Roger Ebert: A Definite Thumbs-Up

20100226-tows-roger-ebert-gene-siskel-300x205We were saddened to learn that Roger Ebert passed away earlier today. Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune has written a beautiful tribute to Roger:

It was reviewing movies that made Roger Ebert as famous and wealthy as many of the stars who felt the sting or caress of his pen or were the recipients of his televised thumbs-up or thumbs-down judgments. But in his words and in his life he displayed the soul of a poet whose passions and interests extended far beyond the darkened theaters where he spent so much of his professional life.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history (initially with the late Gene Siskel, the movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, and, following Siskel’s death in 1999, with his Sun-Times collogue Richard Roeper), Ebert died Thursday, according to a family friend.

He was 70 years old.

Read the full article at the Tribune.

Kamal Wallace has shared a number of Roger’s greatest quotes about the power of film:

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”

“No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.”

“No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.”

“If he’s going to persist in making bad movies, he’s going to have to grow accustomed to reading bad reviews.” — referring to Rob Schneider in “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.”

“To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion.”

“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”

“I’ve seen audits that were more thrilling.” — referring to “Crocodile Dundee II.”

“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn’t.”

“I stopped taking notes on my Palm Pilot and started playing the little chess game.” — referring to “Masterminds.”

“Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.”

You will be missed, Mr. Ebert.

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