Quote of the Day

Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.

Mark Twain

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Taken from biography.com

The most aggravating idea surrounding politics is that a person must subscribe to one of the major parties. The second most aggravating is that a person’s political views must all fall on the arbitrary spectrum of right and left, as if politics were so simple that humans can put a dash upon a line indicating their beliefs.

I hold to account the circle theory as a better explanation. It might not cover every aspect, but it does better than a single line.

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Quote of the Day

“I sometimes wonder if the inability to find oneself makes one seek oneself in other people, in characters.” John Cazale

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Taken from HBO, original still from Dog Day Afternoon

From Wikipedia about John Cazale about Dog Day Afternoon

Sidney Lumet commentary

“In the screenplay, Cazale’s role was written to be a smart-ass street kid. But Al came to me and said, ‘Sidney, please, I beg you, read John Cazale for it.’ And when John came in I was so discouraged and thought ‘Al must be out of his mind.’ This guy looks thirty, thirty-two, and that’s the last thing I want in this part. But Al had great taste in actors, and I hadn’t yet seen him in The Godfather. And Cazale came in, and then he read, and my heart broke. . . . “One of the things that I love about the casting of John Cazale … was that he had a tremendous sadness about him. I don’t know where it came from; I don’t believe in invading the privacy of the actors that I work with, or getting into their heads. But my God – it’s there – in every shot of him. And not just in this movie, but in Godfather II also.[12]

“When Al asked him during a scene, ‘Is there any country you want to go to?’ Cazale improvised his answer by saying, after long thought, ‘Wyoming.’ To me that was the funniest, saddest line in the movie, and my favorite, because in the script he wasn’t supposed to say anything. I almost ruined the take because I started to laugh so hard… but it was a brilliant, brilliant, ad lib.”[12]

Al Pacino commentary

“It’s great working with John because he has a way of getting involved – in the whole thing, in the characters. He asks so many questions – he was just brilliant. It was tough to sell Johnny, but once Sidney got to see him read, and work with me, it turned out great.

I have talked about my love for the movie Dog Day Afternoon, but my love increased last night when I read more about it and John Cazale’s involvement. The whole movie is basically improvised, the scenes were scripted but the dialogue was improvised.

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“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” Martin Scorsese

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Taken from Cinephilearchive.tumblr

I saw a terrible film last night that is very much worth watching.

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Taken from Popcorntaxi.com, still from Pacific Rim

If you haven’t seen or heard of Pacific Rim I will break it down for you. Basically it involves giant robots fighting incredibly well designed monsters facing off for a fight to save the world. While I loved this aspect of the movie there was nothing else going for it. The acting was horrible except for maybe three actors and the character development was poorly done because of it. Some dialogue was strained and cliche with moments of humour would pass without the realisation that we were meant to laugh. Special effects don’t entail a good movie. (Looking at you G. Lucas)

It’s story line was similar of so many others but reminded me mainly of Avengers meets Neon Genesis Evangelion. At least with Neon Genesis you get actually character development and people I like. (Watch it if you haven’t seen it) I didn’t really like anyone in Pacific Rim apart from the scientists played by Burn Gorman and Charlie Day. Both actually created a sense of humour and had realistic reactions to horrible things happening to them.

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Still from Pacific Rim

The main character, Raleigh, after (spoiler) his brother dies (spoiler) he doesn’t even bat an eye at it after the thirty minute mark. There is no struggle to get back into the machine, little struggle with the drop, and when he goes back into the field there is no faltering or aggravation towards the goddamn monsters.

I expect some level of character development from every movie. The two main characters have not changes from start to finish except now they are “hopeful” for their future together. Like no one could see that from a mile away.

See this movie for its robot fights but definitely don’t go for anything else.

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“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” –   Herman Melville

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Emily and co are letting me watch Buffy with them and it is such a terrific show. So original yet so allusive. It reminds me of this,

All art is allusive, connected more or less visibly with earlier works of art. But in the modern era a number of artists have gone beyond earlier uses of allusion, in not only referring to other works, but quoting them precisely, and doing so with a frequency that exceeds earlier practice. Thus Edmund Wilson remarked that Eliot and Pound had “founded a school of poetry which depends on literary quotation and reference to an unprecedented degree.” More recently, Louis Menand observed that Eliot made poems out of other people’s poems, and with The Waste Land had “approached the scandalous limits of the technique.” John Sutherland awarded Eliot the title “Master Allusionist.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-galenson/ts-eliot-john-lennon-and_b_3676744.html

Every monster and complication is very allusive with the episode Bad Egg reminding me of several monster throughout sci-fi history. Stuff like the Twilight Zone and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as well as Doctor Who and Animorphs.  Lines lifted from pop culture and just enough satire and family drama to make it work. Also actually real female protagonist who don’t just talk about guys or girls or guys.
It is sometimes hard to think of another show that has such fully realised female protagonist. Maybe stuff like Community and Archer could compare. There are probably heaps more examples that I am too drunk to cite.
I am way too drunk tonight. Goodnight y’all.

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“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”
― John Lennon

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Photo from Lennon Archive, taken from 3twentysix.com

I have been absolutely static the last couple of days because I have been so wiped out by working on the weekend. I thought of this quote because I was thinking about the aggressive individual known as Shayne Hunter who is a comedian slash activist in Brisbane. At a rally last week he kept on repeating this idea and sentiment through his own quote, “If people cared less about watching Big Brother” and worried more about the actual Big Brother the world would be a better place”. He has a good message to sell but the problem is he is too busy yelling it. Corey a close friend of his, basically had his ear chewed off because he was unsure about getting up in front of people and talking about refugees and asylum seekers. You don’t change minds that way, especially if you are treating someone who is working with you like that. I do hope both continue to do their activism but I don’t share a lot of there ideals. But then I could just be wrong.

As I have said before I am kind of piggie-backing this post to use as a sort of diary. People always say you should document your thoughts and this definitely seems like the right place to do it. It feels good to share sometime especially if you feel like you are shouting into the void. Some people feel that it is meaningless, I think that it is relaxing.

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Taken fro Randomnessthings.com, still from Whose Line Is It Anyway

Whose Line Is It Anyway is back which has my very excited. The first few episodes I have watched have been hilariously funny although I was sad to see Greg Proops will not be on this season. He has said on his podcast that he will be back in the renewed season. I missed out going to see his podcast in Melbourne this year, and I do hope he returns soon. The only other podcast on par with his would maybe be Harmontown for comedy or Fatman on Batman for informativeness.