RIP Roger Ebert
I’ve always been excited about the movies and the escape from reality that they are capable of providing. Since I’ve been able to drive myself to a theater I’ve devoured as many films as possible and I honestly can’t imagine just how many movies that might be. For certain, my family, wife and friends have considered my cinematic obsession to be a little strange over the years, but in 1982, with the debut of “At the Movies” featuring the film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, my film fascination became a little bit more legit.
The two grown men would intelligently debate the merits of a movie and offer a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down recommendation; and whether I agreed with them or not it was just plain fun to watch people who were as enthusiastic about the movies as I was. And when I was stationed overseas in the military, thousands of miles away from my movie theater fix, it was the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service airings of the Siskel & Ebert’s show that kept me in touch with what was happening in the world of cinema.
Gene Siskel died of cancer in 1999 and today, April 4, 2013, his partner Roger Ebert has also passed away after a long battle with cancer. It is without a doubt that my humble cinematic musings here on Nerdvana (as well as my early attempts at film criticism with my mid-nineties movie blog) all stem from watching the dynamic movie-critic-duo verbally slug it out over “this week’s films.” Here’s hoping they’re both enjoying that large bag of popcorn in the sky. RIP Mr. Ebert.