''I started watching a lot of previously lost 1930s rubber hose cartoons: Fleischer Talkartoons, Lantz Oswalds, Ub Iwerks and Terrytoons. For decades these cartoons have been derided by cartoon historians and even some of the animators themselves. These cartoons have attributes that far surpass their seeming limitations. They were extremely inventive and the animators were encouraged to do what comes naturally to cartoonists and animators. They were allowed to draw and animate in their own individual styles. In the early 1930s, there were no set bible of rules for how to animate. The medium was too young."
—John Kricfalusi defending early 1930's cartoons
One evening I introduced the editor of The New Yorker to several hundred of the essential players, as stars and magnates of the largest multitude are currently known. I quoted myself: 'To be truly commercial is to do well that which should not be done at all.' Silence like the tomb engulfed these words. But the commercialites have their own weird integrity, and their productions are often rather better than those of the auteurs, as 'serious' directors are inappropriately known in these parts.
—Gore Vidal, Palimpsest
Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung-fu film.
I'd just as soon do a big-budget movie as an independent one. Sometimes the independent movies can get a little too arty-farty. You watch the IFC Channel and you want to throw up.
There was a group of us girls coming up. A lot of us are surviving. Some of us are not. I used to go to auditions with Tara Reid. So, you know, we didnít all make it. Weíre not all still here. I do love Sharknado.
How much money did Transformers 4 make? Exactly. Those people can complain Ė they all go to the theater. They're gonna love it. And if they don't love it, they can fuck off, and that's the end of that.
I had a big argument with an actress friend of mine who said, 'The worst actors are in daytime!' And I don't even take it personally, because it's just out of ignorance. If she had said the worst acting is in daytime, I could go along with it, because time does not permit anybody to have the kind of quality that we'd like. It's like doing summer stock, and you can't compare summer stock to a Broadway show. It's tough.
—Sam Behrens on Sunset Beach
It was only later that I realized that the older fans had reacted badly to it, so I went, 'Well, it's a shame that they have, but it wasn't meant for them.'
—Matthew Graham on "Fear Her"
Every medium, of course, has things like this. Not every song is 'Famous Blue Raincoat,' and not every movie is The Fountain. (And as an aside, that is the best song and best movie ever, and if you disagree you are wrong) ...Frankly, the world would be no worse off if Sugar Ray's 'I Just Wanna Fly' were eradicated, and that was a horrifically popular song. But all the same, there is some sort of line between acts of creation that matter and ones that don't.
''Hey, itís Stallone, not DeNiro. The manís emotional depth as an actor is basically a kiddy pool.'
Now if you'll permit me, I'd like to compare Revenge of the Sith with what is widely believed to be one of the greatest motion pictures ever made: Citizen Kane. Is that fair? NOPE.
Bill Condon's struggle to lift the Twilight saga above its adolescent supermarket trash novel trappings isn't so much a Herculean effort as it is Sisyphean.
Should I even mention the plot of this movie? Do you ever think Hudson Hawk will have some brilliant Mamet dialog or tight scripting?
It didn't matter what ID4 was about, but the trailer had a shot of the White House getting butt-fucked by a death ray, and who doesn't want to see that? Instant blockbuster.
Fifty Shades of Grey is going to win Oscars in the same universe where Parasite Hilton is going to sweep the Grammys, Tori Spelling is going to sweep the Emmys, Meryl Streep is going to sweep the Razzies, Iím going to win a Pulitzer for my dedication to writing about dick cheese and Lindsay Lohan is going to win something besides another court date. But Fifty Shades of Shitís screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, thinks that at the 2016 Oscars, 2015′s Best Actress Oscar winner, January Jones for The Mother Theresa Story, will say the words, 'And the Oscar goes to JAMIE DORNAN,' as hell freezes over...If anybodyís going to get an Oscar for Fifty Shades of Mom Jizz it better be the tampon, because it probably gives the most multi-layered performance in that shit.
There is a sense that Out of the Shadows is a film comfortable with its own shoddiness.
Neelix getting his rocks off with a buxom Klingon babe? What the hell is all this shit? ...At least most of the episode is played for laughs (or at least I hope that it is—most of the material is really very daft so there is no other way to view it!) so it is b-movie watchable, but throughout I was scratching my head thinking Ďwhy am I watching this?í which has become my default Voyager setting.
...if I was hard pressed to find something actually good about the show, Iíd have to say that it does a decent job with Lois. Not the best job, and not even the best on TV ó sheís not as smart, sassy or well-acted as Dana DeLaney on Superman: The Animated Series, but thatís like comparing the Mona Lisa to fingerpaints.
Some people like to use the word ['overanalyzing'] as a replacement for 'this movie's dumb, and you're going to ruin it for me if you make me use my brain!'
"But SO many people keep telling me 'Oh, it's a popcorn movie! Can't you just have fun? Nyeh...' Well, let me tell you something; a water slide is fun. All the slipping and sliding, it's just great. But if someone took you off the waterslide, shook you, gave you a noogie and then spat in your face and put you back on the water slide, you'd be like... 'That wasn't fun; that was weird and annoying.' And THAT'S this movie." ''
"DEMO, look, you always do this, this over-analytical nitpicky-mcdickie bull-malarkey. Why can't you just ignore these negative aspects you've detailed thus far, and enjoy the good and memorable segments for what they are?" Oh my God. You are so right. If you ignore the bad parts of shows, then they'll be good! Because then all you have left is the good parts! How come no one else is doing this?! Holy shit, literally every show in existence is a 10/10 now, this is revolutionary! I'm gonna go rewatch Abunai Sisters! Why haven't we thought of this before?!
Oh, because I'm not a tool, that's why. I forgot. And for a minute there I thought I might be able to fit in.
It boils down to "This is supposed to be bad, you're wrong for wanting it to be good."
Moviegoers who knowingly buy a ticket for "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" are going to get exactly what they expect: There is a mummy, a tomb, a dragon and an emperor. And the movie about them is all that it could be. If you think "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" sounds like a waste of time, don't waste yours. I, as it happens, have time to waste...