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James Wolcott Quotes

Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini - Funny Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars - Motivational Quotes
You had me at hello - Love Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want - Funny Quotes
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
Together is my favorite place to be - Love Quotes
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Feature-length film comedy is harder to pull off than the episodic sitcom - it doesn’t have the same factory machinery up and running, teams of writers putting familiar characters through permutations - but that doesn’t explain the widening quality gap that makes movie humor look like a genetic defective.  (James Wolcott Quotes) Like ‘Twin Peaks,’ 24,’ ‘Mad Men,’ and ‘The Sopranos’ before it, ‘Downton Abbey’ enriches the iconography and collective lore of pop culture. It replenishes the stream  (James Wolcott Quotes) Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian would have left little more than lipstick stains in their passing had it not been for the sex videos that lofted them into reality-TV notoriety. Once notoriety has warmed into familiarity, celebrity itself becomes one big ‘Brady Bunch’ reunion, or a therapy session with Dr. Drew  (James Wolcott Quotes) Wisdom is for statues. Humor uncaps our inhibitions, unleashes our energies, seals friendships, patches hurts. Laughing is probably the most alive you can be  (James Wolcott Quotes) Being raised Catholic in a pressure-cooker household besieged by alcohol and bill collectors enforced and heightened a sense of sentry duty in me, the oldest of five children and the one most responsible for keeping everything from capsizing. Wild indulgence was for other people, the non-worriers  (James Wolcott Quotes) Slashing its way to the finish line, Black Swan is the first ballet movie for highbrow horror fans for whom ballet itself signifies little to nothing. Those of us who know and love ballet can only look on it with a different kind of horror  (James Wolcott Quotes) Used to be, conservatives revered the Average American, that Norman Rockwell oil painting of diner food, humble faith, honest toil, and Capraesque virtue.  (James Wolcott Quotes) It’s one thing to fight for what you believe in, another thing to fight for what others believe in.  (James Wolcott Quotes) What’s happening to movie critics is no different from what has been meted out to book, dance, theater, and fine-arts reviewers and reporters in the cultural deforestation that has driven refugees into the diffuse clatter of the Internet and Twitter, where some adapt and thrive - such as Roger Ebert - while others disappear without a twinkle.  (James Wolcott Quotes) It’s the contemporary woman that movies don’t know what to do with, other than bathe her in a bridal glow in romantic comedies where both the romance and the comedy are artificial sweeteners.  (James Wolcott Quotes) I understand the people-watching, but I’ve never done it where people have to race to three different shows, from here to there. I mean, the biggest zoo I ever faced was Comic Con, and Comic Con takes place in one big hangar.  (James Wolcott Quotes) A lost election can have the jolt of a drop through the gallows door, leading to a dark night of the soul in which the future presses down like a cloud that will never lift.  (James Wolcott Quotes) Many questions torment America in its dark night of the soul, questions more urgently pressing, and yet it must be asked: How did we get stuck with Piers Morgan? Who is he, why is he here, is he returnable?  (James Wolcott Quotes) Stars wide of belt often cultivated a gentlemanly grandeur, a groomed refinement that filtered through their fingertips - the dainty fidgets of Hardy’s plump digits, Orson Welles performing magic tricks with nimble dexterity, Jackie Gleason lofting a teacup to his lips as if he were Lady Bracknell - or through a fine set of twinkle-toes.  (James Wolcott Quotes) The Beltway media went into caroming-off-the-walls hysterics over Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, whipping itself into a flaming casserole even as Clinton’s standing with the American people remained upright and firm, so to speak.  (James Wolcott Quotes) High expectations weren’t nurtured in my neck of nowhere back then - children weren’t fawned over from an early age as ‘gifted’ and groomed for a prizewinning future; self-esteem was considered something you had to pick from the garden yourself.  (James Wolcott Quotes) In the voyeurism of Reality TV, the viewer’s passivity is kept intact, pampered and massaged and force-fed Chicken McNuggets of carefully edited snippets that permit him or her to sit in easy judgment and feel superior at watching familiar strangers make fools of themselves. Reality TV looks in only one direction: down  (James Wolcott Quotes) And what could be a hotter ticket than the improbable triumph of ‘The Book of Mormon,’ the musical-comedy moon shot of the season? Its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, of Comedy Central’s ‘South Park,’ are the most unlikely Rodgers and Hammerstein team ever to bowl a thundering strike  (James Wolcott Quotes) Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia  (James Wolcott Quotes) Telling writers to shut up is a sure way to keep them talking  (James Wolcott Quotes) Popular culture no longer craves archangels and new dawns. Pop culture traffics in vampires and deads of night  (James Wolcott Quotes) A lost election can have the jolt of a drop through the gallows door, leading to a dark night of the soul in which the future presses down like a cloud that will never lift  (James Wolcott Quotes) Today a celebrity sex video isn’t a stigma that requires penance and smarm removal; it’s a branding device, a platform enhancer, a show reel  (James Wolcott Quotes) Used to be, conservatives revered the Average American, that Norman Rockwell oil painting of diner food, humble faith, honest toil, and Capraesque virtue  (James Wolcott Quotes) Who elected Larry King America’s grief counselor? We, the viewing public, did, by driving up his ratings whenever somebody famous passes  (James Wolcott Quotes) As music migrates into our iPods, CD collections require less and less room, residing in our heads rather than resounding off the walls. The protracted labor of amassing a personal music library has lost its detective zeal  (James Wolcott Quotes) Bad acting comes in many bags, various odors. It can be performed by cardboard refugees from an Ed Wood movie, reciting their dialogue off an eye chart, or by hopped-up pros looking to punch a hole through the fourth wall from pure ballistic force of personality, like Joe Pesci in a bad mood. I can respect bad acting that owns its own style  (James Wolcott Quotes) Historically, Hollywood comedy has arrived in skinny envelopes. From fence post Buster Keaton to herky-jerky Jerry Lewis to wiry nerve-bundle Woody Allen to hung-loose Richard Pryor to whippy contortionist Jim Carrey, its comics and clowns have tended to be sliced thin and bendable  (James Wolcott Quotes) A typical ‘Larry King Live’ is a pastiche whose absurdism defies parody. Wearing his trademark suspenders and purple shirts, he looks as if he’s strapped to the chair with vertical seat belts, unable to eject  (James Wolcott Quotes) Republicans: steely, rational, paternalistic, respectful of authority, easy to herd, the party of No. Democrats: sugary, emotional, idealistic, yearning for novelty, hard to marshal, the party of Oh Yeah, Baby, Make Mama Feel Good  (James Wolcott Quotes)
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