seen @ Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York NY
I've tried, but I'm finding it difficult to express the admiration I feel for the film version of Life Itself. Laughter and sadness in near-equal parts. A shockingly explicit inside look at Roger Ebert's final days that will make you better appreciate what he went through. A picture of courage, dignity and pure, unadulterated love in Chaz Ebert. A portrait of the late film critic that doesn't shy away from the not-so-flattering parts. Director Steve James is to be commended for the remarkable job he did with this documentary, and if it's not nominated for Best Picture, then the entire Oscar system is broken beyond repair. This movie is about one extraordinary life, but I think it's safe to say that in a way, it speaks for all of us as well. That's all I can say about it right now.
Life Itself the book