If you're like me, RogerEbert.com was a frequent stop on your internet browsing schedule. Every Friday morning (or Thursday night, occasionally), I would visit Ebert's site to find out what he had to say about all the newly released films of the week. I, like many others, was greatly influenced by not only Ebert's film reviews, but by his blogging and various other essay on politics, religion, and life in general.
Well, apparently Ebert and his wife Chaz worked to make sure that "was" remains "is." They tapped a digital strategist to help ensure that the site, visited by millions, would remain a top destination for those hungry for film critique and discussion. And that new site is now live.
"Roger wanted to bridge film criticism and the community of fans like never before," Chaz Ebert said. "The new site enlists many more critics, reviewing many more movies, displayed side-by-side with the most comprehensive collection of Roger's Pulitzer Prize-winning content online."
You may have noticed that the site has gone through a transformation since Ebert's death earlier this month. And quite frankly, it's a huge improvement. The old rogerebert.com was one of the best online resources for film lovers, but it wasn't very easy on the eyes. The new site is cleaner and more visually impressive.
The new content will be powered by a network of contributors - nearly 20 listed on the site. They'll provide the week's reviews.
"The site focuses on three things: criticism, commentary and community," said site designer Josh Golden. "Everything is aggregated in one place. It's both library and playground for serious film buffs, but it's easy to navigate for people who are just looking for a good movie."
And of course, all of Ebert's reviews and Great Movies essays are accessible on the site.
The plan is to keep people coming to the site for their reviews, even though Ebert has passed on. By the looks of things, they've got things going in the right direction.