You may be a
doctor, but I am the
Doctor. The definite article, you might say.
—The Fourth Doctor
, who isn't
being meta about his status to the world at large but might as well be, Doctor Who
Boy, you're gonna carry that weight Carry that weight a long time...
Were it in any other position it would accumulate enough of my saliva to run all its household plumbing for several days. Unfortunately, Portal 2
is in the uncomfortable position of necessarily having to be compared to Portal 1.
And taking both games as wholes, it can't possibly have the same impact. Certainly there's more
of it, but that just makes it flabbier
. And it's still funny, but more in a broader, "custard pie-to-the face
" sense than in a finer, "snooker cue-to-the-bollocks" sense.
In any successful artists career, theres a moment where they transition from youthful hunger to having it made. Its usually a rough point as well — its rarely flattering for the artist. Its where the spectre of 'I liked your old stuff better
' really raises its head, and theres a fairness to it, because that hunger and desperate, frantic need to get noticed and to succeed has a peculiar and enticing effect on art. When every book could be your last you scramble madly to write them, to say everything, to make an impact. Once youve properly, clearly succeeded, well
its not that you turn to crap, but theres less urgency. You take a very different sort of risk. Failure isnt quite as terrifying, and so you start creating things where the possibility of failure is accepted.
galloped into the 1980s
on a stallion made of diamonds and the tears of lesser men. After pummeling into submission everyone who ever told him his ideas were "terrible" and "unprofitable,"
Lucas had Hollywood literally holding its breath to see what he would come up with next. What new gilded nugget of merchandisable inspiration
would erupt from his bearded skull like an oblong T-shirt cannon?... Studio heads were prepared to battle each other on nitro cycles in Thunderdome
just to see what Lucas was going to bring to the table. And Howard the Duck
was what he came up with.
The movie was a surprise hit that gave Needham a directing career, (Sally
) Field a career outside of television, (Jackie) Gleason a great supporting role, and (Burt
) Reynolds a shitload of money.... In the end, Smokey and the Bandit
is one of the best car films of all time, and a fun, mindless chunk of entertainment. Its Hal Needhams best movie, which doesnt bode well for me
, since I have five more movies to go.
After twenty minutes I was psychically pleading with the Francis Ford Coppola
of the past to calm the fuck down. In this case, I really dont want someone trying to make the next Godfather.
I would rather have some unknown who is more content with telling a good story than going through a filmmaker mid-life crisis
Maybe when you're someone like Andrew Lloyd Webber
who has reached the pinnacle of your career and you've pretty much conquered every aspect of your chosen profession (made tons of money, earned lots of critical praise, won lots of awards, been sued by Faye Dunaway, etc. etc.) you just go 'FUCK IT, BRING ON THE RAPPING CATS!
To Get Hip-Hop Makeover Featuring Rapping Cats"
Apparently the entire ["Enjoy the Ride"] campaign was sold on the anticipation of running [the Barbie] ad
because Nissan was never able to top it; each subsequent "Enjoy the Ride" ad carried diminishing returns. Their Super Bowl spot was a flock of pigeon puppets trying to catch a Nissan so they could poop all over it — it got mixed opinions. Eventually Mr. K's dog took over the campaign and the slogan sort of changed to "Dogs Love Trucks." And from there it withered and died.
As far as "These Are the Voyages..."
is concerned, Star Trek
begins and ends with The Next Generation
. The dialogue in the sequences set on Archers ship is packed with very specific homages
to the first live action Star Trek
spin off. "Never thought it would come to an end," Trip reflects at one point. Reed responds, wryly, "All good things...
" The next reference is a bit more galling, with Archer toasting, "Heres to the next generation." This is not an episode about closing out the franchise, it is an episode about remembering how awesome everything was in 1994.
I read a review once that said, 'One good song can make an album, but one great song can kill
it'.... 'Story of a Girl' isn't a great song, exactly, but it's certainly a career-killer. No one
was interested in this band's other music, and, to be honest, I have no idea why you decided to watch this far into the review.
Imagine if Ocarina of Time
, Majora's Mask
, and The Wind Waker
were the only
Zelda games. Nobody in their right mind would accuse these games of being too similar if this was the case....If I was a robot, maybe I would be able to tell you Twilight Princess
is better than Ocarina of Time
I'm not though. The fact of the matter is, I don't respect Twilight Princess
in the same way I respect Majora's Mask
and The Wind Waker
. Even if those games have failings, they don't exist in the shadow of their older brother.
See, Resident Evil 4
is the missing link between Kill Switch
and Gears of War
. It was the transitional piece that led the the sixth generation of consoles into the seventh, and it determined how action games were going to work in the seventh: widescreen TV ratios, QTE
, stop n' pop
, and scripted spectacle events
weren't representative of the action genre until Resident Evil 4
popularized them... and I guess that's why it killed the series. It's everything it could
have been, and it's everything it should
The only problem with that is: the only place the series could go from there was someplace — stupid.
'I had the freak of luck to start high on the mountain and go down sharply while others were passing me
wrote, describing the time after Barbary Shore
when he unexpectedly joined the rest of us down on the plain.
, "Norman Mailer: The Angels are White"
There has just been too much Star Trek
for a while. I remember the moment the franchise peaked. The moment, to me, was when Kirk and Picard were on the cover of TIME Magazine
. I literally walked in the next day to the office and said, We have peaked. Its down hill for quite a while from here. You reached this kind of critical mass in popular imagination. You were now on the cover of TIME
, and all the old stuff about the Trekkies was kind of gone by the wayside. It had gone from being a subculture of a subculture, to now this legitimate nationwide phenomenon. It was Americana. Kirk and Picard are big heroes, and everyone loves them. You cant sustain that, so it just started falling off
I think your lessons are learned instinctively and it becomes a problem if you start to have favorites or reject certain things. You have to be flexible—your failures are as important as your successes and your successes can freeze you as much as your failures can. It may be kind of a hippie-sounding thing
but I really believe it.
You can't nostalgic for ten years earlier! Are you
nostalgic for 1992? Jon Favreau:
I am... D'Angelo:
Well, that's just depression. That's not nostalgia. Favreau:
...but that has more to do with my career.
Lets put it this way: it would even be more enjoyable and pleasurable if I had announced my retirement from the business, but, since I want to go on and do other things after this, human nature being what it is, you think "How am I going to top this?". Really, the odds are Im not, ever.
Nintendo at that time approached another company and asked them if they would make an N64
version of Metroid
and their response was that no, they could not. They turned it down, saying that unfortunately they didnt have the confidence to create an N64 Metroid
game that could compare favourably with Super Metroid.
Thats something I take as a complement to what we achieved with Super Metroid.
was, without question, the biggest money-maker WCW
had ever produced.
A $543,000 gate.
An incredible 1.9 buy rate, meaning nearly $6 million in revenue.
And the beginning of the end.
I sometimes consider going back to making webcomics, but AMD
would always be hanging over my head. Even when I did Zombies of the Living Dead
- which is only like twenty comics - I had people yelling at me every day because I was wasting my time with that and not with finishing AMD
My first big break was getting into The Beatles
. My second was getting out of the Beatles.
The mark of greatness is when everything before you is obsolete, and everything after you bears your mark.