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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert's biography

Roger Ebert is 71 years old screenwriter born at Urbana. He was born on Thursday 18th of June 1942. According to year of birth 1942 he belongs to Silent Generation. Birthday on 18th of June means he is Gemini. Gemini is a dual sign of Zodiac Belt. One born with this rising sign is very dual and creative in nature with lots of verbosity. They are the most expressive people as they love talking.

He is native english speaker. He is citizen of United States of America. His primary profession is to be screenwriter. You can know him also as film critic, journalist, reporter, writer. He is recently known as presenter.

Roger Ebert's family

Roger Ebert's ex spouse

Chaz Ebert

Roger Ebert and Chaz Ebert have been together since 1992 for 21 years. She is known as lawyer. His ex spouse was born in 1952 in Chicago.

Roger Ebert's schools

We found 5 schools He attended. Complete list of schools: University of Cape Town, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, University of Chicago, Urbana High School, UIUC College of Media.

Detailed informations about his schools

  • Attended the University of Illinois, won national college award for his campus newspaper columns.
  • Graduated from Urbana High School in Urbana, IL (1959). Sportswriter at age 15.

Roger Ebert's career

His main focus is to be screenwriter and film criticism.

Roger Ebert's partner

Oprah Winfrey

Roger Ebert and Oprah Winfrey have been together. She is known as television presenter. His partner was born on Friday 29th of January 1954.

How did Roger Ebert die

He died on on Thursday 4th of April 2013 when he was 71 years old at Chicago. Roger Eberts death was caused by metastatic cancer. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Roger Ebert's Awards

  • Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado.
  • Attended the University of Illinois, won national college award for his campus newspaper columns.
  • Believed the Academy's biggest mistake was giving Gladiator (2000) the award for Best Picture' of the Year" in 2000.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6834 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA on 6/23/05.
  • Six films he selected as "best of the year" later went on to receive Academy Awards for "Best Picture".
  • After his death in 2013, he was included in the "In Memoriam" montage of the 2014 Academy Awards, a rare honor for a film critic.

What Roger Ebert has done for a first time

  • Shoulder surgery in May 2002 caused him to miss attending Cannes Film Festival for first time in 25 years. Broke left shoulder in two places after slipping on wet floor.
  • First person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for film criticism; in 2003, Stephen Hunter of the "Washington Post" became the second.
  • Wrote his review of Garfield 2 (2006) in first person as Garfield.
  • Said that the first movie he ever saw was A Day at the Races (1937) starring The Marx Brothers.
  • Editor of "The Daily Illini" during his senior year at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL. One of his first movie reviews was a review of La dolce vita (1960), published in The Daily Illini on 10/4/61, when he was a sophomore.

Roger Ebert's quotes

  • I am utterly bored by celebrity interviews. Most celebrities are devoid of interest.
  • No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough
  • We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls.
  • When a movie character is really working, we become that character.
  • Pearl Harbor (2001) is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on December 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) is about as close as you can get to absolute nothing and still have a product to project on the screen.
  • [on the creature in Resident Evil (2002)] That creature is called The Licker because it has a nine-foot tongue. At one point it has its tongue nailed to the track and is dragged along the third rail; I hate it when that happens.
  • [on Schindler's List (1993)] Of the thousands of movies that I've seen, none has touched me more deeply, spiritually, emotionally with just an outpouring of emotion.
  • [on Hoop Dreams (1994)] A film like 'Hoop Dreams' is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.
  • [on New York Minute (2004)] This is a dumb movie about dumb people.
  • [on Charlie's Angels (2000)] This movie doesn't have a brain in its three pretty little heads.
  • [on Swingers (1996)] I saw it, I enjoyed it. I probably wouldn't walk more than five blocks to see it again. And on a cold day I'd have to think about it.
  • [on Leaving Las Vegas (1995)] Oh, this movie is so sad! It is sad not because of the tragic lives of its characters, but because of their goodness and their charity.
  • [on The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)] Here is a film so placid and filled with sweetness that watching it is like listening to soothing music.
  • [on The Blues Brothers (1980)} This is the sherman tank of movie musicals.
  • [on The Lonely Guy (1984)] I ordered a box of popcorn and went into the theater. "Good luck," an usher told me. "You're going to need it." He was right.
  • [on Before Sunrise (1995)] The R rating for this film, based on a few four-letter words, is entirely unjustified. It is an ideal film for teenagers.
  • Films like Fargo (1996) are why I love the movies.
  • People ask me sometimes if I ever change my mind about a review and I no longer agree with what I said in my review of The Graduate (1967), that the Simon & Garfunkel songs are instantly forgettable. I don't think that was right.
  • [on Freddy Got Fingered (2001)] This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.
  • [on A Lot Like Love (2005)] To call 'A Lot Like Love' dead in the water is an insult to water.
  • [on The Longest Yard (2005)] There is a sense in which attacking this movie is like kicking a dog for not being better at calculus.
  • [on Americathon (1979)] If you plan to miss this movie, better miss it quickly; I doubt if it'll be around to miss for long.
  • [on Body of Evidence (1992)] It has to be seen to be believed - something I do not advise.
  • A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.
  • [on First Descent (2005)] "As the decade progressed, so did snowboarding," we learn at one point, leading me to reflect that as the decade progressed, so did time itself.
  • The distribution system seems to be set up to turn every multiplex in this country into an idiot's convention.
  • [To Gene Siskel, when he claimed that David Lynch, director of Blue Velvet (1986), was playing him like a piano.] Well, the next time someone plays me, he better have some music that's worth listening to.
  • [on Batman Begins (2005)] To get straight to the point, 'Batman Begins' is the fifth Batman movie, but the first to get it right; to get it absolutely right!
  • It's saying something about a director's work when the most well-rounded and socialized hero in any of [Tim Burton's] films is Pee-wee Herman.
  • One thing I've discovered is that I love my job more than I thought I did, and I love my wife even more!
  • The point is not to avoid all Stupid Movies, but to avoid being a Stupid Moviegoer.
  • Prior to the Academy Awards ceremony at which Bowling for Columbine (2002) won for Best Documentary: I'd like to see Michael Moore get up there and let 'em have it with both barrels and really let loose and give them a real rabble-rousing speech.
  • American films are usually about one or two stars and a handful of well-known character actors, while Europeans are still capable of pitching in together for an ensemble piece.
  • [on The Village (2004)] Eventually, the secret of Those, etc., is revealed. To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes.
  • [on Death Sentence (2007)] ...Basically this is a movie about a lot of people shooting at each other, and during the parts I liked, the action audience will probably go out to get popcorn, or a tattoo or something.
  • [on Red Dawn (1984)] Indeed, there's a lot this movie doesn't pause for, including a rational explanation of the plot.
  • [on Southland Tales (2006)] Note to readers planning to write me messages informing me that this review was no more than a fevered rant: You are correct.
  • [on Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)] Does this sound like a movie you want to see? It sounds to me like a movie that Columbia Pictures and the film's producers...should be discussing in long, sad conversations with their inner child.
  • [on Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)] As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.
  • [on The Hot Chick (2002)] The MPAA rates this PG-13. It is too vulgar for anyone under 13, and too dumb for anyone over 13.
  • [on North (1994)] It's the movie that makes me cringe even when I'm sitting here just thinking about it.
  • [on The Player (1992)] This is what Bonfire of the Vanities should have been!
  • [on Valentine's Day (2010)' 'Valentine's Day' is being marketed as a Date Movie. I think it's more of a First-Date Movie. If your date likes it, do *not* date that person again. And if you like it, there may not be a second date.
  • Now that I no longer do the red carpet, I can say with pride I never once asked anyone, 'What are you wearing?'
  • I have the sense that younger Hollywood is losing the instinctive feeling for story and quality that generations of executives possessed. It's all about the marketing.
  • I'm not opposed to 3-D as an option. I'm opposed to it as a way of life for Hollywood, where it seems to be skewing major studio output away from the kinds of films we think of as Oscar-worthy.
  • Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.
  • [on Sidney Lumet]: If Lumet is not among the most famous of American directors, that is only because he ranges so widely he cannot be categorized. Few filmmakers have been so consistently respectful of the audience's intelligence.
  • [on Bloodline (1979)]: It has been reported that author Sidney Sheldon was paid $2 million for the screen rights to his novel. I hope he is laughing all the way to his remedial writing class.
  • A common misconception is that Gene and I never agree. The truth is more often than not we do agree. Some films are obviously good or obviously bad. That just leaves the ones in the middle for Gene to be wrong about.
  • It's said that Christopher Nolan spent ten years writing his screenplay for Inception (2010). That must have involved prodigious concentration, like playing blindfold chess while walking a tight-wire.
  • [on The Social Network (2010)] David Fincher's film has the rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way. It is cocksure, impatient, cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive.
  • From such harrowing beginnings, it's rather awesome what an entertaining film Danny Boyle has made with 127 Hours (2010).
  • If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films.
  • Rango (2011) is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.
  • [on The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)] The film is reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency.
  • It takes The Double (2011) less than half an hour to reveal who the double is. That's if you're lucky enough to avoid the movie's trailer, which just comes right out and tells you.
  • I can buy imperfections if they occur to me after the movie is over. The problem would be if they occurred to me while I was watching it.
  • [on Happy Few (2010)] You know there's something wrong with a sex movie when the good parts are the dialogue.
  • [on Three Colours: Red (1994)] This the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you're watching it, and sends you out into the streets afterwards eager to talk deeply and urgently, to the person you are with.
  • [on Dirty Love (2005)] Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg has a technologically splendid bosom that should, in my opinion, be put to a better use than being vomited upon.
  • All I want for Christmas is to never see All I Want for Christmas (1991) again.
  • Brave (2012) has an uplifting message about improving communication between mothers and daughters, although transforming your mom into a bear is a rather extreme first step.
  • [on If Lucy Fell (1996)] I found myself hoping they would not find love, because the only way for a premise this stupid to redeem itself would be, of course, in their deaths.
  • [on The Beyond (1981)] The movie is being revived around the country for midnight cult showings. Midnight is not late enough.
  • Swept Away (2002) is a deserted island movie during which I desperately wished the characters had chosen one movie to take along if they were stranded on a deserted island, and were showing it to us instead of this one.
  • [on Battleship (2012)] One alien weapon is especially fearsome: a large metal ball with spikes, which rolls through things and flattens them. Were less sophisticated versions of this used in medieval times, maybe made of flaming tar balls?
  • [on Holy Motors (2012)] Here is a film that is exasperating, frustrating, anarchic and in a constant state of renewal. It's not tame. Some audience members are going to grow very restless. My notion is, few will be bored.
  • Dear God (1996) is the kind of movie where you walk out repeating the title, but not with a smile.
  • [on Marie Antoinette (2006)] Every criticism I have read of this film would alter is fragile magic and reduce its romantic and tragic poignancy to the level of an instructional film.
  • [on Armageddon (1998)] Here it is at last, the first 150-minute trailer... No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.
  • [on Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)] I did not laugh once. I thought this movie was awful, dreadful, terrible, stupid, idiotic, unfunny, waver, forced, painful, bad.
  • [on Stargate (1994)] The movie Ed Wood (1994) about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate.
  • In the previous century the movie theater was often, in smaller towns and cities, the only grand architectural statement, save perhaps for a church or courthouse. They unashamedly provided a proscenium for our dreams.
  • [on Frank Capra] Hollywood's poet of the common man.
  • Some movies, even good ones, should only be seen once. When we know how they turn out, they've surrendered their mystery and appeal. Other movies can be viewed an indefinite number of times. Like great music, they improve with familiarity.
  • [on Frank Capra's postwar career] Later films as State of the Union (1948) and Pocketful of Miracles (1961) have the Capra touch but not the magic.
  • [on Ladder 49 (2004)] I was surprisingly affected by the film. After I left the screening, I walked a while by the river, and sat and thought, and was happy not to have anything that had to be done right away.
  • [on Mr. Magoo (1997)] There is not a laugh in it. Not one. I counted.
  • [on The Anniversary Party (2001)] The movie was shot with a digital camera. Yes, you can tell. (Critics who say it looks as good as film are like friends who claim you don't look a day older.)
  • Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
  • [on Mandingo (1975)] This is a film I felt soiled by.
  • [on Gene Siskel] We never fought in personal terms. We never insulted each other. It was always on an intellectual level: who was right, who had the higher moral ground. It was kind of like a theological discussion in which the other person was evil.
  • [on Le Gout des Autres (2000)] I know there are people who don't go to foreign films, and I am patient with them, as I would be with a child: With luck they may evolve into more interesting beings.
  • Sometimes, it's all about the casting.
  • [on Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)] I've owned that movie since it came out on laser disc and still haven't viewed it, because time and again I was told it was unbelievably revolting. Not "horror movie revolting" but really revolting.
  • [on The Big Easy (1986)] Forget it's a thriller. See it because you want to meet these people.
  • I've met Adam Sandler a couple of times and he's a nice guy, smart and personable. Considering what I've written about his movies, he could also be described as forgiving and tactful.
  • The Last House on the Left (1972) is a tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about 4 times better than you would expect.
  • There is a scene in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) where Michelle Pfeiffer, wearing a slinky red dress, uncurls on top of a piano while singing "Makin' Whoopee." The rest of the movie is also worth the price of admission.
  • Lethal Weapon" is another one of those Bruised Forearm Movies, like "Raiders of the Lost Ark," a movie where you and your date grab each other's arm every four minutes and you walk out black and blue and grinning from ear to ear.
  • [on his choice as the worst film of 1980, I Spit on Your Grave (1978)] The people who made this film should really be ashamed of themselves, and so should the people who booked it and the people who went to see it. It's really an inhuman, sick film.
  • The three great world cinemas are American, French and Japanese.
  • [on Scrooged (1988)] You can't bad-mouth "A Christmas Carol" all the way through and then expect us to believe the good cheer at the end. In his studies of Dickens in preparation for this role, Murray seems to have read only as far as "Bah! Humbug!"
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is the kind of movie that gets made once in a blue moon, because it represents an immense challenge to the filmmakers: They have to make a good movie while inventing new technology at the same time.
  • [on Scream (1996)] What did I think about this movie? As a film critic, I liked it. I liked the in-jokes and the self-aware characters. At the same time, I was aware of the incredible level of gore in this film. It is *really* violent.
  • because Jurassic park delivers on the bottom line, I'm giving it three stars. You want great dinosaurs, you got great dinosaurs.
  • Child's Play" is better than the average False Alarm movie because it is well made, contains effective performances, and has succeeded in creating a truly malevolent doll. Chucky is one mean SOB.
  • [on losing his voice, 2008] I still have all my other abilities, including the love of viewing movies and writing about them.
  • [on Fran Drescher] She's a taste I might acquire, if she ever made a silent movie.
  • I can't think of anyone else as Gump, after seeing how Hanks makes him into a person so dignified, so straight-ahead. The performance is a breathtaking balancing act between comedy and sadness, in a story rich in big laughs and quiet truths.
  • Interview with the Vampire" is a skillful exercise in macabre imagination.
  • Any movie with Harry Dean Stanton in it can't be that bad.
  • Die Hard 2" is so skillfully constructed and well-directed, it develops a momentum that carries it past several credibility gaps that might have capsized a lesser film.
  • Carrey demonstrates in the mask that he does have a genuine gift. It is said that one of the indispensable qualities of an actor is an ability to communicate the joy he takes in his performance. You could say "The Mask" was founded on that.
  • Twins" is not a great comedy - it's not up there with Reitman's "Ghostbusters" and DeVito is not as funny as he was in "Ruthless People" and "Wise Guys" - but it is an engaging entertainment with some big laughs and a sort of warm goofiness.
  • I did not laugh once! I thought it was awful, dreadful, terrible, stupid, idiotic, unfunny, labored, forced, painful...bad!
  • Time Bandits": It's amazingly well-produced. The historic locations are jammed with character and detail. This is the only live-action movie I've seen that literally looks like pages out of Heavy Metal magazine,
  • [reviewing Airport (1970) Once the bomber becomes ridiculous, the movie does, too. That's good, because it never had a chance at being anything else.
  • Sin City" really has a period, because it doesn't really tell a story set in time and space. It's a visualization of the pulp noir imagination, uncompromising and extreme. Yes, and brilliant.
  • Seeing "Toy Story," I felt some of the same exhilaration I felt during "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Both movies take apart the universe of cinematic visuals, and put it back together again, allowing us to see in a new way.
  • Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" begins with a story that would not have distinguished one of the lesser films from the Hammer horror franchise and elevates it by sheer style and acting into something entertaining and sometimes rather elegant.
  • the beauty in my girl is in its directness. There are some obligatory scenes. But there are also some very original and touching ones. This is a movie that has its heart in the right place.
  • Goonies", like "Gremlins", walks a thin line between the cheerful and the gruesome, and the very scenes the adults might object to are the ones the kids will like the best:,
  • I enjoyed "The Truman Show" on its levels of comedy and drama; I liked Truman in the same way I liked Forrest Gump--because he was a good man, honest, and easy to sympathize with.
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