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    Default Roger Ebert Dead at 70

    This is very sad news today.

    The world has lost one of its best writers.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1...th-cancer.html

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    Yea, I'm particularly bummed out about this. One of my aspirations when starting out on my career was to get a film reviewed by him. Good or bad.
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    No more reviews. No more blog articles. No more books. Man, I loved his writing. Even when it had nothing to do with movies.

    I think I'll go read "Life Itself" again. (With a box of tissues this time.)

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    Wow. I know he's been struggling for cancer for years, so i should have seen this coming, but i have to say i'm shocked. Like paaron46, i absolutely loved his writing. In recent years i feel he was far too kind in reviewing horrible movies, giving them much higher ratings than they deserved, but his reviews were always those i reviewed first. Aside from stupid no-brain summer action movies that Ebert would, for some reason, give 3 stars when they deserved 1-2, i generally found that my tastes aligned with his. If he recommended a movie, i was going to go see it. Although disagreed with some of the personal beleifs he expressed in his blog over the years, i always respected the logical way he reached his conclusions. He made solid arguments. I know this is an odd comparison to make, but in many ways his writing style reminded me of Sir Isaac Asimov, atleast his non-fiction work. Ebert was a joy to read. I will genuinely miss him.

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    I remember watching Siskel and Ebert. Miss those days. Sad to see Siskel go and now Ebert. At least they are together again...probably going at it from one film critic to another. So sad to hear this. RIP Mr. Ebert. Thank you for your insight and opinions on everything film. Thank you for helping pave the way for present and future critics and writers of film.
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    Very sad. He helped me come to love movies. He did a special on TV that taught me what Pan&Scan was, prompting me to buy a laserdisc player in 9th grade.

    He personally responded to several of my emails, even printing one in the Sun Times. In one private email, he said that he wished all his readers approached his reviews like me (getting to know what he likes, and how it relates to what I like, rather than expecting to agree on everything). I've read his site every week since 1998. I'll miss him greatly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hastor View Post
    He personally responded to several of my emails, even printing one in the Sun Times. In one private email, he said that he wished all his readers approached his reviews like me (getting to know what he likes, and how it relates to what I like, rather than expecting to agree on everything). I've read his site every week since 1998. I'll miss him greatly.
    That's pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very sad news. Even in Australia he was well known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paaron46 View Post
    No more reviews. No more blog articles. No more books. Man, I loved his writing. Even when it had nothing to do with movies.

    I think I'll go read "Life Itself" again. (With a box of tissues this time.)
    I was going to post something eerily similar, Aaron.

    So, instead of that, I'll leave this:
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    I love his commentary for Dark City. His assessment on Special Effects and their proper use, is something I wish Michael Bay would take to heart.
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    The chapter in "Life Itself" entitled "Blackie" is some of the most poignant writing and thoughts I've read in quite a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paaron46 View Post
    The chapter in "Life Itself" entitled "Blackie" is some of the most poignant writing and thoughts I've read in quite a while.
    One of my favorites. I've linked to it in the story on the front page. I actually preferred the original version he posted on his blog in 2009.
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    RIP
    He and Siskel(sp?) made me appreciate films growing up

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    Quote Originally Posted by taygan315 View Post
    I remember watching Siskel and Ebert. Miss those days. Sad to see Siskel go and now Ebert. At least they are together again...probably going at it from one film critic to another. So sad to hear this. RIP Mr. Ebert. Thank you for your insight and opinions on everything film. Thank you for help pave the way for present and future critics and writers of film.
    I was pretty young at the time but I still remember watching that show as a kid with my older sister during the late 80s. My sister and I have been movie buffs/dorks for as long as I can remember.

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    For decades I've laughed at this guy, shook my head at this guy, sometimes shook my fist at this guy, but I so totally respected his opinions. I knew this day would be coming, but it still hurts. There will never be another one quite like him. Dude, RIP, and I hope you enjoy watching Citizen Kane and the free vanilla Haagen Daz upstairs.

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