Skip to comments.Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer
Posted on 04/04/2013 12:45:23 PM PDT by EveningStar
Ebert, 70, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, and who was without question the nations most prominent and influential film critic, died Thursday in Chicago. He had been in poor health over the past decade, battling cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland.
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He can have the aisle seat in Heaven. R.I.P.
That’s too bad. No one deserves cancer.
I know he was a big lib, but RIP. Cancer is horrible.
One thumb up for the amusing, witty film reviews, at least until late in his life ...
and one thumb down for his late-in-life spew of leftist hatred.
I highly doubt he’ll be in Heaven based on his personal choices...
In light of that tradition,
After his sheer defamatory vileness towards Palin and the tea party movement, all I wish to say is “good riddance.”
Having just won the battle with the “relatively easy to treat” testicular cancer (took 3 chemo rounds and two months....okay aside from my hearing being messed with some), cancer is awful, and the treatment even worse.
I am lucky...we caught it early and it’s also one of the most curable even fairly late.
But, even with this cancer, there are deaths...
I don’t wish cancer on my worst enemy, and I am so sad that Ebert had to go through this nightmare multiple times in such an awful way with later stage cancer and much more difficult to treat.
It’s odd he died so quickly after the announcement, but he likely waited until it was close to the end before letting people know.
RIP Ebert....know we didn’t agree on politics, but wow, you fought through it all with such inspiration. RIP. You are free from the pain, suffering and chemo, surgery etc. now.
"So and So, dead at 70" is the proper term.
Back on topic.
Prayers to Ebert's family. I know it was a long, tough struggle. But he is in a better place now. Probably with a very surprised look on his face.
That being said...If he liked a movie, I never went to see it. If he hated it, I was there.
He’s at peace now. I won’t miss him, but he did do a lot to get me interested in pictures when I was younger, so that’s something.
Past tense = yesterday's news.
So you hated Schindler’s List, Citizen Kane and loved Tommy Boy and Pauly Shore films?
I will NOT have ANYTHING good to say about him for Him, His Industry and the Industry that he reported on accelerated the ROT of our once-GREAT Country. He will stand before the Great White Throne to give an account of his life and receive JUDGEMENT!
Anyone who sides with the Demonic-rat Party of evil today is a MONSTER.
How is he in a better place now?
He reviewed lame comedies? Who knew?
Hated Citizen Kane...never understood how it is one of the best eveh.
Have never seen Schindler’s List...no interest in seeing it either.
I’ve never seen The English Patient, either.
I did like Tommy Boy. Fat guy in little coat.....
Well it’s not just RE you disagree with then it’s just general good cinematic taste.
He's no longer in Obama's America?
Jess Franco died on April 2nd.
Roget Ebert died on April 4th.
Who's next? Has anyone called Ron Jeremy to check on his health?
I guess what I said was generally tongue in cheek. I never paid attention to his reviews.
I did go to “2 thumbs up” movies. I have no idea if I went to “2 thumbs down” movies.
When he became political I stopped paying attention.
And yes, you and I probably have WILDLY different taste in movies.
I enjoyed Gene Siskel.
He loved Obama’s America.
He started going down hill after Siskel died in 1999. The 2000 election drove him over the edge.
"Blade Runner" is a stunningly interesting visual achievement, but a failure as a story.
...The visual environments he creates for this film are wonderful to behold, and there's a sense of detail, too; we don't just get the skyways and the monolithic skyscrapers and the sky-taxis, we also get notions about how restaurants, clothes and home furnishing will look in 2020 (not too different). "Blade Runner" is worth attending just to witness this artistry.
The movie's weakness, however, is that it allows the special effects technology to overwhelm its story. Ford is tough and low-key in the central role, and Rutger Hauer and Sean Young are effective as two of the replicants, but the movie isn't really interested in these people -- or creatures.
The obligatory love affair is pro forma, the villains are standard issue, and the climax is yet one more of those cliffhangers, with Ford dangling over an abyss by his fingertips. The movie has the same trouble as the replicants: Instead of flesh and blood, its dreams are of mechanical men.
Siskel was a good man, he took his Jewish faith very seriously.
He was batty in the mid-1990s as well. It can be found in his books and some of his reviews.
Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro may.
I take it you’ve never seen films such as “Ikiru”, “Seven Samurai” “The French Connection”, “No Country For Old Men”, “The Remains Of The Day”, “The Bicycle Thief”, “Tokyo Story”, “Raise The Red Lantern”, “Dark City”, “The Shop On Main Street”, “Les Enfants du Paradis”, “Chinatown”, “Goodfellas” or other films?
“The English Patient” is interesting in that the novel it’s based on was considered unfilmable, and they pulled it off. I can say it’s a damned sight better than “Titanic” when it comes to the ‘doomed romance’ genre, lol!
“Citizen Kane” was a pioneering film, especially in terms of cinematography. A lot of the camera tricks we see in films originated in, or were perfected in, that film.
Siskel was scheduled to go on the Arsenio Hall show once and cancelled when he saw Hall fawn over Louis Farrakhan the night before.
RIP Roger Ebert. I enjoyed your reviews and your show with Gene.
I've seen five of the films in your list. Really liked the French Connection and Goodfellas. Saw the Seven Samarai but liked Clint Eastwood's/Sergio Leone's version better.
The English Patient is interesting in that the novel its based on was considered unfilmable, and they pulled it off. I can say its a damned sight better than Titanic when it comes to the doomed romance genre, lol!
Again, never saw it, friends said it sucked...good enough for me. Never saw Titanic in the theater, have only seen bits and pieces on cable. I like "A Night to Remember" much better.
Citizen Kane was a pioneering film, especially in terms of cinematography. A lot of the camera tricks we see in films originated in, or were perfected in, that film.
IMO, and I speak only for me, the film still sucks. I had to watch it in a mass media class in High School...it sucked. I watched it again years later to make sure my opinion wasn't just because of youthful thinking. My first opinion still stands.
Sorry, kinda hijacked the thread.
He’ll never have to watch another Adam Sandler movie.
I think the reason why some don't like Kane is that they treat it like a holy relic and attempt to analyze it while watching it. Orson Welles and Herman Mankiewicz crafted an engrossing, well-written story and it holds up well just in terms of that alone. The technical innovations are unquestioned and worth examining on subsequent viewings. The first time around, just watch it like any other film for the sheer enjoyment it brings. Joseph Cotten, in particular, is superb in Citizen Kane as Jedediah Leland.
Don't be so sure, some say the definition of Hell is being exposed to the thing you hate the most for all of eternity.
Great...New England for all eternity.
As long as you are correcting the headline writer's English usage, I hope you won't object if I correct yours.
I see this error all the time on FreeRepublic, so you are not alone. I'm sure that you really mean "Prayers FOR Ebert's family". You wouldn't be praying TO them. They are not Gods, or Saints. We pray TO God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit -- the Holy Trinity, 3 in 1. We pray TO the Saints to ask for their intervention and represntation of our causes with the Trinity. We don't pray TO mortals.
No offense intended. Now, carry on.
I remember his partner in crime, Gene Siskel. Siskel could find racism in a film where no racism was.
Ebert was a little mire level headed, but not much. It was during their hayday on PBS that I quit going to movies.
Specific shows I remember was when Siskel branded THE MOUNTAIN MEN as racist, but WINDWALKER was not.
PENITENTIARY as extremely racist and P2 worse.
PORKEY’S as sleazy and they wondered why any girl would go out there and show everything on screen. One mentioned that there were girls lined up to take the place of anyone who did not want to bare it all.
Politics aside, he was good. He was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize.
I loved the Siskel & Ebert shows. I didn’t always agree with their opinions on movies, but they got me to look at movies in a new way.