unlike brian, and many others on twitter, my own blog following and nytimes [perhaps more venues etc, but i’ve read of his passing only on these] i didn’t know roger ebert except on paper. or sometimes on some screen critiquing a movie. but death has a funny way of making you ‘know’ someone. or making you pay attention to them. death has a funny way of paying tribute or paying compliments to people. eulogies are done posthumously unfortunately, and i wish compliments and/or accomplishments were paid and stated during one’s lifetime when they would’ve mattered, and not after when the person can no longer benefit or hear them. perhaps it didnt matter for ebert, given his status of mega critic.
but who doesn’t like to hear nice words in a world so ready to criticize you for what you HAVEN’T done or haven’t done well, and not what you DID do [that makes much differEnce in the world]?
ebert’s video below made me wish that i’d known him. or known more of him! if this video is any indication of whom the man was, then i give it and him 4 stars! and like a classic film, he cannot die, but only live on and on!
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