I completely forgot to give you guys the friggin' answers to the movie quote meme!!
1. "Maybe I'll just sit here and bleed at you." -- Brick, as guessed by newbabel
I've talked about Brick before, so I'm not going to say much else here. Suffice to say, it's excellent. See it. Particularly if you like noir. The writing is so unusual that the first time I watched it, I watched it all the way through, and then promptly set the DVD to run from the beginning with subtitles on just so I could catch everything.
2. "My God... it even has a watermark." -- American Psycho, as guessed by geogre
For lovers of black humor and serial killers, this film is a must. Also has some AWESOME 80's kitsch. I don't really recommend the book, which sort of collapses under the weight of its own style (to murder a quote from Family Guy, "Am I a talented writer yet? Is this an important work of fiction yet? Do critics approve? CAN I STOP?")... the movie keeps things ironic and interesting.
3. "Who would claim to be that... who was not?" -- Untouchables, as guessed by jjhunter
This has been my favorite movie since I was 15, I think. It's just the most perfect looking piece of cinema I've ever seen. Seriously. The mood, the writing, the music, the costumes... nothing is missed. And I still cry at the sad parts. Ennio Morricone wrote the score, btw... the opening credits alone floor me.
4. "Other people have told me that before, and it was meaningless. When you say it, I hear it." -- Requiem for a Dream, as guessed by geogre
Um, have any drug experiences at all? Then you'll sort of get this movie. It's definitely not something you watch just for enjoyment, although Darren Aronofsky certainly does have a spectacular eye and ear for the way to tell a story. You will finish this movie feeling pretty depressed and maybe even violated. It's a monster movie with addiction as the monster. And it's a very, very good monster. Let's call it the Hostel of drug films... not that I've seen Hostel (nor would I ever see it), so I hope the metaphor holds up.
Let me make it clear: the reason why I love this movie is because it perfectly captures some of the bad experiences that I have had on perfectly legal prescription drugs. It's extremely cathartic. I've also heard that it should be required viewing for teenagers as an anti-drug statement, but personally, I think this film means more if you've already been there and come out the other side.
5. "He offered you parts in Cats? I thought you hated Cats. You said it was an all time low in a lifetime of theatre going. You said, 'Aeschylus did not invent the theatre to have it end up a bunch of chorus kids in cat suits prancing around wondering which of them will go to kitty-cat heaven'."
Nobody got this one, but it was from Six Degrees of Separation.
Okay. You know that quality that Broadway plays have, that by and large most movies don't? The way that the dialogue just captures you? The way that the language and the speeches carry everything? The way that everything said feels like something you want to remember for later? This movie is an adapted play, and it keeps that quality. Most of it is conversations between characters with a few harrowing incidents sprinkled in for color. The writing makes me fall over with its brilliance. And it's a work of fiction that talks about the Six Degrees concept, long before it became a cliche.
And it's riveting. I passionately love this movie. First of all, it's Will Smith turning in a brutally fantastic performance way before anybody knew he could do so. Second of all, Stockard Channing is a goddess. As far as the rest goes, I won't ruin it for you, but it's highly adult, inspiring, tragic, uplifting, and a must for anybody who loves art and good writing. This is a beautiful film.
6. "Of course it's dark, it's a suicide note." -- The Royal Tenenbaums, as guessed by havenstone
This is one of those movies people either love, or don't see the point of. I loved it. One of the things I love most about this movie is that you start out thinking that it's an exercise in irony, nothing more than a psycho-philosophical bubble, maybe even ironic tragedy... and then you reach the end, and the events that happen suddenly cause you to realize that it's a wholly different kind of story. I still get sniffly over Ben Stiller's character... and that's quite an accomplishment.
I love this quote in particular because, the first time I ever saw this movie, I kept reserving my opinion of it, not knowing what to think for most of the movie. And then two things happened. First of all, the score used Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay", and I started squealing. And then Luke Wilson's character uttered the above line, and I turned to Stevie, who was sitting next to me at the time, and I said, "I like this movie."
7. "Even Hell has its heros, señor." -- The Ninth Gate, as guessed by geogre
I know perfectly well that geogre just got this one because he knows I love this movie. :) Which is fine.
Here's the thing: on first watch, this movie is kind of disappointing. But the more you watch it, the more things you pick up on. The entire thing is a puzzle. I posted something a long while back about how I read the book and noticed that the drawings in the film had been subtly altered, and then I really got involved with studying the different drawings and comparing them to scenes in the movie and seeing which characters were being indicated where. This movie is a labyrinthine fractal. The more you look, the more there is to see. It's very, very different from the book, too. Which I think is good. The book is also rather disappointing... but I may find on re-read that it turns out to be more of a puzzle the more you study it.
8. "There is a war on. How is it you are going to Kentucky?" "Well, we kinda face to the north and then, real sudden-like, turn left." -- The Last of the Mohicans, as guessed by mike_b
Excellent film, and this is one of my favorite lines from any movie ever. This movie also has a spectactular soundtrack. This isn't really something I have to spend a lot of words on... it's just a darn good flick.
9. "Friend, some of your foldin' money's come unstole." -- O Brother, Where Art Thou, as guessed by clockworktomato
Most of you who wanted to see this movie already have... it will always be a favorite for me. It's another one of those "simply perfect" films... it sets out to tell a certain kind of story. It sets you up right from the beginning to tell that story. And then it tells the everloving HELL out of that story.
Delmar is also my favorite character, and every line he utters is pitch-perfect for the character and the setting.
10. "Your naive idiocy makes me VERY ANGRY!" -- Lawnmower Man, as guessed by geogre, FTW!!
How on earth geogre guessed this one, I have no clue.
There is very little to recommend this film, which is a guilty pleasure of mine. I like it because it has Pierce Brosnan with glasses and floppy hair as a scientist, and Jeff Fahey before he started wasting the best years of his career on soft porn. And lots of pretty computer animation back when that stuff was COOL. Also I'm endlessly amused by the way they refer to Stephen King... when the only thing this movie has to do with his story of the same title... is the title. Seriously. The story "Lawnmower Man" is, uh, well. It's probably one of his worst stories. And you won't find a computer anywhere in it.
11. "Have you been sexually molested yet? Because I can circle the block."
Aw, come on guys, this is from Liar Liar, yet another insanely quotable movie. To me, this is the highlight of Jim Carrey films... mostly because up until that point, I'd never seen Carrey even try to act like a human being. It's strange for me to say this now, after he's turned in performances like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but at the time Liar Liar came out, I'd never seen Jim Carrey that restrained. And he's still cartoonish, but human enough that it works. It's just such an incredibly well-written comedy. I still laugh at the boardroom scene until my sides hurt. Great feel-good film.
12. "I am a bearer, I am a dwelling, I am a messenger..." "You are an idiot!" -- The Last Unicorn, as guessed by ayakashi_fox
I have such a love for this movie and the book it's based on that I can never fully explain them. But this is also a goldmine for quotes. Peter S. Beagle has a way with words that is both simple and amazingly profound. Fantasy writers often fall victim to defensive hyperseriousness, which is understandable... as an art form, it's spent quite some time now being all but spit upon by the arbiters of What Is Art. Beagle keeps his sense of humor and whimsy intact, and it makes the soulful moments in his works that much more moving.
13. "We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect... the stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die!"
Considering this was an Oscar nom clip for Nicholas Cage, I'm surprised nobody got it. It's Moonstruck. I still remember how brutal that speech felt, the first time I ever saw the movie.
This is another one of those films that you've already seen if you wanted to see it, but I still recommend it. It's just funny and raw and honest and hopelessly romantic and violently emotional and very, very Italian. It's also a wonderful slice of New York. And it's drenched in opera. (I love opera.)
14. "You're not a bad guy, you know. You're just not a very good one."
Kinda not surprised, although I know some of you have seen this: it's from Matchstick Men, which is as tight and twisty a little suspense film/character piece as one could wish for. Nick Cage again, playing someone tormented by OCD, and I have to say how much I admired the way they depicted the true hell that the disorder really is once it reaches the clinical stage. The emotional bits ring true, the character arc is amazing, the writing is good, the cinematography and editing is just too fantastic to be believed, and there's lots and lots of Sinatra. And then there's the fact that Sam Rockwell costars... but he's almost a side note to the fact that every person cast in the film is absolutely perfect for their respective parts.
15. "We knew the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love, and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them." -- The Virgin Suicides, as guessed by clockworktomato
I love Sophia Coppola. I know I've said that before.
Her films are about dropping you into a lake of "this is how it was, this is how it felt". The story is secondary to the mood. And since I really love any movie that creates an ambience and gets it right, I'm obviously going to love her films. But this one in particular is heart-breakingly beautiful.
16. "How great is it for you that I'm not intimidated by your brilliance?"
This was Something's Gotta Give, the movie I hereby nominate for Worst Title Evar. Really. Such an incredibly good movie! Such a way sucky, non-descriptive, never even quoted in the film itself title.
This movie is more than just an odd couple story playing Jack Nicholson's usual schtick off of Diane Keaton's usual schtick -- although it does do so, and very cleverly -- it is also a love story, pure and simple, but delightfully intelligent. Warning: contains Keanu Reeves. If you are allergic to Keanu, please consult a doctor before attempting to view this movie.
17. "You've glazed my wife in dried piss!"
Well, this one may have touched on the obscure, but it is at least one of the more memorable quotes in this particular movie. It's from Girl With a Pearl Earring, and again, what we have here is a movie where a world has been re-created for us in perfect detail. This isn't just a fascinating look at the life and times of Vermeer. If you watch closely, nearly every frame in the film looks like something he painted... so even though the film focuses mostly on another character, everything is seen as if through his eyes. It's a masterpiece of film-making, and you owe it to yourself to watch it if you like Vermeer's art.
18. "I'm expendable! I'm the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is! I've gotta get outta here!" -- Galaxy Quest, as guessed by ladybird97
Everybody says the same thing about this movie: "That was so much better than I thought it would be!" And it is. It's awesome, and hilarious, and contains large amounts of Alan Rickman being snarky at people. If you are a fan of science fiction, you will love this movie. If you have ever been irritated at science fiction's foibles, you will love this movie.
19. "But the man's a fool, he's a total mediocrity!" "No, no, he has yet to achieve mediocrity." -- Amadeus, as guessed by ladybird97
Yet another one that, if you wanted to see it, you've probably seen it. But what can I say. It's a glorious, corrupt spectacle of music and genius and, of course, mediocrity, all offered in abundance. Besides, I simply can't get enough of rococo.
20. "I put a gun to my father's head once. Ever think like that? He was passed out. Had just been yelling at my mom over nothing. Under-cooked meat. I went to my room, I held the barrel right up to his ear, and then I chickened out again. Of course it was a BB gun but still it would have hurt like hell." -- Life As a House, as guessed by geogre
This is a film about growth, redemption, atonement, and all that good gushy self-reflective stuff. It's touching! It's inspiring! You'll laugh, you'll cry, etc. (it was at this point that I realized I might be getting tired of writing movie recommendations).
But seriously. My stepdad was a carpenter/housebuilder (among other things, like a woodshop teacher), so I grew up around light to heavy house alterations, and I geek a bit over things like this. But this particular dad and housebuilder is played by Kevin Kline, and that's a hard formula to go wrong with.