The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0032 Thursday, 6 January 2000.
Date: Thursday, 6 Jan 2000 15:59:19 +0800
Subject: 11.0026 Re: pop refs
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0026 Re: pop refs
If someone has mentioned this before, my apologies for repetition. The
film Mystery Men, which only just made it to Singapore, contains both a
witless pastiche of 'We happy few' and a moderately clever riff on
Hamlet. The Bowler, Janeane Garofalo's character, is an irritable,
black-clad depressive, obsessed with revenging the murder of her father,
whose skull she carries around encased in a transparent bowling ball and
with whom she carries on a nagging posthumous conversation. (He
apparently wants her to get the revenge over with and go back to
graduate school, at Wittenberg presumably.) That the character is a
notably inarticulate but highly effective woman of action I take to be
an intended irony.