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    Roger Ebert dying = 2 thumbs down

    I'm kind of speechless. While I didn't agree with a lot of his reviews, he loved/hated movies with a sharp intellect that I always admired. Reading his reviews was always like arguing with a friend about movies at a bar. You could hate what he said but still love him. But when he 'got' a movie that no one else liked, you felt completely justified for loving it, too.

    Case in point: he gave "Knowing" starring Nicolas Cage 4/4 stars. And I think that's awesome. It's not the best movie ever, but it *feels* like 4/4 stars.

    Not to mention, he was hilarious. He was able to take the feeling of being disappointed or ripped off by a movie and channel it into a fiery, impassioned review that any moviegoer could relate to.

    The best example is infamous review of "North":

    "I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."

    No academics. No subtextual analysis. Just pure, hilarious animosity. He was the best.

    RIP Ebert

    PS That is a picture of me dressed as Ebert for Halloween, 2008.
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