We at the Celluloid Club are sad to hear of the passing today of legendary film critic Roger Ebert.
Roger was a trailblazer in the field of cinematic criticism, bringing it to the masses with his PBS show At the Movies (originally called Siskel and Ebert and The Movies). Gene Siskel died in 1999.
Siskel and Ebert championed quality foreign and independent films, and made “Two Thumbs Up” into an iconic movie phrase, used hundreds of times by studios promoting their releases.
Despite his cancer battle, Ebert continued to review about 200 movies a year.
He was sharp, witty, and passionate about cinema.
His death is a great loss to the cinematic community.