Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

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When I first considered being a critic many moons ago, I was forced to consider my influences. I could no longer handle the money-backed drivel being published by such heavyweights as Billboard and Rolling Stone Magazine, and decided to dive head first into the world of cynicism and hate mail. But I kind of had an idea about how it would all play out thanks to one man: Roger Ebert.

I watched Ebert battle head-to-head with his enemy (and later friend) Gene Siskel on “Siskel and Ebert at the Movies” – and while their thumbs up/thumbs down rating system left little room for consideration, he taught me the valuable lesson of research. His completeness of his opinions was unmatched, and he knew every bit of what he talked about at all times. Unfortunately, this type of dedication is seemingly lost in today’s age of review blogs and music and movie websites where pretty much anyone with an internet connection has the ability to call themselves a critic and lazily attack anything that they don’t like. Up until his death, however, Roger Ebert continued to write fantastic dissections of modern cinema with a truth, wisdom and sarcastic jab that we will probably never see again.

Ebert’s health had been failing over the past ten years, suffering illnesses including thyroid cancer and cancer of the salivary gland. In 2006 he lost part of his lower jaw, and just recently had announced via his blog that his cancer had returned via a fractured hip that occurred in December.  This round of cancer would inevitably be his last, as Robert died on Thursday, April 4th at the age of 70.

His passing comes with great sadness and respect, as Roger Ebert was a true icon of the film industry, and the critical masses as well. The Social Nutwork extends their condolences to the Ebert Family, and to movie fans everywhere.

Goodbye, Roger.

 

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