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Chon Wang: I got an idea: why don't I pretend I'm sick, and then you can attack the guard when they come in?
Roy O'Bannon: Oh, you mean the sick prisoner routine? Does that still work in China? 'Cause here it's sorta been done to death.


"Back in the 50's the fan-dancers were hot, right? Now you can see gonzo porn on the internet where 80 guys are fuckin' cumming on some chick's face. So you don't really wanna see the girl hiding behind the fuckin' flower fan anymore."

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"So... one of Bondís big clues is a matchbook? What is this, a Mike Hammer movie? I think that was already a hoary cliché before the first time Connery made this movie. This also means the main villain actually prints up matchbooks with his logo on them, and hands them out to his evil underlings."

"Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter must have seen Depp wandering around and assumed this was another Tim Burton joint, so she shows up as a brothel madam with an ivory leg that doubles as a gun (when you're seeing exploitation staples in Disney movies, you know it's time to retire them). "

"My theory on the backlash to this film has less to do with the quality of what's on the screen and what it represents; a pre-postmodern America of the pulps and the frontier, an America of possibility that's lost to us now. John Carter, Warlord of Mars is definitely not a postmodern superhero, and can't be revised to postmodernity the way Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes was."

"Itís almost as if, via some complex form of recurved self-awareness, people are so aware of how easy, how bloody easy, it is to put an interesting and novel new spin on zombies, that they then feel disinclined to bother...Of course, the reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally interesting and novel thing to do with zombies would be to JUST LEAVE THEM THE FUCK ALONE. But somehow we, as a culture, seem to have come to the collective conclusion that that would be cheating."

"As a spiritual sequel to Angel One, this is a planet of women who are highly sexed and yet completely deadly — I thought we had left this kind of sexist nonsense behind us in The Original Series but here it is"
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Favorite Son"

Star Trek: Voyager was so insanely, teeth-grindingly terrible it nearly killed the entire Star Trek franchise (and space opera, arguably, as well) forever. Even Jeri Ryan in a lycra suit couldn't redeem this atrocity, which took every annoying tic and quirk and cringe-inducing faux pas of every Star Trek episode ever and built a series around it."''

"When Star Trek: The Next Generation wanted to do a gangster episode or a western episode, it used the holodeck as a narrative short cut. The idea of completely imaginary people in a computer simulation was more plausible than a planet full of human-like aliens that had conveniently arranged their culture around some relic from mankindís history. You could not get away with something like "A Piece of the Action" or "Patterns of Force" on any of the later Star Trek shows. When the third season of Enterprise attempts to do a ďwestern on an alien planetĒ in "North Star", the entire show seems to creak under suspension of disbelief."
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "The Communicator"

"At a certain point, with age, we lose our grip on which ideas are cyclical and which ideas are perpetual and which ideas have died out. Madonna is just mimicking modes of edginess that worked for her in the past—that were new and important in the past—but what was once progressive nearly always becomes regressive. Because we learn so much all the time. The racial exploitation of Sex-era Madonna was provocative once; now it's just exploitation. So when do we cut our idols loose? When does the Queen of Reinvention run out of raw materials and turn into the, um, Lesser Duchess of Recycling?"

Stories about shops like these are so common they have become a meta-cliché — there are enough tales in which the protagonists are aware such shops are a cliché to fill a decent anthology.

"The entire script is based around a single gag that hasn't been funny since the 1950's (and even then, it was bordering on creaky): a man disguising himself as a woman. But not just any man: a Ferengi. Specifically, Quark. Armin Shimerman, the actor who played Quark, is obviously a talented guy with great comedic timing, but he's no Tony Curtis or Jack Lemmon. And when it comes to putting Shimerman in drag, it's fair to say that some like it. Not."

Web Video

"The Chronicles of Riddick is a product of another age, and that sealed its doom."

"Right, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Or maybe, what doesn't kill you is just killing you slowly?...The rebuttal to the cliché is, itself, now a cliché. That's how cliché it is."

Real Life

"The entire crime-writing fraternity yesterday bade a tearful farewell to the last "locked room" mystery at a large banquet held in it's honor. . . . DCI Chymes then gave a glowing eulogy before being interrupted by the shocking news that the 'locked room' concept had been 'murdered' — and in a locked room."

"Who killed Adventure Games? I think it should be pretty clear at this point that Adventure Games committed suicide."

"It does not look remarkable different from Next Generation, in my opinion. I think it is edited in the same way, the way itís staged, the direction that theyíre allowed to do, how they tell a story, the lighting scheme Ė a lot of it is very, very redolent of Next GenerationÖ It has not moved on with television. Itís still stuck in a very old groove."
Ron D. Moore on Star Trek: Enterprise

"The show was never afraid to go cartoonishly broad with its nerds, with their flailing arms and nasally voices, colourful too-short pants held up with suspenders, and black-rimmed glasses taped at the bridge of the nose, as they scuttled off to chess club...Like a gritty Christopher Nolan reboot of a whole genus, the 21st century Poindexters of Big Bang Theory and Community are far closer to the twitching robo-savant of Rain Man than the spluttering geeks of old, taking their cue from Michael Cera rather than Mr. Bean."
Stuart Millard on Saved by the Bell, So Excited, So Scared