Words: Rob DeStefano


It’s with great sadness that The Inflatable Ferret pays respect to such a pronounced and esteemed film critic. After a ten year long battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, Roger Ebert passed away at age 70. He leaves behind a legacy both traditional and modern, a riddle that reminds us of the contrarian he often was. Ebert’s televised film reviews – which cycled co-hosts, such as Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper, as well as program names – began back in the seventies, yet no other critic has come close to having the same success in this outlet. After the disease brought his television career to a halt, the nation’s most accessible film critic continued writing for the Chicago Sun-Times and the virtual sphere. His decisive opinions and love for the substance, not the glossy effects or 3D post-work, will be endlessly appreciated.

And as a tribute to the man also responsible for scripting sexy B-flicks such as Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, we chose a song from a recent film praised by his colleague Roeper.

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