„Every artist joins a conversation that's been going on for generations, even millennia, before he or she joins the scene.“

—  John Barth

Letzte Aktualisierung 23. Oktober 2017. Geschichte
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„Anderson sees these people joined at a level below any possible knowledge, down where fate and destiny lie. They have been joined by their actions and their choices.“

—  Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013

Review of Magnolia (1999), in review for Great Movies (27 November 2008) http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-magnolia-1999
Reviews, Four star reviews
Kontext: Magnolia is a film of sadness and loss, of lifelong bitterness, of children harmed and adults destroying themselves. As the narrator tells us near the end, "We may be through with the past, but the past is never through with us." In this wreckage of lifetimes, there are two figures, a policeman and a nurse, who do what they can to offer help, hope and love. … The central theme is cruelty to children, and its lasting effect. This is closely linked to a loathing or fear of behaving as we are told, or think, that we should. … As an act of filmmaking, it draws us in and doesn't let go. It begins deceptively, with a little documentary about amazing coincidences (including the scuba diver scooped by a fire-fighting plane and dumped on a forest fire) … coincidences and strange events do happen, and they are as real as everything else. If you could stand back far enough, in fact, everything would be revealed as a coincidence. What we call "coincidences" are limited to the ones we happen to notice. … In one beautiful sequence, Anderson cuts between most of the major characters all simultaneously singing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNmKghTvj0E Aimee Mann's "It's Not Going to Stop." A directorial flourish? You know what? I think it's a coincidence. Unlike many other "hypertext movies" with interlinking plots, Magnolia seems to be using the device in a deeper, more philosophical way. Anderson sees these people joined at a level below any possible knowledge, down where fate and destiny lie. They have been joined by their actions and their choices.
And all leads to the remarkable, famous, sequence near the film's end when it rains frogs. Yes. Countless frogs, still alive, all over Los Angeles, falling from the sky. That this device has sometimes been joked about puzzles me. I find it a way to elevate the whole story into a larger realm of inexplicable but real behavior. We need something beyond the human to add another dimension. Frogs have rained from the sky eight times this century, but never mind the facts. Attend instead to Exodus 8:2, which is cited on a placard in the film: "And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite your whole territory with frogs." Let who go? In this case, I believe, it refers not to people, but to fears, shames, sins.
Magnolia is one of those rare films that works in two entirely different ways. In one sense, it tells absorbing stories, filled with detail, told with precision and not a little humor. On another sense, it is a parable. The message of the parable, as with all good parables, is expressed not in words but in emotions. After we have felt the pain of these people, and felt the love of the policeman and the nurse, we have been taught something intangible, but necessary to know.

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„Translation: He has joined the great majority.“

—  Petronius, buch Satyricon

Sec. 42
Variant translations:
He’s gone to join the majority [the dead].
He has gone to the majority.
(i.e. He has died.)
Satyricon
Original: (la) Abiit ad plures.

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„I have opposed Trident and nuclear weapons for all of my political life - I even joined CND before becoming a member of the SNP.“

—  Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party 1970

Said after she signed a Rethink Trident pledge in 2015. Nicola Sturgeon signs ‘Rethink Trident’ pledge https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-signs-rethink-trident-pledge-1-3865803 (22 August 2015) on the Scotsman website. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
2015

Klaus Barbie Foto

„Don't worry. Your friends are dead and you are going to join them.“

—  Klaus Barbie SS-Hauptsturmführer, soldier and Gestapo member 1913 - 1991

To Blandon from "Klaus Barbie, the "Butcher of Lyons" - Page 63 - by Tom Bower - Biography & Autobiography - 1984

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Yolanda King Foto

„He knew in 1968 that while this was a beautiful symbol of hope and possibility, it indeed was only the beginning. For after they joined hands what then were they going to do?“

—  Yolanda King American actress 1955 - 2007

1980s, A Dream Deferred (1989)
Kontext: He knew in 1968 that while this was a beautiful symbol of hope and possibility, it indeed was only the beginning. For after they joined hands what then were they going to do? Yes, he was dreaming again of marching on Washington, but this time the intent was to stay there not just for a day, not just for speeches and singing but to engage in a campaign of massive civil disobedience to try and stop, nonviolently, the functioning of the national government until the cause of the poor became this nation’s first priority—until all people were guaranteed a decent job, at a decent income, until we stopped the killing of Asians abroad in the Vietnam war and turned to attend to the very desperate needs of our people within our shores. That was the last dream. And if you understand that dream, if you understand that for the last six months of his life Martin Luther King Jr. was not only talking about but actively organizing native Americans, Hispanics, poor whites, blacks, people from all across this nation who had for so long been denied; if you realize how threatening that was, perhaps you will understand why the bullet came, perhaps where it came from.

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TotalBiscuit Foto

„We will not join enemy server.“

—  TotalBiscuit British game commentator 1984 - 2018

[catches himself] "'Enemy server', what? Let's try that again—empty server. I do want enemies."
WTF Is…? series, Insurgency (standalone) (January 29, 2014)

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„I’d like to see every young person in the world join the "Just Say No" to drugs club.“

—  Nancy Reagan actress and first lady of the United States 1921 - 2016

On the "Just Say No to Drugs Week" (1986), as quoted in "JUST SAY NO" at The Ronald Reagan Foundation http://www.reaganfoundation.org/details_f.aspx?p=RR1008NRHC&tx=6
Kontext: Someone asked me if I wanted to make a New Year’s wish, and I said yes — and it was that I’d like to see every young person in the world join the "Just Say No" to drugs club. Well, just the fact that Congress has proclaimed "Just Say No Week" and in light of all the activities taking place, it seems that my wish is well on its way to coming true.

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„There's a point at which left and right join.“

—  Jay Nordlinger American journalist 1963

"Jaywalking" https://web.archive.org/web/20180913133208/https://jaywalking-tapes.nationalreview.com/jaywalking-035-09.12.2018.mp3 (12 September 2018), National Review
2010s

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