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Spoiler(?) warning: The ending of The Witch is discussed in a roundabout sort of way.

#1102: A Thing Is Still a Thing No Matter What You Place in Front of It

February 26, 2016

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #1101: Back to Basics

The title of this strip is a line from The English Patient that I feel like I've quoted here (in Multiplex) before in some capacity or another, because I love the line. It’s just about the only thing I remember from the movie, roughly fifteen years after having seen it. It’s a kind of throwaway moment in the film, where Katharine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas) comments that she’s always “wanted to meet the man who could write a long paper with so few adjectives.”

Almásy (Ralph Fiennes) replies: “Well, a thing is still a thing no matter what you place in front of it: big car, slow car, chauffeur-driven car…”

A third character interjects: “Broken car.”

Almásy shrugs: “Still a car.”

So the point — that is to say, the way it ties into this strip — is that a “boring” (in Kurt’s opinion) horror movie is still a horror movie.


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