I just wanted to say a quick word about Roger Ebert, who is perhaps the best known film critic in the world and one of my personal heroes.
I cannot tell you how many times I have read a review of Roger's and instantly thought to myself "yes, that is exactly how I felt!" Roger had the ability to put any emotion into words, and he did it beautifully.
I have, on occasion, received a nasty or rude comment on this blog because of my writing or opinions. But it was Roger, who probably was insulted more cruelly than most film stars, that helped me remember that you are allowed to have an opinion. It doesn't matter if other people disagree or even think you are stupid for feeling a certain way. You can't help the way you feel about a movie.
But Roger isn't just an inspiration for his career as a film critic. He had a good attitude through cancer, the loss of his jaw, and the death of his best friend and he still managed to be happy.
It is always sad to see an idol die. However, when I look at how full Roger's life was, I feel inspired and happy that the world got to know such an amazing man. RIP Roger.