Roger Ebert (1942-2013)
I’ve been a fan of Roger Ebert for as long as I can remember. Even as a boy I would always tune in to Siskel & Ebert to hear what they had to say about the latest films. Sometimes that would be a challenge because they would air the program late at night or early in the morning. They would change the time constantly. But I remained vigilant and checked our TV Guide every week to know when it was on.
Roger was an amazing film critic. You could tell how much he loved movies. He always gave every movie a fighting chance even if it was likely to be terrible. But the part that made him special was that he could present his opinion, and even if you didn’t have his same taste in movies, you could still discern if you might enjoy the film.
Later on in life I discovered Roger Ebert as a writer and journalist. He had a sharp mind and was able to present ideas and opinions with such clarity and logic. And while many people his age might get stuck in their opinions, he kept an open mind till the very end. He did not let his age or illness keep him from seeking enlightenment. I respected him greatly. I will miss his movie reviews, his fantastic writing, and his enduring optimism in the face of hardship.
Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert.
I now immortalize you as a spirit from Return of the Jedi. I know that will please you because you gave it 4 stars.