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Fantastic trailer for Roger Ebert documentary, Life Itself

05.21.2014
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Roger Ebert was the most celebrated film critic of our time, and a documentary on him seems like a no-brainer. Fortunately this behind-the-scenes look on the late, great critic doesn't look like a total fluff piece (check out our Sundance review here), so I'm pretty eager to sit down with this and give LIFE ITSELF a watch.

Check out the trailer:

You'd be hard-pressed to find a passionate filmgoer who hasn't been touched by Mr. Ebert, and for those who weren't familiar with some other aspects of his life, this looks like a great entry point.

LIFE ITSELF will be released sometime in theaters and on Demand on July 4, 2014.

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3:26AM on 05/22/2014
Even if you agree or disagree with his reviews, it was always a joy to watch him.
Even if you agree or disagree with his reviews, it was always a joy to watch him.
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9:35PM on 05/21/2014
I still walk out of the theater sometimes, wondering what Roger Ebert would have thought of the movie I've just watched. These days, when I'm checking Joblo and Reelviews for any new reviews, I always feel weird, like I'm forgetting something--caused by a decade of habitually checking Roger Ebert's site first.
Which is to say, even if this movie is terrible, I'll probably love it. As a writer, as an aspiring filmmaker, and as a fan of cinema and cinema history, he went way beyond just being
I still walk out of the theater sometimes, wondering what Roger Ebert would have thought of the movie I've just watched. These days, when I'm checking Joblo and Reelviews for any new reviews, I always feel weird, like I'm forgetting something--caused by a decade of habitually checking Roger Ebert's site first.
Which is to say, even if this movie is terrible, I'll probably love it. As a writer, as an aspiring filmmaker, and as a fan of cinema and cinema history, he went way beyond just being an inspiration.
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7:24PM on 05/21/2014
As a film critic, he's something of a personal hero of mine. Yes, he might have been a dick at various points, but I've alwsys felt he was undeniably passionate and knowledgeable about film. He also wasn't afraid to come out and like something that lots of others didn't, and seeing as I gave I, Frankenstein a 7 out of 10, it's something I can relate to.
As a film critic, he's something of a personal hero of mine. Yes, he might have been a dick at various points, but I've alwsys felt he was undeniably passionate and knowledgeable about film. He also wasn't afraid to come out and like something that lots of others didn't, and seeing as I gave I, Frankenstein a 7 out of 10, it's something I can relate to.
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5:00PM on 05/21/2014

Maybe my favorite journalist of all time

His writing was incredibly personal. Reading him was like he was having a conversation with you, and his review was the beginning of it, not the end. In a domain where most seems to make their reputation based on how harsh they could be, Roger Ebert had a likeable personality. I never go see documentaries but I might make an exception for this one.
His writing was incredibly personal. Reading him was like he was having a conversation with you, and his review was the beginning of it, not the end. In a domain where most seems to make their reputation based on how harsh they could be, Roger Ebert had a likeable personality. I never go see documentaries but I might make an exception for this one.
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3:07PM on 05/21/2014

Every Friday like clock work...

The first thing I did when I woke up was go to Ebert's site and see what he had to say. The guy had a major influence on me, and probably most people on this site, for our love of film. While all the kids watched sports, I always made time to watch "Siskel and Ebert". I am glad I got to experience him for a good 18 years before he passed. He made reviewing and being into films, with intellect, cool. I will see this in the theaters. Yes, I will pay full price for this. What a touching
The first thing I did when I woke up was go to Ebert's site and see what he had to say. The guy had a major influence on me, and probably most people on this site, for our love of film. While all the kids watched sports, I always made time to watch "Siskel and Ebert". I am glad I got to experience him for a good 18 years before he passed. He made reviewing and being into films, with intellect, cool. I will see this in the theaters. Yes, I will pay full price for this. What a touching trailer. I don't think Roger would have wanted any other documentary director to do this besides the guy who did "Hoop Dreams". Any fan of Roger's knows his love for that film. I think that is the one of the few films that Roger and Gene both put at their number 1 for the year. RIP and long live Mr. Ebert!
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2:46PM on 05/21/2014
For a decade, I only read movie reviews of JoBlo.com and Roger Ebert. He was a very educated person in all kinds of films. He was smart. He had a taste like mine. I miss his articles.
I will watch this documentry.
For a decade, I only read movie reviews of JoBlo.com and Roger Ebert. He was a very educated person in all kinds of films. He was smart. He had a taste like mine. I miss his articles.
I will watch this documentry.
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