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In Memoriam

Thank you, Roger Ebert.

Tonight, I'm raising a glass in your memory. You were an insightful writer who inspired many in your role as a film critic, and you inspired many more during the last eight years of your life as you faced cancer with grace and courage.

I remember taking the movie beat for my high school paper, and writing my predictions for the Oscars in the hope that I'd match or beat you. I never did, but I tried because of "Sneak Previews" (yes, I remember the PBS show) and "At the Movies."

America's most beloved movie fan is gone. Tomorrow, newspapers will be filled with political cartoons, homages, and accolades acknowledging one of their best. It will be long before we see his like again.

My sincerest condolences to Chaz, his widow. Know that we honor you, too, and all that you did to ease his suffering. He will never be forgotten.

If there is a heaven, I'd wager that Gene Siskel is there to greet his old rival and friend. Both are now at peace. Cancer cannot hurt them any more.


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Apr. 6th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
Well said. Thank you.
Apr. 7th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for reading it, and for responding. I really appreciate it.

Completely unrelated to that, I'd be very interested in hearing how you think Doctor Who is going so far this season. What's your opinion of Clara? Is there a place online that you regularly post your thoughts on matters such as this? :)
Apr. 9th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
not to butt in but
Apr. 13th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: not to butt in but
You cannot possibly know how glad I am that you butted in! You are always welcome on any topic, wytchcroft, but particularly on Doctor Who, and particularly this week, on this aspect of it.

On 4/6, I found myself at dinner being the only person pointing out this exact change in dynamic, and two of the other people at the table dismissing it. I feel happy and validated to know I'm not the only one who thinks it feels a bit different from before!
Apr. 13th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: not to butt in but
LOL! happy to help :-)
Apr. 10th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
Keeping in mind that I've yet to see the most recent episode:

Storywise I loved "The Bells of Saint John." I will confess I think the concept of the story was maybe a bit more frightening than the execution (the opening really set a mood that the rest never quite lived up to, and really the idea of a person being hacked or "living in the cloud" has a lot of potential that I think could have been explored more) but that said I think what we did get was fantastic and smartly done.

As for Clara... She's fine. As much as I enjoy Steven Moffat... he's more of a story writer than a character writer. His characters kind of blend together a bit. Amy, River and what I've seen of Clara all have a lot of similar traits. They're all a bit clever, all fairly confident, all a bit flirty. Their skills, motivations and situations are distinct, but when you compare them to the previous era of Who, Rose, Martha and Donna all feel far more distinct. Admittedly I'm intrigued behind the mystery of Clara, and it's not like she's badly written, per se, but based on the three episode that I've seen of her, she feels familiar already. I guess I would have liked to have seen Moffat try to deliver us a new companion who felt a bit more... new.

And no, I don't generally post my thoughts to anywhere specific regarding Doctor Who. I find that often message boards have a kind of a hive mind that if you don't agree with the zeitgeist of that particular site you get shouted down and Twitter and Facebook a bit too easy to upset people with any discussion that is not overly generalized (I.e. say more than "I really liked this episode"). I suppose I could post my thoughts here on LJ, though I'm not sure how many people would see it.
Apr. 13th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Well stated about the similarities between Clara, Amy, and River Song! My husband and I agree with you. My husband has a theory that we may see something with Clara that we haven't seen in a very long time, but I don't want to spoil in case he's right.

I agree with you that often message boards can have kind of a mob mentality, but I think you are very knowledgeable about this subject, certainly more so than I am. Don't take the time just for me, but if you ever happen to be in the mood to jot your thoughts down here on LJ, I'd be sure to read them. :)
Apr. 13th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
They're all a bit clever, all fairly confident, all a bit flirty. //

indeed, they're all Sally Sparrow!
Apr. 9th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
i have learned a little more about you through this. thank you for expressing your thoughts - and indeed, Roger Ebert RIP; much deserved.
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