My opinions of movies were usually not too far out of line with his, but I never forgave him for his terrible half star review of The Frighteners in 1996. That is a movie that I greatly enjoy and most of the other notable critics didn't have such a harsh opinion of it (a few even liked it as much as me) so he must have been very cranky when he reviewed it.
(Until I started hanging out at the board, I'd never heard of this kind of picketing before, we seriously don't have this kind of churches/worship(?) here... or if we do, they're so far underground as to be unobservable. Or maybe it's just not in our media?)
I have a strange feeling that we're going to eventually find out that this Phelps guy is having sex with animals, babies, extraterrestrials or something along that ilk. Seems the more vehemently these types of 'preachers' shout about the Lord, the more sick they are behind closed doors. I, too, wish that 'they' would just disappear, but 'they' keep getting 'their' word out thru the media, so it will continue to happen. Once the media starts to ignore 'them' (notice how little we've heard from the killer of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman since he was incarcerated), the less we will hear about this kind of nonsense. My heart goes out to the Ebert family and friends. This type of (phelps and his followers) hatred should not be attached to Mr. Ebert, at any time, especially now!
Sleep well, and get yourself back up over there. You gave me many thoughts, and you are a good man.
People are scary.