"As I've written many times, the movies are an empathy machine, drawing us into other lives, allowing us to identify with those of other races, genders, occupations, religions, income levels or times in history. Good films enlarge us, and are a civilizing medium. Bad films narrow us. No films at all impoverishes us."
--Roger Ebert, in an article about the favorite films of presidential nominees Senators John McCain and Barak Obama. Hat tip Peter Chattaway.
(Image: three of my film posters)