Bein’ as it’s nearly October, the movie channels are filled with horror and suspense films great and small, one of the quiet pleasures of my autumn season.  Of course, given the depth and breadth of movies made in the last 100 years or so, this can lead to dissonant moments like I had last night, with a viewing of ‘Scream’ (okay, but way too meta) followed by ‘Psycho’ (the original, one of the greats) followed by ‘Urban Legend 2’ (which makes ‘Monster a Go-Go’ look like ‘Citizen Kane.’)  The two overarching thoughts to come from this late-night smorgasbord of stabbery were a renewed appreciation of the pouty-squinting beauty that is Neve Campbell’s acting and a fascination with Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary tendency to cameo in his own movies.  By the time of Psycho, Hitch had reportedly started getting the gag in as early as possible in the film, so as not to distract people from the actual movies that he was making, proving the durability of a really good in-joke.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has to get home before Vera realizes that he’s gone, asking:  What’s your favorite in-joke/running gag in pop culture history?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. When anyone says “Doctor Who?” on the series used to drive me crazy, but now I’m actually lightly amused by it.

    Kenny’s repeated deaths on South Park continue to amuse me even when I’m not always a big fan of the series anymore. Similarly, anytime Homer Simpson says “Mmmm, (something)” (my favorite being a tie between “Mmmm, Sacrelicious”, “Mmmm, unprocessed fish sticks” and “Mmmm, unexplained bacon”).

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