As a pre-teen, I had some fairly odd reading habits. Yeah, there were comic books (naturally) but I also frequently checked the local book store for Roger Ebert’s annual movie guide.

Ebert’s book series collected his Chicago Sun Times reviews from each year. For a teenage film nerd like myself, it was a valuable lesson in critical thinking, an education in dissection that would convince me to write entertainment columns for my high school paper, my college paper, OfNote Magazine,, TGRIOnline,, and here.

For better or worse…Roger Ebert…thanks.