Quotes: Informed Ability


Light: Oh yeah, the proof for the viewers that I'm very smart.
Sachiko: (reading test scores) Oh my, you're very smart!
Light: Yeah well, I'm going to go to my room and stare at a book.
Sachiko: Good. That's what smart people do!


We are assured, again and again, that she had a remarkably original mind, that she was a genius, and 'conscious of her originality,' and she was fortunate enough to have a lover who was also a genius and a man of 'most original mind.'

Fleming is an artist. A Sculptor. H.H. conforms to that immutable law of bad fiction which requires the sensitive hero to practice the one art his creator knows nothing about.
Gore Vidal, "The Art and Arts of E. Howard Hunt"

The movie is about psychotic convict Michael (Mickey Rourke) who is about to go to trial for murder. ...The script tries to paint Michael as some mad genius killer and his lawyer (Kelly Lynch) is some smooth femme fatale. Michael’s brilliant plan involves kidnapping a family for SEVERAL DAYS and hoping no one notices this. This almost reaches the level of a British farce the number of people that show up and the larger this kidnapping plot goes on. First it is just the wife, then the husband (Anthony Hopkins) shows up, then the son, then the daughter, then the boyfriend of the daughter, then the water heater repairman, then the real estate agent! No I am not kidding! Then we have the brilliant lawyer who can supposedly fool everyone. That is until the cops decide to follow her until she leads them to Michael. And this is not subtle following either. They are following her in cars with lights and sirens and a plane overhead and she is still so rock stupid as to call Michael and continue to the house!
Miles Antwiler on Desperate Hours (1990)

Alex & Emma is a movie about a guy who has to write a novel in thirty days in order to collect the money from his publisher to pay two gamblers who will otherwise kill him. So he hires a stenographer to take dictation, and they fall in love. But the thing is, it’s a bad novel. Very bad. Every time the author started dictating, I was struck anew by how bad it was—so bad it’s not even good romance fiction. I guess I didn’t expect him to write The Gambler by Dostoyevsky—although, come to think of it, Dostoyevsky dictated The Gambler in thirty days to pay off a gambling debt, and fell in love with his stenographer.

Vic Small secretly thinks his own son is an idiot and would much rather have the more intelligent and competent Triple H take over the family business when he’s gone. You know, maybe I’ll stop being so critical of this movie; after all, for his first shot at ghostwriting a screenplay, this is pretty good for Hunter.

Duncan MacLeod is not pure of heart. He’s a good guy, but he’s totally not pure of heart. Look through the series and see how many friends of his he killed. The man spent a generation or so cutting apart innocent Englishmen because they had harmed his Scottish clan, despite the fact that said Englishmen often had nothing to do with the battles that had scarred Scotland. His rigid adherence to a code of honor that has proven to be anachronistic has time and again resulted in innocent people dying. He beheaded his own pupil and friend because he was too weak of mind to see through Ahriman’s illusions...If anything, the Duncan of the TV series was a man who tried to be good but constantly found himself put in situations where he had to compromise his ethics, because his attempts to break the world into good and evil just didn’t work. The Duncan in this movie is a moping morose moron who would rather be sitting on a rooftop crying than actually doing something productive. But now we’re supposed to believe that he’s pure of heart and the only one who can unlock the truth of the Source? Bite me, movie.
The Screamsheet on Highlander: The Source

Neil McDonough is so unbelievably wimpy-looking; He played Bruce Banner in the 1996 Hulk series remake and a red-shirt in Star Trek, two characters who were specifically meant to convey the idea of 'easily defeated wimp'...He's meant to be the ultimate unarmed combatant and the only people he punches in the entire movie are a chained-up secretary and an unborn fetus. This is actually smart since he appears to have mistakenly received all his martial arts training from a sign-language instructor. They use every trick they can to make him look threatening, from perspective shots to (I wish I was kidding) playing an actual tiger sound effect every time he does anything, but it's still about as threatening as a cuddle party.

Mike: "You have a superior intellect. So build us a super-ship and a whole bunch of super-missiles." And Khan says, "OK, I'll do that in exchange for waking up my crew" And then they agree. But Khan, obviously, thinks that they're actually going to do that. His superior intellect, y'know, doesn't warrant him the ability to realize the Admiral probably will double-cross him... Khan isn't very smart.
Rich: To be fair, Khan's not very smart in The Wrath of Khan, either.... In the original "Space Seed", Kirk just beats Khan up at the end. He takes a club and he just starts hitting Khan.

The opening credits are stunningly rendered, and utter majestic, but they almost play like a car commercial for a space ship – watch Voyager plow through space dust fields! marvel as Voyager hits top speeds of over warp 9! it looks beautiful to any local planetoids, and is a joy to handle! ...'Intrepid class,' Stadi helpfully explains, as if talking Paris through some futuristic showroom. 'Sustainable cruise velocity of warp factor nine point nine seven five. Fifteen decks. Crew complement of one hundred and forty one. Bio-neural circuitry.' It’s worth noting that very few of these make any real difference to the show as it goes on — the crew seems to be filled with expendable individuals, Voyager’s only ever as fast as the plot requires, and the 'bio-neural circuitry' is used as a macguffin in precisely one of the show’s future episodes, Learning Curve.
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Voyager, "Caretaker"

Trip asks what happened down on the planet, and Archer says they may have offended the Kreetassans again. "How?" Trip asks. "You didn't eat cabbage before you left...?" And there you have it. For those who missed it, that was, in fact, a fart joke..."You're a trained diplomat! Take the high road!" Wow, a statement that is so completely forced and untrue that I don't even know where to start. Let it suffice to say that in this episode, Archer is going to be doing pretty much everything a diplomat is trained not to do. Actually, he'll be doing stuff that human beings are taught not to do. From the time they're like, four years old.
The Agony Booth on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

Chris: Lois is on the phone with the VRA — which I thought was the Vigilante Registration Act, but I guess is now the Vigilante Registration Agency? — and they’re not telling her anything. Later, she claims that she’s been “going all Erin Brockovich” on the government, but since nobody who writes for Smallville has ever heard of “show, don’t tell,” we only see her sitting around the farmhouse on hold with the government. Thus, Lois Lane: Investigative Journalist, becomes the first character of the episode to be completely chucked under the bus.
David: It would have been great if we saw Lois and she was just like, the most un-curious person ever. Like, meteor showers happen and someone gets shot in front of her face, and she’s like “eh.” and keeps eating popcorn and watching TV.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Collateral")

Her growth to a DCU superhero is forced. The fact that she is still a superhero and still out there with powers also bothers me. I just do not think this character deserves that kind of send off. If any of the main characters is going to come out of this show as a DCU superhero than it should have been Chloe. She is the character that earned it. They never showed us why Lana was so great and why Lana deserved to be a Superhero. Sure they 'told' us more than once but that never matched what they actually showed us. What I saw was a stuck up, deceptive, manipulative witch who's opinion of herself was way above and beyond what the reality they showed us was. That is usually okay. Characters like that can work in a story. The problem was everyone else on the show shared Lana's delusions of grandeur and that is what killed this story. It was just hard to watch. Period. And even harder to watch her ride off into the sunset as a Superhero like that.
Douglas Trumble on Smallville's Lana

Gwen Cooper is supposed to be our anchor in this series but I never truly bought into the character as an identification figure... Gwen’s brilliant scheme to finding a way into Torchwood is to hang around where she last saw them and hopes that she bumps into them again. When that fails she asks the nearest pizza company if they deliver to Torchwood. With that kind of investigative prowess I bet the police were devastated to let her go when she transferred across.

Okay, I take it back. Reed Richards is not a genius. He is actually a complete moron.
Linkara comments on the irrefutable evidence in "Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four in... Brain Drain!", Atop the Fourth Wall

"In case you haven't noticed, John is even worse at psychiatry than Trilby is at stealing. Spoiler alert: There is not a single instance in the entire series of a protagonist actually demonstrating a skill we're supposed to believe they have."