Roger Ebert spent decades critiquing hundreds upon hundreds of films with his partner Gene Siskel and later alone after Siskel’s death in 1999. Ebert’s love of movies was obvious in every review he wrote, and film fans everywhere would look for Ebert’s (and Siskel’s) reviews of new releases before seeing the films themselves.
In his time writing for the public, Ebert did not limit his discussions to the movies themselves. He often discussed social issues apparent in films, as well as the beauty and power of movies. He battled with cancer for over ten years, yet continued to write about his passion in life.
Over the past weekend, a new documentary and tribute to Roger Ebert was released. The film is called “Life Itself,” and in honor of its release, we wanted to share some awesome Ebert quotes. Perhaps they will inspire you to see the documentary or simply remember how impressive a critic and man Ebert was.
On the power of movies: “We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.”
On characters in a movie: “When a movie character is really working, we become that character. That’s what the movies offer: Escapism into lives other than our own.”
On stupid movies: “The point is not to avoid all Stupid Movies, but to avoid being a Stupid Moviegoer. It’s a difficult task, separating the good Stupid Movies from the bad ones.”
On movie theaters: “In the previous century the movie theater was often, in smaller towns and cities, the only grand architectural statement, save perhaps for a church or courthouse. They unashamedly provided a proscenium for our dreams.”
Look for the film in theaters; critics and fans alike have been raving about it!