Friday, April 05, 2013

Roger Ebert (1942–2013)

It's a sad day in the world when you lose a figure that you looked up to and turned to for what movies to watch. Today is such a day, due to the loss of Roger Ebert to cancer. While I never met the man, I was influenced by him quite a bit with the consumption of his movie reviews on tv and in print. Indeed, his movie reviews set the bar for critics everywhere to try to aspire to, myself included. Good or bad, his reviews contained actual criticism that backed up the claims of a movie's worth, and didn't just cast aspersions for the sake of humor. His love of movies spanned all genres, and he could wax poetic about Citizen Kane or pontificate the merits of Mighty Peking Man with ease and credibility.

Don't believe me? Check this out.

Back yet? Good. I don't have much more to say except that we lost an eloquent and ardent defender of film and the world won't be the same without his words appearing on a regular basis.

RIP.

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