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A good movie is never long enough

Added on by Tom Cramond.

When I read the news of Roger Ebert passing this morning I immediately thought of one of my favorite writers, Andy Ihnatko:

For years, I resisted the thought of writing down a few notes and organizing what I would say when this day came. I think having such a draft on my Mac would have acknowledged that someday, Roger would be going away.

Ebert was a writer before my time and on the other side of the world, yet so many of my favorite writers held him in such love and appreciation. So despite never having a personal connection of note I cannot help but a great sense of loss at his death.

Last week I read his final column for the Chicago Sun Times in which he announced he stepping back from his reviewing for the foreseeable future:

At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it's like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you. It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.

Ebert finished that article with a passage that may echo with his legend for generations to come:

So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies.

Thank you for a life well lived, RIP.

The insanity of it all

Added on by Tom Cramond.

Roger Ebert on the Aurora shootings:

That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection. The United States is one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend itself. Not a single person at the Aurora, Colo., theater shot back, but the theory will still be defended.

The defence of the absolute right to bear arms should be condemned absolutely. Our desire to placate those around us and to keep quiet on matters of such importance must end. How anyone can legally purchase the kind of killing machines this man had access to is utterly beyond me.