❝ People will often cry gross over-intellectualisation when popular culture is critically addressed, as if it is somehow exempt from serious consideration because it is itself ‘non-serious’, just a bit of fun that doesn’t require or deserve dissection. I disagree; every expression of art is a product of its environment and as such will reflect the concerns, preoccupations and neuroses of the time. Mainstream entertainment particularly, by its very nature, has to reflect the dominant modes of thinking in order to qualify as mainstream, and in that respect, mass entertainment is even more fun to pick apart.
Two things it is never the wrong time to quote:
Mean Girls and Arrested Development
28 Mar 12 @ 9:13 pm  — reblog
❝ These are the sort of less well trodden paths I like. Because once you’re seven or ten less-well trodden paths from that first, the path has become so faint that you might not actually be on a path at all. And if you are now walking through that virgin forest of originality, then you have strayed well.
— Jasper Fforde
28 Feb 12 @ 7:21 pm  — reblog
❝ When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy acceptance speech.
— Christopher Plummer’s amazing and amusing acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor (via zap2it
Now because the majority of abortions are performed in the first trimester, if you’re going to get an ultrasound image, as the Virginia law requires, the law states, basically, that any woman seeking to have a legal procedure known as an abortion, whether she wants to or not, first lay back in a chair, spread her legs, (put her) feet in stirrups, and have an eight- to ten-inch wand put inside her — even if the woman in question is pregnant as the result of a rape.
I don’t really have a joke here. I just thought I’d tell you.
❝ I haven’t got any thoughts. I’m just staring vacantly into space, while a distant voice in the back of my head goes, “Oh, shit,” like a car alarm in the middle of the night.
— Simon Foster, In the Loop
10 Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm  — reblog
❝ They maybe subscribe such characterization of Newt via words like that, but they don’t subscribe those to say Mitt Romney when he or his surrogates do the same thing,” she said. “That’s that typical hypocrisy stuff in the media that I’ve lived with over a couple of decades in the political arena. So I’m used to it. But in order to help educate the rest of the American public, I’ll articulate that it is hypocritical of the media to subscribe to one candidate and not another, that kind of ‘angry attack muffin’ verbiage to one and not the other.
❝ Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
❝ Here’s something that Matt and I have talked about before – our dream episode is where Neal and Peter get stuck in an elevator, and all they have is, I dont know, possibly a board game somehow – the writers are brilliant that way; they can create anything they want - and they are just stuck in the elevator for the entire episode. I think it would give us potential for some great dialogue.
❝ I have of late,—but wherefore I know not,—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire,—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me.
— Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2
19 Jan 12 @ 11:32 pm  — reblog