History Creator / RogerEbert

23rd May '16 5:12:02 PM Jeduthun
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** On the other hand, to an aspiring indie director who was disheartened because of a negative review his previous film had received (not from Ebert), he [[http://www.rogerebert.com/answer-man/why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-genders pointed out]] that the film's average Website/IMDb rating of 8.8 actually gave it a higher overall score than such films as ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' (8.6) and ''Film/StarWars'' (8.7). Ebert encouraged him to consider that maybe 8.8 wasn't so bad after all.
11th May '16 9:05:50 AM Jeduthun
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** 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."

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** A segment in ''WesternAnimation/Animaniacs'' ''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."
11th May '16 8:52:33 AM Jeduthun
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* 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.

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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.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."
30th Apr '16 6:13:49 AM MacronNotes
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* ThreeDMovie: Ebert was [[http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/d-minus-for-3-d a vocal detractor]], complaining often that filmmakers used them simply as a gimmick to [[PaddleballShot throw things at the audience]], and especially complaining when the technology led to a darker and dirtier picture. He advocated for 60fps, which he saw as a clearer and more vivid medium, and was disappointed that it never caught on. He gave fair shakes to ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', however.



* PaddleballShot: He cited this gimmick as one reason he disliked [[ThreeDMovie 3-D Movies]].

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* PaddleballShot: He cited this gimmick as one reason he disliked [[ThreeDMovie [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie 3-D Movies]].
17th Apr '16 7:49:17 AM DracMonster
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2nd Apr '16 5:37:36 PM BigBertha
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* SyntheticVoiceActor: Ebert relied on one for the rest of his life after he had his jaw removed.
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-->-- '''Roger Ebert''' on ''Film/DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo'', a movie on his [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list.]]

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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.

In 1975, Ebert teamed up with Creator/GeneSiskel, reviewer-in-chief at the ''Chicago Tribune'', to present a film review program called ''Opening Soon at a Theater Near You'', the great-grandfather of the VideoReviewShow, on the local Creator/{{PBS}} station. The program went to national syndication as ''Sneak Previews'' in 1978; in 1982 ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' moved to UsefulNotes/{{Syndication}} on commercial stations across America, as a new but very similar program called ''At The Movies with Siskel and Ebert'' (or vice versa). Unexpectedly, this made him one of the two most important movie critics in America. Because the show was televised, [[RuleOfPerception many more Americans saw it]] than read the reviews in the newspapers; because Ebert and Siskel had credentials in real newspapers in a major city first, and didn't review every movie favorably, they could be taken more seriously than most other movie reviewers on television. Siskel and Ebert's [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple passive-aggressive chemistry]] was the stuff of legend. It was often thought that due to their occasionally hostile on-screen presence when they disagreed, that the two hated each other. However, [[VitriolicBestBuds each considered the other a close friend]], even if their relationship was competitive by nature. In fact, in 2009 on the tenth anniversary of Siskel's death, Ebert posted a [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/02/i_remember_gene.html touching remembrance]] of his friend on his blog.

When Siskel [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in 1999]], Ebert kept on the show with guest hosts until it was settled that it would be ''At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper'', with Richard Roeper, another ''Chicago Sun-Times'' critic. This made him the most important living movie critic in America. The show ended in 2008 partially because his throat cancer was preventing him from doing most of the episodes for over a year and a half. (To do film reviews on television, you have to be able to speak.) Sadly, due to a few surgeries that successfully eradicated his cancer, [[TheVoiceless Ebert lost the ability to speak entirely]] and part of his lower jaw was removed. During the last few years of his life, he 'spoke' through handwritten notes and a computer speech program. In 2010, a Scottish company created a voice similar to Ebert's own for him to use as his new 'voice', using his DVD commentaries (and not his TV show, since there was always background movie noise and Gene Siskel/Richard Roeper interrupting him) and other similar recordings. Furthermore, his last 'treatments' were such tough going with so much physical cost, he vowed that if the cancer reemerged, he would let it take its course; [[FaceDeathWithDignity this eventually transpired in 2013]].

In 2011, to replace the new ''At the Movies'' which had been canceled by its distributor, Ebert and his wife Chaz started their own movie review show on Creator/{{PBS}} called ''Ebert Presents At The Movies'' hosted by Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Mubi, which follows largely the same format as Ebert's other shows. Ebert himself appeared in a segment on the show called "Roger's Office" which features voice over narration (either with the help of either his new 'voice', or a famous friend such as Creator/WernerHerzog or Bill Kurtis) of one of his recent reviews or musings.

Until his death, Ebert still wrote weekly review columns as well as a daily blog and maintained a very active 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; ''[[Film/{{North}} 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).

Roger Ebert printed annual compilations of his movie reviews from TheEighties onward. Also Ebert wrote three books of essays about his favorite movies entitled ''The Great Movies'', with these essays also available on his website in a condensed form.

He also wrote ''Ebert's Little Movie Glossary'' and ''Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary'', which are books of FilmTropes in ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'' form. (An even bigger movie glossary is on his web page.) They could be considered a proto-Wiki/TVTropes in a sense (and the {{Trope Namer|s}} for many).

He also maintained a column called "The Movie Answer-Man", where he addressed various topics given to him by reader comments. Sometimes addressing fandom aspects like...

* One reader comment said that a positive review of a certain film gave him HypeBacklash[[invoked]] while a negative review of another film [[BileFascination made him want to see it]].[[invoked]] Ebert's reply was that a critic's job is not to pass judgment on a particular movie, but to give the reader an impression as to whether or not they would want to see it themselves.
* Another review [[InUniverse addressed the]] UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny where one comment said that [[Franchise/XMen Wolverine would beat Storm]] in a fight because he could heal, whereas Storm would die once stabbed by Wolverine. His reply was simply a question of how could someone whose power is [[GoodThingYouCanHeal healing]] be more powerful than someone who can ''[[ElementalPowers control the elements]]''.

He also wrote many books on great films. He was one of the great proponents of film preservation, letterboxing (back when most televisions were square and most movies in theaters weren't), and giving credit to directors and screenwriters; he probably helped make these issues important. Also a proponent of seeing films ''in'' theaters, but he accepted modern viewing habits enough to write {{DVD}} reviews. He did a few [[DVDCommentary audio commentaries]] notably ones for two of his all-time favorite films, ''Film/CitizenKane'' and ''Film/DarkCity'', which have appeared on most releases of those films on DVD.

He was one of the major opponents to Colorization. He often liked DeliberatelyMonochrome films, and ones that were monochrome because of when they were made, because of the light and shadow effects. Ebert also protested censorship in the name of AvoidTheDreadedGRating or avoiding the dreaded X/NC-17 rating. He advocated for years for a properly trademarked '''A''' rating to replace X since that sound more respectable, and basically called out the MPAA for trying to [[MediaWatchdog enforce American morality]] from behind the veneer of arbitrary letterings. (He'd hoped NC-17 would become a respectable alternative, and was disappointed when it didn't, thanks in no small part to the failure of ''Film/{{Showgirls}}''.) He was critical of what he saw as an overuse of [=3D=] technology in recent movies.

He was screenwriter for a CultClassic film, ''Film/BeyondTheValleyOfTheDolls''. Since that film was released in 1970, this hasn't affected his stature as a critic much. [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19700101/REVIEWS/708110301/1023 He made fun of it himself, but said he was proud of it regardless.]]

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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'''[[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/ Roger Joseph Ebert]]''' (June 18, 1942 April 4, 2013) was the {{film}} reviewer-in-chief reviewer in chief at the ''UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Sun-Times'' from [[TheSixties 1967]] [[LongRunners until his death in 2013]]. 2013.]] In itself, that would make him important as the elder statesman of film criticism.

In 1975, Ebert teamed up with Creator/GeneSiskel, reviewer-in-chief reviewer in chief at the ''Chicago Tribune'', Tribune,'' to present a film review program called ''Opening Soon at a Theater Near You'', You,'' the great-grandfather great grandfather of the VideoReviewShow, on the local Creator/{{PBS}} station. The program went to national syndication as ''Sneak Previews'' in 1978; in 1982 ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' moved to UsefulNotes/{{Syndication}} on commercial stations across America, as a new but very similar program called ''At The the Movies with Siskel and Ebert'' (or vice versa). Unexpectedly, this made him one of the two most important movie critics in America. Because the show was televised, [[RuleOfPerception many more Americans saw it]] than read the reviews in the newspapers; because Ebert and Siskel had credentials in real newspapers in a major city first, and didn't review every movie favorably, they could be taken more seriously than most other movie reviewers on television. Siskel and Ebert's [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple passive-aggressive passive aggressive chemistry]] was the stuff of legend. It was often thought that due to their occasionally hostile on-screen presence when they disagreed, that the two hated each other. However, [[VitriolicBestBuds each considered the other a close friend]], friend,]] even if their relationship was competitive by nature. In fact, in 2009 on the tenth anniversary of Siskel's death, Ebert posted a [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/02/i_remember_gene.html touching remembrance]] of his friend on his blog.

When Siskel [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in 1999]], 1999,]] Ebert kept on the show with guest hosts until it was settled that it would be ''At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper'', Roeper,'' with Richard Roeper, ''Richard Roeper,'' another ''Chicago Sun-Times'' critic. This made him the most important living movie critic in America. The show ended in 2008 partially because his throat cancer was preventing him from doing most of the episodes for over a year and a half. (To do film reviews on television, you have to be able to speak.) Sadly, due to a few surgeries that successfully eradicated his cancer, [[TheVoiceless Ebert lost the ability to speak entirely]] and part of his lower jaw was removed. During the last few years of his life, he 'spoke' "spoke" through handwritten notes and a computer speech program. In 2010, a Scottish company created a voice similar to Ebert's own for him to use as his new 'voice', "voice," using his DVD commentaries (and not his TV show, since there was always background movie noise and Gene Siskel/Richard Roeper ''Gene Siskel'' / ''Richard Roeper'' interrupting him) and other similar recordings. Furthermore, his last 'treatments' "treatments" were such tough going with so much physical cost, he vowed that if the cancer reemerged, re-emerged, he would let it take its course; [[FaceDeathWithDignity this eventually transpired in 2013]].

2013.]]

In 2011, to replace the new ''At the Movies'' which had been canceled by its distributor, Ebert and his wife Chaz started their own movie review show on Creator/{{PBS}} called ''Ebert Presents At The at the Movies'' hosted by Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Mubi, which follows largely the same format as Ebert's other shows. Ebert himself appeared in a segment on the show called "Roger's Office" which features voice over narration (either with the help of either his new 'voice', "voice," or a famous friend such as Creator/WernerHerzog or Bill Kurtis) of one of his recent reviews or musings.

Until his death, Ebert still wrote weekly review columns as well as a daily blog and maintained a very active Twitter 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 movies]] [[note]] One would be certain to think that if one went by [[http://www.metacritic.com/critic/roger-ebert his Metacritic profile]]; 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.average. [[/note]] or [[GrumpyOldMan even more ruthless than before]]. before.]] However, his wrath, when deployed, was [[Film/{{North}} legendary]]. legendary.]] He published three compilations of two-star-and-under two star and under reviews during his lifetime; ''[[Film/{{North}} I ''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).

Roger Ebert printed annual compilations of his movie reviews from TheEighties onward. Also Ebert wrote three books of essays about his favorite movies entitled ''The Great Movies'', Movies,'' with these essays also available on his website in a condensed form.

He also wrote ''Ebert's Little Movie Glossary'' and ''Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary'', Glossary,'' which are books of FilmTropes in ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'' form. (An even bigger movie glossary is on his web page.) They could be considered a proto-Wiki/TVTropes proto Wiki/TVTropes in a sense (and the {{Trope Namer|s}} for many).

He also maintained a column called "The ''The Movie Answer-Man", Answer-Man,'' where he addressed various topics given to him by reader comments. Sometimes addressing fandom aspects like...

* {{Invoked|Trope}}: One reader comment said that a positive review of a certain film gave him HypeBacklash[[invoked]] HypeBacklash, while a negative review of another film [[BileFascination made him want to see it]].[[invoked]] it.]] Ebert's reply was that a critic's job is not to pass judgment on a particular movie, but to give the reader an impression as to whether or not they would want to see it themselves.
* Another review [[InUniverse addressed the]] UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny where one comment said that [[Franchise/XMen Wolverine would beat Storm]] in a fight because he could heal, whereas Storm would die once stabbed by Wolverine. His reply was simply a question of how could someone whose power is [[GoodThingYouCanHeal healing]] be more powerful than someone who can ''[[ElementalPowers control the elements]]''.

elements.]]''

He also wrote many books on great films. He was one of the great proponents of film preservation, letterboxing (back when most televisions were square and most movies in theaters weren't), and giving credit to directors and screenwriters; he probably helped make these issues important. Also a proponent of seeing films ''in'' theaters, but he accepted modern viewing habits enough to write {{DVD}} reviews. He did a few [[DVDCommentary audio commentaries]] notably ones for two of his all-time favorite films, ''Film/CitizenKane'' and ''Film/DarkCity'', ''Film/DarkCity,'' which have appeared on most releases of those films on DVD.

He was one of the major opponents to Colorization. He often liked DeliberatelyMonochrome films, and ones that were monochrome because of when they were made, because of the light and shadow effects. Ebert also protested censorship in the name of AvoidTheDreadedGRating or avoiding the dreaded X/NC-17 rating. He advocated for years for a properly trademarked '''A''' rating to replace X since that sound sounds more respectable, and basically called out the MPAA for trying to [[MediaWatchdog enforce American morality]] from behind the veneer of arbitrary letterings. (He'd hoped NC-17 would become a respectable alternative, and was disappointed when it didn't, thanks in no small part to the failure of ''Film/{{Showgirls}}''.) ''Film/{{Showgirls}}.'') He was critical of what he saw as an overuse of [=3D=] 3D technology in recent movies.

He was screenwriter for a CultClassic film, ''Film/BeyondTheValleyOfTheDolls''. ''Film/BeyondTheValleyOfTheDolls.'' Since that film was released in 1970, this hasn't affected his stature as a critic much. [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19700101/REVIEWS/708110301/1023 He made fun of it himself, but said he was proud of it regardless.]]

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]], 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'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.'' (During their 1979 review of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', ''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, stated: "I was pretty much sure I didn't have it with me to endure another review of [''Revenge of the Sith'']. 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.



Now we have his [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList great movies list]] and his list of [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList his least favorite movies]].

Incidentally, Literature/EbertsGlossaryOfMovieTerms described several tropes decades before TV Tropes even came into existence.

The website of his 2011 show can be found [[http://www.ebertpresents.com/ here]] and there's an archive of the old ''Siskel & Ebert'' episodes [[http://siskelandebert.org/ here]]. His own life was brought to the screen in the 2014 documentary ''Film/LifeItself''.

Ebert's final public statement, in a blog post titled [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/04/a_leave_of_presense.html "A leave of presence"]], was: "I'll see you at the movies." One artist's [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=639154192780704&set=a.223098324386295.105971.205344452828349&type=1&theater post-mortem interpretation of Ebert's last missive sums it up]]. Thumbs up.

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Now we have his [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList great movies list]] and his list of [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList his least favorite movies]].

movies.]]

Incidentally, Literature/EbertsGlossaryOfMovieTerms described several tropes decades before TV Tropes ''TV Tropes'' even came into existence.

The website of his 2011 show can be found [[http://www.ebertpresents.com/ here]] and there's an archive of the old ''Siskel & Ebert'' episodes [[http://siskelandebert.org/ here]]. here.]] His own life was brought to the screen in the 2014 documentary ''Film/LifeItself''.

''Film/LifeItself.''

Ebert's final public statement, in a blog post titled [[http://blogs."[[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/04/a_leave_of_presense.html "A A leave of presence"]], presence,]]" was: "I'll see you at the movies." One artist's [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=639154192780704&set=a.223098324386295.105971.205344452828349&type=1&theater post-mortem interpretation of Ebert's last missive sums it up]]. up.]] Thumbs up.
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* VolleyingInsults: A war of words erupted between ''Film/TheBrownBunny'' director Creator/VincentGallo and Ebert, with Ebert writing that ''The Brown Bunny'' was the worst film in the history of Cannes, and Gallo retorting by calling Ebert a "fat pig with the physique of a slave trader." Ebert then responded, paraphrasing a statement attributed to UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill: "One day I will be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of ''The Brown Bunny''." Gallo then claimed to have put a hex on Ebert's colon, cursing the critic with cancer. Ebert then replied that [[InsultToRocks watching a video of his colonoscopy]] had been more entertaining than watching ''The Brown Bunny''.

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* VolleyingInsults: A war of words erupted between ''Film/TheBrownBunny'' director Creator/VincentGallo and Ebert, with Ebert writing that ''The Brown Bunny'' was the worst film in the history of Cannes, and Gallo retorting by calling Ebert a "fat pig with the physique of a slave trader." Ebert then responded, paraphrasing a statement attributed to UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill: "One day I will be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of ''The Brown Bunny''." Gallo then claimed to have put a hex on Ebert's colon, cursing the critic with cancer. Ebert then replied that [[InsultToRocks watching a video of his colonoscopy]] had been more entertaining than watching ''The Brown Bunny''.Bunny.''







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** "I know this all sounds so stupid and offensive and unbelievably amateurish that it's hard to believe, but... ''[[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/why-would-i-lie-1980 Why Would I Lie]]''?
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In 1975, Ebert teamed up with Creator/GeneSiskel, reviewer-in-chief at the ''Chicago Tribune'', to present a film review program called ''Opening Soon at a Theater Near You'', the great-grandfather of the VideoReviewShow, on the local Creator/{{PBS}} station. The program went to national syndication as ''Sneak Previews'' in 1978; in 1982 ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' moved to {{Syndication}} on commercial stations across America, as a new but very similar program called ''At The Movies with Siskel and Ebert'' (or vice versa). Unexpectedly, this made him one of the two most important movie critics in America. Because the show was televised, [[RuleOfPerception many more Americans saw it]] than read the reviews in the newspapers; because Ebert and Siskel had credentials in real newspapers in a major city first, and didn't review every movie favorably, they could be taken more seriously than most other movie reviewers on television. Siskel and Ebert's [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple passive-aggressive chemistry]] was the stuff of legend. It was often thought that due to their occasionally hostile on-screen presence when they disagreed, that the two hated each other. However, [[VitriolicBestBuds each considered the other a close friend]], even if their relationship was competitive by nature. In fact, in 2009 on the tenth anniversary of Siskel's death, Ebert posted a [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/02/i_remember_gene.html touching remembrance]] of his friend on his blog.

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In 1975, Ebert teamed up with Creator/GeneSiskel, reviewer-in-chief at the ''Chicago Tribune'', to present a film review program called ''Opening Soon at a Theater Near You'', the great-grandfather of the VideoReviewShow, on the local Creator/{{PBS}} station. The program went to national syndication as ''Sneak Previews'' in 1978; in 1982 ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' moved to {{Syndication}} UsefulNotes/{{Syndication}} on commercial stations across America, as a new but very similar program called ''At The Movies with Siskel and Ebert'' (or vice versa). Unexpectedly, this made him one of the two most important movie critics in America. Because the show was televised, [[RuleOfPerception many more Americans saw it]] than read the reviews in the newspapers; because Ebert and Siskel had credentials in real newspapers in a major city first, and didn't review every movie favorably, they could be taken more seriously than most other movie reviewers on television. Siskel and Ebert's [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple passive-aggressive chemistry]] was the stuff of legend. It was often thought that due to their occasionally hostile on-screen presence when they disagreed, that the two hated each other. However, [[VitriolicBestBuds each considered the other a close friend]], even if their relationship was competitive by nature. In fact, in 2009 on the tenth anniversary of Siskel's death, Ebert posted a [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/02/i_remember_gene.html touching remembrance]] of his friend on his blog.
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** His ''GIJoeRetaliation'' review reads: "To say ''G.I. Joe: Retaliation'' is a video game for the big screen is to insult a number of video games that are far more creative, challenging and better-looking." Mr. Ebert never was a fan of video games, either.

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** His ''GIJoeRetaliation'' ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' review reads: "To say ''G.I. Joe: Retaliation'' is a video game for the big screen is to insult a number of video games that are far more creative, challenging and better-looking." Mr. Ebert never was a fan of video games, either.
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