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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RussellListon
RussellListon
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.

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

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

FormerlyKnownAsBill
FormerlyKnownAsBill
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.

RogerBW
RogerBW
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.

Beowulf
Beowulf
Mon, Apr 08, 2013 4:20pm

Great, MaryAnn!