Yesterday marked the passing of Roger Ebert, American journalist, film critic, screenwriter and so much more. An indisputable part of popular culture, his criticisms were tempered by caring, wit and the love he had for all film—not just the high-brow.
His iconic star on the Walk of Fame.
The first critic to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, win a Pulitzer and many other incredible achievements–one of which included bringing film criticisms to the masses, not just academia.
Many of us here at Frederick’s remember watching Mr. Ebert and rival critic, Gene Siskel, breathlessly waiting for the thumbs up or thumbs down portion of their legendary show.
Siskel and Ebert on Sesame Street.
This weekend we recommend watching Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Roger Ebert’s campy ‘70s melodramatic sequel to Valley of the Dolls. In Ebert’s words “a satire of Hollywood conventions, genres, situations and dialogue…”).
Make a night of it—call your girlfriends, slip into your most comfy PJs and pour yourselves a glass of champagne. You’ll be glad you did! Read some of his best (and best of the worst) reviews here.