We are saddened to report the loss of Jeff Michael Vice
Many of us are here are grief-stricken today. Last night we got some bad news about a friend and peer. Yesterday Utah film critic Jeff Michael Vice passed unexpectedly. He was a staple panelist for the Geekshow Podcast (dot com), a contributing writer for MSN’s parallel universe, Big Shiny Robot, and most recently Cinephiled. He, with friend Jimmy Martin, hosted the Big Movie Mouth-Off, and could be heard on The Mediocre Show, I’m sure I have forgotten something, so for that I apologize.
Jeff Vice was a more than just a fellow film critic and colleague he was a friend. He became a friendly acquaintance a few years before I began working as a critic. We became acquainted at a common friend’s party. I was wearing a studio Ghibli t-shirt, Jeff recognized it and yelled HAAAAM. We then proceeded to talk about cartoons, and movies. It didn’t faze him that I knew who he was, or that I remembered his opinions on movies. He still listened to me, freely agreeing or disagreeing with my opinions. We developed a casual friendship, always happy to say hi, we shared drinks when we happened to be in the same bar.
When, I started writing for this site; I started going to film screenings and writing reviews. It can be intimidating at first. It helped to see a friendly and familiar face at almost every screening. Jeff was usually there. He even offered advice from time to time as I got started. He reminded me that critics couldn’t be wrong, just more right than others could. He told me it was good to be critical, we were called critics for a reason. Opinions could differ, we didn’t have to agree, and he reminded me this when I would tell him I second-guess myself after reading his reviews. He was, in so many ways, my movie critics Jiminy Cricket. I have tremendous professional respect for him, and I have a lot of love for the man I thought of as a friend. The movies will never be the same, our thoughts are with his family, and friends, he will be, and is, sorely missed.
Editors Note: Geekshow Podcast is raising money to help his family cover funeral costs through Paypal, the email address is [email protected] to donate there.