As a kid, I always would do two things to learn about movies. Remember, we didn't have internet back then. I always read the Kansas City Star's entertainment section and I used to watch "At the Movies with Siskel and Ebert." I would listen to their opinions on the movies I would be interested in seeing and though I wouldn't always agree with them, I respected their take. To this day, I still don't agree with everything Roger Ebert thought (he hated the first 'Die Hard' movie). But I learned how to evaluate movies from him. He wasn't a film snob. He was a film goer. He was a film student. He would rate things, not in comparison to works of art, but as he was entertained.
I used to want to be a child star as a kid and have my movies reviewed on "At the Movies" which were still going on at the time. Even when Richard Roeper came on to replace Gene Siskel (whom I also admired), I wished to be an actor who would be in a movie reviewed by them.
At Siskel's funeral, Ebert gave him a thumbs up, which seems awkward and silly, but it was Siskel and Ebert's signature sign of approval. Well, in that nature, I give both Siskel and Ebert "Two Thumbs Up!"
And, in honor...
E.J. is just a simple man who loves movies. Don't judge.