Remembering Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday, April 4th, 2013.  

Arguably, he was the most prominent and well known film critic in America.  He was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize (in 1975) while he was writing for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

1975 was also the year he began filming the PBS movie review show Sneak Previews with rival Chicago film critic Gene Siskel.  They continued reviewing movies together on television until Gene Siskel's death in 1999.

Roger Ebert's movie criticism is often as entertaining as the movies he's writing about.  One of his most famous reviews was this, for the movie, North:

 

"I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it"

This review inspired his book I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie which is made up of hilarious reviews of really bad movies.

 I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie

Some other great books are:

Awake in the Dark

Awake in the Dark

Forty years of the best of Roger Ebert's film reviews.

Roger Ebert's Book of Film

Roger Ebert's Book of Film

Over 100 selections on movies and about going to the movies.  A wonderful compilation for anyone who loves of movies.

The Great Movies

The Great Movies

Including reviews of some of the greatest movies he has ever encountered, this book not only has wonderful commentary but is a great viewing guide if you're looking for a couple of wonderful movies to check out.

Your Movie Sucks

Your Movie Sucks

Ebert's second volume of poorly reviewed films.  These movies are a lot more fun to read about than to actually watch.

Life Itself

Life Itself

Follows his life from its beginnings through his career as a screenwriter, then critic, and finally to his battle against thyroid cancer.

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~Don

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