Roger Ebert (1942-2013): A tribute



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I struggle to find the right words to describe how much of an influence Roger Ebert has been on my life and my love affair with the movies. I will try my best to express my feelings and admiration for this man. But I already know, it will not be enough.


Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967
Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967


Roger Ebert is the main reason why I have become such an avid lover of films. I remember stumbling unto his website nearly ten years ago. I wanted to find a film critic who is honest, concise, and a talented writer. But more importantly, I was looking for a critic whose tastes in films are as close to mine, thinking that our similar tastes would steer me towards more great and notable films.

 

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When I found his site, which is simply rogerebert.com, and began to read his reviews of films I have grown a deep affection for, I realized that I have found the one and only critic whom I should keep close attention to. Since then, my love and respect for Roger Ebert and his distinguished manner of evaluating films has been a part of my daily life.


Ebert receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Ebert receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


His Great Movies books have inspired me to delve deeper into those motion pictures that are seen as magnificent works of art. I have not seen all of his Great Movies picks but I would hope to have watched them all before I die. It is right at the top of my bucket list. I am also in the midst of reading his memoir, Life Itself, and will surely share my thoughts on that once I have completed it.


Roger with his lovely wife Chaz
Roger with his lovely wife Chaz


Roger Ebert is a name I will never forget. He has my unending gratitude for truly changing the way I look at the movies and how I should appreciate this magical form of art. In honor of the legacy that Ebert has left to all us avid film-lovers, I have decided to create a dedicated section on Moe At The Movies! as a long-lasting tribute to this incredible man. I’ll look to add original pieces as well as sharing videos of Roger Ebert that properly reflect his massive influence on the film industry.

Roger, I’ll see you at the movies.

 

Ebert with his longtime collaborator and friend Gene Siskel
Ebert with his longtime collaborator and friend Gene Siskel



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