Whether or not you agreed with Roger Ebert’s movie reviews and opinions about motion pictures in general (including 3-D, given Ebert’s own likes and dislikes concerning the industry as a whole), you certainly had to admire the courage and conviction that Ebert possessed in his forty-five-plus year career as one of the world’s most famous and influential film critics (thanks in part to his weekly appearances on TV, appearing alongside fellow film critics Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper). Ebert was also among the many film critics that championed motion pictures’ rich past – as well as the greatest and most enduring achievements that came out of it, which has also inspired the best of today’s top filmmakers. (Granted, Ebert wasn’t perfect – but even he could be forgiven for his miscalculations as far as certain movie reviews were concerned, not to mention co-writing Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls  with director Russ Mayer.)
Though thyroid cancer robbed Ebert of his speaking voice in 2006, it didn’t rob him of both his writing abilities and his love of the movies – thus making him more courageous than any movie and TV action hero combined. With Ebert’s death today, we’ve lost not only one of the best film critics who did more than transcend the profession that he was proud to be part of – but also a champion of Hollywood’s rich history and how its finest efforts could and can inspire generations of artists to greater heights of quality. And that definitely deserves a thumbs up.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons (published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue (published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist (published by Booktango), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), and his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488).
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