Roger Ebert, probably the most influential film critic ever, has died at age 70. His famous thumbs up or down could make or break a film.
We spoke a few years ago. I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Ebert when he used my cartoon drawn in sympathy for Christopher Hitchens when he was dying of cancer. He posted it in The Chicago Sun Times.The cruel and unusual verbal attack Hitchens suffered from Christians on top of his illness was so disgusting to me, I felt the least I could do was draw a cartoon in an attempt to expose the foolishness of those irrational attacks.
Ebert was once asked what he would choose if there was one movie that was to play over and over again and one snack to be served in Heaven, he responded “‘Citizen Kane’ and vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream.” I think he’s wrong. If there is such a Heaven, it would be “Thin Red Line” and nachos fully loaded.