Friday, March 2nd, 2012
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Movies Now As Self-Referential As Everything Else

"Film characters who sound suspiciously like film students are becoming increasingly common, and increasingly irritating. Once upon a time, it was a rare treat to hear someone in one film mention another, and it was usually a sign that the character was a metropolitan culture snob, invariably played by Woody Allen. Things started to change in the 1990s, when Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith peopled their films with characters who knew as much about pop culture as they did, but their extended riffs on the subtext of 'Top Gun' were still the mark of a geeky, alternative sensibility. Not anymore."

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deepomega (#1,720)

Haha. Yeah. If there's one thing ONLY nerds like, it's talking about Top Gun and other popular movies from the 80s. In fact, I have a clause in my OK Cupid profile that says I won't date anyone who's seen Dirty Dancing, because that's a sure sign of a dorkosaurus.

@deepomega The most difficult day of my life was burying my first-born alive after he came home from school and said "Dad, did you know there was another Tron?"

Brian (#115)

"The fact remains, though, that most people don’t launch into film-studies lectures on a first date, not unless they’re in the movie business. When they do so in a romantic comedy it’s a giveaway that the screenwriter was too lazy and unimaginative to give their characters any hobbies that they don’t have themselves."

If we had no books about writers, we'd have no books.

@Brian Hey, some books are about architects!

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Man, I hate The Economist. Even when I agree with them I want to fling the thing across the room. Which, since I read it on the computer…

23abraxas (#16,293)

This is a very Americo-centric statement. The fucking French New Wave did it decades earlier, for chrissake!

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