Thompson on Hollywood

Post-cancer surgery, jawless Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has found his voice: on-line. He's movingly profiled by Chris Jones in Esquire. The irony is that even though Ebert's not on Disney/ABC's At the Movies anymore, he is still the most powerful critic in America. Yes, his reviews are published in old-media newspaper The Chicago Sun-Times and syndicated around the country, but Ebert also tirelessly blogs and tweets. He's the new model film critic, and all others should take notice.

That's because he's not pontificating from on-high. @ebertchicago is in the trenches, with more than 67,000 Twitter followers, interviewing, photographing, communicating, posting, sharing, linking. And the one-time raconteur and joke-teller who could make a table collapse in laughter is still expressive and funny.

Here's a mordant tweet: "For Lent I am giving up eating and drinking."

"The Republican Party's Platform for 2010: "No."

"http://twitpic.com/13lmqe - I'm physically feeling tip-top these days. It's true I'm dying--but no faster than anyone else."

Keep on trucking, Roger. We're following you.