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Roger & Me
Wednesday's news that Roger Ebert was stepping back from his usual constant pace of writing to take a "Leave of Presence" due to a recurrence of his cancer already had me annoyed, so his death yesterday was a real kick in the teeth. Ebert dropping his TV work a few years ago had put him back on a heady pace as a writer, which was great for those of us who've enjoyed reading his movie reviews, not to mention his blog posts and his tweets.

I've only ever been an occasional movie reviewer, and never a serious one, but as a constant writer I've always seen him as a great example of pithy and powerful prose. A lot of yesterday's coverage referred to his plain "midwestern" language, but really, it was simply that he was a clear writer who never used fancy words when ordinary ones would do.

Last night I decided I needed to watch a movie instead of the usual TV lineup, and I picked "The Godfather" from Ebert's list of 100 greatest movies of all time. I had the Blu-Ray set of all three movies (the third can be largely ignored) but hadn't opened it, so this was a good occasion.

Thanks to keeyoo for sharing this collection of 40 Hilariously Mean Roger Ebert Reviews.
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theidolhands From: theidolhands Date: April 5th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
He used to squick me with his open fixation on adolescent girls. It's also a running gag in my family that if Ebert gave it a thumbs up then it has naked boobs and vice versa; the pattern is consistent enough to still raise *ahem* titters.

Not that we hated him and some of his negative reviews made me laugh or be grateful, but I did miss his companion on sci-fi which Roger didn't really care for. He won me over on his attitude about the cancer, which is really saying something since it's such a commonly discussed subject.

People who are using him as a mouthpiece for their own propoganda need to stop it. His wife was different from him in some ways, but in the heart they were truly united and that should just be respected by not lambasting anyone regardless of differences. I hope she still engages with the public.

Wouldn't mind someone making a nod to Lovitz's "The Critic" either; haven't seen that.
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