About a month ago on April 4, 2013 one of the most respected film critics, Roger Ebert (aged 70) passed away ending his 11-year battle with cancer. He was the second half of the legendary duo, which were Roger and Gene Siskel (who passed away in 1999).
Two years before his death he wrote:
“I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris”
Two days before his demise, the passionate critic ended his last blog post with:
“So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”
Anybody with a passion for cinema was saddened by the news. President Obama wrote:
“Roger was the movies … he could capture the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical … The movies won’t be the same without Roger”
To this I can only say rest in peace…