Film Critic Roger Ebert passes away

April 4, 2013

This afternoon brings some heartbreaking, sad news, for anyone even remotely a fan of the movies or cinema in general. Legendary, groundbreaking and influential film critic, writer and author Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70.

Earlier this week, Ebert wrote that he was taking a “leave of presence” to deal with ongoing issues regarding his health, including a recurrence of cancer. And even as death knocked, Ebert remained fearless, even turning the topic into a reflective essay. But we never thought we’d have to say goodbye to him so soon. Winner of the Pulitizer Prize, Ebert will not only be remembered for his writing which will continue to inspire, but for his generosity in spirit, praise and time (particularly with students) and an enthusiasm that never abated. Simply put, he’s an American treasure who even until the very end, had the perfect words at the ready.

“On this day of reflection,” he wrote yesterday, “I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”

It’s sad because I talked about Ebert quite a bit in the BOOTS TO REBOOTS review of Godzilla coming up and how they parodied him in that movie.  Sad news indeed.  I know that whenever someone says film critic, the immediate person that comes to my mind is Ebert.

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