RIP - Roger Ebert

Thursday, April 04, 2013
What I loved about Roger when it came to reviewing was that he viewed it as relative. He reviewed the movie based on the audience for the film. As he said in his 2004 review of Shaolin Soccer:
When you ask a friend if Hellboy is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to Mystic River, you're asking if it's any good compared to The Punisher. And my answer would be, on a scale of one to four, if Superman is four, then Hellboy is three and The Punisher is two. In the same way, if American Beauty gets four stars, then The United States of Leland clocks in at about two.
 His writing was filled with a style all his own. He will be remembered for his film reviews, but he should also be remembered for writing on other subjects, especially in later years, when he opined on a large amount things on his blog. This amazing Esquire piece from 2010 features a more reflective Roger Ebert in the face of his own mortality.

He summed up these last few years far more eloquently than I ever could:
I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.
Goodbye Mr. Ebert. Your words will be missed.

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