It’s a sad fact of life that we often don’t know what we have until it’s gone, and while we cherished the great film critic and writer Roger Ebert while he was with us, we were also perhaps a little surprised about how deeply his loss has been felt since news of his passing yesterday, and how many shared in that grief.
Roger Ebert was a talented writer, a knowledgeable film critic, and by the estimation of seemingly everyone who knew him, a great man. He, along with partner in crime Gene Siskel, made film-watching and movie-loving more accessible and popular than ever before. But that’s not to say that public opinion always fell in line with Ebert’s thinking, or that none of Ebert’s reviews deviated wildly from the consensus of his fellow film critics. Ebert was an individual, and he didn’t let anything but his own enjoyment sway his opinion. That’s why one of the things Ebert is best known for is championing movies that may be underlooked, underappreciated, or in some cases, just flat-out bad... to just about everyone but Ebert, that is.
Find some of his most infamous and controversial “favorites” after the jump!