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Post  Apologist Puncher on Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:05 pm

I used to enjoy 'At The Movies' growing up. R.I.P.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/04/showbiz/roger-ebert-obituary/index.html

Roger Ebert, renowned film critic, dies at age 70
By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 8:49 PM EDT, Thu April 4, 2013

Los Angeles (CNN) -- The last hand in the "two thumbs up" film critic team, Roger Ebert, died Thursday, two days after revealing cancer returned to his body.

Ebert and Gene Siskel co-hosted the iconic review show "Siskel and Ebert At The Movies" until Siskel's death in 1999 after a battle with a brain tumor.

The Chicago Sun-Times, the base of operations for Ebert's syndicated reviews, announced his death at age 70.

"We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition," his wife, Chaz Ebert, said in a statement Thursday.

"I'll see you at the movies," were the last words Ebert wrote to his readers. They were published in an essay titled "Leave of Presence" on his blog Tuesday, in which he explained he was planning to slow down and reduce the number of movie reviews he wrote.
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"My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me," Ebert wrote. "What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review."

Ebert had already lost his voice and much of his jaw after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer.

He suffered a hip fracture in December, and it recently led to the revelations about cancer, he said.

Ebert started as the Sun-Times film critic on April 3, 1967, writing about 200 reviews each of those 46 years, he said. The last year however, was his most prolific.

"Last year, I wrote the most of my career, including 306 movie reviews, a blog post or two a week, and assorted other articles," he said. "I must slow down now, which is why I'm taking what I like to call 'a leave of presence.'"

More at the link.

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Post  James Stocks on Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:41 am

I only agreed with him half the time, but on that good half I thought he was really good at articulating his thoughts on movies without sounding stodgy like a lot of other critics. RIP.
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Post  non_amos on Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:12 am

I just found out about this when I got home from work & checked my e-mail. It wasn't but like a day or two ago that he was still making plans but put them on hold to do more treatments he needed so I was kinda surprised to find he died so soon after. I also used to enjoy his program & hated when he had to stop it. I do recall that he wasn't exactly a Singerman supporter but I don't have a link handy. Anyone care to help out?
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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:26 am

Didn't even know he was sick. Rest in peace, sir.

Roger Ebert himself wrote:There is I suppose a certain bottom line of competence in [Singerman], and superhero fans will want to see the movie just for its effects, its plot outrages and its moments of humor. But when the hero, his alter ego, his girlfriend and the villain all seem to lack any joy in being themselves, why should we feel joy at watching them?

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Those are his closing statements about Singerman. Think that's harsh? Well, the proper review isn't any kinder.
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Post  James Stocks on Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:06 am

He's spot on. Superman should be uplifting, not be so damned somber.
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