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Roger Ebert loses fight with cancer

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    dpeters11

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    Seeing this icon deteriorate is tragic.
     
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    Sad sad news
     
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    One thing that is quite fortunate is how devoted his wife is. Without her at his side, I'm not sure he could have gotten through it as well as he has.
     
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    I almost am reluctant to post this, but I just got a CNN alert that he has passed. I cannot get the Chicago Sun-Times page to come up, nothing mentioned by Richard Roeper. Hoping it is in error.

    I was able to get to their site, it's confirmed on the Sun-Times homepage.
     
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    No one will be able to replace him when I look for movie reviews.

    RIP
     
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    Absolutely not.

    I still remember his response to Rob Schneider, who said a particular reviewer that panned European Gigalo was unqualified as he had not won the Pulitzer. Ebert wrote a response that since he had won the prize, he was qualified, and wrote "your movie sucks."
     
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    His show with Gene Siskel was the best ever on movie reviews. I saw (and didn't see) all movies due to their reviews. I didn't always agree with their reviews, but I'd watched the show so long that I got to know if I'd like a movie anyway (or vice versa).

    I was surprised after his blog of only two days ago that he slid so fast. RIP Roger. Thanks for helping me with movie choices for all these years!!
     
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    Roe's talking about it on his radio show, Roe Conn & Richard Roeper, on WLS-AM 890.
     
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    I did not always agree with his reviews - Rest in Peace!!
     
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    Being a native Chicago area guy, and having graduated from the same university from which Roger graduated, I always felt a kinship with Roger. I met him once, and we reminisced about our alma mater. Nice guy. I agreed more with his movie reviews than with his politics, but that didn't matter. He was intelligent and honest to a fault.

    God be with you, Roger.
     
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    Two thumbs at half mast.
     
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    RIP Roger.

    Say hello to Gene.
     
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    I'm sure none of us do. He didn't like the original Die Hard for example. Of course one thing that has to be kept in mind, the star ratings were relative.
     
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    One reason I found him quite endearing--he considered The Empire Strikes Back one of the greatest sequels ever made (up there with The Godfather II). :D
     
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    Yep, two of the exceptions to the sequel rule. Of course Lucas famously disagreed with most of us.
     
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    Well, technically there was really only one "sequel". The rest were sequels to the sequel. :D
     
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    So many times I relied upon the artwork of Siskel and Ebert reviewing movies. Whether they liked the movie was not the point. Their telling of why was the true meat, the real food for thought upon I ate and decided what to spend money and time watching.

    And together they had so much fun telling that why. What started as an uneasy competition between writers for competing newspapers quickly turned into a deep, wide, and rich love for each other and the craft they invented, mastered, and then perfected.

    I love the concept of "thumbs at half mast." I also love the concept of Ebert being surprised to find Siskel waiting for him, ready to watch-and review-the great movies in the afterlife.

    Rest in peace, with those who have gone before.
     

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