Roger Ebert, the name itself is enough to introduce this legend. Every Cinemaholic is familiar to Ebert and his opinions. He is often cited as “The Most Influential Critic” in the history of Cinema. A noble figure, Roger Ebert remained the critic of ‘Chicago Sun-Times’ from 1967 until his last day. Pulitzer Awardee, Ebert, unlike the established method, rated movies out of 4 stars. The reviews were juxtaposed with ideal films of their genre. His sound reviews amassed huge following, even influencing the success of the film. Eventually his popularity grew turning him into a Television icon. PBS ran ‘Sneak Previews’ with Ebert and Gene Siskel, promoting Televised reviewing. ‘Two-thumbs up’ turned into their Trademark for critical appreciation. Later, Richard Roeper verbally sparred with Ebert after Siskel’s Death. Roger Ebert is the only critic to receive a star on Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’.
Ebert considered Cinema the greatest art form developed by humans. It has the prowess to change or influence your vote or your mind ( We couldn’t agree more). The statement literally, rationalized our existence, us ‘Cinemaholics’. All of us, nearly everyone, has their list of favorites. Cineasts know the significance of their favorite Movies in their life. The most popular Pundit, also designed his set of favorite movies, that moved him emotionally. According to him, they are ‘The Greatest of All Time’. Therefore, here is the list of his favorite movies, with his quotes regarding them.
10. 28 UP (1984)
“The miracle of the film is that it shows us that the seeds of the man are indeed in the child. Some do better than we expect, some worse, one seems completely bewildered. But the secret and mystery of human personality is there from the first. This ongoing film is an experiment unlike anything else in film history.”
Boyhood is considered to be the best coming-of-age movie in Hollywood. Wait till you fathom this underrated phenomenon. 28 UP is a spectacular documentary in the UP series. Michael Apted, the Director, gathered 14 children and interviewed them. All 14 had different socio-economical status in England. Subsequently, Apted interviewed him after every 7 year span. With every interview, the subjects responded differently. In 28 UP, their dreams and destiny varies yet they are emotionally attached to their childhood dream. This documentary film holds special rank in Ebert’s list. At present, 8 episodes have been produced till 56 UP and Michael Apted wishes to do 84 UP at his 99! Now, this is inspiring.