Pioneering Film Cirtic Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert

(l-r, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert)

Sad news from the world of film. Roger Ebert, the famed film critic, has passed away at the age of 70. Ebert was one of the most famous faces of film criticism on TV, having hosted the long-running “Siskel & Ebert” with fellow film critic Gene Siskel, who passed away in 1999. The duo introduced the world to “Thumbs up/Thumbs down”.

I think anyone who has spent any amount of time in the film “business” (no matter how tangentially) knows who Ebert is, and the fact that he has been struggling with cancer for a while now. It was that same disease that finally claimed Ebert today, with reports having the long-time Chicago Sun-Times film critic passing away from complications of cancer.

I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone who has a movie website (including me) owes something to Ebert and Siskel, but in particular Ebert, who I always thought was more of an Everyman film critic than his partner. In his later years, while staring at the face of mortality, Ebert has expanded his public profile to include politics, which probably cost him some fans.

What else to say about the big guy? He loved the crap out of “Dark City”, and so did I.

Thumbs up, Roger.