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RIP Robert Ebert, 1942-2013

April 4, 2013

Robert Ebert, who coined and popularized the idea of “two thumbs up” with critic Gene Siskel (who died in 1999) on his show At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert,  died today of cancer at 70 years old– the day after his 46 anniversary as film critic for the Chicago Sun Times.

by guest blogger Ron Wells

Roger Ebert, american film critic.

Roger Ebert, american film critic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes you let art speak for

itself, and sometimes you look to others to guide you to a greater understanding of that art.

It wasn’t just his reviews of films–

which I may or may not have agreed with–but the movies Roger Ebert chose to bring to a wider audience that I will always remember, and his insightfu

l commentary into so many of those films.

I can’t count the number of non-mainstream movies that he and Gene Siskel reviewed on their television show that intrigued me enough to seek them out and explore new writers, directors, and actors, all of whom I might not have otherwise known about.

With that came a new and greater understanding of the the art of film, and all its various facets. It opened me up to so much– not just into films, but the way in which films delved into and reflected upon the meaning of life itself.

For that I’ll be forever grateful.

Rest in Peace, Roger Ebert.

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