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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 ...
  • ...But He Sure Was a Fine Movie Critic

    04/10/2013 1:10:25 PM PDT · by IChing · 18 replies ^ | 4/9/2013 | Steve Pauwels
    Okay, I’d suspected just-deceased Roger Ebert – iconic, Chicago Sun Times film-critic/tv personality — skewed left in his politics. It wasn’t until the brash snipings of his last couple years, however, that his overt Liberalism became splenetically clear to me. For quite a while, the garrulous Chicagoan’s weekly film-review program, in all its various iterations, was must-see TV for me. From 1975-1999, he and late cohort Gene Siskel held forth on all things cinematic. Their trademark (and trademarked!) “thumbs up/thumbs down” verdict on specific movies’ artistic/entertainment worthiness became a vital factor in the ticket-buying decisions of multitudes. Moviefone’s Gary Susman...

    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...
  • Economics, Morality, And Roger Ebert’s Final Years

    04/07/2013 5:52:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 7, 2013 | Austin Hill
    I never paid much attention to what Roger Ebert said about movies. Given that I usually take-in only three or four films a year, Ebert’s analysis of any particular film or actor or “scene” just wasn’t going to be something that would capture my attention. But the final seven years or so of Ebert’s life offer some seriously thoughtful and thought provoking lessons, for those who still care to learn. Whether you reside on the right or left side of the political and cultural aisle doesn’t much matter. Consider some of the facts of Ebert’s final years, and the implications...
  • Open letter to Roger Ebert: Please read this and explain how you can still support President Obama

    08/18/2012 8:54:40 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 18, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill letter to Roger Ebert: Please read this and explain how you can still support President Obama August 18, 2012 Dear Roger, Before I get to the political stuff, I’d like to point out that as far as I’m aware, you have never reviewed “Drop Dead Fred” or “Princess Caraboo,” films which I consider to contain Phoebe Cates’s two best performances. Please review them. In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I will be voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than...
  • The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples

    09/18/2012 1:03:10 PM PDT · by No One Special · 16 replies
    The Wetern Center for Journalism ^ | December 10, 2011 | Warner Todd Huston
    Examples of Liberal Media BiasLet's face it, liberal media bias has been around since there have been liberals to do the "reporting" of the news. But this fact should surprise no one. After all, the news media has always been filled with bias of one type or another. In fact, there was a time when American customers of the news knew exactly which newspapers sported which point of view. It was taken for granted that one newspaper supported one side and another newspaper a different side.Liberal Bias is Prevalent in the Mainstream Media But in the late 1950s and early...
  • Roger Ebert Dead at 70

    04/04/2013 1:57:56 PM PDT · by Old Sarge · 27 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 04 APR 2013 | Chris Nashawaty
    Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic whose famous thumbs-up or thumbs-down verdict helped make him the most famous reviewer in America, died Thursday of complications from cancer, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, where he wrote for 46 years. He was 70.
  • 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.
  • A Leave of Presence - (Roger Ebert mostly steps down for cancer reasons)

    04/03/2013 5:11:16 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Roger Ebert
    Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time. Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show, my books, the website, the film festival, or the Ebert Club and newsletter. However you came to know me, I'm glad you did and thank you for being the best readers any film critic could ask for. Typically, I write over 200 reviews a year for the Sun-Times that are carried by Universal Press...
  • 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.
  • Eastwood Rightly Mocks An Empty-Chair Presidency

    08/31/2012 4:23:14 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 141 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | August 31, 2012
    Tampa 2012: In remarks to a chair as vacant as the one in the Oval Office, a Hollywood icon reminds us that the president is a failed employee of the people and it's time to let him go. As performance shtick, it may not have come off perfectly. But judging from the reaction from those "left of Lenin," as 82-year-old Hollywood legend described it during a sort of surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention Thursday, it skewered our absentee president perfectly. "Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic," tweeted "left of Lenin" film critic Roger Ebert...
  • We’ve Seen This Movie Before I(ROGER EBERT on the Aurora/Batman movie theater shooting)

    07/25/2012 11:43:56 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 20, 2012 | Roger Ebert
    <p>JAMES HOLMES, who opened fire before the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” could not have seen the movie. Like many whose misery is reflected in violence, he may simply have been drawn to a highly publicized event with a big crowd...</p>
  • Knee Jerks: There's Nothing the Left Won't Exploit

    07/22/2012 6:14:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 22, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    After he booby-trapped his apartment with explosives, James Holmes walked into a theater Friday night and opened fire on a crowd waiting to see the first showing of the new Batman movie. He shot scores and murdered a dozen. Holmes acted for reasons unknown, but his actions were pure evil. His actions also were his alone. It doesn’t matter if he was bullied as a kid, recently dumped or whatever else anyone comes up with as a possible motive. Nothing “caused” him to do this other than whatever evil lives inside him. But that hasn’t stopped many progressive liberals in...
  • Shall we gather at the river? - (Roger Ebert and John Wayne)

    05/28/2012 6:56:20 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 26, 2012 | Roger Ebert
    The first time I saw him, he was striding toward me out of the burning Georgia sun, as helicopters landed behind him. His face was tanned a deep brown. He was wearing a combat helmet, an ammo belt, carrying a rifle, had a canteen on his hip, stood six feet four inches. He stuck out his hand and said, "John Wayne." That was not necessary. Wayne died on June 11, 1979. Stomach cancer. "The Big C," he called it. He had lived for quite a while on one lung, and then the Big C came back. He was near death...
  • 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...
  • Where Have You Gone, Roger Ebert?

    07/24/2011 5:33:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | September 7, 2010 | Lawrence Meyers
    It breaks my heart to write this article. Roger Ebert has been a part of my love for cinema since I was eleven years old. When I was in the hospital for two months at age 19, I devoured his entire book of movie reviews... Nevertheless, I don’t know the man. I only know his words. Yet I have to wonder if the physical and mental trauma Roger has endured has taken a toll on his mind. He always seemed apolitical to me. He just wrote great movie reviews. However, he started a political journal on his website in the...
  • A campaign film in search of a campaign [ROGER EBERT reviews "The Undefeated" showing in Chicago]

    07/24/2011 2:14:33 PM PDT · by RonDog · 63 replies ^ | July 23, 2011 | Roger Ebert
    . A campaign film in search of a campaign By Roger Ebert on July 23, 2011 4:32 PM | 106 Comments "The Undefeated" is a documentary about Sarah Palin made by and for the faithful, who may experience it in the way believers sit through a rather boring church service. At nearly two hours, it's a campaign advertisement in search of a campaign. But that's not surprising. What astonished me is that the primary targets in the film are conservative Republicans. Yes, there are the usual vague references to liberals and elitists (although I heard the word "Democrat" only twice)....
  • 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...
  • The dying of the light - (Roger Ebert on dark film and movie projection)

    05/28/2011 1:15:23 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 24, 2011 | Roger Ebert
    Do you remember what a movie should look like? Do you notice when one doesn't look right? Do you feel the vague sense that something is missing? I do. I know in my bones how a movie should look. I have been trained by the best projection in the world, at film festivals and in expert screening rooms. When I see a film that looks wrong, I want to get up and complain to the manager and ask that the projectionist be informed. But these days the projectionist is tending a dozen digital projectors, and I will be told, "That's...
  • Does anyone want to be "well-read?"

    04/21/2011 2:43:04 PM PDT · by Borges · 153 replies · 1+ views ^ | 04/16/11 | Roger Ebert
    "Death disports with writers more cruelly than with the rest of humankind," Cynthia Ozick wrote in a recent issue of The New Republic. "The grave can hardly make more mute those who were voiceless when alive--dust to dust, muteness to muteness. But the silence that dogs the established writer's noisy obituary, with its boisterous shock and busy regret, is more profound than any other. "Oblivion comes more cuttingly to the writer whose presence has been felt, argued over, championed, disparaged--the writer who is seen to be what Lionel Trilling calls a Figure. Lionel Trilling? "Consider: who at this hour (apart...
  • Atlas Shrugged (1 star)

    04/14/2011 3:54:19 PM PDT · by Borges · 191 replies ^ | 04/14/11 | Roger Ebert
    <p>I feel like my arm is all warmed up and I don’t have a game to pitch. I was primed to review "Atlas Shrugged." I figured it might provide a parable of Ayn Rand’s philosophy that I could discuss. For me, that philosophy reduces itself to: "I’m on board; pull up the lifeline." There are however people who take Ayn Rand even more seriously than comic-book fans take "Watchmen." I expect to receive learned and sarcastic lectures on the pathetic failings of my review.</p>
  • Valor Without Irony

    03/22/2011 5:38:13 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 6 replies
    Human Events ^ | 03/21/2011 | John Hayward
    This weekend, American soldiers have once again stepped into harm’s way, as Operation Odyssey Dawn begins in Libya. Coincidentally, we’re also passing through a pop-culture moment of some significance, as a sizable portion of our cultural elite find themselves strongly at odds with audiences over an unexpectedly popular movie, Battle: Los Angeles. Pop-culture criticism can be a tricky affair. Critics often praise a film that audiences ignore, or vice versa. What’s interesting in this case is how profound the disconnect has become. Battle: LA passed the $60 million mark at the box office this weekend, but many critics don’t just...
  • Roger Ebert Runs Drive By on Glenn Beck

    02/04/2011 9:59:33 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 11 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | February 4, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    It's been a while since Roger Ebert has caught our attention here at NewsReal Blog. For a while there, it seemed as though nary a week went by without him spouting off some unintelligible nonsense about the Gulf oil spill or the Ground Zero Mosque. Like many of the sanctimonious Hollywood egos whose work he critiques, Ebert has something of a bully pulpit as a result of being such an accomplished film critic. He can't help but take advantage of it to spout off on matters beyond his comprehension. I've highlighted before how horrible Ebert's writing is on any topic...
  • Roger Ebert As Black Hearted as His Disease is Cancerous

    11/26/2010 12:48:15 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 24 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/26/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    One would think that a fellow as ravaged by cancer as Roger Ebert would find his soul a bit less rancorous toward others. One would think that a man that has had such pain would not wish pain on others. But Roger Ebert is a liberal. Pain and hate is what they do. Proof of this is in the latest hatred that spewed from Roger Ebert's keyboard over the Thanksgiving holiday. While everyone else was enjoying family and thanking God for their bounty, this black-souled, venom-spitting, hatemonger was taking a little time out of his holiday to wish ill on...
  • Mary we crown thee with blossoms today! - (Roger Ebert praises his Catholic school education)

    08/07/2010 11:30:52 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 6 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 4, 2010 | Roger Ebert
    My grade school couldn't get state approval today. The teachers were unpaid and lived communally. Two grades were taught in one classroom. There were no resources for science, music, physical education, or foreign languages except the Latin of the Mass and hymns. No playground facilities. The younger students were picked up by the single school bus; as soon as we were old enough, we rode our bikes to school, even in winter. A typical meal in the lunchroom might consist of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread, a dish of corn, a dish of fruit cocktail, and...
  • Has Roger Ebert Destroyed Film Criticism? New York Critic Armond White Says Yes

    07/27/2010 11:38:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies · 2+ views
    David Howrowitz's News Real Blog ^ | 07/26/2010 | Chris Yogerst
    When you love a given film and the guy next to you doesn’t, what do you think? Who cares, right? After all, taste is subjective. Newsreal Blog managing editor David Swindle and I often discuss and debate films we’ve seen. Now, I’ve studied film formally for years. Does this make my opinion more important? Perhaps for some academics, but does this make Swindle’s opinion useless? Most certainly not. My view of film is often based in academia and film history while Swindle’s is based in the comparison to other contemporary films. Both views are justified and have their place. We...
  • Roger Ebert Gives Oil Two Thumbs Down

    06/21/2010 5:53:37 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 19 replies
    NewsRealBlog ^ | June 20, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    If you would think that, after a lifetime of reviewing films, former Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert would have learned storytelling through osmosis, I'm afraid you would be wrong. In a recent Sun-Times blog post, responding to the British Petroleum oil spill, Ebert spins a disjointed yarn. Deftly channeling the psychotic nature of the environmental Left, he appears to long for human suffering. Ebert, an outspoken proponent of the Left's agenda, seems to echo President Obama's Tuesday night speech from the Oval Office. The world is addicted to oil, and getting our fix is killing the planet. The solution: turn back...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roger Ebert: No President Has Needed Teleprompter Less than Barack Obama

    03/31/2010 2:09:29 PM PDT · by pissant · 67 replies · 2,187+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/31/10 | Ken Shepherd
    And now, ladies and gentlemen, for your amusement, film critic and liberal apologist Roger Ebert, in what I hope is an early April Fool's joke: "Since the invention of the teleprompter, no President has needed one less than Barack Obama." Has Ebert never heard of the infamous "corpseman" incident? Ebert tweeted the aforementioned during President Obama's March 30 joint press conference with President Nicolas Sarkozy, wherein, by the way, Obama mispronounced his French counterpart's name as "Nicolai."
  • Roger Ebert: Alice in Wonderland

    03/05/2010 12:41:49 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies · 2,117+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 3, 2010 | Roger Ebert
    ...This has never been a children's story. There's even a little sadism embedded in Carroll's fantasy. It reminds me of uncles who tickle their nieces until they scream...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • My Name is Roger (Ebert), and I'm an alcoholic

    08/25/2009 6:10:26 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 42 replies · 1,500+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | 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.
  • "Death Panels." A most excellent term - (Roger Ebert Barf)

    08/20/2009 6:37:10 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 27 replies · 571+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 17, 2009 | Roger Ebert
    "Death panels" is such an excellent term. You know exactly what it means, and therefore you know you're against them. Debate over. This term more than anything else seems to have unified the opposition to the Obama health care proposals. It fuels the anger that has essentially shut down "town hall" meetings intended for the discussion of the issues. Of course the term is inspired by a lie. There are no conceivable plans to form "death panels" or anything like them. The Obama plan, which has some bipartisan support, doesn't seek or desire to get involved in any decisions about...
  • The gathering Dark Age - (Roger Ebert screed)

    08/12/2009 6:26:13 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 18 replies · 1,083+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 6, 2009 | Roger Ebert
    Apparently unconnected items appeared within two days of each other in the Los Angeles Times, and together confirmed my fear that American movie-going is entering into a Dark Age. The first was in a blog by Patrick Goldstein, who said: "Film critics are in the same boat as evening news anchors -- their core audience is people 50 and over, and getting older by the day. You could hire Jessica Alba to read the evening news -- or review 'G.I. Joe' for that matter -- and younger audiences still wouldn't care." The other was in a report by John Horn...
  • Nixon And Ebert At The Movies

    12/14/2008 9:42:34 AM PST · by Publius804 · 10 replies · 560+ views ^ | December 13, 2008 | Ed Driscoll
    Nixon And Ebert At The Movies By Ed Driscoll · December 13, 2008 As Christian Toto writes, while Roger Ebert has always been a man of the left, his BDS seems to be getting the better of him these days. In his otherwise appropriately middling review of the Keanu Reeves remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, Ebert opines: The message of the 2008 version is that we should have voted for Al Gore. This didn't require Klaatu and Gort. That's what I'm here for. To which Christian replies: Really? I thought you were here to help the public...
  • 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 can't stand Sarah Palin

    09/23/2008 6:38:39 PM PDT · by pissant · 90 replies · 1,262+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/23/08 | Roger Goldstein
    It's no secret that everyone is weighing in on politics these days, from David Letterman to Barbara Walters and the esteemed ladies of "The View," who, as the New York Times pointed out today, have had Barack Obama, John McCain and even Bill Clinton on their couch, with McCain clearly getting the toughest grilling. But should film critics be weighing in on the presidential race as well? It's no secret that America's leading film critic, the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert, has been on quite a roll lately, writing a series of barbed commentaries about GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin....
  • 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...
  • 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'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: 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...
  • Critic goes Post-al on ill Roger Ebert(whacked by irascible movie critic)

    09/12/2008 5:46:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 162+ views
    Critic goes Post-al on ill Roger Ebert Thursday, September 11th 2008, 4:00 AM The audience at the Toronto Film Festival press screening of "Slumdog Millionaire" didn't know they were also going to get live entertainment Saturday. There'd been lots of Oscar buzz about Danny ("Trainspotting") Boyle's flick, about a poor Mumbai guy who wins a girl and becomes a national hero by going on a game show. So the screening room was packed. Soon after the lights went down, a source tells us, "a man in the audience started yelling, 'Don't touch me!' People looked around and shrugged. Ten minutes...
  • The Golden Compass

    12/07/2007 11:30:46 AM PST · by Borges · 29 replies · 281+ views ^ | 12/07/07 | Roger Ebert
    Review: **** "The Golden Compass" is a darker, deeper fantasy epic than the "Rings" trilogy, "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the "Potter" films. It springs from the same British world of quasi-philosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions. As a visual experience, it is superb. As an escapist fantasy, it is challenging. Teenagers may be absorbed and younger children may be captivated; some kids in between may be a little conflicted, because its implications are murky. They weren't murky in the original 1995 novel, part of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, a...