I hate to deliver two pieces of bad news in a row but we regret to inform everyone that famed Film critic Roger Ebert passed away today at age 70 due to cancer. I think that Roger’s passing affects me more than even that of Jane Henson as I have so many memories of staying up late on the weekends in my neck of the woods watching At The Movies with Siskel and Ebert (Though originally it was entitled Sneak Previews). Many of the movies the duo reviewed I would have no chance of enjoying for myself until I was in my early 20s but I still tuned in every week and even then when I disagreed with their picks or judgement on a movie I held dear.
[Via] Grade Point
Roger Ebert had struggled with cancer starting in 2002 but had become almost as famous for not giving up even when he had much of his chin removed and lost the ability to eat, drink, and speak while he still continued to write movie reviews and eventually a cook book.
In 1975 he won the Pulitzer Prize, the first film critic to do so. In 1970 Roger Ebert wrote the screenplay for Russ Meyer’s cult classic “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and he also wrote the screenplay for “Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens” in 1979.
I think I’m going to make some popcorn and grab a few of the films that Ebert really loved and celebrate a film critic that was never formally taught…if you can even truly ever teach someone to be a film critic. Rest in peace Roger Ebert and I certainly hope that wherever you might be they’ve opened up the balcony seats where Gene Siskel is waiting with some Haagen-Dazs and the projector is beaming Citizen Kane on the Silver Screen.
From the New York Times: ” Mr. Ebert — who said he saw 500 films a year and reviewed half of them — was once asked what movie he thought was shown over and over again in heaven, and what snack would be free of charge and calories there.
“ ‘Citizen Kane’ and vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream,” he answered.”