the best tribute I can offer Roger Ebert…

…is a rerun of my What Film Critics Do meme thingy:

what film critics do

Ebert is a huge part of why I do what I do. It was because of his work with Gene Siskel on At the Movies on PBS that I first got an inkling that it was possible to talk about — to argue about — movies. His effect on me and what I’ve done with my life is incalculable.

I hate hate hate hate hate it — to paraphrase Ebert — when a writer says he or she is at a loss for words. You’re a writer, dammit. It’s your job to find the words. I’ve said this to writers I’ve been editing who’ve taken that lazy route.

But… I have no words right now.

So I’m just gonna go back to writing the review I’ve been working on this evening. And then I might watch another movie.

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Thu, Apr 04, 2013 11:26pm

“So I’m just gonna go back to writing the review I’ve been working on this evening. And then I might watch another movie.” Sounds like the perfect way to honor Roger Ebert. R.I.P. When I started getting into movies his reviews we’re what helped give me my basic film education.

reply to  RussellListon
Fri, Apr 05, 2013 1:35am

Seconded. Keep doing what you’re doing: praise and eviscerate movies that deserve either.

Fri, Apr 05, 2013 5:24am

“What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

that makes me sad. but i’m so grateful he reviewed all those pieces of garbage that he didn’t want to bother with.

Fri, Apr 05, 2013 12:08pm

I didn’t find out about Ebert until the thing with Siskel was over. But he inspired, I think, pretty much all the reviewers I now read, and his own reviews were always worth reading even when he’d clearly missed the point of the film completely.
(At least when the Sun-Times made it possible to distinguish his own reviews from those of its other writers, which wasn’t always the case.)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Fri, Apr 05, 2013 9:05pm

I think he probably inspired most critics — at least those from the US and maybe Canada — under 50.

Mon, Apr 08, 2013 4:20pm

Great, MaryAnn!