Wednesday, February 25, 2009

quote/unquote ... Slumdog, Madea, Christopher Nolan and The Scots

(Another in a series by Wilson from The Gateway To The West [St. Louis, MO])

“If they can spend all this money on movie, why can’t they take can’t they take care of the children? No one taught us how to speak English like those guys in the movie.”

--- Kiran Jaiswal, 21, of Dharavi, the Mumbai slum where “Slumdog Millionaire” was based, commenting on how Dharavi needs schools and jobs, not “rags-to-riches” dreams

"And there I sat, silently ranting: There is nothing funny about this black man in pantyhose. And where is all of this cross-dressing-black-man stuff coming from, anyway? First, comedians Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence star in high-grossing movies as the fattest, ugliest black women that Hollywood makeup artists can conjure up, and now here's Perry with his gussied-up version of the same butt of the joke."
--- Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, Feb. 25, about tyler perry's Madea movies

"My mind is like a spin-dryer at full speed, my thoughts fly around my skull while millions of beautiful words cascade down in my lap. Images gunfire across my consciousness and while trying to discipline them I jump in awe at the soul-filled bounty of my mind’s expanse."
--- Christopher Nolan, Irish author who was quadraplegic and mute. He died at age 46 by choking on something caught in his airway. He typed his books by using a "unicorn" stick strapped to his head.

"Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal."
---- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) talking about the Scots

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