Thumbs up. Thumbs down. Those simple hand gestures were the trademark for film criticism's most renowned duo, Siskel and Ebert. Gene Siskel is sadly gone now, but Roger Ebert is still here, and provides us with a generous look back on his eventful life in his new memoir, Life Itself. The film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for over 40 years, Ebert's rich understanding of the cinema and its meaning in culture cannot be overstated. His interactions with film's greatest stars, including John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Robert Mitchum, and many others are retold here and are a pleasure to read. Even more enjoyable are his accounts of his personal life, including his early years in downstate Illinois, his travels, and his romances. He also discusses with disarming frankness the devastating cancer that has left him disfigured and unable to eat, drink or speak. He does this all in the sharp, straightforward prose style familiar to his readers. Life Itself is an enjoyable chronicle of a life well lived.
Submitted by Brett @ Washington Park