“What does a film think about? Who does it converse with? For what purpose? It is therefore a matter of “considering images as a critical act and of thus seeking to deploy their own powers.” (3) This is the performative and theoretical power of the cinema, which thinks in and through the world which surrounds it.”—Jean Baptiste-Thoret, "The Seventies Reloaded"
“As critics, all we have are our beliefs, ideals, prejudices, blind spots, our reservoirs of historical and personal knowledge, and the strength of our arguments. There are empirical truths that we can say about a movie: it was shot in black and white or color, on film or digital, in widescreen or not, directed by this or that filmmaker. But beyond these absolutes there is only our thinking, opinions, ideologies, methodological approaches and moments in time. That isn’t to say that criticism is a postmodern anything goes; it is to admit that critics are historical actors and that our relationships with movies, as with everything in life, are contingent on those moments.”—Manohla Dargis, "Mad About Her: Pauline Kael, Loved and Loathed"