Despite a cautiously optimistic post yesterday announcing a break from his film critic profession, the Chicago Sun-Times has announced that the world’s most influential film critic has passed away at the age of 70.
For as long as I’ve known about movies, or people reporting about movies, Siskel and Ebert were always a regular mention. I’d always dreamt of making a film for his thoughtful, measured and always incredibly witty review, good or bad. Gene Siskel fell to cancer in 1999 and Ebert was left to replace his partner of nearly three decades. Ebert fought a battle against cancer all his own and lost a portion of his jaw in the fight during surgeries in 2006, leaving him silent in vocal capacity, but not in type, where he built his blog’s stature and managed his social media, becoming an admitted Twitter addict.
Ebert has brought so much to film criticism that no one who has ever passed judgment upon a flick can go without claiming Ebert as a reference. We’ll see you at the movies, buddy.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times