History Creator / RogerEbert

23rd Nov '17 9:10:56 PM nombretomado
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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 also a master at uncovering the FreezeFrameBonus -- for years, he would spend a week at the University of Colorado's World Affairs Conference dissecting a film frame-by-frame with an audience's help to reveal small details.

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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}} UsefulNotes/{{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 also a master at uncovering the FreezeFrameBonus -- for years, he would spend a week at the University of Colorado's World Affairs Conference dissecting a film frame-by-frame with an audience's help to reveal small details.
29th Oct '17 6:14:27 PM TheoTropes
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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." Thumbs up.

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Ebert's final public statement, in a blog post titled "[[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/04/a_leave_of_presense.html "[[http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/a-leave-of-presence A leave of presence,]]" was: "I'll see you at the movies." Thumbs up.
22nd Oct '17 3:58:48 AM NightShade96
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** The best known example of Ebert's law that actually involves Ebert himself comes from a [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050811/REVIEWS/50725001/1023 review]] of ''Film/DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo''. Star Creator/RobSchneider took offense to an article by Patrick Goldstein of the ''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Times'', pointing out that several major studios turned down the chance to finance the year's Best Picture nominees while financing a sequel to a crude sex comedy. After reading it, he took out a full-page ad in the ''Hollywood Reporter'' and called Goldstein a "hack" because he had never won a Pulitzer Prize. In Ebert's review of the film, he taunted Schneider and said that he himself actually ''did'' win the Pulitzer, and thus by Schnider's criteria he was fully qualified to tell Schneider that "your movie sucks". The story took an [[HeartwarmingMoments unexpected]] turn after several back-and-forth barbs in the press. After one of Ebert's cancer surgeries, Schneider sent Ebert flowers and a "get well" card signed "Your Least Favorite Movie Star, Creator/RobSchneider". Ebert conceded that while Schneider may make bad movies, he's a good man. [[HeartwarmingMoments Aww]].

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** The best known example of Ebert's law that actually involves Ebert himself comes from a [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050811/REVIEWS/50725001/1023 review]] of ''Film/DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo''. Star Creator/RobSchneider took offense to an article by Patrick Goldstein of the ''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Times'', pointing out that several major studios turned down the chance to finance the year's Best Picture nominees while financing a sequel to a crude sex comedy. After reading it, he took out a full-page ad in the ''Hollywood Reporter'' and called Goldstein a "hack" because he had never won a Pulitzer Prize. In Ebert's review of the film, he taunted Schneider and said that he himself actually ''did'' win the Pulitzer, and thus by Schnider's criteria he was fully qualified to tell Schneider that "your movie sucks". The story took an [[HeartwarmingMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments unexpected]] turn after several back-and-forth barbs in the press. After one of Ebert's cancer surgeries, Schneider sent Ebert flowers and a "get well" card signed "Your Least Favorite Movie Star, Creator/RobSchneider". Ebert conceded that while Schneider may make bad movies, he's a good man. [[HeartwarmingMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Aww]].
4th Oct '17 9:49:51 AM Wynauttica
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Ebert loved movies, and this was shown in his reviews. He was a fairly lenient critic[[note]]On [[http://www.metacritic.com/critic/roger-ebert his Metacritic profile]], his average score for the 4,069 reviews that aggregator cites is around 71 percent, nearly twelve percentage points higher than the site's average.[[/note]] who liked a range of genres. [[CausticCritic However, his wrath, when deployed, was legendary.]] He published three compilations of bad reviews: ''[[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). He printed annual compilations of his movie reviews from TheEighties onward, and wrote three books of essays about his favorite movies entitled ''The Great Movies''. These essays also available on his website in a condensed form. He also wrote Literature/EbertsGlossaryOfMovieTerms, ''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).

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Ebert loved movies, and this was shown in his reviews. He was a fairly lenient critic[[note]]On [[http://www.metacritic.com/critic/roger-ebert his Metacritic profile]], his average score for the 4,069 reviews that aggregator cites is around 71 percent, nearly twelve percentage points higher than the site's average.[[/note]] who liked a range of genres. [[CausticCritic However, his wrath, when deployed, was legendary.]] He published three compilations of bad reviews: ''[[Film/{{North}} I Hated, Hated, HATED This Movie!]]'' (reviews published in 1999 and earlier), ''[[Film/DeuceBigalow Your Movie Sucks]]'' (reviews published from 200006) 2000-2006) and ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length]]'' (reviews published from 200611).2006-2011). He printed annual compilations of his movie reviews from TheEighties onward, and wrote three books of essays about his favorite movies entitled ''The Great Movies''. These essays also available on his website in a condensed form. He also wrote Literature/EbertsGlossaryOfMovieTerms, ''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).
3rd Oct '17 1:08:32 PM Jeduthun
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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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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.
24th Sep '17 3:22:40 PM Malady
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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 [[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.

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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 [[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''), ''Film/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.
17th Sep '17 10:27:27 AM Jeduthun
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* {{Dissimile}}: "'''Film/CharliesAngels'' is like the trailer for a video game movie, lacking only the video game, and the movie."
15th Sep '17 10:25:45 PM jamespolk
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** In his [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/heavens-gate-1981 scathing review]] of notorious flop ''Film/HeavensGate'', he calls out as ridiculous the scene where Creator/ChristopherWalken's character, trapped in a burning cabin that's under siege by the bad guys, writes a farewell letter to his friends. While ''Heaven's Gate'' was a heavily fictionalized version of the "Johnson County War", this scene actually happened in RealLife.
27th Aug '17 3:23:02 PM eroock
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-->--'''Roger Ebert''' on ''Film/DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo,'' a movie on his [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list.]]

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-->--'''Roger -->-- '''Roger Ebert''' on ''Film/DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo,'' a movie on his [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list.]]
16th Aug '17 10:31:18 PM MickJamesSupaFreak
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->''"As chance would have it, I have won the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, [[SophisticatedAsHell your movie sucks]]."''

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->''"As chance would have it, I have won the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, [[Creator/RobSchneider Mr. Schneider, Schneider]], [[SophisticatedAsHell your movie sucks]]."''
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