Thursday, 11 April 2013

In Memory of Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Moviegoers and fellow critics,
it is a sad day that has come
to this that eight weeks ago, the
legendary Roger Ebert who is
one of the two men that were
responsible for making the
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
phrase, the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, an honorary award that is only given to newspaper writers and critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for print and online whose life is now ended at the age of 70 at April 4th 2013.

His career as a film critic began about in 1967 when he started to write for Chicago Sun-Times and then in 1975 for his reviewing talent he was first film critic to ever receive an award of Pulitzer Prize Award. During that same year, he begins to host a TV show called Sneak Previews with Gene Siskel as the co-reviewer/co-host of this program and many years the pair of them became partners and as the years went on the two began to have two 'At the Movies' shows on two different networks and made appearances including doing guest star voices on an episode of an animated prime-time show 'The Critic'.

When Siskel unexpectedly passed away in 1999, the name of the show was changed by the producers as 'Roger Ebert & The Movies' and substitute co-hosts were used then until next year when columnist of the same newspaper organization that Ebert worked for, Richard Roeper was assigned to be his permanent co-host and the show was upgraded with a new title 'At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper' and they continue to criticize or review features until 2008. Unfortunately, Roger Ebert's health issues begun to took away his physical health and in 2006, a surgery that removed his jaw costs his ability of speech but doesn't affected his reviewing and returns to Chicago Sun-Times in 2007 where he continued to do the rest of life and then on Twitter where he becomes a huge presence.

The revelation of his success of reviewing comes from his love or extensive knowledge of them and the reason he both had and his serious view to features makes him not just an ultimate movie lover but an intelligent critic and for his work, fans would genuinely express their love of him for that. I confess that Roger Ebert was not my inspiration but the fictional character of The Critic, Jay Sherman was the one that got me into that. Here are few previous clips that contain Ebert and the movies he did with Siskel and Roeper at his side and I concur that two might be positive are 'Return of the Jedi' and 'The Lion King' and the other is negative.

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