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Watch: Roger Ebert's Fantastic 'Remaking My Voice' TEDTalk Video

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April 15, 2011
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Roger Ebert TED Talk

When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a moving talk from TED 2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story. That's the introduction to this new 20 minute TED video with Ebert and it's unquestionably a must watch if you've ever read one of his reviews (that means everyone). Not only is it fascinating to hear him "tell" his story, but it's inspirational to hear about how courageous and charming of a person he really is, no matter how many scathing reviews he's given. Enjoy!

Hat tip to SlashFilm for being one of the first to find/post this wonderful video. As Peter says, "the talk isn't about film or movies, but it is worth your time." I totally love TED Talk videos, most of them are truly inspiring, and this is no exception. Plus, I gotta love that the name of his voice is "Alex" - heck yes. Even if you don't agree with his opinion, you can't deny that Roger Ebert, especially at this point, is a truly lovable, old time movie geek. Though I love that he uses cool technology to keep up with everything and won't go anywhere without his laptop. Keep on keepin', Ebert, you're a cinema hero in every way. See you in Cannes!

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Reader Feedback - 20 Comments

1

Hands down; one of the best movie reviewers and enduring human being out there. An inspiration for all.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011

2

An inspiration for continuing a long career after such a bout of cancer. But personally there are too many movies he's given the thumbs down to that I've loved, so we disagree. No less an inspiration.

Dresden King on Apr 15, 2011

3

The only reason Roger Ebert is respected is because he's old.

M.K. Nielsen on Apr 15, 2011

4

Go read Ebert's review of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial... I remember his choice of words as if I had read an exceptional book.

Louis Plamondon on Apr 16, 2011

5

I lost all respect for Ebert after he shared his idiotic opinions about video games

Geoffrey Shauger on Apr 15, 2011

6

You lost all respect for someone because his opinions on one particular subject differed from yours?

Chris Purdy on Apr 4, 2013

7

Yeah, he's the guy who said "Video games can never be art". Forget that guy.

DRM on Apr 15, 2011

8

I think he retracted the comment about how they can never be art, he's now open to the possibility that someday they will have artistic value.

samir on Apr 16, 2011

9

Wait is that for real? If so, that's pretty cool.

Alex Billington on Apr 16, 2011

10

Reading his blog post again it seems he doesn't really admit that, but he does say that he was a fool for making the argument without having played many video games. And at one point he does kind of open up the possibility that someday they may be considered art. Here's the post: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/okay_kids_play_on_my_lawn.html

samir on Apr 16, 2011

11

Seriously Ive never disagreed with a critic so much so damn often.

Cody W. on Apr 15, 2011

12

He's no Armond White. Ebert usually likes most of the movie that are generally liked. For movies that are generally disliked, some of them he actually likes, and there's a few every year that he hates. He's an incredibly generous critic and it's really hard to disagree with him, unless your name is Armond White.

samir on Apr 16, 2011

13

Disagreements aside, this man has achieved something we should all aspire... humility of the self in a cosmological perspective

Boon on Apr 15, 2011

14

What in the....

Tyler Morgan on Apr 16, 2011

15

I wonder what he thinks of the singular movement?

Lando on Apr 15, 2011

16

With all the technologey and transplanting face and hands,can't we transplant a jaw?I can't see why not.

Brett on Apr 16, 2011

17

He's just not the same without his jaw. Man, did I disagree with almost every opinion he stated and the reason he stated them, but still at least he had that jaw. I don't see why they've left his mouth hanging around like that, it seems ... odd. They couldn't make some implant to give his face more structure?

John IG on Apr 16, 2011

18

Representing University of Illinois! We love Roger Ebert and Ebertfest down there.

Rob Zaldivar on Apr 16, 2011

19

Give him a metal jaw some bolts and he will be ok 😛

Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011

20

Hats off to a man that has endured so much and still presses on. Some people would have given up.

Anroca on Apr 17, 2011

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