On April 4th of 2013, the world lost one of the greatest film critics of all times… Roger Ebert.
He passed away at age 70 after a long battle with cancer. All of us, who loves movies are very sad and we are going to miss him a lot.
He was not only a great film critic, but he was also a very talented, high cultured writer. He was an encyclopedia of films and I learned from him a lot. I enjoyed reading his blog and I was also very interested (like so many other film lovers) on his movie opinions.
Roger Ebert inspired a lot of films lovers around the world to watch movies in a new different way and also to write reviews, discuss, argue and think like real film critics. A big example of this is the IMDb’s people’s reviews of many films.
And Roger Ebert’s favorite films and most important films list also inspired to many movie lovers to make their own favorite film lists on the internet.
I enjoyed reading his film reviews and I confess that I also enjoyed (and had fun) reading his reviews of bad films.
He became the first film critic to have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And as everyone knows, he also became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. His books are highly recommended… “Life Itself: A Memoir”, “Roger Ebert: Great Movies I”, “Roger Ebert:Great movies II”, “Roger Ebert: Great Movies III”, “Scorsese, by Ebert”, “Roger Ebert’s four star reviews 1967-2007”, “Awake in the Dark” and “Your Movie Sucks”.
And this is nothing new to add but we also remember that Roger Ebert coined the phrase “two thumps up” with film critic Gene Siskel who passed away in 1999.
I know that not everybody agreed with his opinions but he was still one of the most followed film critics of all times. It was fun to learn with him about movies, from Citizen Kane and Casablanca to Goodfellas and Krzysztoff Kieslowski’s “Three Colors Trilogy”.
All of us, who loves movies as much as Ebert did, will always remember him with our hearts and we will always be grateful with him, for all the things that we learned from him.
Thank you Roger Ebert for sharing with us your great love for films.
You had a huge impact for many, many movie lovers, students and viewers.
You will always be in our hearts.