The Balcony Is Closed Dept.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2013-04-04 23:20:50 No comments

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Roger Ebert 1942-2013.

I posted this elsewhere, but let me put it this way:

Roger is why I watched Koyaanisqatsi (with my jaw hanging open the whole time).

Roger is why I found out about Akira Kurosawa, when he described The Hidden Fortress as "the wellspring of the Force."

Roger is why I saw The Brother From Another Planet.

Roger is why I dug up Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia.

Roger is why I watched Casablanca and Citizen Kane with open eyes and ears.

Roger is why I didn't feel so bad for thinking Dawn of the Dead was brilliant, because he felt the same way and explained it better than I could at my age.

Roger is why I wait for the middle of the month with bated breath for Criterion to announce their new titles.

Roger is why I have a Spirited Away poster on my wall.

Roger is why I questioned my feelings about Blue Velvet.

Roger is why I rejected his feelings about Harold and Maude.

Roger is why I thought NetFlix came late to the party, because he explained how Facets Video had been doing the rent-by-mail thing for a long time beforehand. (I never did get an account, though. By the time I could afford one, NetFlix came along.)

Roger is why I watch Paris, Texas and The Holy Mountain and Sansho the Bailiff and Yojimbo at least once a year.

Roger is why I know there's life outside the multiplex.

Roger is why I spent $300 on my first LaserDisc player, because I know he'd always be able to recommend good things to play on it.

Roger is why the names Ozu, Bresson, Pasolini, Bergman, Ford, Kurosawa (again), Eisenstein, Chaplin, Hitchcock, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder are not just names I would look up somewhere.

Roger is why I'm here with the rest of you.

Roger is why I watch movies at all.

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