Thursday, April 4, 2013

'I'll see you at the movies.' Goodbye to Roger Ebert

A very sad day for the film world as it was announced that Roger Ebert, a renowned film critic, passed away after two battles with cancer.

Ebert was highly respected in the film world and had been writing reviews for the past 46 years right up until a week before his death, his last being The Host. He was also the only film critic to receive the Pulitzer Prize.

On Tuesday he wrote a blog post announcing his 'leave of presence', which meant he was still going to be around, but not as active as he had been in past years. Unfortunately his leave of presence is going to be indefinite, but it was great for his fans to get one last message from him before his passed.

In his last post he detailed what he envisioned for his website and digital company going forward. He said that he was going to let some other critics review films in his stead. That just turned into the best reference for them - ever.

Here is part of his message...

Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time. Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show, my books, the website, the film festival, or the Ebert Club and newsletter. However you came to know me, I'm glad you did and thank you for being the best readers any film critic could ask for.

Typically, I write over 200 reviews a year for the Sun-Times that are carried by Universal Press Syndicate in some 200 newspapers. Last year, I wrote the most of my career, including 306 movie reviews, a blog post or two a week, and assorted other articles. I must slow down now, which is why I'm taking what I like to call "a leave of presence."

...So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies.

Roger, your opinions will be missed...we'll be thinking of you at the movies. Hats off.


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