If thesis research could consist solely of watching bad movies I would sign up to do this every semester. Michael Douglas explaining the power of negative-difference in The American President:
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship; you've gotta want it bad. Because it's going to put up a fight... The symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest."
Maybe a better line is: "this is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up."