Roger Ebert, the world’s most famous film critic, has died.

Roger Ebert, a man who without doubt was the world’s most famous film critic, has died at age 70. He had been battling thyroid cancer since 2002,and as the cancer spread requiring surgeries that left him unable to speak.

Sick as he was he continued to fight on and continue to write reviews and be a force in the world of film. As the sickness progressed he was forced to issue the following statement.

Ebert wrote that he would be taking a “leave of presence,” as he underwent radiation treatment, but it appears the cancer was too far gone already.

“It means I am not going away,” Ebert explained. “My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

Ebert worked as the film critic for the Sun-Times for 46 years and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. But he will be best remembered along side his co-host Gene Siskel as they gave “Thumbs up or thumbs-down” to the latest films on their very popular TV show.

As a person who loves film, and enjoys adding my voice to the list of people taking time to review them; I have always had great respect for Ebert’s writing. His reviews are insightful, entertaining and he has the rare ability to write in a way that is of value to a wide range of readers. He was a great talent and a powerful voice in the world of film.

Lane J. Lubell

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About Lane J. Lubell
When I began this site, I was a student at "The Latin School of Chicago, and it consumed the majority of my waking hours, the remaining time was split between, making movies, hanging with friends, and spending time with family. Toss in eating and a few hours of sleep; and there was not all that much time left over. I provided that explanation to lower expectation of daily posts, and to point out that simply because I did not review a given film does not mean I did not find it worthy; more likely, homework took precedence. I am now attending Northwestern University where I'm enrolled in RTVF (Radio, Television, Video and Film) department. While I was very happy at Latin, and still go back to see each theater performance; I'm glad to be done with AP Calculus, and love that I get to take a larger percentage of classes focusing on literature, philosophy ,writing and film. I'm still just getting my feet wet here, but I have met some people that share my love of film and theater and we are already planing on some collaborations. Who knows, maybe I could even get a few of them to post a review here on CinemaShadow.com . I made this site not to "Talk to people" about films; but to 'Talk with People" about films. To that end; I would love to have others post comments, list their favorite movies, recommend films, new and old, that you think are worth watching.

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