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May 20, 2007

At the Movies

Well, it's been a busy month, as the school year and related activities draw to a close. We're looking forward to that brief sliver of time between the end of school and the beginning of hurricane season. This is also the time of the year that used to be referred to as the "Summer Blockbuster Movie Season", but is nowadays referred to as the "Sequel Season.

More-or-less on-topic, I'm almost a third of the way through another of the Quotations Collections, # 28, From the Movies. This is a significant upgrade, with over 400 new quotes added so far. The content is a combination of aphorisms, well-remembered lines, and quotes that are indicative of the theme of each film. Movies from A through G have been completed. Here is a sampling

History is-a made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
  John Lithgow as Lord John Whorfin in The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai (1984)

 When you're a secretary in a brewery, it's pretty hard to make-believe you're anything else. Everything is beer.
  Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington in All About Eve (1950)

Napalm, son. Nothing in the world smells like that. I love the smell of Napalm in the morning.
  Robert Duval as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now (1979)

Fish all bathe together. Though they do tend to eat one another. I often think fish must get awful tired of sea food.
  Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach in Arthur (1981)

I beg you to accept that there is no people on Earth who would not prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power.
  Ben Kingsley as Gandhi in Gandhi (1982)

I love you. Because we're alike. Bad lots both of us. Selfish and shrewd but able to look things in the eye and call them by their right name.
  Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939)

Come on, all the long distance lines are down? What about satellite? Is it snowing in space? Don't you keep open a line for emergencies or for celebrities? I'm both. I'm a celebrity in an emergency.
  Bill Murray as Phil in Groundhog Day (1993)

Vodka is a luxury we have. Caviar is a luxury we have. Time is not.
  Bob Hoskins as Nikita Khrushchev in Enemy at the Gates (2001)

There is no escape from the Caine, save death. We're all doing penance, sentenced to an outcast ship, manned by outcasts, and named after the greatest outcast of them all.
  Fred MacMurray as Lt. Tom Keefer in The Caine Mutiny (1954)

I am the most renowned killer of fish in the whole United States Army Air Force.
  Alan Arkin as Capt. John Yossarian in Catch-22 (1970)

In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
  Jean Shepherd as narrator (Ralphie as an adult) in A Christmas Story (1983)

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
  Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society (1989)


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