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  • ‘Life Itself,’ a Documentary: ‘Life Itself,’ a Film About Roger Ebert, Airs on CNN (tonight)

    01/04/2015 12:09:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 3, 2015 | Neil Genzlinger
    A simple biography of the film critic Roger Ebert would have made for a full documentary, but the director Steve James set the bar much higher with “Life Itself.” The film, receiving its television premiere Sunday night on CNN, covers the life and career of Mr. Ebert, who died in 2013 ...
  • on 'Mom's Night Out' - 'Depressingly Regressive and Borderline Dangerous'

    05/12/2014 9:01:42 PM PDT · by This Just In · 31 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | May 11, 2014 | Breitbart News
    The new comedy Mom's Night Out features a stay-at-home mother who finally gets the chance to cut loose with her girlfriends. Chaos ensues, and so do a few faith-friendly messages for the masses.
  • Obama Responded Faster to Ebert's Death Than He Has to Thatcher's

    04/08/2013 7:24:00 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 90 replies
    ( - Hours after the BBC reported the death of conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday, President Barack Obama still had not issued a statement on her passing. But last week, within half an hour of film critic Roger Ebert's death, the White House tweeted a statement from the president. As of 10:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, there was still silence from the White House on Thatcher's death, which the BBC tweeted at 4:49 a.m.

    04/09/2013 1:46:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Roger Ebert's Journal ^ | 03/01/2013 | Roger Ebert
    On Thursday morning, February 28, I found CNN featuring a continuous shot of a helicopter. The network cut between a close-up and a distant dot. It was Benedict, flying from the Vatican City. This was extraordinary attention for an ordinary cardinal, because as Benedict told the throng awaiting him, "I am no longer Pope." I am not a scholar of Catholic history, but I believe we were witnessing the first time the Papal throne was vacant while an elected Pope was alive. "This no one can deny," wise Sister Rosanne told us during the 8 am theology class that began...
  • Roger Ebert – Last Of A Long Lost Breed

    04/08/2013 9:12:56 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 38 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 04/08/2013 | Shout Bits
    Last week famed film critic, Roger Ebert, passed away, having long suffered from Cancer. Vitriol against the dead is unseemly, and Shout Bits does not want to lower itself to the leftists who inevitably will denigrate the late PM Margaret Thatcher, one of the true greats of the 20th Century. Still, Ebert's story cannot be told without understanding his rabid partisan leftism. Especially after he was robbed of the ability to speak, Ebert was famous for his anti-Republican and anti-capitalist screeds. As with Walter Cronkite, Ebert's role has been supplanted by a more egalitarian system that far better serves the...
  • Movie critic Roger Ebert dies

    04/04/2013 3:01:13 PM PDT · by libstripper · 36 replies
    MSN ^ | April 4, 2013 | AP Staff
    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.
  • What the Internet owes to Roger Ebert

    04/04/2013 2:20:27 PM PDT · by Borges · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/4/2013 | Gene Seymour
    Roger Ebert's death, coming so soon after he announced he was curtailing his movie-reviewing schedule because of recurring cancer, is being greeted—especially across the Internet--with widespread shock, and the kind of grief one feels when one loses a longtime neighbor, a trusted friend, a beloved teacher whose lessons may not have had an immediate impact but became more meaningful with time. *** In fact, it's only natural the blogosphere should feel the pain of Ebert's leaving. One could say that blogs of all shapes, sizes and subjects owe their existence in part to the examples set by Siskel and Ebert.
  • Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70

    04/04/2013 12:45:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    NBC News Chicago ^ | 04/04/2013
    Roger Ebert, the longtime film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, passed away Thursday, the newspaper reported. His passing comes just one day after publishing a note on his website that he would be scaling back work as he continued his battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Ebert was hospitalized last fall with a broken hip, of which his wife tweeted was caused by "tricky disco dance moves." Last May he unveiled plans to reinvent "Roger Ebert Presents at The Movies" on PBS, and Tuesday he said he will launch a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter in the next couple...
  • Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer

    04/04/2013 12:45:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 4, 2013 | Neil Steinberg
    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.
  • Ebert: Cancer returns, taking 'leave of presence'

    04/03/2013 6:59:29 AM PDT · by libstripper · 111 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2013 | Associated Press staff
    CHICAGO (AP) — Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert said he's been diagnosed with cancer again and that he will scale back his prolific writing of movie reviews while undergoing radiation treatment.
  • Roger Ebert: Second Amendment Ratified to Preserve Slavery

    01/16/2013 9:12:21 PM PST · by chessplayer · 67 replies
    We've already heard Constitutional scholar Matthew Modine opine on the Second Amendment this week. Now, it's film critic Roger Ebert's turn. And the Thumbs Up pioneer offers an even daffier version of U.S history than the "Vision Quest" star.
  • The chimes at midnight

    11/07/2011 4:12:45 PM PST · by Borges · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/06/11 | Roger Ebert
    Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season. There. I've said it. Usually in television, people use evasive language. Not me. We'll be gone. I want to be honest about why this is. We can't afford to finance it any longer. Before I go into details, let me say that by any fair measure, "Ebert Presents At The Movies" has been a great success. The program has a coverage of more than 90% of the country, and all of the top 50 markets. Our ratings place us among...
  • The error of political prayer (Roger Ebert's journal - about Rick Perry)

    08/09/2011 1:36:27 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 8/7/11 | Roger Ebert
    There are vertical prayers and horizontal prayers. Vertical prayers are directed heavenward. Horizontal prayers are directed sideways at others. It fills me with misgivings when a possible Presidential candidate warms up by running a "prayer rally" in a Texas sports stadium. A prayer "rally?" I can think of words like gathering and meeting that might more perfectly evoke the spirit. Prayer rallies make me think of pep rallies. Their purpose is to jack up the spirits of the home team and alarm the other side. Of course the other side has its own pep rallies, presumably leaving it to God...
  • The Republicans exit history (Ebert)

    07/20/2011 2:37:45 PM PDT · by Tolsti2 · 31 replies
    Robert Ebert ^ | 7/20/2011 | Roger Ebert
    All I know is just what I read in the papers. -- Will Rogers Me too. Or hear on TV, or see on the net. That's all most of us knows. I'm sure the President and Senators and government officials know more, but we elect them, they don't elect us. And I'm sure the CEOs of powerful corporations know more, although the Murdoch testimony indicates he didn't know as much as he could have read in the papers. What I read,and hear is that the Republican Party is abandoning its hopes of speaking for a majority of Americans. It will...
  • Roger Ebert responds to controversy over Twitter comment about Jackass star Ryan Dunn

    06/21/2011 3:51:51 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6/21/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Film critic Roger Ebert says admitted was 'probably too quick to tweet' when he posted a message about Jackass star Ryan Dunn, who died in a fiery car crash yesterday morning. The 69-year-old wrote that 'friends don't let jackasses drink and drive' shortly after the star's death prompting fury from Dunn's friends, including co-star Bam Magera. Taking to his blog today, the 69-year-old, who has won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, offered his condolences to Dunn's family and agreed his brazen statement were untimely. 'To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn's family and friends, and to those...
  • Secretariat was not a Christian

    10/08/2010 9:27:09 PM PDT · by sinanju · 43 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 7, 2010 | Roger Ebert
    Andrew O'Hehir of Salon is a critic I admire, but he has nevertheless written a review of "Secretariat" so bizarre I cannot allow it to pass unnoticed. I don't find anywhere in "Secretariat" the ideology he discovers there. In its reasoning, his review resembles a fevered conspiracy theory. In this example , we do not find proof that Obama is a Muslim Communist born in Kenya. No, the news is worse than that. It involves Secretariat, a horse who up until now we innocently thought of as merely very fast. We learn the horse is a carrier not merely of...
  • Ebert: To Not Publicly Declare Obama Is Not a Muslim Is a 'Crime Against America'

    09/01/2010 5:17:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/1/10 | Ken Shepherd
    When you think of crimes against America, crimes so dangerous they strike out against the very existence of the country, what comes to mind? Espionage, terrorism, and treason perhaps top the list. But what about not publicly declaring that Barack Obama is in fact not a Muslim? (Snip) Limbaugh in particular must cease his innuendos and say, flat out, whether he believes the President is a Muslim or not. Yes or no. Does he have evidence, or does he have none? Yes or no. To do anything less at this troubled time in our history would be a crime against
  • Put Up or Shut Up (Mega-barf)

    09/01/2010 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Jack Wilson · 24 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 9/1/2010 | Roger Ebert
    We already know the numbers. Pew finds that 18% of Americans believe President Obama is a Muslim. A new Newsweek poll, taken after the controversy over the New York mosque, places that figure at 24%. Even if he's not a Muslim, Newsweek finds, 31 percent think it's "definitely or probably" true that Obama "sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world."
  • Roger Ebert’s Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy: 10 Ridiculous Statements Supporting Cordoba House

    08/24/2010 9:36:32 AM PDT · by cyogerst · 36 replies
    Newreal Blog ^ | Walter Hudson
    Here at The Concession Stand, NRB’s pop culture division, we are sustained by a steady stream of boneheaded remarks from celebrities grand and small. One of the gifts that keeps on giving is Chicago-Sun Times film critic turned political pseudo-blogger Roger Ebert. Ebert was recognized by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists as one of the best bloggers of 2010 for his “clarity and depth.” Such an accolade is laughable when you objectively consider an average Ebert post. Far from deep or clear, a typical Ebert rant is a long piece of well crafted gibberish. In his most recent post,...
  • Roger Ebert: Saul Alinsky comes to the Tea Party

    06/12/2010 5:57:36 PM PDT · by maggief · 67 replies · 1,168+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 12, 2010 | Roger Ebert
    I had heard a great deal about Saul Alinsky's book Rules for Radicals, but had never read them. The Right has demonized Alinsky, linking him to Obama. Curious to know more, I went to Wikipedia and found the Rules themselves. As I read them, it occurred to me that these Rules are strategic, not ideological. Alinsky was of the Left, but the Rules have no party. As I look around America in 2010, it occurs to me that the group currently using these Rules most effectively is the Tea Party.
  • Right-Wingers Boo Ebert in Cinco de Mayo Controversy

    05/10/2010 5:37:13 PM PDT · by woofie · 52 replies · 2,088+ views
    AOL ^ | May 10 2010 | David Knowles
    Film critic Roger Ebert is never shy with his opinions, be they about movies or otherwise. But after criticizing five California teens who chose to wear clothing bearing the American flag to their high school on Cinco de Mayo, Ebert has faced a particularly angry backlash. On his Twitter account, Ebert, whose battle with thyroid cancer has disfigured his appearance and taken his voice, wrote the following: @ebertchicago Kids who wear American Flag T-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July. Ebert's words set off a...
  • Roger Ebert Equates American Flag With Soviet Hammer & Sickle

    My guess is that the only pause Ebert gave this Tweet was to worry about whether it was insulting to the Commies to equate the American flag with theirs.
  • Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too) - (Roger Ebert)

    04/30/2010 6:11:48 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 70 replies · 1,225+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 29, 2010 | Roger Ebert
    3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood's current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets. Its image is noticeably darker than standard 2-D. It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose. For moviegoers in the PG-13 and R ranges, it only rarely...
  • Long-running review show 'At the Movies' canceled

    03/25/2010 6:48:06 AM PDT · by Borges · 71 replies · 974+ views ^ | 03/24/10
    The balcony is closed. This is the last season of "At the Movies," the long-running syndicated review show made into a hit in the 1980s by dueling Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. The show's roots go back to 1975's "Sneak Previews." Here's a statement from distributor Disney-ABC Domestic TV: After 24 seasons with us in national syndication, the highly regarded movie review show "At the Movies" (formerly known as "Siskel & Ebert" and "Ebert & Roeper") will air its last original broadcast the weekend of August 14, 2010. This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's...
  • The gathering storm (Roger Ebert Communist Party Application)

    02/24/2010 8:50:32 PM PST · by Tolsti2 · 18 replies · 817+ views
    Ebert Blog ^ | 2/24/2010 | Roger Ebert
    Sometimes in the noise of the news there will be a single item that pops out with clarity. That happened when I heard about Tracy, California, which is charging $300 every time the fire department answers an emergency call that doesn't involve a fire. That summons up not only the prospect of little Susie's kitten being left to die up in the tree, but also of her dad who has just collapsed with an asthma attack. One citizen said if her husband had a heart attack, she'd set her kitchen table on fire to dodge the fee. To be sure,...
  • Roger Ebert: The Essential Man (what a sad article)

    02/17/2010 6:29:18 AM PST · by Borges · 28 replies · 1,195+ views
    Esquire ^ | 2/16/10 | Chris Jones
    It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television's most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped. ....................................................... Seven years ago, he recovered quickly from the surgery to cut out his cancerous thyroid and was soon back writing reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and appearing with Richard Roeper on At the Movies. A year later, in 2003, he returned to work after his salivary glands were partially removed, too, although that and a series of aggressive radiation treatments opened the first...
  • Film critic Roger Ebert has lost his ability to speak, but still communicates

    02/16/2010 2:31:11 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 56 replies · 1,847+ views
    AP ^ | February 16, 2010
    NEW YORK (AP) — Film critic Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak nearly four years ago, when he underwent a tracheostomy, a procedure that opens an airway through an incision in the windpipe, after surgery for cancer in his jaw. In an interview in the new issue of Esquire magazine, the 67-year-old film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times uses pen and paper and text-to-speech computer software to communicate. He's developed a kind of rudimentary sign language, and he sometimes draws letters with his finger on the palm of his hand.
  • Ebert And Me

    02/12/2010 1:46:58 PM PST · by DB9 · 31 replies · 1,380+ views
    c4p ^ | February 12, 2010 | C. Brooks Kurtz
    Apparently, Roger Ebert has decided that he will finally cease using the term “teabaggers” and will now focus his seething liberal rage on Sarah Palin. If you’ve not been following this increasingly nasty hissy fit the Pulitzer-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times has been throwing, you’ve missed one of the stranger liberal rhetorical meltdowns in at least 12 minutes. It started at his Twitter feed, grew to include Big Hollywood and Big Journalism, and now that Sarah Palin’s on his radar, I thought a few words from a long-time Ebert fan and strong supporter of Sarah Palin were in...
  • A Superwoman for Kenya, but America is still waiting for Superman - (Ebert bashes Teacher Unions)

    01/25/2010 6:22:48 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 6 replies · 591+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 24, 2010 | Roger Ebert
    Sometimes two films set up an uncanny resonance with one another. I saw two documentaries back to back. One filled me with hope and the other washed me in despair. They were both about the education of primary school children. "A Small Act" centers on the life story of Chris Mburu, who as a small boy living in a mud house in a Kenyan village had his primary and secondary education paid for by a Swedish woman. This cost her $15 a month. They had never met. He went on to the University of Nairobi, graduated from Harvard Law School,...
  • Roger Ebert Twitters: 'Massachusetts to Teddy: "F--k you."'

    01/19/2010 8:58:17 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 82 replies · 3,336+ views
    Roger Ebert Twitters: 'Massachusetts to Teddy: "F--k you."'
  • Roger Ebert Attacks Rush Limbaugh over Haiti

    01/18/2010 11:08:07 AM PST · by holy joe · 38 replies · 1,434+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 1-18-10 | James Hirsen
    Film Critic Roger Ebert, although outspoken about his anti-torture views, is not particularly consistent in his pacifist rhetoric. In his review of the movie “Taxi to the Dark Side,” Ebert criticized Dick Cheney for the torture that is ascribed to the Bush administration in the film. At the same time, though, Ebert called for talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to be horsewhipped for questioning President Obama’s push of the White House government Web site as the way for a caring public to make donations to help Haiti. Ebert penned an open letter to Limbaugh in the Chicago Sun Times, writing...
  • A Letter to Rush Limbaugh (Roger Ebert: Rush should be horsewhipped)

    01/15/2010 2:14:46 PM PST · by libh8er · 38 replies · 1,730+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 1.15.09 | Roger Ebert
    You should be horse-whipped for the insult you have paid to the highest office of our nation. Having followed President Obama's suggestion and donated money to the Red Cross for relief in Haiti, I was offended to hear you suggest the President might be a thief capable of stealing money intended for the earthquake victims. Here is a transcript from your program on Thursday: Justin of Raleigh, North Carolina: "Why does Obama say if you want to donate some money, you could go to to direct you how to do so? If I wanted to donate to the Red...
  • Roger Ebert Makes Fat Jokes After Limbaugh's Hospital Visit

    01/04/2010 4:39:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies · 1,883+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/4/10 | Lachlan Markay
    In a demonstration of Hollywood's quintessentially intolerant hatred of conservatives, film critic Roger Ebert took to the Twitterverse on Saturday to mock Rush Limbaugh and his sudden trip to a Hawaii hospital (h/t Big Hollywood headlines). Ebert was hardly alone in rejoicing Limbaugh's hospital visit--and distressed when he was given a clean bill of health.
  • Ebert Gives Thumbs Down to Rush (Triple Barf)

    01/04/2010 1:17:55 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 65 replies · 2,370+ views
    Politico ^ | January 4, 2010 | Patrick Gavin
    Have no doubt about it: Film critic Roger Ebert is no fan of Rush Limbaugh. The unabashed liberal reeled off a series of one-liners on Twitter against the radio talk show host over the weekend, in the wake of Limbaugh's hospital visit due to chest pains. A sampling: "Rush: Hawaii is the only country where the Hawaiian shirts come in S, M, L, XL, Rush, and Sumo." "Rush: Nurse at snack time: 'You have nuts?' 'No!' 'You have dates?' 'Hey, if I had nuts, I'd have dates!' Ah...Har! Har! Har!" "Rush: Stuck in this hospital room watching TV, I really...
  • Ebert commenting on "blue" vs. "red" states

    12/18/2009 1:34:24 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 21 replies · 1,547+ views
    Roger Ebert's Journal ^ | December 17 or 18, 2009 | Roger Ebert
    Ebert: Blue States have fewer murders; this is even more true in densely-populated areas. Red states have significantly more rapes. Blue states, led by Massachusetts, have a lower divorce rate than do red states. Blue states are much safer places to drive - the difference is stunning. Blue states have substantially less infant mortality - however, there are a few surprises, such as Utah. Blue state infant mortality rates are similar to those found in the rest of the developed world. Folks in blue states live longer than folks in red states. The states with the least poverty are blue,...
  • Avatar: Four Stars

    12/13/2009 6:52:26 AM PST · by Borges · 151 replies · 4,377+ views ^ | 12/11/09 | Roger Ebert
    Watching "Avatar," I felt sort of the same as when I saw "Star Wars" in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations. James Cameron's film has been the subject of relentlessly dubious advance buzz, just as his "Titanic" was. Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely. "Avatar" is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war...
  • The anger of the festering fringe (Ebert attacks conservates again)

    10/01/2009 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Tolsti2 · 44 replies · 1,493+ views
    Roger Ebert ^ | 10/1/2009 | Roger Ebert
    I've had these thoughts for some time, but have been reluctant to express them. Now so many others have voiced them that it's pointless to remain silent. I am frightened by the climate of insane anti-Obama hatred in this country. I'm not referring to traditional conservatives or Republicans. They're part of the process. I'm speaking of the lunatic fringe, the frothers, the extremist rabble who are sweeping up the ignorant and credulous into a bewildering and fearsome tide of reckless rhetoric.
  • My Name is Roger, and I'm an alcoholic

    08/28/2009 1:31:53 PM PDT · by RKV · 173 replies · 6,968+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Roger Ebert
    In August 1979, I took my last drink. It was about four o'clock on a Saturday afternoon, the hot sun streaming through the windows of my little carriage house on Dickens. I put a glass of scotch and soda down on the living room table, went to bed, and pulled the blankets over my head. I couldn't take it any more. On Monday I went to visit wise old Dr. Jakob Schlichter. I had been seeing him for a year, telling him I thought I might be drinking too much. He agreed, and advised me to go to "A.A.A," which...
  • I'm safe on board.. (Roger Ebert supports socialism)

    08/21/2009 6:24:08 AM PDT · by Tolsti2 · 45 replies · 1,642+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 8/21/2009 | Roger Ebert
    Having read through some 600 comments about universal health care, I now realize I took the wrong approach in my previous blog entry. I discussed the Obama health plan in political, literal, logical terms. Most of my readers replied in the same vein. The comments, as always, have been helpful, informative and for the most part civil. My mistake was writing from the pragmatic side. I should have followed my heart and gone with a more emotional approach. I believe universal health care is, quite simply, right.
  • Roger Ebert: This land was made for you and me (on Obama's election)

    11/06/2008 9:05:53 AM PST · by weegee · 91 replies · 4,055+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 4, 2008 8:47 PM | Roger Ebert
    As the mighty tide swept the land on Tuesday night, I was transfixed. As the pundits pondered red states and blue states, projections and exit polls, I was swept with emotion. Not because America was "electing its first Black president." That comes a little late in the day. It was because America was electing the right President. Our long national nightmare is ending. America will not soon again start a war based on lies and propaganda. We will not torture. We will restore the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of privacy, and habeas corpus. We will enter at last...
  • "Flash of Genius" (Guess who wrote this "movie review".)

    10/02/2008 4:35:04 PM PDT · by prolifefirst · 20 replies · 1,249+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/2/08 | Roger Ebert
    Why do corporations tend to be greedy? I suspect it's because their executives are paid millions and millions to maximize profits, minimize salaries and slash benefits that cut into the bottom line. Sometimes this can be taken to comic-opera extremes, as when the (now) convicted thief David Radler was stealing millions from the Sun-Times and actually turned off the escalators to save on electricity. I guess that helps explain why the Ford Motor Co., followed by Chrysler, stole the secret of the intermittent windshield wiper from a little guy named Robert Kearns. Why bother? Why not just pay the guy...
  • Roger Ebert's elitism is so extreme he makes Frank Rich seem like Archie Bunker

    09/15/2008 10:26:41 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies · 218+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 12, 2008 | Chris Reed
    Five years ago, I wrote an essay trashing Roger Ebert for the shrill one-note predictability of his political commentary. I went for the jugular, comparing Ebert to his idol, Pauline Kael: It's worth comparing Ebert's reflexive right-bashing with the approach of Pauline Kael, the legendary New Yorker writer who was considered the nation's most influential film critic in her heyday. The contrast does not flatter her successor.
  • Roger Ebert weighs in: The American Idol candidate

    09/10/2008 8:55:55 PM PDT · by xDGx · 54 replies · 560+ views
    Sun-Times ^ | 9/10/08 | Roger Ebert
    The American Idol candidate September 10, 2008 By Roger Ebert I think I might be able to explain some of Sara Palin's appeal. She's the "American Idol" candidate. Consider. What defines an "American Idol" finalist? They're good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors, and so talented, why, they're darned near the real thing. There's a reason "American Idol" gets such high ratings. People identify with the contestants. They think, Hey, that could almost be me up there on that show! My feeling is, I don't want to be up there. I want a vice president...
  • Roger Ebert: Sarah Palin: This will be on the test

    09/15/2008 10:16:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies · 945+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 14, 2008 | Roger Ebert
    I watched Sarah Palin's interview with Charles Gibson, and felt uneasiness stirring in my stomach. The feeling did not involve politics. Somehow it was personal. Gradually, memories churned to the surface...
  • Fellow Critic Hits Roger Ebert During Film Festival

    09/13/2008 8:16:21 PM PDT · by samkatz · 31 replies · 114+ views ^ | 9/13/2008 | foxnews
    CHICAGO — Film critic Roger Ebert on Thursday confirmed that a fellow critic yelled at him and whacked him on the knee with a program during a movie screening at the Toronto Film Festival last weekend, but said incident was "blown out of proportion." "It has been blown out of proportion. It is of little interest," Ebert said in a column posted Thursday on the Web site of the Chicago Sun-Times, where he has been a critic since 1967. Ebert, who has battled cancer in recent years and was left unable to speak, did not name the other critic involved...
  • The American Idol candidate (Roger Ebert's turn to spew liberal venom on Sarah)

    09/10/2008 3:02:56 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 127 replies · 595+ views
    Chiago Sun Times ^ | Roger Ebert
    -snip- I would also want someone who didn't make a teeny little sneer when referring to "people who go to the Ivy League." When I was a teen I dreamed of going to Harvard, but my dad, an electrician, told me, "Boy, we don't have the money. Thank your lucky stars you were born in Urbana and can go to the University of Illinois right here in town." So I did, very happily. Although Palin gets laughs when she mentions the "elite" Ivy League, she sure did attend the heck out of college. Five schools in six years. What was...
  • Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

    07/25/2008 11:59:30 AM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies · 551+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/25/08 | Roger Ebert
    The tragic story of Roman Polanski, his life, his suffering and his crimes, has been told and retold until it assumes the status of legend. After the loss of his parents in the Holocaust, after raising himself on the streets of Nazi-controlled Poland, after moving to America to acclaim as the director of "Chinatown," after the murder by the Manson family of his wife and unborn child ... what then? He was arrested and tried for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13- year-old girl, one of several charges including supplying her with drink and drugs. Then he fled the country...
  • In Triple Slaying, A Story of Heroism {NoVa illegal immigrant}

    12/11/2007 4:55:46 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 310+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2007 | Theresa Vargas
    As Judith Europa described how the father of her children shot and killed three people in a Woodbridge house, she clung to one positive: She and others were alive yesterday because two men were as intent on protecting those they loved as the gunman was on destroying them. Europa said she was lying with four children on the floor of her sister's bedroom Sunday when Anastacio Sanchez-Miranda, 39, slipped into the Grandview Avenue house unnoticed, his jealousy seething. She and the children watched as her sister, Rosario Europa, 24, and brother-in-law, Juan Manuel Guevara, 28, were gunned down. Guevara had...
  • Great letter from a Marine to Roger Ebert

    08/17/2007 11:38:11 AM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies · 2,457+ views
    Q. I have long been a dedicated reader of your reviews. You were responsible for directing me toward the works of Bresson, Bunuel, Bergman, Tarkovsky and Herzog (particularly Bresson) and thus inspiring my love for the movies. I will forever be indebted to you for having changed my life in this regard. I am also a proud American who enlisted voluntarily in the United States Marines Corps. I served for one year and a half in Iraq . I saw more of the destructive impact of war on the lives of the Iraqi people and those of the men around...
  • People of Vietnam seek more freedom, rights

    07/19/2006 7:36:59 AM PDT · by John Carey · 25 replies · 766+ views
    Vietnam Human Rights ^ | July 17, 2006 | various
    July 17, 2006 The Honorable Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State of the United States of America U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Madam: We, the undersigned, are the citizens of Vietnam who, on April 8, 2006, have proclaimed the Manifesto 2006 which calls for democracy and freedom in Vietnam. We call ourselves Group 8406. According to the information that we received from Vietnam’s Ministry of External Affairs and the U.S. Department of States, we understand that you’ll be visiting Vietnam by the end of this month. We will be happy to welcome you here...