Roger Ebert was a lover of movies, film history and the motion picture industry in general. Looking not only at the actors plying their craft on screen, but the plot, direction and music. He based his reviews on films as a whole and by doing so earned not only the respect of film viewers, but directors as well. . This way of looking at film influenced many people , including myself.
What I liked most about Mr. Ebert's reviewing style was that he was honest about how a film made him feel. If he felt bored , if he laughed or felt any emotion from watching a film , he wrote or spoke and was truthful about it. Having a reviewer tell you about their experiences watching a film and how they felt watching it takes it to the next level and gives it personality.
Ebert also didn't compare films of different genres or types with one another, as this quote shows:
" When you ask a friend if Hellboy is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to Mystic River, you're asking if it's any good compared to The Punisher. And my answer would be, on a scale of one to four, if Superman is four, then Hellboy is three and The Punisher is two. In the same way, if American Beauty gets four stars, then The United States of Leland clocks in at about two."
Overall Roger's biggest contribution in my eyes was the way he so enthusiastically reported on anything he wrote about. From films to politics or even his life what ever he wrote or talked about he drew you in and made you interested in it. No other film critic has been able to do that that I've seen, and that was his trademark.
Whether we discovered him through the reviews in a newspaper, his books or one of his TV shows over the years, Roger Ebert made some connection with you as a viewer.
My thoughts and condolences go out to Roger Ebert's family and friends. The world of film review may never see another person like him again.
"No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough"