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From Roger’s paper, The Chicago Sun-Times

I’ve said it before, but when I was a kid, Roger Ebert and his newspaper rival/TV partner Gene Siskel were the guys who introduced the concept to me that movies were art. Movies were something to think about and to be argued about. I don’t have to tell you that the significance of that to me is immeasurable.

7 Responses to “Roger Ebert: 1942 – 2013”

  1. Hard to believe as he has been an ever present and iconic champion of film as an art form.

    Very sad to lose such a humane, wise, and sincere voice.

  2. I’d estimate that Ebert was a major entry point for most movie lovers my age into a deep appreciation for cinema. Even in recent years after my tastes had veered away from his, he was always worth reading.

  3. In some ways, I think he got even better when he was just blogging and not necessarily even reviewing a movie.

  4. Without question Roger Ebert was one of the most inspiring human beings not only to work in the film industry (where he wrote to the tune of a Pulitzer prize and was the single most influential American film critic of all-time) but as a human being, his tenacity and passion were revered by people all around the world. No serious or casual movie fan can be anything less than deeply saddened by his passing today at the age of 70. It is the end of an era, and Ebert was one of a kind. A national treasure and a cultural icon.

  5. Roger Ebert will be missed. He left a great legacy of work that is amazing!

    A great critic/writer who was not petty. Something that is sadly lost on some of writer’s today (One of the reasons I like Living In Cinema)

    Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel get two thumbs up on a job well done.

    To them both I say, Thank you

  6. Roger Ebert and his newspaper rival/TV partner Gene Siskel were the guys who introduced the concept to me that movies were art.

    Same here. I sought out movies I never would have even known about because of them. A very great loss.

    As others have commented he left an amazing legacy.

    RIP, Roger.

  7. Say what you will about his reviews or his choices, but he and Gene Siskel brought indies and foreign films into a broader cultural awareness. They also pulled back the curtain on the deeply ingrained shortcomings of the Academy and Hollywood’s old boy network by relentlessly criticizing both, even after their show was purchased by a subsidiary of Disney.

    I can say that Siskel and Ebert changed my life at a very early age, exposing me to films I otherwise would not have sought out as a teenager. And Ebert was the first film critic I was aware of to really embrace the Internet and create a rich online presence for other critics to emulate. He was using Twitter extensively before most tech-saavy people I know were into it.

    He will be sorely missed.

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