RogerEbert.com

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RogerEbert.com
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Type of site
Film review
Available in English
Owner Ebert Digital LLC
Founder(s) Roger Ebert
Website rogerebert.com
Current status Active

RogerEbert.com is a film review website that archives film critic Roger Ebert's reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and also shares other critics' reviews and essays. Ebert handpicked writers from around the world to contribute to the website. After Ebert died in 2013, the website was relaunched under Ebert Digital, a partnership between Ebert, his wife Chaz, and friend Josh Golden, begun while Ebert was still alive.[1]

Two months after Ebert's death, Chaz Ebert hired film and television critic Matt Zoller Seitz as editor-in-chief for the website[2] because his IndieWire blog PressPlay shared multiple contributors with RogerEbert.com, and because both websites promoted each other's content.[3]

The Dissolve's Noel Murray described the website's collection of Ebert reviews as "an invaluable resource, both for getting some front-line perspective on older movies, and for getting a better sense of who Ebert was." Murray said the website included reviews Ebert rarely discussed in conversation, such as those for Chelsea Girls (1966) and Good Times (1967), written when Ebert was in his twenties.[4] R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant said in 2013 that other contributors (including Seitz, Sheila O'Malley, and Odie Henderson) had "a lot of first-person narrative" in their work like Ebert did, adding, "but there are other contributors, like Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, who don’t do so much of that. The overall diversity makes the site a kind of artists' collective."[3]

RogerEbert.com has routinely hosted a "Women Writer's Week" in honor of Women's History Month, featuring content from female contributors for the entire week.[5] Following the United States presidential election of 2016, the 2017 "Women Writer's Week" was reported by The Observer to be "overtly political thanks to President Donald Trump". Chaz Ebert said the 2017 Women's March helped motivate female contributors to contribute their perspective to film and politics.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hernandez, Brian Anthony (April 9, 2013). "Roger Ebert's Website for Film Reviews Gets Makeover". Mashable.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (June 4, 2013). "Matt Zoller Seitz Named Editor of RogerEbert.com". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Osenlund, R. Kurt (July 2, 2013). "One Month Later: Catching Up with RogerEbert.com Editor-in-Chief Matt Zoller Seitz". Slant. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Murray, Noel (June 30, 2014). "Roger Ebert’s oldest, least-read reviews reveal the writer he'd become". The Dissolve. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Bonazzo, John (March 31, 2016). "RogerEbert.com Holds Women Writer’s Week to Celebrate Diversity". The Observer. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ Bonazzo, John (March 27, 2017). "How a Movie Review Site Is Using Women Writers to Protest Trump". The Observer. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 

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