Hey, guys! Testing out a new feature today partly because I think it’s fun, partly because…well, it’s easy. Haha. I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up with everything on here the way I used to (sorry), but I want to keep posting every day during the week if I can help it, so I figure the more easy posts the better! Also, this feature is another excuse to use obnoxious alliteration. Most of you know that I’m a pretty big fan of that.
So I’m calling this one “Quotation Quintet.” As the name implies, it will involve me sharing five quotes from movies/TV shows that have struck a chord with me somehow. It’s a lot like Song and Screen, I suppose, but this gives me the chance to celebrate the writers. Because for me, good writing often makes or breaks a movie, and memorable lines like the ones below help me latch on to a movie and really, truly love it. So without further ado, let’s celebrate some recent favorites!
Harry Hart: I’m a Catholic whore currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black Jewish boyfriend who works at a military abortion clinic. So hail Satan and have a lovely afternoon, madam.
Why It’s Awesome: He says this in a church in Kentucky. A church. In Kentucky. And this comes out of Colin Firth’s mouth. It’s glorious. None of it is actually true of the character (he says it more for kicks), but the look on the face of the woman he says this to is priceless. Not to mention the epic scene that follows. I liked Kingsman a lot, but when I think back to the best things that were said, this is the winner by a landslide.
Amelia (reading): If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.
Why It’s Awesome: I think rhyme can be a powerful thing particularly when you’re going for a) something cute and memorable for kids (a la Dr. Seuss) or b) something severely creepy. Funny how it can work so well for one extreme or the other, huh? What’s cool about The Babadook is that it kind of goes for both, since the book Amelia and her son find at first seems to be geared toward children. Of course, we later discover that it’s geared more toward crazies…but, hey, whatever. Point is, the use of the book is really cool, and the line above is pretty much burned into my brain. P.S. Did anyone order that Babadook book? Is it weird that I kind of want it…?
Riggan: Just find me an actor. A good actor. Give me Woody Harrelson.
Jake: He’s doing the next Hunger Games.
Riggan: Michael Fassbender?
Jake: He’s doing the prequel to the X-Men prequel.
Riggan: How about Jeremy Renner?
Riggan: Jeremy Renner. He was nominated. He was the Hurt Locker guy.
Jake: Oh, okay. He’s an Avenger.
Riggan: F – k, they put him in a cape too?
Why It’s Awesome: As a nerd, I honestly don’t have a huge problem with the oversaturation of superhero stuff right now…but, yeah, I’ll admit that it has gotten a bit out of control. The fact that Birdman takes the time to comment on this is kind of wonderful, and I distinctly remember cracking up at this exchange. Because it’s so true! Everyone who’s anyone in Hollywood has either become attached to a franchise (like The Hunger Games) or has, as Riggan says, been “put in a cape.” It’s kind of sad, I guess, that this is what being a successful actor has become. But then the nerd in me goes “MOAR SUPERHEROEZ,” so I guess I’m as much to blame as anyone. Haha.
Katniss Everdeen: I have a message, for President Snow. You can torture us, and bomb us, and burn us to the ground, but do you see that? [points to the destroyed, shot-down bomber hovercraft behind her] Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!
Why It’s Awesome: In the book, I remember this moment as being pivotal, and, if I’m not mistaken, this quote is taken to the big screen pretty much line for line. Here’s the thing: this all could’ve been super cheesy. In fact, reading this again, I was like, “Hmm. Well this is very…dramatic.” But Jennifer Lawrence, man. She makes it work. This is a turning point for Katniss, the moment she really embraces her role and ignites a spark in Panem. Definitely one of the standout moments of the film.
Cooper: [When Cooper tries to reconfigure TARS] Humour 75%.
TARS: 75%. Self destruct sequence in T minus 10, 9, 8…
Cooper: Let’s make it 65%.
TARS: Knock, knock.
Why It’s Awesome: I know Interstellar divided a lot of people, but surely we can all agree on one thing: TARS the robot is the greatest. His wisecracks in this film helped lift an otherwise heavy drama, and this is just one of his many shining moments. I mean, even at 65% humor he’s a hilarious smartass. Plus, he’s a great foil for the Cooper, who is clearly trying so hard not to appreciate the robot’s humor. Makes for a fun relationship between man and machine.
So there we go! Another new thing on the blog. Think you guys would like something like this? Because I think I’m gonna make it a regular deal…We’ll see. Anyway, Happy Hump Day/Post-St. Paddy’s Day! I hope you all probably slept off those hangovers. See you tomorrow! 🙂