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Movie critic Roger Ebert dies
MSN ^ | April 4, 2013 | AP Staff

Posted on 04/04/2013 3:01:13 PM PDT by libstripper

CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who also became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism, and on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday. He was 70.

Ebert, who had been a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, died early Thursday afternoon at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, his office said. He had announced on his blog Wednesday that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cancer; cncer; death; ebert; obit; rip
Sad, but expected. His statement about taking a "leave of presence" was a pretty clear giveaway. My prayers for his soul, lib that he was.
1 posted on 04/04/2013 3:01:13 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

He was the last of his type. No media critic of any kind will ever have that kind of influence.


2 posted on 04/04/2013 3:07:11 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

A great film critic.

An irritating lib in all other matters, yes.

But a great critic.


3 posted on 04/04/2013 3:13:58 PM PDT by DarrellZero
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To: libstripper

Did he die again?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3004230/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3004206/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3004205/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3004233/posts


4 posted on 04/04/2013 3:14:07 PM PDT by FreedomGuru (Without Life nothing else matters.)
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To: FreedomGuru

Think of it as a sequel.


5 posted on 04/04/2013 3:15:12 PM PDT by Borges
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To: libstripper

He outlived Siskel by 14 years, despite by born 4 years earlier. He had a good run...


6 posted on 04/04/2013 3:16:25 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: DarrellZero

I agree, Ebert was a first rate writer when he stuck to his subject, the movies. When he wandered to other topics, he was usually just wrong, and sometimes obnoxiously so. But he showed great fortitude in enduring his awful cancer. RIP.


7 posted on 04/04/2013 3:20:00 PM PDT by Argus
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To: libstripper

I must disagree, this guy would give away plot twists and once gave away a movie ending and that’s when I stopped watching.


8 posted on 04/04/2013 3:20:02 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: libstripper
There was a time when I would check what thought about a film and act accordingly (that is, do the opposite, which usually worked out). Ebert was also indirectly responsible for me getting two columns published in the New York Daily News. Back in the late 80s/early 90s, the News had a Counterpunch (talk back to the critics) column in the Sunday paper. Two of the columns I had published were rebuttals to his columns. (The News carried him for a time.)

I preferred Ebert's TV show. I enjoyed the clips back in the days when that was the only place you could find them.

9 posted on 04/04/2013 3:24:20 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: FreedomGuru

I searched on the article’s title and didn’t find it.


10 posted on 04/04/2013 3:25:28 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Zhang Fei

In 1998, Siskel underwent surgery for a cancerous brain tumor he died three years later

****** Both were very good for that era when Hollywood culture and films fit into my life but now Hollywood is formulaic and alien leftists to me


11 posted on 04/04/2013 3:28:56 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing Joe Pine)
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To: libstripper

Condolences to family and friends of Roger Ebert


12 posted on 04/04/2013 3:30:46 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: libstripper

The book was released 2011. Maybe he found this out really late...and, unlike some critics, at least didn’t automatically dump on a film to make himself feel better.

The Chicago Sun-Times published a tribute that ended with a fitting quote from his memoir “Life Itself: A Memoir”: “’Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. 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.”


13 posted on 04/04/2013 3:32:27 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: erlayman

btt


14 posted on 04/04/2013 3:39:29 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: DarrellZero
Quite apart from whether I agreed or not with his review, it has always been important to me that I knew what Ebert thought about a film.

Certainly his was always the first review I would seek out.

And he introduced me to Miyazaki for which I'll always be grateful.

15 posted on 04/04/2013 3:42:44 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: libstripper

Siskel was better and Ebert was one of the more obnoxious and uninformed celebrity liberals.


16 posted on 04/04/2013 3:45:49 PM PDT by PAR
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To: FreedomGuru

And just think, as soon a a dozen or so articles show up and push this one off the first page, there will be another article just like this one!


17 posted on 04/04/2013 3:49:52 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: libstripper

Even though he has died, years from now you will be able to check active voter roles in Chicago and there he will be, Roger Ebert, Democrat.


18 posted on 04/04/2013 3:53:14 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: PAR

Agree, Siskel was better when it came to reviewing films — but re his politics: I lost all respect for Ebert when he began trashing Palin, calling her a liar, claiming someone else wrote her blogs and tweets, AND calling FOR the WTC mosque to be built. Celebrity liberal is a pretty good title for him. But oh yeah, RIP.............


19 posted on 04/04/2013 3:58:43 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: libstripper

I guess ole Roger isn’t mocking all those Catholic altar boys (as he used to be, himself) now.

May God have mercy on his soul. Anyway.


20 posted on 04/04/2013 4:06:00 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: FreedomGuru

That just goes to show you, Ebert is a soulless liberal. He died but an evil spirt, who directed him, lived on. But today, it needs to move on to possess a different Hollywierdo as the vessel it occupied known as Ebert, has truly died? /s/


21 posted on 04/04/2013 4:09:57 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: libstripper

You needed only to search for “Ebert.”


22 posted on 04/04/2013 4:24:44 PM PDT by Misterioso ("The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Borges

You know you’re right? I really don’t think Perez Hilton will measure up! :)


23 posted on 04/04/2013 4:30:26 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: libstripper

RIP

I cannot judge his soul, I could not stand the man.


24 posted on 04/04/2013 4:37:36 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: DarrellZero
"great critic"

That's debatable. Both he and Siskel loved those pathetically boring, Euro-"art" flicks. I don't know if they ever quite understood that first a movie has to be entertaining rather than simply arty. I specifically remember them raving about this French pseudo-arty bore-fest "Diva." After I saw that, under their recommendation, I never took them seriously again.

25 posted on 04/04/2013 4:43:04 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Being that he was reviewing 150 films a year and seeing 300. You are of course wrong. He reviewed all films from highbrow to lowbrow. You may dislike the mans politics but lets not lie about him.

Mr. Bert was a great writer who never talked down to his audience. He liked many types of movies never sitting on the elite aisle in Hollywood.

I am a fan of his, true, but tell the whole story.


26 posted on 04/04/2013 5:06:43 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: chopperjc

I am telling the story pal...I didn’t agree with many of his picks and not just that movie. If you liked him...fine..I don’t care. But I seemed to like Siskel’s picks a lot more than Ebert’s.


27 posted on 04/04/2013 6:03:27 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Definitely not your Pal. It is fine, you are entitled to your opinion, just want to make sure you are not inventing facts to support your conclusion.


28 posted on 04/04/2013 6:12:46 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: Borges

He was also the first of his type: the nationally influential movie critic. A lot reviewers want to be the journalistic heir to Roger Ebert. None of theme are anywhere in his league. Roger knew a lot, saw a lot, and could write well.

So I’m sorry to see him go, but not particularly sad. I remember his outrage back in 2008 over seeing pictures of Obama dressed as a Nazi and swore no liberal had possibly stooped so low over Bush. Posters to his blog made sure he got an education on how low liberals could go before one day had passed.


29 posted on 04/04/2013 6:57:32 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: libstripper

The balcony is closed.


30 posted on 04/04/2013 7:32:30 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: BradyLS

He was never averse to admitting he was wrong. He was a big Mark Steyn fan.


31 posted on 04/04/2013 7:33:40 PM PDT by Borges
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To: chopperjc

yeah, right...whatever.


32 posted on 04/05/2013 3:31:40 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Borges
He was never averse to admitting he was wrong. He was a big Mark Steyn fan.

I never knew that. When/where did he say it?

33 posted on 04/05/2013 10:33:19 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3004428/posts


34 posted on 04/05/2013 11:40:22 AM PDT by Borges
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To: BradyLS

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3004428/posts


35 posted on 04/05/2013 11:40:23 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Thanks for the tip! I missed that one...


36 posted on 04/05/2013 9:11:32 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: libstripper

Poor bastard couldn’t eat solid food for the last several years of this life.

He was a a huge lib but I wouldn’t have wished that on him.


37 posted on 04/08/2013 4:43:58 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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