Remembering Roger Ebert

“Roger Ebert loved movies.
Except for those he hated”

It was hard to get the news last week that Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert had died of cancer.  Just the day before he died, Ebert had announced on his blog that he was taking a “leave of presence” from the Chicago Sun-Times.  He said that he would be limiting himself to writing only about the movies he wanted to as he dealt with a recurrence of the cancer that cost him his jaw, his voice, and the ability to eat and drink. (Back in 2010, Equire ran a fantastic profile of Ebert by Chris Jones that talked about Ebert’s post-cancer, post-voice life online.)

I don’t have the time to write the remembrance of what Ebert has meant to me since I first started watching him on TV more than 35 years ago.  Suffice it to say that he has always been the critic I turned to first when I wanted to know what critics had to say about movies.  One of the things I loved about him is that he wasn’t afraid to trash a popular movie, praise an unpopular movie, and to love movies that are just plain fun. (The NY Times called him “a critic for the common man.“)  One thing I had not realized until the news of his death broke was what a talented student journalist he had been working at the Daily Illini.

I have long talked about Ebert (and his old TV partner Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune) in my commentary class, and was scheduled to talk about him in class right when he died.

As I started digging through my blog archives, I was startled to see how many times I had mentioned Ebert over the last 9 years.  Here are links to as many of the blog posts as I can find.

But first, here are two of his reviews from television with Gene Siskel.

Siskel & Ebert review The Shawshank Redemption:

Siskel & Ebert review Jurassic Park:

Mentions of Roger Ebert in this blog over the years:

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2 Responses to Remembering Roger Ebert

  1. lori hahn says:

    Ebert was a gifted communicator – when he spoke and when he wrote. Being robbed of one just seemed to make his other stronger and clearer, connecting on an even deeper level. His writing about his alcoholism and other topics on his blog were touching, insightful, honest. I’ll miss the light he shined.

  2. admin says:

    I was absolutely astounded when I realized how many posts I’d made that connected to things Ebert had written.

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