Quotes: We're Still Relevant, Dammit
"Sinatra had, or at least appeared to have, a firm sense of self and maintained it during the good times and the bad and from decade to decade. If one liked him, great. If not, too bad. Sammy, on the other hand, was desperate to please everyone, to be loved by everyone, and to be in the forefront of whatever was in vogue at any given moment. If Frank was a rock, Sammy was a chameleon. People sensed this and lost respect for him as a result, particularly in the late sixties and seventies, when social and political change was coming fast and furious in the United States and around the world. Sammy tried to ride the wave but didn't skim beneath the surface...The upshot was that he became a figure of derision, the inspiration for the deadly and damaging impression by Billy Crystal on Saturday Night Live."
—Gary Fishgall on Sammy Davis Jr, Gonna Do Great Things
"So, now we have a 20th century Cenobite, a people consumed with technology. If these Cenobites existed now they'd all have iPhones sticking out of their heads."
"NBC was planning a Say Anything TV show until Cameron Crowe echoed the world’s thoughts by screaming, 'NOOOOOOOO.' Thank God NBC cares what Cameron Crowe thinks, because we really don’t need to see Lloyd and Diane’s son blast a cover of 'In Your Eyes' by 5SOS from a Jawbone while standing outside of his girlfriend’s townhouse."
"Yes, the product does have to 'change with the times'. That’s perfectly fine. I get it. Every form of entertainment, be it music or movies or video games or even pro wrestling has to evolve to maintain an audience. Although saying wrestling is ‘evolving’ when WWE’s main show has turned into a Gong Show-esque mish mash of bad guest hosts and even worse kits seems to be a bit misleading."
"The Crossing is essentially a fifties horror film repurposed as a post-9/11 cautionary tale about the dangers of trusting people who are not like you. It feels like a pretty solid indication of just how thoroughly Star Trek has lost its way...there is a sense that Enterprise is more interested in trying to follow the national mood than in trying to examine it."
"The best-known and most successful of the post-Trek projects was Ronald Moore's revamp of Leslie Stevens' Battlestar Galactica, which added a fresh coat of Bush-era paranoia...Diving deep into a reality resembling your typical Daily Kos/Salon.com commenter's worst nightmare, Moore's BSG depicted his militarized universe as a stylish kulturkampf between monotheists and nominal polytheists, although his Democrats-in-Space theme would be considerably more accurate if the humans were militant atheists. BSG was beloved by liberal reviewers, despite the military monoculture it helped to reinforce in the public imagination."
"A time traveling mobile phone with boundless signal through time and space — can you imagine a better way to dazzle the youth of today?"
"It being an odd-numbered episode, it’s time for the show to revamp itself once again, with characteristic subtlety. Now we’re in a big metaphor about the financial crash."
"Hollywood still does a horrific job of portraying anyone who uses a computer or cell phone for anything. They may as well just set every movie before 1998 so that they can avoid the cinematic poison of shooting an actor looking at a fucking screen. But in an effort to stay HIP and KEWL, the people behind the new Fantastic Four reboot (yes, it's already being rebooted) have decided to change Victor Von Doom from being a small-country dictator into an "anti-social programmer," which means Hollywood is trying to edgify him by 10 percent. He was already a crazed homicidal maniac. You don't have to mess with that formula. That's an evergreen."
—Drew Magary, Make It Stop
"What’s Dick Tracy doing on this fine Saturday? Oh, you know, just making some chili with extra cumin and singing Chumbawamba, like you do."
"If you want to prove Superman is still relevant, all you have to do is tell good Superman stories. Jumping up and down and screaming 'HEY, I’M STILL RELEVANT!' is the quickest way to lose the argument that nobody was asking you to have, and it’s even worse when you’re doing it by having a character beat up a parody of characters that were themselves already a parody. It’s 22 pages of DC’s inferiority complex about Superman, literalized into a story that features Joe Kelly trying to do a written impression of Warren Ellis."
—Chris Sims on What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice And The American Way? (2001)
"When you consider the entire history of Magneto, it’s pretty ridiculous. He’s been assumed dead at least half-a-dozen times; he’s probably flip-flopped from villain to hero more times than that; and he’s been resurrected as both a Nelson-haired clone (millennials: Google 'Nelson band' to get how funny that is) and a star-headed Taoist. Mistakes have been made with the character; mistakes so big that the character’s retcons and course-corrections have diminished his stature, leaving readers to wonder; Just who the hell is Magneto?"