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Reminder: Roger Ebert Is The Best

Every once in awhile, you just need to be reminded that Roger Ebert is the best. He’s smart and funny and earnest and doesn’t give an FFFFFF. He wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls for his friend Russ Meyer. Russ Meyer! He’s bananas. They both are, but Roger Ebert is more bananas because Roger Ebert is mainstream bananas. And he’s been reminding us how great he is all over the place this week. First there is this great excerpt (via Alex Balk) from an altogether great essay from his blog yesterday:

Let me give another example of credulity. The following paragraph appeared this week in a New York Post review by Adam Buckman of the season premiere of “Heroes.”

This show, which was once so thrilling and fun, has become full of itself, its characters spouting crazy nonsense. Here’s one I wish someone would translate for me: “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends–rough hew them how we will,” spouts the enigmatic industrialist Linderman played by Malcolm McDowell, who should win an Emmy for keeping a straight face while reciting these lines.

Perhaps McDowell kept a straight face because he knew he was quoting one of the most famous speeches in Hamlet. I don’t expect everyone to have read Hamlet, but I would hope a New York critic might have run across it once or twice. Still, we all have our blind spots. After I once quoted Dr. Johnson, I had an editor who asked me who the doctor was, and whether he practiced at a Chicago hospital. So let’s assume Buckman knew Hamlet by heart, but had forgotten that one sentence.

Nuts! Gotcha! Gotcha, Adam Buckman! The blog post that’s taken from addressed a seemingly straight-forward piece on Creationism that Ebert published in the Chicago Sun Times earlier this week. Which created a firestorm on the nets. But was a joke. A straight-forward piece on Creationism in a major newspaper as a goof. THIS GUY IS THE BEST.

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed points us to another recent moment in Ebert greatness when he answered a reader’s question about Disaster Movie.

Q. Yo dude, u missed out on “Disaster Movie,” a hardcore [email protected] movie! Y U not review this movie!? It was funny as #ell! Prolly the funniest movie of the summer! U never review these, wat up wit dat?
S.J. Stanczak, Chicago

A. Hey, bro, I wuz buzier than $#i+, @d they never shoed it b4 hand. I peeped in the IMDb and saw it zoomed to #1 as the low$ie$t flic of all time, wit @ [email protected] UZer Rating of 1.3. U liked it? Wat up wit dat?

GOTCHA! Gotcha, that guy!

That’s it. Just keeping you up to date on how Roger Ebert continues to be the best and how he is such a good little champion.

Run with me, Roger Ebert. The end.