Thursday, February 18, 2010

Essential Ebert

Roger Ebert is regarded as one of the greatest cinema critics of our time. His work, especially with long time writing and reviewing partner Gene Siskel, is renowned for being unapologetic opinions and having a joyous sense of humour. Many movie-goers highly respect his views and base much of their attendance on his words. Most will recognise his "thumbs up, thumbs down" approach to reviewing, that has become his personal trademark and and a catch-cry of many critics since.

Early last decade he was diagnosed with cancer and continues to battle illness through his life - to the point where he had his bottom jaw removed (see picture), meaning he could not speak which almost crippled his career.

Esquire magazine paid tribute to him this week in this fascinating, insightful and highly touching glimpse into his professional and personal life:

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