I knew his name when I first bought pirated DVDs in my early teen years. And since that, I had bought a lot of DVDs that got his name and his short comment on them. So, he is very familiar. But I never knew and never really wanted to care to google his name at all. But this film helps me to get to know about someone who was really great at what he was doing when he was alive. Thumbs up to you, Mister.
This is a testament of living and dying and all the loving that takes place therein. LIFE ITSELF is a towering and inspiring monument to Roger Ebert, a man that altered my existence. After a lifetime of film consumption and evaluation, Roger knew how to make a great one of his own.
Informative, well-paced, & critical of its subject. LIFE ITSELF doesn't shy way from exploring Ebert's embarassing bouts of petulance or the concern that his style of criticism engendered among the film critic intelligentsia (e.g. Richard Corliss). Nevertheless it's mostly affectionate. Unfortunately director Steve James barely addresses why Ebert chose to dedicate his journalistic career to film & not something else
Que se trate de Ebert es el mérito de este documental. Lastimosamente no ha sido abordado de la forma más inspiradora. El filme depende del historial condensado del periodista y crítico de cine, además de la fórmula de contemplar el padecimiento del protagonista sin filtro. Queda sin embargo dos escenas para la memoria. Una fuente fílmica de Siskel vs. Ebert y a un Scorsese quebrándose por la emoción.
"And the purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize a little bit with other people. And for me the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."
"James, attempting to emulate Ebert's broad reach as a writer by rendering his own film accessible, falls short and resorts to conventionally reporting widely known biographical facts, inadvertently highlighting the challenges of attaining the kind of accessibility that Ebert himself misleadingly appeared to effortlessly achieve. -- Chuck Bowen, Slant.com. Bowen's convolution nevertheless rings true.
The Art Theater in Champaign, IL is my favorite place on Earth. I walk in, order a Bailey's and coffee, then join in with the small community of film buffs and writers alike. Five stars for Ebert, and for this touching tribute that moved me to tears. Ebert is and always will be one of my favorite humans that has ever existed. He is my hero, and is the reason I am here, writing reviews and watching films.
"Life Itself" is just about everything you could ask for in a biographical documentary. It's an illuminating and thoroughly comprehensive examination of a fascinating life. It successfully conveys Roger Ebert's passion, courage, triumphs and influences, without shying away from the low points of his life and career. Even if you're already a fan of Ebert (as I am), you will learn something new.