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Roger Ebert, longtime film critic and movie lover, dies at 70



Roger Ebert has passed away. The longtime film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times died Thursday in Chicago after a longtime battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary gland.

I've been a fan of Mr. Ebert's since I first saw him on TV on Siskel and Ebert At The Movies. Though as a young journalism student who wanted nothing more than a job at the Chicago Tribune, I always thought Mr. Ebert had the jump on his Trib colleague. And when I began writing Stuck in the '80s, I'd always consult his archive of reviews on '80s flicks before writing.

I still get a kick from reading copy that's almost 30 years old. When reviewing Stripes, he called it "an anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological." I don't remember the scatological moments, but I adore the wordplay.

When Mr. Ebert once "liked" one of the comments I'd left on his Facebook page, I grinned for days.

I'll still have his work to make me grin for years to come. But you'll understand if this one of the days that I pass on that.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:02pm]


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