REST IN PEACE ROGER EBERT, FILM CRITIC (JUNE 18 1942 - APRIL 4 2013)
"Film criticism is important because films are important…films are important because they are the art form of the 20th century. They are the most serious of the mass arts because even theatre isn’t a mass art. They affect the way people think and feel and behave. They can be both a good influence on society and a negative influence, to the degree that they glorify mindlessness and short attention spans…to the degree that they encourage empathy to people not like ourselves and encourage us to think about life and issues. They can be good. They can of course be just purely entertaining, and there is nothing wrong with that."