Sunday, February 27, 2011

Good Dialogue

Good movies often have great scenes. Great movies always do. Sometimes even mediocre movies still provide us with a memorable moment. We could discuss top movie quotes of all-time, but it would be too hard to choose, too many options. I need a category. Films made made in the ‘80’s? Movies starring Robert Dinero? Movies titled “Good Will Hunting”? I decided to go with movies I watched at home the last two months after I canceled my Internet and cable. Some are more obvious than others. Play along.

Movie 1:

“But it looks as if you’re reorganizing your records. Um, what is this? Chronological?”
“No.”
“Not alphabetical.”
“Nope.”
“What?”
“Autobiographical.”
“No fuckin’ way.”

Movie 2:

'This is a $4,000 sofa, upholstered in Italian silk. It is not just a couch."
"It's just a couch!"

My reaction to this movie was very similar to the first time I saw it back when it was still in theater. Heavy movie.

Movie 3:

"I'm sorry."
"How far back does that 'sorry' go?"
"How far back do you need it to go?"
"Wa-ay back."

(The first speaker is male, the second female)

Movie 4:

"Ellis Boyd Redding, your files say you've served 40 years of a life sentence. Do you feel you've been rehabilitated?"

"Rehabilitated? Well, now let me see. You know, I don't have any idea what that means."

"Well, it means that you're ready to rejoin society..."

"I know what you think it means, sonny. To me it's just a made up word. A politician's word, so young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie, and have a job. What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did?"

"Well, are you?"

"There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit."

Movie 5:

"There's a contract out on your life. Believe me. I was hired to kill you, but I'm not going to do it. It's either because I'm in love with your daughter or because I have a newfound respect for life."

Movie 6:

"If you want to date a gay boy. I just want you to know that you're father and I are totally supportive. We love you no matter what the sexual orientation of your opposite sex sex partner."

"We’re not dating mom."

"And don't worry about not making us grandparents. Although we were kind of hoping that you'd get knocked up so we'd have a second shot at raising kids, really do it right this time."

"Bye now."

Movie 7:

"It's nice, I never had one before."
"What, a room to yourself?"
"A bed."

Movie 8:

Mike: Okay, so what if I don't want to give up on her?
Rob: You don't call.
Mike: But you said I don't call if I wanted to give up on her.
Rob: Right.
Mike: So I don't call either way?
Rob: Right.
Mike: So what's the difference?
Rob: There is no difference right now. See, Mike, the only difference between giving up and not giving up is if you take her back when she wants to come back. But you can't do anything to make her want to come back. In fact, you can only do stuff to make her not want to come back.
Mike: So the only difference is if I forget about her or just pretend to forget about her?
Rob: Right.
Mike: Well that sucks.
Rob: Yeah, it sucks.
Mike: So it's just like a retroactive decision, then? I mean I could, like, forget about her and then when she comes back make like I just pretended to forget about her?
Rob: Right. Although probably more likely the opposite.
Mike: What do you mean?
Rob: I mean at first you're going to pretend to forget about her, you'll not call her, I don't know, whatever... but then eventually, you really will forget about her.
Mike: Well what if she comes back first?
Rob: Mmmm... see, that's the thing, is somehow they know not to come back until you really forget.
Mike: There's the rub.
Rob: There's the rub.

Movie 9:

“Gracias.”
“Espere. Esperamemos hasta que este listo.”
“Otra vez, gracias.”
“No quiero ser indiscreto. Pero, no tendria por casualidad seis dedos en la mano derecha?”
“Simpere empieza asi las conversaciones?”

Sorry about that. This movie was made in English, but I was just watching it dubbed to practice my Spanish acquisition. Read it again; you'll probably recognize it.

Movie 10:

"Uuuummmm, this is a tasty burger. Vincent, you ever try a Big Kahuna Burger?"
"No."
"Wanna bite? They're real tasty."
"I ain't hungry."
"Well, if you like burgers give 'em a try sometime. Me, I can't usualy get 'em myself because my girlfriend's a a vegetarian, which pretty much makes me a vegetarian. But I do love the taste of a good burger. Mmmm. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?"
"No."
"Tell 'em Vincent."
"Royale with cheese."
"Royale with cheese! You know why the call it that?"
"Because of the metric system?"
"Check out the brain on Brett! You're a smart motherfucker. That's right. The metric system. What's in this? (pointing to the cup)
"Sprite."
"Sprite, good. You mind if I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down?"
"Go right ahead."
"Aaaaahhh. That hit the spot."

I almost picked this scene.

So how many of the movies did you know?


Pic of the Week

I was shopping at Target for a memory foam pillow; I didn't buy this one.

Thought of the Week

Don't judge a book by its cover, but do a judge a girl by the movies she likes.
--Kevin Burrill

(I just consider this sound advice.)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I'm Back

Tomorrow I will be making my Ali-like return to the ring. I will continue my regular features, including thought of the week, pic of the week, and my weekly column. In addition to to my Sunday postings, for a limited time I will be adding the "mid-week swindle."

Just in case you want to express your appreciation for a specifi post in an acceptable way in today's modern society, but are unable to positively contribute using words from the English language, I have also added the Facebook like button. Simply click on the column's title and you will be able to "like" it.

See you tomorrow.

--Kevin

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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