Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, entered the living rooms of America along with his cohort Gene Siskel, movie critic from the Chicago Tribune, in the late 1970s through the PBS series Sneak Previews. Siskel and Ebert’s “two thumbs up” approval entered the national lexicon not long afterward.
Fast forward 30 years — Siskel passed away in 1999. Ebert began battling cancer in 2002. After multiple operations, cancer took away Ebert’s ability to eat, to drink, to talk. But his words continue to resonate. He remains a prolific film critic and writer, and at 67 continues to soldier on.
A new interview with Ebert in this month’s Esquire shows just how much Ebert’s words continue to communicate with us all.