Roger Ebert, R.I.P.
Famous film critic Roger Ebert has died. He could be as scathing as any critic, but he also displayed a passionate love of movies and film-making more warmhearted and heartfelt than most others I read. Full of wonder and excitement at the new and surprising, he was a solid writer and clever wordsmith whose reviews were a joy to read even if the film under his gaze would elicit nothing of the sort.
Here he is reviewing my favorite movie, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia.
Magnolia is one of my ALL time favorite films and Aimee Mann’s soundtrack one of my favorite albums. Who is that woman with Ebert how can she not have liked Magnolia???
RIP. The best part of him as a critic was that he truly loved movies. He wasn’t a frustrated news anchor or weather person who found a niche writing about movies. He was a movie geek. His love and passion showed which made him interesting.
I had some psychic connection with Ebert where for any movie I could almost always guess his rating within half a star. I didn’t necessarily agree with it, but I would know what it was.
Since you beat me to the punch, could you front page this? OTC would be fine.
After I see a movie, my habit is to go look up and see if Ebert has written a review of it. I’ll miss being able to do that.