I think this is true from just about anyone from the past two generations, but even at a young age I knew of Roger Ebert and his fellow critic Gene Siskel. Even as a youngster, I remember watching two things that really made me love cinema. Those two things were Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Siskel and Ebert reviews. Ask anyone who is a movie critic today and I guarantee that Siskel and Ebert was a major influence in their life in some capacity.
We lost Gene Siskel way too early, but Roger Ebert pushed forward and continued to review films until the end at the ripe old age of 70. Film was his calling and even when his voice could not carry him he still kept reviewing with the power of written word… That commands so much respect in and of itself. How many of us would just retire and call it quits? But no that man kept pushing forward and kept giving us his views until his last day.
I was just saying on Facebook that I feel so bad for the future generations who will not have the pleasure of seeing them in action. Now we have Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes but really… Hell we even have RiffTrax from the MST3K crew… But it just is not the same. Rotten Tomatoes though informative will NEVER hold a candle to the things Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel did.
Short of it… We lost a great man and he will be missed. But now he is back with his old friend sharing a popcorn and watching movies in whatever afterlife that may be and for that I think we can take comfort.
Now it is time to move on. We lost a great critic, quite possibly THE greatest critic. But we must push forward. The criticism must move on.
RIP Roger Ebert, you lived a life most of us could only dream of and very few could ever experience.