A princess wedding

“Disney recently announced a new line of wedding gowns inspired by Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella that sell for as much $2,900.” Laura M. Holson, The New York Times

Playlist

“See I always liked the song until I saw the movie White Girls. This must be the white song that all black people like, you know every year there’s a song that black people like and this is that. I love the string arrangements. Ron Fare is really up on the strings.” Kanye West on Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles

A literary criticism

“Shigeru Miyamoto’s masterwork Super Mario Brothers is truly a classic work of modern literature; borrowing heavily from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and an obvious inspiration for Trainspotting, SMB shows the initial joy but the eventual mental and moral decline due to drugs.” Super Mario Brothers: A Literary Criticism

Endings

“No matter what you think of David Fincher’s translation of Chuck Palahniuk’s pre-iPod, post-post-punk nightmare, you have to admire an ending that foresaw things that are still being talked about today. The film predicts the emo-boy nation that we swim in these days, but the ending, with the Pixies’ raucous ‘Where is My Mind?’ wailing in the background, sees self-terrorism and numb romance as the new, essential way of life.” Chris Cabin, on 1999’s Fight Club

The inconvenient truth

“Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention.” Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, on Al Gore’s warnings of climate catastrophe in his film “An Inconvenient Truth”

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I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!

“I get the feeling that there are going to be a lot of films like X-Men 3 this summer. At first, you walk out of the theater with a stupid grin on your face, like ‘Oh that was loud and flashy, awesome.’ Ten minutes later, you say to yourself, ‘“What did I actually watch?’ That’s what happened with this flick. Three days later I’m even more pissed off.The Movie Binge, on X-Men: The Last Stand

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In space, no one can hear you scream

“For the first time we got the idea that, in the far-flung future, people who live and work in space might be a bunch of Average Joe slobs sitting around with leftover pizza, smoking and playing cards to pass the time. It captures much of what long duration space flight is about now: dirty, sweaty and claustrophobic with long periods of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.” UCL space physiologist Kevin Fong, on Ridley Scott’s Alien

The evolution of the NetFlix envelope

“But before Netflix became a dotcom darling with millions of subscribers, it had to figure out the details of how to mail DVDs cheaply and economically. Learning the ins and outs of the post office’s operations was key: Every ounce of weight in the mailer added to postage costs - but if the mailer was too flimsy, DVDs broke in the mail. Additionally, the mailer had to last long enough for reuse as a return envelope.” Business 2.0 Magazine

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Anything that gets people talking about Jesus is good

“Anything that gets people talking about Jesus is good… People are very interested in the idea that the Church has secret information they are hiding. It demonstrates that we no longer live in the ‘modernist’ world. You can not take some rational points and reason up from them. The saddest thing is that a lot of people are desperate for spiritual answers but the last place they’d look for them is in the church. That’s a real indictment.” Early Christianity historian Dr. Tom Wright, on The Da Vinci Code

Anarchy and fascism

“As far I’m concerned, the two poles of politics were not Left Wing or Right Wing. In fact they’re just two ways of ordering an industrial society and we’re fast moving beyond the industrial societies of the 19th and 20th centuries. It seemed to me the two more absolute extremes were anarchy and fascism. This was one of the things I objected to in the recent film, where it seems to be, from the script that I read, sort of recasting it as current American neo-conservatism vs. current American liberalism. There wasn’t a mention of anarchy as far as I could see. The fascism had been completely defanged.” Writer Alan Moore, on the V for Vendetta movie

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