6. Homer meets Generation X (“Homerpalooza,” 1996)
There may be a more succinct commentary on Generation X than the following exchange between two disaffected youths attending an outdoor rock show in “Homerpalooza”: “Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He’s cool.” “Are you being sarcastic, dude?” “I don’t even know any more.” Throughout the episode, in which Homer tries to reconnect with a music scene that’s long since left him behind, the writers explore the generation gap between classic and “alternative” rockers—one hopelessly out of touch, the other beaten down by irony and the corporate-sponsored rebellion of events like Lollapalooza. Still, Homer does appreciate bands like Smashing Pumpkins selling misery to today’s youth: “You know, my kids think you’re the greatest. And thanks to your gloomy music, they’ve finally stopped dreaming of a future I can’t possibly provide.”
[The reason for the lack of memorable recent movie lines] may be that a Web-driven culture of irony latches onto the movie lines for something other than brilliance, or is downright allergic to the kind of polish that was once applied to the best bits of dialogue. Thus one of the most frequently repeated lines of the last year came from CLASH OF THE TITANS, which scored an unimpressive 28 percent positive rating among critics on the Rottentomatoes.com Web site after it was released by Warner Brothers in April.
“Release the Kraken!” thundered Liam Neeson as Zeus — spawning good-natured mockery on obscene T-shirts and in Kraken-captioned photos of angry kitty cats.
n. the thrill of helping random strangers, which is all the more satisfying because it carries no risk of reciprocation, which could trigger a friendship-quagmire of escalating favors that culminates in a debate over how to dislodge a couch from the stairwell of their new place without using an…
The goddawful thing about the (rare) car trips with my older boss is that we always listen non-stop to an 80s greatest hits cd. Only 1 cd for more than 5 hours of freeway. And he loves it, so any suggestion to bring some other music or just shut it up is met with frowning.
So after today’s…
This post is very good, though i personally love me some luftballoons.