Being that we are from Chicago, we here at MWTVG want to take a moment to note the passing of Chicago legend Roger Ebert. He had just announced yesterday that he would be cutting back on his work schedule to battle the cancer that had returned.
Roger Ebert wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for 40 years and was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on movies. One half of the famous duo with partner Gene Siskel who brought us the famous thumbs up or thumbs down rating for movies with their show Siskel and Ebert At the Movies, Ebert could be counted on to be completely honest in his opinions of the movies he reviewed. While I personally followed Siskel’s recommendations more often, I would alway listen to Ebert because he was always insightful and always honest.
The fact that there are websites like Rotten Tomatoes or Ain’t It Cool News or even this humble website is due in part to the work of Roger Ebert and his former partner. They showed that regular people can have a voice and that all of us, even those who have dared to have no training in movies or TV, can have an opinion to share with others. The golden era of film critics that weren’t afraid of the movie studios is over.
RIP Roger Ebert. Gene is waiting for you.