June 18th, 1942 – April 4th, 2013
A very sad day for anyone who loves and advocates great film, and just great story telling in general. I did not always agree with Mr. Ebert's opinions on film, but not because I felt he was a smug asshole or in some way looking down on people. He just had an opinion and sometimes I had a different one than he did, and that's the way it should be. Imagine how boring life would be if everyone viewed and valued art in exactly the same way. Ebert always provided a smart, insightful and interesting point of view, and he helped promote great film and educate generations of the public on the subject. It was in his later years, with his battles against cancer, that he managed to shine even more in his blog posts. He further exposed to the world what a smart, witty, brave and honest human being he really was by opening himself up. What more else can you ask from a person? Rest in peace, sir. Many will miss you, and many to come will find value in what you had to say. I still do.