„[Director James] Cameron manhandles the real story, scavenging it for his own puny narrative purposes. It's a film made with boorish confidence and zero sensitivity, big and dumb and hulking.“

— Stephanie Zacharek, Review http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/1997/12/cov_17titanic.html of Titanic (1997)

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„When a culture is being dumbed down as effectively as ours is, its narrative arts (literature, film, theatre) seem to vacillate between the brutal and the bland, sometimes in the same work.“

— Tom Robbins American writer 1936
Context: Certain individual words do possess more pitch, more radiance, more shazam! than others, but it's the way words are juxtaposed with other words in a phrase or sentence that can create magic. Perhaps literally. The word "grammar," like its sister word "glamour," is actually derived from an old Scottish word that meant "sorcery." When we were made to diagram sentences in high school, we were unwittingly being instructed in syntax sorcery, in wizardry. We were all enrolled at Hogwarts. Who knew? When a culture is being dumbed down as effectively as ours is, its narrative arts (literature, film, theatre) seem to vacillate between the brutal and the bland, sometimes in the same work. The pervasive brutality in current fiction – the death, disease, dysfunction, depression, dismemberment, drug addiction, dementia, and dreary little dramas of domestic discord – is an obvious example of how language in exploitative, cynical or simply neurotic hands can add to the weariness, the darkness in the world. Less apparent is that bland writing — timid, antiseptic, vanilla writing – is nearly as unhealthy as the brutal and dark. Instead of sipping, say, elixir, nectar, tequila, or champagne, the reader is invited to slurp lumpy milk or choke on the author's dust bunnies.

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„Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity.“

— Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicat... 1918 - 1980
Context: Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity. You can actually dissipate a situation by giving it maximal coverage. As to alarming people, that's done by rumours, not by coverage. (p. 92)

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„My favorite thing about Kirby’s artwork was his storytelling. He was really a film director doing comics.“

— Jack Kirby American comic book artist, writer and editor 1917 - 1994
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, the abandoned hero of Marvel’s grand Hollywood adventure, and his family’s quest http://herocomplex.latimes.com/uncategorized/jack-kirby-the-forgotten-hero-in-marvels-grand-hollywood-adventure/, Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2009

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„This is a film that really inhabits the proper world of James Bond. I mean, James Bond lives in a world that is violent and dangerous.“

— Timothy Dalton British actor of stage, film and television 1944
On The Living Daylights, reported in Edward Gross, His Name was Bond, James Bond: Timothy Dalton on the World of 007 http://web.archive.org/20000304095759/www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Film/7518/Bond_Eng/Bond_Eng.htm.

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„I think most directors and people who make anime would agree that their latest film is probably the one they feel the most confident in, that they have done their best and put everything into.“

— Makoto Shinkai Japanese anime director and former graphic designer 1973
Interviewed on Anime News Network https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2013-05-01/makoto-shinkai-the-garden-of-words-interview

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„But I am very confident that David Pleat, the director of football or whatever his title is now days – I am very confident that he, with all his media commitments around the world, knows the market place.“

— Billy Davies Scottish association football player and manager 1964
Feb 2009, http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/news/Davies-Forest-sign-players/article-715858-detail/article.html This quote is almost certainly tongue-in-cheek, since Davies does not have a good relationship with Pleat.

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„Is there something in druggy subjects that encourages directors to make imitation film noir? Film noir itself becomes an addiction.“

— Pauline Kael American film critic 1919 - 2001
"Drifters, Dopes and Dopers," review of 8 Million Ways to Die (1986-05-19), p. 156.


„I was called sanskaari like an abuse, just because we reduced the length of the kisses in the new James Bond film Spectre. There were jokes about a sanskaari James Bond on Twitter. If I made James Bond sanskaari I am proud of it.“

— Pahlaj Nihalani
On being called sanskaari (traditionalist) and reduction of a kissing scene in the film Spectre, as quoted in " I was called 'Sankskaari' as if it was an abuse - Pahlaj Nihalani http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/celebrities/features/type/view/id/9501" Bollywood Hungama (31 December 2015)

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„The story was their own — not far away,
As real as if it happened yesterday“

— Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943
Context: I'm your narrator. It's my task to say Just where and how things happen in our play, Set the bare stage with words instead of props And keep on talking till the curtain drops. … It's an old task — old as the human heart, Old as those bygone players and their art Who, in old days when faith was nearer earth, Played out the mystery of Jesus' birth In hall or village green or market square For all who chose to come and see them there, And, if they knew that King Herod, in his crown, Was really Wat, the cobbler of the town, And Tom, the fool, played Abraham the Wise, They did not care. They saw with other eyes. The story was their own — not far away, As real as if it happened yesterday, Full of all awe and wonder yet so near, A marvelous thing that could have happened here In their own town — a star that could have blazed On their own shepherds, leaving them amazed, Frightened and questioning and following still To the bare stable — and the miracle. Narrator

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