My husband and I watched Siskel and Ebert for years. I very often didn't agree with either man, but they were interesting as well as entertaining, and while I might look askance at their opinions, I never doubted they were passionate about movies. Here's a video where they discuss their approach to film criticism.
Mr. Ebert was also an uncommonly brave man, continuing to write despite serious health issues which left him unable to eat or speak.
As it happens, my favorite writing by Ebert wasn't about movies at all, but about his love for London in general and one special hotel in particular. Don't miss Ebert's Farewell To My London Home.
Here are remembrances by historian-critics Leonard Maltin and Mick LaSalle, and obituaries from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
The balcony is closed...