Top 3 Famous People Who Are Currently Dead, But Weren't A Decade Ago, Whose Last Names Are The Same Word As Things We Don't Have Anymore -
Sometimes, great people die. It’s sad, but it happens. Usually, though, the loss of a great person just means that person is gone. That really shouldn’t be a problem, right? If you’re a great perso…
this week; AMOUR, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER, and DOGMA
Ebert’s reviews were really important to me when I was younger. I didn’t used to actually watch many movies, I would just read the Wikipedia page and IMDb trivia and kind of absorb the idea of the film. Ebert’s reviews were a huge part of that process. I’d read his reviews for movies like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, LETHAL WEAPON, and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT years before I actually bothered to watch them. I’d read these kinds of reviews over and over, making sure I knew what these movies were before I actually experienced them myself. When I actually saw these movies years later, I’d always go back and reread what Ebert had written, because even when I disagreed with him he was good at making his opinion seem fair. He could explain the movies premise, what was appealing about it, and why it worked, plainly and simply.
Ebert was clear, had strong opinions, and was a great communicator. The weird way he wrote reviews could be really charming. Sometimes, his reviews would mostly be him just reciting the plot of the movie. Sometimes, like for DIE HARD or WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, he’d get strangely nitpicky and anal. Sometimes he gave great films okay reviews for the funniest, weirdest reasons. I wish I could find that clip online of Howard Stern calling him out for being so fussy about THE GODFATHER PART II, even though he gave PART III a better review.
He was also a great talker. Whenever he got upset on “At The Movies”, or disagreed with someone, his real passion for cinema came through. He cared so much, and he and Siskel’s enthusiasm are probably responsible for bringing the whole new waves of young cinephiles over the last few decades. He was fun to listen to, spirited and passionate. When watching all the clips of “At The Movies” on YouTube, I always loved the way he referred to “Gene”, always sounding like he was talking to a beloved old friend, or how upset he could look when he had to wait for his turn to talk.
Ebert’s reviews were fun to read and he was fun to listen to. I’ll miss him.
@ryandeel you literally got paid for sleeping— Wepeel (@Wepeell) April 1, 2013
i’ve made more than $750 off of ads on videos of me just sleeping in my bed, because i labelled them as scary movies