Mother Brain’s Roger Ebert Tribute
By Mother Brain
Last week, the world lost one of the last great film critics of our time. Roger Ebert loved the movies. He devoted a good part of his life to separate good from crap. While the public may have never always agreed with his reviews, Ebert was the cream of the crop even in the midst of the growing blogosphere on the internet.
My personal memories of Ebert go as far back as my youth when I used to confuse him with Orle Redenbacher.Whenever I’d see TV spots for movies that were rated “two thumbs up” by him and his critic partner, the late Gene Siskel, I knew their opinion mattered in choosing what movie to spend my money on. Together, they came to our living rooms every weekend with their syndicated show, At The Movies. While I can’t recall any significant memories of the show, I can remember many films I saw because of Ebert’s high praise: The Matrix, Running Scared, Better Luck Tomorrow, and of course Pulp Fiction. But when he and Siskel trashed a bad movie, they would be on fire as you can see here with 1994’s North:
As well as the hilarious review of 1987’s Jaws The Revenge:
Siskel and Ebert were icons of the industry. They’ve been parodied on countless occasions and they also voice-guest starred as themselves on the short lived series, The Critic. Ebert was forced to push on after the sudden death of Siskel in 1999 and their show was never the same regardless of Richard Roper or any other critic taking Siskel’s place.
Even as his health deteriorated in the last 11 years to the extent of losing his jaw, his speech and getting confined to a wheelchair, Ebert never stopped watching films. To the end of his life, he continued to praise the best films of our time (Crash, The Social Network, The Hurt Locker, Argo, etc.) and trash all the rest. He left a very big void in film criticism that will be very difficult for any living critic to fill and the movies will not be the same without his voice or his thumbs up. But we can only thank Roger Ebert for showing us the path to quality cinema.
Marcos Cosme has had a love for writing and film since he was little. By combing those two passions, he started studying film early on in Middle School and High School writing screenplays and working in his High School television production studio. When it came time for college he decided to pursue a bachelors in Electronic Film making from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Marcos continues to be an avid watcher of movies and scripted television series, although he does, on occasion, watch some reality shows. He has watched hundreds of movies during the course of his life and has worked in various roles on small independent film projects, including writing, producing and directing. In his spare time Marcos loves to write screenplays, read books, contribute articles, blogs and reviews on various topics including (but obviously not limited to) movies, television, books, and wrestling; just to name a few. He is a Rabbit aficionado (he has a dwarf rabbit named Peanut-who is the logo of Cos' Blog) and is a Golden Retriever connoisseur (he has two Goldens named Cassie and Chloe). He also love to spend time with his wife and as of July of 2015 they welcomed their first child, Miles, who can occasionally be seen on the blog.