Movie critic Roger Ebert has died at age 70, according to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.
Earlier this week, Ebert announced he was taking a "leave of presence" from his film reviews because of a recurrence of cancer.
In his blog, Ebert said he's written 306 movie reviews, a blog post or two a week, and assorted other articles over the past year -- the most of his career -- and he must "slow down now."
Ebert said a "painful fracture" in his hip that made it difficult for him to walk was revealed to be cancer, but he took the news in stride.
"So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness," he said.
In honor of his nearly 50-year career of film reviews, we also wax ecstatic about Ebert's most memorable quotes:
“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”
“No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.”
“No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.”
“If he's going to persist in making bad movies, he's going to have to grow accustomed to reading bad reviews.” -- referring to Rob Schneider in “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.”
“To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion.”
“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”
“I’ve seen audits that were more thrilling.” -- referring to “Crocodile Dundee II.”
“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn't.”
“I stopped taking notes on my Palm Pilot and started playing the little chess game.” -- referring to “Masterminds.”
"Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.”