slight to the entire art form or an insult to the intelligence of the viewer. I still miss Gene and now I will miss Roger. Many was the time I would watch a movie and think "I wonder what Ebert thought of this" and go to his website. His thinking and writing ability was always enjoyed. R.I.P.

#7 Edited by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -
#8 Posted by heatDrive88 (2536 posts) -
#9 Posted by Tireyo (6712 posts) -

I personally don't like the guy, but it's a shame about what happened to him.