Going to the movies is probably my favorite pastime. I love the whole experience: the theater lights, posters, marquees, scents of popcorn, the ripping of tickets, hundreds of people in the dark escaping into different worlds and lifetimes.
After watching Life Itself, a documentary about Roger Ebert, I’m sure the famed film critic felt the same.
Directed by Steve James, the film tells the story of Ebert’s life by slicing clips and interviews with moving footage of his last months fighting cancer. I felt immediately connected to his story as his friends remembered his college newspaper days. The backstage bickering between he and Gene Siskel was funny and brotherly. Yet as illness took his speech and jaw, Ebert’s steadfast spirit turned the film into a master class in courage.
This one is worth seeing; two beautiful thumbs up.