Quote of the Day: Letters to SALON.COM’s Andrew O’Hehir

Self is beginning to feel “low bat.” This is Dearest Mum’s expression for when she is lacking in energy. Self thinks it is so funny that now she’ll repeat it several times, just for effect.

Low bat. Low bat. Low bat.

So, she decided to amuse herself (since the writing isn’t going anywhere — not today, anyway) by checking in on Salon.com.

And self suddenly remembered — Eureka! — she’d left a comment on Andrew O’Hehir’s latest post, late last night. And she wondered if anyone had prepared any snappy comebacks, as they did the last time she posted (to a review by Stephanie Zacharek, in which she described Ryan Reynolds as being “not all that handsome” — boy, did she get smacked down! All kinds of people asked her what she was smoking!!!).

This time, no one bothered to respond to her post, but self went trolling down the (as of this afternoon, 31) comments, and she found this one that made her feel so grateful, as she used to feel so dumb for not appreciating Terry Gilliam’s movies:

As for Terry Gilliam, I have really tried to like his stuff. I was one of the few people who sat through The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen and wondered what the big deal was. It reminded me of European comedies that used to run on TV at 3 AM on Saturday morning. Somewhat amusing to American sentiments after the translation, but not fall-down funny, just something to watch because you’re too sleepy or stoned to find the remote control and turn it off.

Well said, post-er! Self realizes this is exactly how she felt after watching “The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen.” It was horribly long, boring — but, hey, isn’t that the brilliance of Terry Gilliam? He makes delightful fairy tales for grown-ups that are boring! If they weren’t boring, they’d be accessible, and then he wouldn’t be a genius.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. August 19, 2009 at 3:52 am

    I watched Tideland, and I didn’t know I could be both bored and disturbed at the same time.

  2. August 19, 2009 at 3:58 am

    I have NOT seen Tideland! Would you recommend I get it from Netflix? For the purposes of posting, I mean?

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