Thursday, April 4, 2013

ROGER EBERT (1942 - 2013)

Roger Ebert, the highly influential film critic for the Chicago Sun Times and the man, along with the late critic, Gene Siskel , who introduced the terms, "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" to television audiences on the film review program, "At The Movies" has passed away today after a long battle with cancer.

I may not have always agreed with Mr. Ebert on some of his reviews but what always came through, regardless of what he thought about a film, was his true love and deep passion of the cinematic experience. He certainly contributed to helping make film criticism a respected form of journalism and even won the Pulitzer Prize for his work. But it was his television show that made him a famous and recognizable personality that even earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Roger Ebert helped me understand cinema better and completely changed the way I watch a film. For this, I will be eternally grateful. His great talent will truly be missed.

Here is Siskel & Ebert's original review of "Jurrasic Park" which just happens to be out in theaters right now in a new 3D version: