Roger Ebert’s career as a film critic spanned over four decades in print (46 years at the Chicago Sun-Times), television (thumbs up, thumbs down) and on into Twitter (which he embraced with gusto). In 1975, he was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer. He died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. You can hear his interviews with Leonard from 1996 and 2005 below.
"I prefer black and white. I think it's more pure, more dream-like, more of a reverie." (2:50)
"I probably see 400 [movies] a year, or more." (3:54)
"I'll always be grateful I saw 'There's Something About Mary' with an audience...That was an experience I enjoyed." (5:05)
"I love Renoir. I love Kurosawa. I also love to see a guy running on people's heads." (8:20)
"Best ten lists just drive me crazy." (18:30)
"In a way, the golden age ended with Jaws." (23:20)
"I'll tell you what a critic does: We can help share our enthusiasm for films that might not come to your attention otherwise, and we can probably steer you away from films that you think might be good and we can say, 'No, there's not that good.'" (28:00)