Saturday, January 21, 2006

Great movie quotes become part of our cultural vocabulary. - Jean Picker Furstenberg

OK, these are in no particular order. At all.
And I probably missed a lot. Which I may or may not post as they come to my attention.

Check out this very cool and exceptionally-time-wasting site:
Useless Movie

And this site from the American Film Institute. 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes.


“Yes, Your Blueness!” - Which I prefer to Yes, Mom.
“Push a Button!” - Generally in an elevator but occasionally just out of the blue, as it were.
Both from “Yellow Submarine.”

From “Moonstruck,” my favorite movie of all time:
Your life’s goin’ down the toilet! – Accompanied with hand-shaking
When you love them they drive you crazy because they know they can.
It’s Cosmo’s moon. – Said whenever anyone notes the full moon.
Snap out of it! – Useful for any number of occasions, try it and see.
I just want you to know no matter what you do, you're gonna die, just like everybody else. – I say this to H. a lot.
Then, there's copper, which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money. – Used recently to my roof/gutter guy
We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and *die*. So come upstairs and get in my bed! – Uh, I say this to H. but not as often as the “You’re gonna die” line.
I have a feeling this is going to be just delicious - Most often used by my little brother as he is sitting down to eat; also, he likes, I ain’t no friggin’ monument to justice!

What was the part in the middle?
Avoid the green ones, they’re not ripe yet. – Used in the appropriate food-consuming context
Look, Mr. Manfredjinsinjin…- used when we meet someone with a crazy-ass last name
- “A Fish Called Wanda”

Is it …raining?
- “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” when we are noting 1) an incredibly stupid person or 2) an incredibly stupid movie moment

How d’ye mean, funny-looking? – “Fargo” (We love this movie for its accents. We dig accents.)

The steps are treacherous. - Used before we shovel the snow, from “Young Frankenstein”

"I'll be takin' these Huggies and whatever you got in the register." - "Raising Arizona," used whenever we realize exactly what we spend in diapers each year...about once a week after grocery shopping

Not swallowing my tongue – Used in answer to any ridiculous What are you doing? question. Sadly, it’s a Jean-Claude Van Damme quote from “Time Cop.”

It has raisins in it. You like raisins. - Used whenever my kids say they don’t like something.
Go that way really fast. If anything gets in your way, turn! - Used when directions are asked for.
-both from that classic John Cusack vehicle, “Better Off Dead.”

Huge tracts of land…It had teeth like this…Get back here and I’ll bite your kneecaps off…She’s a witch! Burn her!...Spank me! Spank me! – all from that holy grail, “Monty Python’s Holy Grail”

I’ve been mostly dead all day… “The Princess Bride,” used when H. asks how I am feeling.
Or this quote, by Lily Von Schtupp in “Blazing Saddles”:
I’m tired…tired of playing the game.

Leave the gun, take the cannoli. “The Godfather” Just because I enjoy saying it.

Uhhhh, yeeeeaaahhhh… I’m gonna need you to…- from “Office Space”

I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ no babies! Used upon the occasion of each of my son’s births. The nurses probably thought I was nuts.

Assume away. - Max Bialystock, from the original “Producers.”

You can't handle the truth! - From "A Few Good Men."

Ralphie lay there like a slug…Generally used when someone is lollygagging.
Fra-gee-lay. Must be Italian – both from “A Christmas Story.”

We’re gonna need a bigger boat. – “Jaws”; I said this a lot when we were car-shopping.

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! – “Network.”
Randomly. Often.

It’s like Africa hot. – “Biloxi Blues” Only used in the summer.

Yeah, she was in great pain! Then we cut off her head, and drove a stake through her heart, and burned it, and then she found peace. - I use this more often than you would think. From "Bram Stoker's Dracula," in answer to the question, "Was she in pain?"

Would you like to play Global Thermonuclear War?
-also more useful than you might think. From "War Games."

At least he’s not a book burner, you Nazi cow! – Just because I like it.
Is this heaven? No it’s Iowa.
- “Field of Dreams”
- I also like the “You’re a pacifist!” line when Kevin Costner is trying to stop James Earl Jones from hitting him. I use it when I am expressing surprise whenever H. is leaning away from his bleeding-heart-liberal tendencies.

Checking my presents. Making sure I'm getting everything on my list. I found one present. All it had was stupid underwear.
“Polar Express,” spouted by the boys for general merriment purposes. The Know-It-All boys says it in his nasal voice and it cracks them up no end.

You codfish! Used as a general expletive, or to make the boys laugh. From the classic Disney “Peter Pan.”

I'm tired and I'm hungry and my tail's froze and my nose is froze and my ears are froze. And my toes are froze. - Used almost only in the winter when kids are whining about how cold it is outside.

You idiots! You fools! You imbeciles! - Used whenever necessary.

-Both from the classic Disney “101 Dalmatians.”

One I am going to *start* using, from the remake of “101 Dalmatians:”
Uh... what kind of sycophant would you like me to be?


Karan said...

I completely enjoyed this. One of our favorites is the shortened "...Understand, Monkey Boy?" from Buckaroo Bonzai.

BabelBabe said...

Oh! I forgot that one. We say, "Keep laughing, Monkey Boy!"

BabelBabe said...

and the MOST commonly used one in the past five years, since we've had babies, I can't believe i forgot about it:

There's no crying in baseball!

blackbird said...

We use the Africa hot line with some frequency...
but now, K and I have been pondering this all day, this movie lines business, and we realized that we use
"Named for your father perhaps,"
pretty regularly too...
(Bond, James Bond, upon hearing that the woman's name was Plenty O'Toole.)

Carolyn said...

My husband came across something on one of the channels last night called "Clerks". There was a line I enjoyed, probably not verbatim here, "When a girl makes a guy come, it's a given. When a guy makes a girl come, he's talented. Of course, I can't see anywhere I would use this, but I enjoyed the line.

andrea said...

clerks is one of our most quotable movies, something we've acknowledged will probably have to change as the baby gets older and we're less free with our foul language!

if you haven't seen it, carolyn, i recommend it - it's hysterical - but it's not for the faint of heart :)

Carolyn said...

I'm not too faint of heart and it DID look kind of interesting.

andrea said...

rent it immediately, then! you will never hear the number 37 the same way again!!

jess said...

Aw man, I haven't been quoting enough movies lately. I do often think of Office Space when I'm at work & run our 'CRS report' - without fail I think of the TPS report.

I haven't seen Moonstruck in ages but I love "It's Cosmo's moon."

Sarah Louise said...

Um, I hated Clerks, I actually thought it was vile, but I loved BBabe's quotes. I obviously have a lot of movie catching up to do. (There's a newsflash!) A Kevin Smith movie I do like, though, and it was filmed in Pittsburgh, and as a result I spoke (briefly and embarrassingly) to Alan Rickman, is "Dogma." I think it has quotable quotes, although I've only seen it once and it was a few years back...back when I didn't work on Saturdays and I just watched movies all weekend...somehow watching movies on Monday afternoon isn't the same...and yes, I have insomnia, AGAIN!!

Peg said...

I think Kevin Smith is just an acquired taste. Scott made me watch all four movies, in order, and to me they get progressively better. I'm glad I saw Mallrats and Clerks in order to get more out of Chasing Amy and especially Dogma... but they don't hold up very well to me as individual films. That may be because I couldn't get my mind around why a film about North Jersey slackers would be funny. I know too many of them.

But that's why God made chocolate AND vanilla. And it's also why it's important that artists be allowed to fail (again, a matter of opinion), in order to get the experience to go further with their art. This is a problem with live theatre... the stakes are too high and artists are expected to be GREAT right out of the gate. But that's a whole other subject.

So far as my favorite lines are concerned, the best Kevin Smith line is in Dogma, but it's in context... Chris Rock's entrance. And if you love Alan Rickman, well, it's a must-see.

This was a fun post, BB!

BabelBabe said...

chocolate and vanilla - you're right, peg.

i saw parts of clerks and liked it, thought it was very funny.

and i was SO prepared to like Dogma - I even saw it in the theatre - and both H and I found it, while funny and intelligent in places, mostly just dumb.

never seen mallrats (the movie, anyway - i grew up in nj too : )) but liked Chasing Amy alot.

what is it again that makes the world go round? other than chocolate, i mean...

Joke said...

It takes all kinds to make a traffic jam.

As re. Kevin Smith: "Meh."

I have found almost all his films verrrrrry underwhelming. Except for Chasing Amy, which was merely whelming. It would have been one of teh greatest films ever, but it fell drastically apart immediately after the "press conference" ("What's a nubian?") scene.


Joke said...

P.S. Buckaroo Banzai! "What's that watermelon for?"

andrea said...

dogma is my least favorite, too. i kept hoping there would be more intelligent moments and fights with giant turd demons.

i also think that the fact that i was in junior high school the first time i saw clerks cemented it forever into my private lexicon!

Katya said...

I wish I had a better memory for movie lines -- I always think I'm going to remember a great line and then I don't. I also love "At least he’s not a book burner, you Nazi cow!" and wish I could find occasion to use it.

I loved Dogma -- it's my favorite Kevin Smith movie.

Gina said...

"I'd like you to meet my boyfriend Jake. This is . . . everybody."

"Games, Jake. Silly, torturous games!"

"I love a girl in a hat. It's just so . . . Vogue."

"I have to sleep under a Chinaman named after a duck's dork."

-Sixteen Candles

"Kickboxing. Sport of the future."

-Say Anything

"Claire did it!"

-The Breakfast Club

"You know how it is, rockin' and rollin', and what not."


"Sorry your mom blew up, Ricky."

"Pat. Pat pig."

-Better Off Dead

Perhaps sadly, these are the ones that come up immediately. I have a big thing for movies about people in high school.

BabelBabe said...

demented and sad but social

claire- it's a fat girl's name (I lobbied hard for clare as a girl name for each child - no dice.)

both from also one of my fav movies, breakfast club.

Carolyn said...

Gina, you put quotes from a bunch of my favorite movies. I loved all those movies. All of them are classics in my mind.

I remember when all the girls wanted to look like Molly Ringwald.

I am so glad that John Cusack is still making movies.

Gina said...

I would marry John Cusack right now, despite the fact that he's made some questionable movie choices over the years. Chuck Klosterman said in Sex, Drugs and Coco Puffs that he'll never find true love because all the women of the right age are already in love with John Cusack in general and Lloyd Dobbler specifically. Yep--pretty much.

julia said...

Ten YEARS! Ten! - said whenever I haven't seen anyone in a long time.

"Are you ok?"
"No, I'm NOT ok. I'm hurt, I'm pissed and I gotta find a new job." - Aked, obviously, when someone asks me if I'm ok.

"You can't go home again. But apparently, you can shop there."
said whenever I walk into a convenience store.

All from Grosse Pointe Blank.

"Two dollars. I want my two dollars!" kind of obvious. From Better Off Dead.

John Cusack makes me go all oogly and weak in the knees.

Gina said...

Dreamy. He's just . . . dreamy.

BabelBabe said...

i used to date a guy - almost married him - who bore a strong resemblance to john cusack, before he (the guy) lost his hair.

but i married bob saget.

Suse said...

I loved this post. And I am specifically going to use 'come back here so I can bite your kneecaps off' at the earliest opportunity.

One we use (when trying to get the dog into the car) is that line from 'Withnail and I'. The actor who plays the cop has only one line in the whole film but boy he makes the most of it. He stands silently for ages as the main character raves, pleads, explains and rages. Then he screeches, literally SCREECHES, 'GET IN THE BACK OF THE VAN!' in this weird high pitched maniacal voice.

Doesn't sound so funny in print. Go watch the movie. It's worth it.