On April 3, 2013, Roger Ebert, often regarded as on of the greatest film critics ever, passed away. Although his life has ended, he has left behind a legacy that will continue to resonate for quite a while.
While there was film criticism long before Roger Ebert was born, Ebert helped to make film criticism interesting and exciting through his reviews and television show with Gene Siskel, entitled “Siskel & Ebert.”
Week in and week out, Siskel and Ebert would watch around five new movies, sometimes even more, write their own reviews, then come on the camera and then make a show about it, arguing with one another over which movies were good and which ones were bad. To do this for so long and to continue to have heated discussions with each other shows just how this meant to people like Ebert and Siskel. And if they didn’t continue to get the support and followers, then there would have been no show.
Obviously, people enjoyed watching these two argue about movies. So why did people keep watching? I think they came to watch their most defining characteristic: Their passion. Passion for films, passion for talking about films, passion for writing about films and simply a passion for life.
If I take away just one thing from Roger Ebert’s life, it’s that everyone should find that one thing they’re truly passionate about in life and follow it. Follow it and center your life around it. That passion will not only bring you happiness, but a purpose.
Below is a link to one of my favorite internet critics as he bears his heart out to everyone about his feelings with Roger Ebert and the legacy that he leaves behind him.