->'''Troy:''' I think I got half of it... which got me through the half I ''didn't''.\\
'''Abed:''' Ah, like the first season of Series/TheWire.
-->-- ''Series/{{Community}}''

->''Okay, I'm not stupid, you just reference obscure things all the time.''
-->--'''Valencia''', ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend''



->''Film/{{Primer}}'' is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review.
--> --'''Creator/RogerEbert'''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->Between [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis}} Logopolis]] and Castrovalva, we have Chris Bidmead to thank for really exploring the potential of the TARDIS as an alien and unknowable setting... The consequence of being able to gain enough momentum to escape Event One is to delete 25% of the TARDIS--I love how Bidmead uses clever science to get the Doctor out of this situation and as a small side note his description of momentum here helped me to pass a GCSE exam question. Cheers, Bidmead!
-->--'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.com/2011/09/season-nineteen.html Joe Ford]]''' on ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva}} "Castrovalva"]]

->If you can't handle the complexity, I'm sorry you are stupid, because you are missing out.
-->--'''[[http://www.squidi.net/blog/entry.php?id=2008.05.23 Sean Howard]]''', on ''Series/TheWire''

->Months before seeing the pilot, I read its entire (leaked) script...I had to watch the show twice just to believe (a) how good that script was and (b) [[ReviewsAreTheGospel how incredibly convinced of its goodness, in every sense of “good,” it was.]]\\\
Hence, my first question starts, ''“I watched the pilot twice ... ”'' But I don't get to the question part because [[Creator/AaronSorkin Sorkin]] looks as if he wants to say something. I invite him to do so, and he asks, ''“Because you liked it so much the first time, or because you didn't understand it the first time?”''\\\
[[AwesomeEgo So huge is the hubris]] in thinking anyone smart enough to write about this show for a national newspaper might not be yet smart enough to understand it...
-->--'''[[http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/how-to-get-under-aaron-sorkins-skin-and-also-how-to-high-five-properly/article4363455/ Sarah Nicole Prickett]]''' on ''Series/TheNewsroom''

->Who was Kojima really trying to impress with ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid MGS1]]''? And therefore, who was he really trying to punish in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty MGS2]]''? Didn’t he understand the paradox he’d created for himself? Teenagers who want to fantasize about snapping a bad guy’s neck in the middle of a blizzard, or stuffy professors and Creator/RogerEbert? There’s not much of an overlap in that Venn diagram... America is indeed stupid, but it’s the job of artists to work around that. The themes of ''[=MGS2=]'' are powerful and highly relevant, but they’re wasted. They may as well be in Latin and spoken in reverse. Dumb it down for the masses and work on attracting a cult following to disseminate your messages — don’t engineer [[TrollingCreator the world’s greatest prank]] in order to prove that you’re smarter than everyone, you crazy man!
-->--'''[[http://www.metagearsolid.org/2013/08/official-review-mgs2-a-complete-breakdown/ Terry Wolf]]'''

->In Gehn's bedroom, you can find a spherical machine with a lever on it. If you activate the lever, you will see a video of a woman saying some gibberish: '[[SpeakingSimlish Blurga? Scrugla pridla bugga.]]' Boring, right? Well, you have to understand that this woman is in fact Gehn's wife and that the D'ni words she is saying can be translated as something like: 'Is this thing on? My dear Gehn, I will love you for all eternity'. Considering the woman in the Imager looks thirty-ish and Gehn looks almost seventy, it really makes you wonder: How old is this video? How many times has Gehn watched it during his thirty years of confinement in a lonely world? It almost makes you [[SympathyForTheDevil feel some sympathy for the despot he's become]]. You can also find his journal on his desk, where most of his writing is steady, self-assured descriptions of his nefarious plans, except for a single entry about his wife. It is extremely pale and shaky, ending in a smudge that suspiciously looks like [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes a single tear]]. This really blows my mind: it's got to be the most [[ShowDontTell understated tidbit of background information]] in a video game. How many games require you to have knowledge of an imaginary language to understand all the nuances of its story? And ''Riven'' is literally full of little things like these, which almost no one will ever notice. I feel for the Miller brothers since it must be frustrating. Maybe it's a bit like being the curator at the Louvres, who sees a new bunch of slack-jawed yokels walk around his museum every day, 'oooing' and 'aaahing' at the pretty sights for a while, without ever noticing anything about the deliberate use of colors, contrasts, lines or the different artistic movements and their place in history.
-->--'''''Website/HardcoreGaming101''''' [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/myst/myst2.htm on]] ''{{VideoGame/Riven}}''

-> '''Jonathan Rosenbaum''': ''In a recent essay about [[ViewersAreMorons the dumbing down of American movies]], Phillip Lopate writes, “Take Jim Jarmusch: a very gifted, intelligent filmmaker, who studied poetry at Columbia, yet he makes movie after movie about low-lifes who get smashed every night, make pilgrimages to Memphis where they are visited by Elvis’s ghost, shoot off guns and in general comport themselves in a somnambulistic, inarticulate, unconscious manner.”''\\
'''Creator/JimJarmusch''': ''I don’t know, man. Once I was in a working-class restaurant in Rome with [[Film/LifeIsBeautiful Roberto Benigni]] at lunchtime. They had long tables where you sit with other people. We sat down with these people in their blue work overalls, they were working in the street outside, and Roberto’s talking to them, and talking about [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante]] and [[Literature/OrlandoFurioso Ariosto]] and twentieth-century Italian poets. Now, you go out to [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] Wyoming and go in a bar and mention the word poetry, and you’ll get a gun stuck up your ass. [[SmallReferencePools That’s the way America is]]. Whereas even guys who work in the street collecting garbage in Paris love nineteenth-century painting.''
--> [[https://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2017/03/jarmsuchs-lost-america-the-pleasures-of-paterson/ Jarmusch's Lost America: The Pleasures of Paterson]]


[[folder:Real Life]]

->Why should things be easy to understand?
--> -- '''Creator/ThomasPynchon'''

->Yes, to understand this joke you need to know relativity ''and'' image processing theory. No, I am unrepentant.
-->--'''[[@/DMMAus David Morgan-Mar]]''' on [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/617.html this]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' strip

->People have asked me why I made the first chapter of my first novel so long, and in an invented English. The only answer I can come up with that satisfies me is, [[BrutalHonesty to keep out the scum.]]
-->-- '''Creator/AlanMoore''', [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3668393/Alan-Moore-the-wonderful-wizard-of...-Northampton.html Telegraph interview]]

->Fuck the casual viewer. Seriously, who wants a casual viewer? If you're a writer do you want a casual reader? I don't want those people. Don't want 'em. Throwing them back. They're like little fish on the hook. Throw 'em back. I want the guy who's come in who wants to be told a story. A story has a beginning, middle and an end.
-->--'''David Simon''', the creator of ''Series/TheWire''

->I can say with pride verging on smugness that I've got two very successful shows that assume their audience is very smart.

->Most people just don’t bring everything they’ve got to what they do. We don’t feel we have to strip things away and make the songs more simple for people to understand what we’re about… it’s a cornucopia, a myriad.
-->--'''John Flansburgh''' on ''[[Music/TheyMightBeGiants Flood]]''

->We've got a great show for you today... But first, I've got a bone to pick with you all, my fellow public radio listeners. [=NPR=] News recently did a survey of their listeners' favorite beach reading. Y'know, lighter fare for summertime, mindless stuff. Among the finalists submitted by NPR listeners: ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' and that perennial guilty pleasure, ''Literature/WarAndPeace''. Now look, you're my peeps, and nobody else is listening: '''c'mon guys!''' Haven't we had enough sand kicked in our faces? I thought we agreed to keep this quiet! Remember, anybody asks, you love Danielle Steele, and please cover up your copy of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reason with the Us Weekly we gave you. Okay?
-->--'''Peter Sagel''', ''Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!''

->I accidentally bumped into a guy who was wearing a hat, had a ponytail, and had piercings in his eyebrows, nostrils, and lip. He tells me, 'Hey! You got a lot of nerve!' And I go, '[[LameComeback Hey! You got]] [[BuffySpeak a... lot of...]] [[ExpospeakGag cranial accessories!]]' ''(crowd laughs)'' This is a smart crowd; I like smart crowds. When I get the dumb crowds I gotta go, 'Hey! You got a lot of shit on your head!'
-->--'''Mitch Hedberg'''

->An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark -- that is critical genius.

->When you were controlling the feeds, did you notice the parabolic? Hey, it's important. Parabolas are important. Here, look at this. In all the equations that describe motion and heat... in all the Feynman diagrams, what's the one variable that you can turn into negative and still get rational answers from?"''
-->-- '''Abe Terger''', ''Film/{{Primer}}''. (If this made sense to you, your name has the letters "[=MSc=]" or "[=PhD=]" after it somewhere.) [[note]]Time. If you know the premise of the movie, you may just ''assume'' that. If you've been avoiding spoilers and you know the reference, it's your first hint of the actual plot. Brilliant.[[/note]]

->I think that’s a really remarkable thing about today’s TV audience. You cannot write payoff-based TV anymore because the audience is essentially a render farm. They have an unlimited calculation capacity. There’s no writers’ room that can think more than 20 million people who can think about it for an hour a day.... You can’t do it anymore. You can’t try to fool the audience.
-->--'''Dan Harmon''' (of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' fame)