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     Siskel in 1999 and now Ebert 2013, cancer...two thumbs down!

    Personally I found Ebert to be a bit of an egotist in his reviews...Siskel at least attempted to be objective or at least cry out for the artistic in films back when I used to watch "Siskel and Ebert at the movies". Ebert however was a critic who had written a screenplay and knew what the process was like to get a movie made and a screenplay produced...

    I cannot say I have seen his film, or that I ever will, but I respect that he wrote one and won a Pulitzer for his review efforts. He even has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Both Siskel and Ebert were ended by cancer. I wonder if they both smoked or if it was simply a by-product of living/working in a time when everybody did smoke. I can just imagine the smell and haze of the newsrooms in the Chicago-Sun Times and Tribune back in the 60s and 70s...second hand smoke and asbestos ceilings had to make for a prime incubator of all sorts of health toxins.

    I cannot prove it today since I do not have the screen capture anymore...but at one time my movie review on the Internet Movie Database for Titanic was right below the one from Roger Ebert for about three days before the sheer volume of movie blogger reviews for that movie moved things around some.

    Not that I would compare myself to him, because I am not, but it did show me that the internet was a real thing and destined for many cool moments in the future. My take away from this story, and from what I have read about him was that he knew a great many people, stuck to his opinions and lived life how he wanted to. There is inspiration in that, and for that I give him a 29. JDB
    Posted on Saturday, April 06, 2013 @ 07:23:25 UTC by JDB
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