What do we think about when we hear the name Roger Ebert? We probably think about the incredible enthusiasm he displayed for the movies and the many films he reviewed as a newspaper and television critic. And, we probably remember the raucous conversations he and his TV partner Gene Siskel had when they defended their opinions. On their shows Sneak Previews and At the Movies, they would give films thumbs up or thumbs down. But, in the last few years before he died, we might also think about Roger Ebert, who was a natural storyteller and conversationalist, as a survivor who continued his work as he endured painful cancer surgeries and lost his voice.
Before he passed on Ebert wrote an autobiography that chronicled his personal story in the same honest manner he treated the movies, sharing the good and the bad. That book Life Itself can be found on the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library, along with two of his collections of movie reviews. It comes as no surprise that the first line of Life Itself is, “I was born in the movie of my life.” It was a life that included winning the first Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and being the first movie reviewer to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His two movie review compilations are called Great Movies and Great Movies II. Just like any average movie lover, Ebert’s taste included epics, Schindler’s List; suspense, The Silence of the Lambs, and classics, Casablanca. Check out these books and the movies on DVD. His 300 favorite movies can he found on Roger Ebert's website.