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Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 4, 2013 | Neil Steinberg

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 nation’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: cancer; cinema; ebert; film; hollywood; hollywoodliberal; movies; obituary; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; rogerebert; siskelandebert
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1 posted on 04/04/2013 12:45:23 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 04/04/2013 12:46:15 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar

He can have the aisle seat in Heaven. R.I.P.


3 posted on 04/04/2013 12:46:34 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: EveningStar

That’s too bad. No one deserves cancer.


4 posted on 04/04/2013 12:46:57 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/)
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To: DollyCali; Perdogg; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; Jack Deth; ...

I know he was a big lib, but RIP. Cancer is horrible.


5 posted on 04/04/2013 12:47:59 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: EveningStar

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.

RIP.


6 posted on 04/04/2013 12:49:41 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: SMGFan

I highly doubt he’ll be in Heaven based on his personal choices...


7 posted on 04/04/2013 12:50:12 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: pogo101

R.I.P.


8 posted on 04/04/2013 12:50:18 PM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: EveningStar
We have a long standing tradition. On obituary threads, unless the person was an absolute MONSTER (Like Ted Kennedy) we either say something nice, or if we cannot do that, we remain silent.

In light of that tradition,

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 posted on 04/04/2013 12:52:49 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: EveningStar

After his sheer defamatory vileness towards Palin and the tea party movement, all I wish to say is “good riddance.”


10 posted on 04/04/2013 12:53:16 PM PDT by greene66
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To: EveningStar; All

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.


11 posted on 04/04/2013 12:53:42 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: EveningStar
Only slightly off topic...These type of headlines are a pet peeve of mine. The word "dies" is a verb. A word that describes an action. Someone who is dead is not capable of action. The word "dead" is descriptive, an adjective.

"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.

12 posted on 04/04/2013 12:54:17 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: EveningStar

RIP

That being said...If he liked a movie, I never went to see it. If he hated it, I was there.


13 posted on 04/04/2013 12:57:40 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: EveningStar

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.


14 posted on 04/04/2013 12:58:53 PM PDT by x
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


15 posted on 04/04/2013 12:59:32 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"So and So, dead at 70" is the proper term.

Past tense = yesterday's news.

16 posted on 04/04/2013 1:00:50 PM PDT by x
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To: hattend

So you hated Schindler’s List, Citizen Kane and loved Tommy Boy and Pauly Shore films?


17 posted on 04/04/2013 1:01:59 PM PDT by Borges
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To: EveningStar

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!


18 posted on 04/04/2013 1:04:04 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Lazamataz

Anyone who sides with the Demonic-rat Party of evil today is a MONSTER.


19 posted on 04/04/2013 1:04:05 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

How is he in a better place now?


20 posted on 04/04/2013 1:05:29 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Borges

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.


21 posted on 04/04/2013 1:06:32 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Borges

I did like Tommy Boy. Fat guy in little coat.....


22 posted on 04/04/2013 1:08:31 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: EveningStar
The passing of Roger Ebert may also mean the end of the line for the Chicago Sun-Times. They've been firing long-established columnists and reporters at a frenzied pace over the past few years. Ebert was the last really well-known personality at that tabloid.
23 posted on 04/04/2013 1:09:22 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: hattend

Well it’s not just RE you disagree with then it’s just general good cinematic taste.


24 posted on 04/04/2013 1:11:11 PM PDT by Borges
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To: All
Another article/thread: Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70
25 posted on 04/04/2013 1:11:14 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Guenevere
How is he in a better place now?

He's no longer in Obama's America?

26 posted on 04/04/2013 1:11:56 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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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?

27 posted on 04/04/2013 1:12:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Borges

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.


28 posted on 04/04/2013 1:18:03 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

I enjoyed Gene Siskel.


29 posted on 04/04/2013 1:18:11 PM PDT by wizr (We are "one Nation, under God " or "one nation, trod under ". Keep the Faith.)
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To: null and void

He loved Obama’s America.


30 posted on 04/04/2013 1:18:29 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: hattend

He started going down hill after Siskel died in 1999. The 2000 election drove him over the edge.


31 posted on 04/04/2013 1:18:40 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Rog hated Blade Runner, at least when it made it's theatrical run and such reviews carried far more weight.

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19820602/REVIEWS/40819003/1023

"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.


32 posted on 04/04/2013 1:19:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: wizr

Siskel was a good man, he took his Jewish faith very seriously.


33 posted on 04/04/2013 1:19:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Borges

He was batty in the mid-1990s as well. It can be found in his books and some of his reviews.


34 posted on 04/04/2013 1:19:56 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Lazamataz

Re; Post#9

[silence]


35 posted on 04/04/2013 1:20:21 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
That’s too bad. No one deserves cancer.

Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro may.

36 posted on 04/04/2013 1:21:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: hattend

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.


37 posted on 04/04/2013 1:22:37 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: dfwgator

Siskel was scheduled to go on the Arsenio Hall show once and cancelled when he saw Hall fawn over Louis Farrakhan the night before.


38 posted on 04/04/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT by Borges
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To: EveningStar

RIP Roger Ebert. I enjoyed your reviews and your show with Gene.


39 posted on 04/04/2013 1:25:41 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: EveningStar

No comment.


40 posted on 04/04/2013 1:27:12 PM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
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?

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 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!

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.

41 posted on 04/04/2013 1:30:34 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Sorry, kinda hijacked the thread.

RIP Roger


42 posted on 04/04/2013 1:31:13 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Guenevere

He’ll never have to watch another Adam Sandler movie.


43 posted on 04/04/2013 1:32:34 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
“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.

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.

44 posted on 04/04/2013 1:33:50 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: discostu
He’ll never have to watch another Adam Sandler movie.

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.

45 posted on 04/04/2013 1:35:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
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.

46 posted on 04/04/2013 1:46:46 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Prayers to Ebert's family...

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.

47 posted on 04/04/2013 1:48:41 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: EveningStar

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.

RIP


48 posted on 04/04/2013 1:53:41 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed.)
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To: hattend
You did not hijack the thread. :)
49 posted on 04/04/2013 1:54:18 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: hattend; Borges; 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.


50 posted on 04/04/2013 1:57:48 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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