Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Clint Davis1
RIP: Roger Ebert
I just read the news that Roger Ebert passed away at 70-years old.
Ebert was as gifted a film writer as there ever was and he and Gene Siskel are responsible for an entire generation of film critics–both professional and amateur. On their classic show At The Movies, they made film criticism an east-to-digest (“two thumbs up”) and popular artform.
I can’t think of many occasions where I disagreed with one of Ebert’s reviews (except I grew up a loyal follower of Adam Sandler’s, while he vehemently panned Billy Madison & Happy Gilmore), in fact, I typically found myself using his approval as a reason to defend certain favorites of mine.
His criticisms taught me to consider my own voice and also not to think so hard about what makes a movie work sometimes–instead being able to feel it in your bones.
I’m heartbroken to know that he won’t be able to give us his thoughts on new movies anymore but am relieved that his work is collected online and in his numerous books.
Rest in Peace Roger Ebert and thank you for the inspiration to write about film and take movies seriously.