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Boy, you're gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
The Beatles, "Carry that Weight"

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"I don't know what it is, but I feel like I'm in some sort of creative rot. This must be like what Welles felt like after he wrapped Citizen Kane and complete an utter despair of genius as what to do next."
Martin, Cartoon Monsoon Oh, Shoot!: Script, Cries and Videotape


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.

Web Original

It seems like there will always be new Batman cartoons and new movies offering up new approaches to the character. And DC Comics will keep doing crazy new crap to Batman like pretending he's dead when he's really back in caveman times. The sad truth is that the pinnacle of Batman storytelling has already been reached, and anything that follows has been and will be but a shadow of perfection. The perfection of which we speak is Batman: The Animated Series''.

In any successful artist’s career, there’s a moment where they transition from youthful hunger to having it made. It’s usually a rough point as well — it’s rarely flattering for the artist. It’s where the spectre of 'I liked your old stuff better' really raises its head, and there’s 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 you’ve properly, clearly succeeded, well… it’s not that you turn to crap, but there’s less urgency. You take a very different sort of risk. Failure isn’t quite as terrifying, and so you start creating things where the possibility of failure is accepted.
Dr. El Sandifer on Neil Gaiman

George Lucas 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.

By definition, Lance Henriksen fights serial killers and the concept of evil in America” will never be as popular as David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson fight aliens and monsters and weird stuff!

In the end, Smokey and the Bandit is one of the best car films of all time, and a fun, mindless chunk of entertainment. It’s Hal Needham’s best movie, which doesn’t 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 don’t 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!"
Jezebel, "Cats To Get Hip-Hop Makeover Featuring Rapping Cats"

Web Video

"Now that director Tom Hooper has won his Oscar, Satan has returned to claim his half of the deal."

"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."
Todd in the Shadows, "One Hit Wonderland"

"Before there was Frozen, relive the peak of Disney animation, followed immediately by its downfall."

"Number 9: Ghostbusters II. Whenever this movie comes up in a conversation, everybody's quick to dismiss it. It's definitely not as good as the first, but that was a tough act to follow. There's no way they could have matched the same level of charm and delicate humor a second time around. It just couldn't be done. But they sure tried."

"When I see these figures together, I can't help but ask myself: Why does this even exist? I'm all up for more Megatron toys, official or third party. But if you're not even gonna try to top this figure, or at the very least learn from it, ...what the F**K?"
Jobby the Hong, on Bold Forms Gladius vs. Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron

"My biggest problem is that it's called Sonic the Hedgehog 4. I'm not kidding, my biggest problem with this game is its fucking name. By making it a sequel to these gems right here, I think you're creating massive shoes to fill, and, in my opinion, it doesn't come close to doing that."

Real Life

"I had the freak of luck to start high on the mountain and go down sharply while others were passing me"—so Mailer wrote, describing the time after Barbary Shore when he unexpectedly joined the rest of us down on the plain.
Gore Vidal, "Norman Mailer: The Angels are White"

"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."

Beverly D'Angelo: 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.

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

"Let’s 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 I’m not, ever."
Vince Gilligan on the critical success and widespread popularity of Breaking Bad

"Among big-time popstars, if they, you know, put out ten albums, around the fourth album, they can’t make very good songs. The albums sell, but everyone at the concerts wants to hear songs from those first three albums. Everyone."
Shigesato Itoi explaining why he will not make a fourth Mother game

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.
Sean Howard on A Modest Destiny

"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."

"There will never be another (add a popular figure here)."
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