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KING Of All Schmoes
Throughout my childhood, "Siskel & Ebert" used to be the highlight of every Sunday night for me. I rarely missed an episode. After Gene Siskel's untimely death in 1999, the show was never the same again.
Sadly, the other half of the show is now gone. Roger Ebert passed away earlier today at 70. Although he was sometimes a polarizing critic, writing infuriating reviews and providing dubious criticism for certain films, the man was an unquestionably brilliant critic, whose passion for cinema was rivaled by Siskel.
Prior to watching and becoming a fan of "Siskel & Ebert," I already loved film, but they strengthened my love and passion for cinema, and they helped me watch films in a different, more critical manner. Without "Siskel & Ebert," I wouldn't be the cinephile I am today, I wouldn't enjoy talking and writing about film, and I probably wouldn't have become a film major.
Film criticism will never be the same again without its two American giants and legends. Ebert will be missed, Siskel is still missed, and "Siskel & Ebert" will be missed forever. Two HUGE thumbs up to them both!
R.I.P. Mr. Ebert. Condolences to his family and friends. Today is a sad day for the world of film, as well as film buffs and cinephiles everywhere.