curl -I http://www.rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2010031...
HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
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Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 03:54:00 GMT
I had just posted his list of the 364 “Great Movies” on my site a few days ago: http://sivers.org/ebert2
Nice to know it looks like his great essays will stick around forever.
It's particularly heartbreaking to see that this site was clearly designed to have Roger's ongoing influence... and it hurt to have his farewell post pop up in my RSS reader again. Glad to see him have a home on the web befitting his influence.
Also- the infinite scrolling is lightning fast. They're getting JSON and throwing it into a template(?) while loading images from Cloudfront. This is the way it should be done.
Big ups to the devs behind this. A migration is never easy and it looks like they handled it expertly.
I feel stupid saying this because it seems unreasonable of me to believe. But I feel that I won't enjoy movies as much as I used to, when I knew Roger Ebert was going to write about them.
And I agree, our Members-only section is definitely hokey right now! But give us a few months to get it fully up and running, and I hope it will become a useful resource for the intense cinephile and/or Ebert fan, something like ESPN Insider for a fantasy sports aficionado.
Can't remember meeting anyone who didn't like or at least appreciate their reviews.
For me Ebert's reviews filled both roles.
UPDATE: I found it!
But I don't see any easy way to search for really old Answer Man stuff in the archives.
Stuff like: http://www.rogerebert.com/great-movies
doesn't actually present basic information to the user, like movie release date, director, cast, or studio (instead presenting the month/day/year the review was written). Additionally, date filtering sorts the list by the date each review was written, which isn't particularly useful.
Search results expand to a multi-column layout when browser width increases, which makes them hard to scan (imagine if Google did this).
Because results aren't paginated or loaded all at once, there's no way to tell how many results you have in a search. How many "Great Movies" reviews are there? How many have I been presented with so far? There's no way to tell unless you scroll through all of them as they load in.
Otherwise the presentation seems very clean, and in general snappier than the suntimes.com behemoth.
"At first our site also had the support of the Sun-Times, including Catherine Lanucha, John Cary, Jack Barry and the company's webstaff, but budget cuts and layoffs at the paper eventually left us with no day-to-day resources but ourselves: the only two employees of RogerEbert.com, as we liked to joke."
Feels like he wrote that knowing it was his last one. Amazing resolution to that review.