Nostalgia Critic - Farewell to Roger Ebert

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  • sunnysurfer101ma
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    I had predicted you were going to do this, Mr. Walker.
    Thank you.
  • HisRoyalBadness  - Agreed
    I was just about to comment that. NC is one of the biggest Ebert fans I know. Sad to see a legend pass away. :/
  • secretsheik
    Yeah I figured he'd do something special, that guy was awesome. He will definitely be missed!
  • cvrpapc
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    THANK YOU DOUG.


    That was incredibly touching. For those of us who watched his show and were influenced by his ideas about film, his perspective and convictions...I can think of no better person to express that sentiment on behalf of all of us. If it weren't for Roger Ebert the indie film industry would no exist in its current form, he had made and broken directors, but Doug was right. He was first and foremost, a passionate film lover. He shared that love with the world until the very end.

    RIP - I hope they are reviewing together again in heaven.
  • drumlip
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    Now he and Gene can spend eternity arguing over how many thumbs to give Life.
  • Zorro4k6
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    I was thinking that during the video as well. They can keep reviewing things together in the afterlife now. That would be cool. R.I.P Roger Ebert. Critics will miss you.
  • jycool
    You know the sad thing that kinda scares me is that there's a very high chance that he won't be remembered.
  • Xandermorph
    You reckon? How come, if you don't mind me asking?
  • RichterPhallos  - Not going to happen
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    Siskel and Ebert have been transformed into Archetypes, and will forever be in the minds of critics. You have no reason to be scared. Just relax and remember the good times.
  • Winterstar
    I was at work the day after he died and brought him up. No one but the owner. knew who he was. None of my immediate employees. and none of my customers. I was shocked and so was he. People in film and who deal with it more may know but unfortunatly he had somewhat drifted from the public eye
  • Sleetmanal  - Liquid Pride
    Brought a tear to my eye. Nice to see this uploaded so fast. Kudos good sir, and may he rest in peace
  • Archedgar
    RIP Roger Ebert.

    A great man
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    On the side banner, when it said DW, I thought "The Distressed Watcher is back?"
  • Punky
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    Or Doctor Who. Yeah the Doctor is now a Producer :P
  • ladydiskette
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    lol, that would be pretty funny if The Doctor was a producer on here now.


    But in all seriousness, it was a nice tribute and it was good to have Doug break out of character for a moment and really put his heart and soul about how he really felt and how much Egbert's passing meant a lot not just to internet reviewing but to movie reviewing in general. As well as the influences he had.

    RIP Roger Ebert :(
  • Cymen  - RIP
    He will be missed. He made movie and TV criticism a respectable industry in itself.
  • SRanger1071
    This is a very thoughtful perspective on their reviews. Really makes you think about reviewing, movies, and what people can get passionate about. RIP, Roger Ebert. You will be missed dearly.

    BTW, hate to be picky, but ANIMATION IS NOT JUST FOR KIDS!!! Especially Beauty and the Beast! CARTOONS may be for children, but not all of animation is cartoons. There is a different between an animated feature and a cartoon. For example, Beauty and the Beast and Home on the Range were both animated projects. But Beauty and the Beast was an animated feature, intended for all audiences (adults, kids, teenagers; anyone who could appreciate effort, creativity, beauty, and heart). Home on the Range was a cartoon with a budget, made for little children.
  • richtv
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    Really? You couldn't let that one go? That was not the point!!!!!
  • Falconfly
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    Well, animation is not always for kids, but Disney's defenitely is, and Beauty and the Beast, for all it's wonderful writing, is not a movie that was deliberately targetted for an older audience.
  • embercoral
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    I'm not so sure about that. I mean, The Hunchback of Notre Dame exists. That definitely had a few adult themes, even if there was no blood or anything.

    Course, that could just be the exception to the rule.
  • Falconfly
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    Both Hunchback, Black Cauldron and Atlantis are exceptions that care to introduce very adult themes in their writting, though they're still clearly "kid oriented", as sadly indicated by the obnoxious "comedic" sidekicks.
  • HMorris73
    He never said that animation is just for kids.
  • Darkhawkeye  - Great Video
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    Great video and a great Tribute to one of the greatest critics out there.
  • The Critical Canuck
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    Doug, that was a real touching video. Ebert's death is having a real big effect on me. I couldn't agree with him enough that Movie's shouldn't just be dumb entertainment. I practically live and breath movie's myself. Roger Ebert showed me I shouldn't be ashamed of that.

    RIP Roger, you'll be sorely missed.
  • tiffanybride
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    That was a moving tribute. I grew up watching Roger Ebert, and reading most of his books. Sad to think that we won't be getting anymore Ebert reviews again.
  • AbsintheMinded
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    I grew up watching Siskel & Ebert as a child. Hell, I even remember Sneak Previews when it was on PBS. That was my introduction to them. My love affair of movies started at a very early age and these guys fueled it like no other critics could. It's sad to think that they are both gone, but they left behind a legacy that will live on forever. Two thumbs way up, Ebert. You will definitely be missed by so many movie lovers.
  • CassiusVini
    Is good to see the Critic making a tribute to his idols. Im sure if they both culd see this they would be grateful.
  • Gibby
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    While I didn't always agree with Mr. Ebert on some movies, and his opinion on video games not being art still irks me, I both respect and admire the man for all his contributions to the movie industry and for telling it like it is. Like Doug said he was a very passionate man, and when I heard or read a review of his I knew he wasn't BSing it.

    Also, he and Siskel's appearances on The Critic always made me laugh. I watched an episode last night in their honor.

    Doug, great job. Worthy of being a eulogy at his funeral.
  • Cirra
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    Cheers. To passion. *raises shot of whiskey*
  • RushBoingo
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    Our different opinions on video games aside, Roger Ebert was a great man that I have tremendous respect for, and though I did not grow up seeing any of his review shows, just reading his reviews showed me how he was different from the rest, the nice guy in the herd of snobs, for he gave every film a shot within it's genre. You will always be remembered Roger
  • itstheblueguy
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    It's a good farewell, and it's true. I started to realize a passion for film in high school, and since then, reading Roger Ebert's reviews made me grow to really enoy writing about them. He was always my favorite critic.

    I was never sure what to major in or what career goals would be good bets, but the love of reviewing movies is the one thing that has always been there, and I've always found ways to draw from it when I needed a topic. I don't know where it will take me, if anywhere, but it's a passion I know I'll always be able to draw from, and for that I thank Roger Ebert.
  • PaladinDemo
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    Long Live Roger Ebert, and long live film!
  • Mides
    That's not very nice.
  • leikaitsndead  - sorry but...
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    I laugh a lot when you get excited by an old twitter...
  • Romeomoon  - He liked anime :D !
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    I figured out why this death upset me more than other celebrity deaths have. Ebert was the first and still one of the very few mainstream critics who acknowledged anime as an art form worth taking seriously. I'm not as big an anime fan now, but back in the late 90's/early 2000's it really meant a lot to me. It validated my fandom and, after years of my parents mocking my viewing habits, made feel like it was okay to enjoy that kind of thing. I will miss him for that.
  • TheGreatEscapist
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    Given your tribute to Siskel and Ebert from some time ago, when I read the news about Roger Ebert's passing I knew you were going to pay tribute to him within the week. You had to; you have so much respect for him.

    I actually didn't know much about Siskel and Ebert because I was too young to appreciate film criticism yet, but I still knew of them because they had become icons of sorts. They were parodied on "Animaniacs" and "The Simpsons", they were guest stars on one very special episode of "The Critic", and I distinctly remember seeing them make an appearance on Sesame Street teaching Telly and Oscar how to make the "thumbs up/thumbs down" gestures.

    Nonetheless, when I first read the news, I was saddened. Both he and Gene Siskel left a great impact on all of us in one way or another, and God bless them both.
  • Galaxia
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    I'll admit that I wasn't a big follower of Roger Ebert. I found his reviews amusing, even though I tended to be under the impression that he could be rather negative about things. Even so, his death comes as a huge shock to me. Your tribute from years ago and this farewell do well to commemorate this man's life, and whatever the case I can respect that. Thank you, Doug, for your passion as well. :)
  • Psychopathicraptor
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    The same passion he always had was shown by you in this video. I think Robert would be proud to see his baton passed to you. That's how I see it anyway.
  • TheBechtloff
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    Soon as I heard the news I knew Doug would be doing a tribute.
  • doctorwho3600
    RIP Roger Ebert, you will be missed.
  • Your Drunk Dad  - RIP
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    Dammit boy you almost made me spill my beer, er and show emotion...
  • therockman92  - Wow
    That was the most touching Video on this Site I almost cried and I haven't read or watched any of Rodger Ebert's stuff
  • Whisper Critic  - Roger Ebert
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    By far one of the greatest critics of any decade or generation we all know. Critic i thank you for having these two as a influence.
  • DarkVamp001
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    Thank you so much for this, Doug. It was beautiful. I'm not ashamed to say your video moved me to tears.
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