I have probably watched hundreds of thousands of movies in my life. I love movies. I am crazy obsessive about watching them. If I go a weekend without watching a movie, I feel like I forgot something. Why is it so important to me? Don’t really know. Maybe it is an escape from the ho hum reality of my life. So, I have been thinking about my favorites lately, having trouble composing a definitive list, narrowing it down. I got to thinking about quotes from movies that I remember. (Actually I found myself quoting movies with someone who got me on a wild quoting tangent.) I thought that this list would be way easier than narrowing down my favorites, and it was. So, here it is, drumroll please...
Quotes and movies that have affected my life or made me take a moment to think.
“So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social.”
-John Bender, Breakfast Club
I remember this one, I remember thinking, damn, I don’t ever want to be THAT kid. The kid who was in the math club. I also remember thinking, high school really sucks. There are only about 20 quotes from this movie I can rattle off at a moments notice.
“There is such a fine line between stupid and clever.”
-David St. Hubbins, This Is Spinal Tap
Ok, so this movie is a guarantee of the favorites list. Similar to The Breakfast Club, I have watched it countless times and it never gets old. This quote is one of my favorite quotes of all time, I use it in most of my signatures online and it really sums up life to me. There really is a fine line, it just depends on which side you are standing.
“Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were suppose to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic.”
-Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle
Ok, so yes, it is a chick flick and I generally hate chick flicks. And yes, it is probably the chick flick of that decade. But I remember seeing this movie in the theater, hard to believe, I know, and when he said that line, I almost lost it. I got misty. I thought for a moment, that’s what I want. That’s the way it should be. Then, I came back down to my own planet and remembered that it was only a movie. A movie starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan nonetheless! It is still a happy thought, something I would embrace should Tom Hanks ever want to say that about me.
“Joey, have you ever been to a Turkish prison?”
-Captain Over, Airplane!
I remember seeing this movie for the first time while on a weekend with my dad. It was one of the first times I had seen a woman topless besides in the movie Joystick. I also remember thinking this line was funny and wondering what the hell a Turkish prison was? I was about 10, what do you expect. I also remember thinking my dad was too cool for letting me see this movie.
“I saved Latin. What did you ever do?”
-Max Fischer, Rushmore
God, I love this movie. It is definitely on the favorites list as well. This was such a sad love story to me, but much more realistic than Sleepless in Seattle. I always felt bad for little Max and wanted him to triumph so badly, I could’ve stood and cheered in the theater, but I didn’t. This movie reminded me that the little guy can win! Yay!
“I wrote a suicide note.”
”Yeah, right after I regained conciousness.”
-Richie Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums
Another Wes Anderson film, love him. Or should I say his movies? If you haven’t seen it, run out right now and pay your $4 to rent The Royal Tenenbaums. This is movie has plenty of those funny moments that you laugh at and then think, “Wait, that was morbid, maybe I shouldn’t be laughing.” These two characters were so pathetic it was heartwarming and the Tenenbaum family was so messed up it could make anyone feel good about their families. Thanks for making me feel good Wes!
Alright so that is the short list for now. It has actually helped add two definite spots on my favorite movies list. So, when you are shelling out your $4 to rent that movie or the ghastly $9 to actually go to a movie and play with the self serve butter machine, see if you can catch yourself having an ah ha moment and making a numb butt all worth it.