I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gene Wilder

Actor Gene Wilder. If you don't know who Gene Wilder is, you have a problem. This isn't a personal opinion. It's an assertion of fact. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory... Blazing Saddles... Young Frankenstein... Wilder is one of the most accomplished and amazing comedic actors Hollywood has ever seen. The interesting side of Wilder, however, is just how disturbed he can seem. In Willy Wonka he is terrifying at times, definitely not the sort of person you want leading your children through a strange land. In Blazing Saddles, it's nearly impossible to ignore a kind of sadness in his character, like he's given up. I am in awe of the work of Gene Wilder, and you should be too!


  1. I agree... whole heartedly... convinced my daughter to watch Haunted Honeymoon with me a couple weeks ago. So glad she enjoyed it!

  2. Glad to hear, Monique! Wilder is definitely a tradition that we ought to keep passing down generation to generation.