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Quotes: Deconstructio N
"You'd think a house full of crazy people'd be fun. Actually, it's really depressing."
Bart Simpson, The Simpsons

"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault."

"Sometimes, it's fruitful to take a step back and examine the things we've come to accept, like saying the word 'Scunthorpe' over and over again until it's reduced to nothing but meaningless syllables and a spicy hidden cuss."

"'Deconstruction' is an academic word. It means saying what everybody knows about the movies in words nobody can understand."
Roger Ebert, reviewing Scream (1996)

"With the benefit of hindsight and a greater understanding of anthropoid behavior patterns, science fiction author Philip José Farmer was able to demonstrate quite credibly that the young Tarzan would almost certainly have indulged in sexual experimentation with chimpanzees and that he would just surely have had none of the aversion to eating human flesh that Edgar Rice Burroughs attributed to him. As our political and social consciousness continues to evolve, Allan Quartermain stands revealed as just another white imperialist out to exploit the natives and we begin to see that the overriding factor in James Bond's psychological makeup is his utter hatred and contempt for women. Whether most of us would prefer to enjoy the above-mentioned gentlemen's adventures without spoiling things by considering the social implications is beside the point. The fact remains that we have changed, along with our society, and that were such characters created today they would be subject to the most extreme suspicion and criticism."
Alan Moore The Mark of Batman Introduction to Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

David: It is a nice little commentary. I mean, that’s the choice that Batman makes by not killing bad guys. And it’s the main reason why Jean-Paul Valley was definitively a better Batman. Yes, I said that. AZRAEL 4 LYFE.
Laura: Hold on, David. I have a incoming message for you...“I HATE YOU.
David: I sort of saw that coming.
Laura: Also, it is not a nice little commentary; beneath all the incoherence, this is quickly becoming a story based on the same overused “high” concept that every armchair quarterback Batman fan probably imagines as his magnum opus: “Batman doesn’t kill. But what if he… KILLED?” DUN DUN DUN. Seeing Bruce sit here and have this endless monologue as though this is the first time the idea occurred to him is pretty tiresome.
Laura Hudson and David Wolkin, "The Complete and Utter Insanity of Batman Odyssey"

"To be honest, I have generally defended Man of Steel. Why? Well, first I think its bad reputation is a little exaggerated. The fact is that none of us are as innocent and wide-eyed as we were when we first saw Christopher Reeve save Lois from a burning helicopter while telling her that air travel is safer than driving. You're not getting that feeling back, people. It won't happen. It died along with all of the other things that made life worth living such as hope, a sense of wonder, and being able to eat all the candy you wanted without getting sick."
Topless Robot on Man of Steel

"[Sidney] Lumet directed 12 Angry Men, which seemed to show the American Legal System at its very best. Well, it seems like Lumet wanted to bookend his career with a movie that shows the worst in the American Legal System. You thought the courts were honorable and justice is done, well F*CK YOU!
Miles Antwiler on Find Me Guilty

"One take on postmodernism is what we might call the cynical style. In this approach things are taken apart to a large extent in order to show their flaws and contradictions. This isn’t done maliciously or nihilistically, but it’s distinctly a form of critique. Transit is an excellent example, with its insistence that the Doctor regards his companions as pets. That’s not done out of dislike of Doctor Who in the least... But it’s a reworking of the concepts of Doctor Who that is clearly a critique of it."

"It's fair to say Meryl Silverburgh is the 'Honey Ryder' of the Metal Gear series: the original Bond Girl. She's sexy, tough, and has perfect chemistry with the antisocial killer we're rooting for, which is why we want to see the two of them end up together — at least for a little while. Meryl's reappearance in MGS4 is clearly fanservice, but it's also a way of tying up any loose ends in the strange ongoing history of the series. When we meet Meryl, we find out she's no longer the impressionable rookie we once knew, but rather a hardened commander who can easily keep three tough male soldiers in line. She's revolted by Snake's aged appearance and continuously shows sympathy for him by wanting him to give up... How do you like your fanservice reunion, you entitled pricks?

The disappointing return of Snake and Meryl (interrupted by Johnny's frequent diarrhea attacks and retarded behavior, just to make sure you can't get too sentimental) was meant to suck the life out of Snake's classic appeal, along with any hope of reliving our favorite spy fantasies. Women used to fawn over him and try to get down his pants back in the day, but not anymore."
Terry Wolf, "Metal Gear Soldout"

"Now that we're done deconstructing everything, maybe we should start putting everything back together."
— Signature of a Troper on the TV Tropes forums, origin unknown.

"Yeah, there’s a universe where your favorite childhood television show is completely and utterly real. There are also plenty of universes that will take that, rape it, and run it through a meat grinder."

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