R.I.P. Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert died last week, the very next day after I saw a report about some recurrence of his cancer. Didn’t expect it quite so soon. He’ll be missed. His writing and activity since his facial surgeries has been an inspiration, and his prolific work telling us about the movies for the past 40 years has been a constant source of recommendation for me when I am wondering about whether or not to watch a particular movie.

I have several volumes of the yearly “Roger Ebert’s Home Movie Companion” on my bookshelf. I was always impressed with the articulate and depthful analysis Roger gave his reviews and his numerous “At The Movies” episodes with his friend Gene Siskel, who died even younger.

One movie I remember having Roger change me from “I’m not interested in seeing that movie” to “that sounds interesting” and going to see it was “Groundhog Day” in 1993. On the strength of Roger’s description, I went and was grateful to have done so.

I was always deeply appreciative of the in depth critiques given by Roger Ebert. I think it would be appropriate for us to ask for some of your personal experiences with his movie reviews; for example, movies that you were encouraged to see by reading one his reviews.