The man was still writing reviews all the way up to his death, even after he lost the ability to speak and make facial gestures. He’s nothing less than a leadend- the film world will never be quite the same.
He was a writer of extraordinary tenacity. Film criticism has lost its center.
I surprised he actually hated The Usual Suspects.
Good Night Sweet Prince. Forever shall your new movie criticisms be missed. Enjoy the giant screen up in the sky.
Besides Ebert, I can’t really name any film critics, which demonstrates the power of the man’s work. We really lost a good one.
“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.” – Chaz Ebert, his wife.
It’s a shame that many people of my generation won’t truly get to understand how effective this man was at what he did. He was the idol for journalistic critics who discuss any medium to look upon, and his “leave of presence”, as he puts it, will certainly not go unmourned and unhonored.
The Nostalgia Critic uploaded a special episode where he discusses the power that this man had on people, and how much it meant to him that Ebert called his tribute to At The Movies With Siskel & Ebert “the best [he had] ever seen”. It’s a really poignant and eloquent way to send the guy off, and even if you don’t like the Nostalgia Critic, it’s worth viewing.