November 2013

* Naked Gun


The film (Naked Gun) is as transparent as a third-grader with a water gun. Some of the jokes are incredibly stupid. Most of them are dumber than dumb. Yet this is not simply a string of one-liners. There is a certain manic logic to the progression of the film. The Naked Gun is an utterly goofy movie and a lot of fun.
(Roger Ebert, 1988)

Babies giggle and laugh, not from a startled admiration of someone's contrived contrapposition of the real vs. imaginary (the sense of humour), but from a primitive surprise displayed in a way to please the parent. It takes experience, imagination, and rationality to recognise a cunningly contrived humorous situation, but also a willingness to recognise the game the contriver is playing. So there is also an element of socialising in laughter, a willingness to join in a game of camaraderie, and to applaud the wit of the humorist.

Neoteny is becoming a very popular trait for any gender. Could this be why most leading comedians these days are angry and emotional? E.g. David Mitchell, Russell Brand, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, and their ilk.

There are very few classy intellects around. Anyone know of any contemporary comedians who don't whinge?

(Kelly Jones, Natural Thinker)

Jim Henson


"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending."

"My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here."

"The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children."

"I've never felt any sense of competition with anybody, and we're all friends; we're all good friends."

"When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them."

But with The Dark Crystal, instead of puppetry we're trying to go toward a sense of realism - toward a reality of creatures that are actually alive.

(Jim Henson)

Johnathan Swift


"When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."

"Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived."

"There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake."

"Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison."

"Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own."

(Jonathan Swift)