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“I no longer needed a reason for my existence, just a reason to live.”

By Asides and Humour

I know this has been going around a bit this week, but this paragraph stood out for me:

Wow. No God. If mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, of course, but who cares? The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my new found atheism. The gifts of truth, science, nature. The real beauty of this world. I learned of evolution -– a theory so simple that only England’s greatest genius could have come up with it. Evolution of plants, animals and us –- with imagination, free will, love, humor. I no longer needed a reason for my existence, just a reason to live. And imagination, free will, love, humor, fun, music, sports, beer and pizza are all good enough reasons for living.

[From A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I’m An Atheist — Speakeasy — WSJ]

Glenn Kenny says what I was trying to say

By Cinema and Humour

Former Premiere Magazine critic Glenn Kenny has come up with a few notes about Watchmen that say what I was trying to say in my review, only better:

A lot of it has to do with the fact that Snyder directs like a preservationist rather than an interpreter. It might have been a kick to see this set-in-an-alternate-1980s tale directed like an ’80s picture. maybe. But no; we instead get a lot of slavish recreations of Gibbons’ panels.

These two Watchmen-related posts give me the opportunity to re-present my favourite Watchmen moment since 1986:

and also direct your attention to this awesome Watchmen-Saturday morning cartoon pastiche from Harry Partridge:


I feel my mood lifting ...

By Cinema and Humour

In a few hours the world is hopefully going to get a little bit saner and a little more tolerant. So, as I’m in a good mood here’s something that might make you chuckle:


And if that isn’t enough here’s the Flight of the Conchords being interviewed at The AV Club. I know, linking to Conchords content just to increase one’s traffic is so 2007.

Some Frank Langella trivia

By Asides, Humour, NZ and Theatre

Here’s a New York Times profile of Frost/Nixon star, and great character actor, Frank Langella. Langella once bought the Broadway rights to the hit kiwi “comedy” Ladies’ Night and author Anthony McCarten told me once of sitting in Langella’s trailer in Hollywood collaborating on the American-ization of the play that may or may not have eventually become The Full Monty. Periodically, Langella would have to excuse himself and visit the set: “Excuse me, I have to go and make love to Ellen Barkin.”

Simpsons meet Mad Men

By Asides, Humour and TV

In lieu of something more substantive, and just before I crash for the night:

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[from this year’s Treehouse of Horror, via Kottke and Videogum]