RIP Roger Ebert

From Gawker:

Just yesterday, Ebert, who reviewed thousands of movies across his career as a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the host of several television programs, had announced he was taking “leave of presence” from his popular blog on the Sun-Times. His last line: “So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”

I loved his reviews. By leaving the conclusion unsaid, they often encouraged me to think about a movie instead of merely consuming it. I rarely invested myself in a movie unless he had reviewed it highly, and I never read his entire review (all but the first paragraph being concealed behind a “read more” link on his website) until after I had watched the film. He was not just a reviewer but a thinker and a writer. Also, his politics, which started in the final years to come out more in his blog, were based in compassion and reason. Rest in peace.

Roger Ebert, Legendary Critic, Dead at 70.

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