A. O. Scott, New York Times film critic and author, Better Living Through Criticism
I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on a black-and-white television set, so it wasn’t until my 20th viewing or so that I discovered that it was in color—the Oz portions, anyway. Which is why the line that Dorothy utters when she steps out into that enchanted world defines, for me, the inexhaustible magic of movies: “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Tracy Clayton, host, Strong Black Legends podcast
Nas’s character in the movie Belly is trying to get his girlfriend, played by T-Boz of TLC, to go to Africa with him. Her response is stunning in its simplicity: “Africa is far.” Indeed, young T-Boz! Africa is far (from New York City, the movie’s setting). Black folks in America are emotionally and spiritually removed from Africa. So what looks like just a simple and obvious response is actually deep and thought-provoking.
Jenny Han, author, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
“As if!,” from Clueless. Short and to the point. It gave girls a language for dealing with unwanted attention from creepy guys, in a way that was clear and bold but also funny.
Michael E. Zuller, Great Neck, N.Y.
Humphrey Bogart’s toast to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca: “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Fraught with bittersweet regret, a groundswell of longing, and, just maybe, a glint of hope.