History Creator / RogerEbert

2nd Feb '17 10:07:28 PM RushLimborg
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* SmokingIsCool: As he put it in his commentary for ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', "I don't approve of smoking, except in the movies". (He was referring to their effectiveness in providing a sense of action during "quiet" moments of characters talking or thinking.)
16th Dec '16 6:08:09 PM Lymantria
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Until his death, Ebert still wrote weekly review columns as well as a daily blog and maintained a very active Website/{{Twitter}} account, and every single one of his reviews are available on the Internet, where he was still an influential force in movie criticism's new dominant medium. He also picked up a reputation for being (depending on whom you ask) [[OlderAndWiser soft on movies]] [[note]] One would be certain to think that if one went by [[http://www.metacritic.com/critic/roger-ebert his Metacritic profile;]] his average score for the 4,069 reviews that aggregator cites him as having written is around 71 percent, nearly twelve percentage points higher than the site's average. [[/note]] or [[GrumpyOldMan even more ruthless than before.]] However, his wrath, when deployed, was [[Film/{{North}} legendary.]] He published three compilations of two star and under reviews during his lifetime; ''I Hated, Hated, HATED This Movie!'' (reviews published in 1999 and earlier), ''[[Film/DeuceBigalow Your Movie Sucks]]'' (reviews published from 200006) and ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length]]'' (reviews published from 200611).

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Until his death, Ebert still wrote weekly review columns as well as a daily blog and maintained a very active Website/{{Twitter}} account, and every single one of his reviews are available on the Internet, where he was still an influential force in movie criticism's new dominant medium. He also picked up a reputation for being (depending on whom you ask) [[OlderAndWiser soft on movies]] [[note]] One would be certain to think that if one went by [[http://www.metacritic.com/critic/roger-ebert his Metacritic profile;]] his average score for the 4,069 reviews that aggregator cites him as having written is around 71 percent, nearly twelve percentage points higher than the site's average. [[/note]] or [[GrumpyOldMan even more ruthless than before.]] However, his wrath, when deployed, was [[Film/{{North}} legendary.]] He published three compilations of two star and under reviews during his lifetime; ''I ''[[Film/{{North}} I Hated, Hated, HATED This Movie!'' Movie!]]'' (reviews published in 1999 and earlier), ''[[Film/DeuceBigalow Your Movie Sucks]]'' (reviews published from 200006) and ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length]]'' (reviews published from 200611).
12th Dec '16 7:47:14 PM PaulA
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* AsHimself / SelfDeprecation: He and Siskel were big enough fans of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' to bend their "conflict of interest" rule (that and the duo almost never reviewed television) and appear in it as themselves, this while taking potshots at each other's shortcomings.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** The 1998 American version of ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' had the mayor of New York City as an Ebert lookalike. Used as a TakeThatCritics by the end of the film when his aide (an {{Expy}} of Creator/GeneSiskel) gives his job performance a thumbs down. This was because Siskel and Ebert had criticized Emerich's earlier productions. Ebert was offended not by the portrayal, but thought that if Emerich hated them so much he should have had the balls to have Godzilla eat them.
** A segment in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' featured obvious caricatures [[Series/SiskelAndEbert Codger Egbert and Lean Hisskill]] as a pair of TV critics who are tormented by Slappy and Skippy Squirrel for rating Slappy's cartoons "two stinky toes down."
12th Dec '16 7:42:59 PM PaulA
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!! Tropes used by the man:

* [[invoked]]EightPointEight: One of only two critics to like ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' (the other being Gene Siskel) on Website/RottenTomatoes and the only one not to like ''Film/{{Brazil}}''. Additionally, he gave ''Film/TheGodfather, Part II'' three stars, his lowest "good movie" rating, but later included it on his list of Great Movies, though while still standing by his original rating.

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!! Tropes used by the man:

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* [[invoked]]EightPointEight: [[invoked]]EightPointEight:
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One of only two critics to like ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' (the other being Gene Siskel) on Website/RottenTomatoes and the only one not to like ''Film/{{Brazil}}''. Additionally, he gave ''Film/TheGodfather, Part II'' three stars, his lowest "good movie" rating, but later included it on his list of Great Movies, though while still standing by his original rating.



* TheAlcoholic: In his memoirs, Ebert refers to his time in AA and the importance of keeping it private. He cautions other celebrities from making a circus out of their rehabilitation--a little mental trick which leads to relapse, once the cameras are off. Unfortunately, his heavy drinking in youth might have caused the cancer to bloom.



* AuthorAppeal: Asked in an interview why a respected, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic would choose to be a scriptwriter for a sexplotation director like Russ Meyer, one of Ebert's friends considered for a moment and replied, "[[MaleGaze Boobs]]."



* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The pullover vest-khakis-loafer combo. He hated suits and avoided wearing them whenever he could.



* DeafComposer: After thyroid cancer deprived him of the ability to eat solid foods, he took up cooking as a hobby, even [[HeAlsoDid publishing a cookbook of recipes for rice cookers]].
-->"To be sure, health problems have prevented me from eating. That did not discourage my cooking. It became an exercise more pure, freed of biological compulsion."
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He wrote several blogs about how he didn't fear letting his cancer take its course if it reappeared, because "what was there to fear?"



* GoOutWithASmile: His wife Chaz described his passing as very quiet and simple, with him just looking at her and the kids and smiling.



* JustHereForGodzilla: [[invoked]] Ebert once confessed that when he was a boy in TheFifties, he and his friends would go to see women's wrestling matches at carnivals in the hope that there would be a WardrobeMalfunction.



* RaisedCatholic: Ebert often referred to his Catholic upbringing in his reviews, especially to complain about films that got details of the religion egregiously wrong or that insulted the church. He also tended to give favorable reviews to controversial films with Catholic themes, such as ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', and ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.



* {{Retirony}}: Was a victim of it. In his final blog post "A Leave of Presence", he announced his retirement from the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' for health reasons and planned to pick a set of writers to take his place on his website. However, he planned to still review the films he wanted to review. Two days later, he died.



* SyntheticVoiceActor: Ebert relied on one for the rest of his life after he had his jaw removed.



* {{Workaholic}}: Admitted so himself when contrasting himself with Siskel; in a psychological test done on the ''Oprah'' show, the test revealed that while Ebert was the better person to be at work with, Siskel was the person more fun to hang around outside of work. Ebert admitted this is because he was so busy.
30th Nov '16 9:17:23 PM Xtifr
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'''[[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/ Roger Joseph Ebert]]''' (June 18, 1942 April 4, 2013) was the {{film}} reviewer in chief at the ''UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Sun-Times'' from [[TheSixties 1967]] [[LongRunners until his death in 2013.]] In itself, that would make him important as the elder statesman of film criticism.

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'''[[http://rogerebert.[[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/ Roger Joseph Ebert]]''' Ebert]] (June 18, 1942 April 4, 2013) was the {{film}} reviewer in chief at the ''UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Sun-Times'' from [[TheSixties 1967]] [[LongRunners until his death in 2013.]] In itself, that would make him important as the elder statesman of film criticism.
21st Nov '16 9:45:08 AM Jeduthun
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[[caption-width-right:180: ''[-Deliberating whether his thumb should go up or down.-]'' ]]

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19th Nov '16 8:38:48 AM Jeduthun
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[[caption-width-right:180: ''[-This man, who looks like your 4th grade English teacher, won a PulitzerPrize. There is no god.-]'' ]]

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[[caption-width-right:180: ''[-This man, who looks like your 4th grade English teacher, won a PulitzerPrize. There is no god.''[-Deliberating whether his thumb should go up or down.-]'' ]]
6th Nov '16 6:19:55 AM gezegond
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He gained a bit of flak from the gamer community when [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/04/video_games_can_never_be_art.html he declared video games not to be an art form,]] but [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/okay_kids_play_on_my_lawn.html he eventually came around]] and at least decided he's not in a position to judge them (although, despite popular opinion to the contrary, he has been known to play them). Despite that episode, he was considered as the most OneOfUs of major critics, as he admired [[{{Anime}} Japanese animated film]] and had an incredible knowledge of science fiction, which was among his favorite genres. While he claimed ignorance to a lot of TV shows due to his heavy schedule of writing and watching films, he found time to become a fan of the WWE (having found a fascination with wrestling after viewing ''BeyondTheMat''), ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.'' (During their 1979 review of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture,'' Gene suggested that he might not have cared about the characters since he wasn't a fan of the show. Roger said that he WAS a fan and he didn't care about them as presented in this film). Heck, he even gave WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic his due after seeing his tribute video to Siskel and him via a Twitter message (Nostalgia Critic creator Creator/DougWalker was so thrilled, he printed and framed it). Ebert also had a fondness of other film analysis and criticism, such as Tim Dirk's Filmsite.org (which Ebert frequently quoted) and WebVideo/RedLetterMedia; of the ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' review, Ebert stated: "I was pretty much sure I didn't have it with me to endure another review of [''Revenge of the Sith.''] Mr. Plinkett demonstrates to me that I was mistaken." This is especially interesting considering that said review criticized critics, specifically naming Ebert, who gave a free pass to Creator/GeorgeLucas based on prior successes and not his recent output of work.

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He gained a bit of flak from the gamer community when [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/04/video_games_can_never_be_art.html he declared video games not to be an art form,]] but [[http://blogs.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20130122081546/http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/okay_kids_play_on_my_lawn.html he eventually came around]] and at least decided he's not in a position to judge them (although, despite popular opinion to the contrary, he has been known to play them). Despite that episode, he was considered as the most OneOfUs of major critics, as he admired [[{{Anime}} Japanese animated film]] and had an incredible knowledge of science fiction, which was among his favorite genres. While he claimed ignorance to a lot of TV shows due to his heavy schedule of writing and watching films, he found time to become a fan of the WWE (having found a fascination with wrestling after viewing ''BeyondTheMat''), ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.'' (During their 1979 review of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture,'' Gene suggested that he might not have cared about the characters since he wasn't a fan of the show. Roger said that he WAS a fan and he didn't care about them as presented in this film). Heck, he even gave WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic his due after seeing his tribute video to Siskel and him via a Twitter message (Nostalgia Critic creator Creator/DougWalker was so thrilled, he printed and framed it). Ebert also had a fondness of other film analysis and criticism, such as Tim Dirk's Filmsite.org (which Ebert frequently quoted) and WebVideo/RedLetterMedia; of the ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' review, Ebert stated: "I was pretty much sure I didn't have it with me to endure another review of [''Revenge of the Sith.''] Mr. Plinkett demonstrates to me that I was mistaken." This is especially interesting considering that said review criticized critics, specifically naming Ebert, who gave a free pass to Creator/GeorgeLucas based on prior successes and not his recent output of work.
24th Sep '16 2:37:02 PM mlsmithca
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[[caption-width-right:180: ''[-This man, who looks like your 4th grade english teacher, won a PulitzerPrize. There is no god.-]'' ]]

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[[caption-width-right:180: ''[-This man, who looks like your 4th grade english English teacher, won a PulitzerPrize. There is no god.-]'' ]]
26th Aug '16 7:13:49 AM Brick_of_Death
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[[caption-width-right:180: ''[-"[[SturgeonsLaw Ninety percent of academic film theory is bullshit.]] [[LaymansTerms Jargon is the last refuge of the scoundrel.]]"-]'' ]]

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[[caption-width-right:180: ''[-"[[SturgeonsLaw Ninety percent of academic film theory ''[-This man, who looks like your 4th grade english teacher, won a PulitzerPrize. There is bullshit.]] [[LaymansTerms Jargon is the last refuge of the scoundrel.]]"-]'' no god.-]'' ]]
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