Too many films are turned out following a cheaply melodramatic or allegedly funny formula. Soon after the start of a picture one knows how it is going to unfold. It is inane, a denial of true artistry, a false escape from reality, a waste of time. One can attend cinemas only when they show versions of a good novel, a good play, or a worthwhile comedy.
-- Notebooks Category 14: The Arts in Culture > Chapter 4: Reflections On Specific Arts > # 255