Now you almost have had to live under a rock not to have ever heard the names Siskel & Ebert, and even if not together - Gene Siskel or Roger Ebert in some capacity when movies are mentioned. I've always been interested in movie reviews but I remember reading a article by Roger Ebert maybe 15 years ago and thought that what he wrote in that article was the best description I'd ever read in my entire life. He began with some fun facts but ultimately gave a serious and concrete review of the movie (which now i can't remember what it was) but after reading it I just swooned over how awesome his review was and how I wish I could do something very similar. My father of course gave me the run down of who Roger Ebert was and gave me some literature to read over about being a movie critic and about who Roger Ebert was and who his equally talented friend - Gene Siskel was (around this time I believe he had just passed).
Fast Forward to Sunday - I watched a documentary titled "Life Itself" about Roger Ebert's legacy and his health struggle. The documentary was amazing and gave me a first hand look at his life - how he got into movie writing, his passion about movies and his rise to the top. It was almost like having the opportunity to meet him without actually meeting him and I'm happy I got to watch it. I learned how he was actually given the position because a colleague retired and it was just passed along to him - not that he wanted it but he accepted it nonetheless. He was already a well known writer, extremely talented and so the position was his. He literally thrived in this position - better than his predecessor. Roger became extremely well known especially in the Chicago area (he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times) for his reviews and eventually partnered up for a TV show with a fellow critic (who he wasn't at first very fond of) Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune.
Long story short the partnership equally and individually became one of the most acclaimed & respected. These two movie experts are still admired today - by folks just like me. Roger Ebert has a wonderful website with all of his past movie reviews and articles for viewing. I visit the website about once a week - since his death he has really great contributors that write reviews for his website now and they are just as good. If you haven't seen this documentary and want to - check it out on Amazon. It's well worth it - if your a movie lover like myself.
That's my take,