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RIP Roger Ebert

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  Chris Kavan
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I like to think that my reviews are compelling and interesting - but I know that myself (and anyone who considers themselves a film critic) owes a debt of gratitude to Roger Ebert.

Whether you agree with him or not - the man was a legend in the realm of film criticism and opinion and, along with Gene Siskel (who, himself passed in 1999) made an indelible mark upon the landscape of cinema.

Every time I write - be it a a review or a blog - I know that I owe Ebert. He won't be forgotten and I like to think that whatever happens after the end that his spirit lives on. As a website that owes a bit part of its existence to reviews, I know that Ebert is a key part of, well, actually being here. Respect is earned, and amongst critics professional and personal, I can't think of another person who carried more weight than Ebert. He will be missed.
8:56 pm CT

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  Daniel Corleone
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I definitely agree with your statement.  Truly one of the gifted critics in terms of writing a review for any type (he even reviews Foreign films) bad or good.  I too have been heavily influenced by his honesty and brilliance in creating a so-called "review." 

I'm glad he came to existence, if not then this wonderful site about movies would have not been made possible.  Each movie fanatic who have at least read a review or seen his show should at least pay some respects.  Much like the classical pictures in his reviews, he would never be easily forgotten.  His impact is boundless and his personality unblemished.

RIP Mr. Ebert.
12:22 pm CT

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I plan to go to film school and enter the world of film directing and writing. While in film school, I wish to continue writing movie reviews. It's just something I enjoy doing so much, whether I'm a good writer or a not-so-good writer. I love sharing my thoughts on a film and diving deep into the story's themes and overall craftsmanship of the film.

One of the many factors that got me started and got me so interested in film was Roger Ebert. Reading his reviews was a terrific source of entertainment, especially if it was a negative review. I'll never forget: "The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here." But it's not only that. Reading his reviews every Thursday morning on my way to school gave me such a huge insight into the world of cinema. I learned so much from his brilliant writing and criticism, even if we didn't always agree on a film.

He will surely be missed. Rest in paradise, Mr. Ebert.

2:04 pm CT

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