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Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by fluteplayer07, Oct 8, 2010.
Escape From Planet Earth. "Man, what is it with aliens and this desolate roadside 7-Eleven?"
This inspired me, one night at a local Mexican restaurant, when Miss Linda had ordered a giant burrito. This thing came to the table looking like a tiny fried cetacean, it was so big. I lifted a brow at her and said, "Eat your porpoise."
Sugarpuss O'Shea on her sore throat: "It's as red as the Daily Worker and just as sore."
Ball of Fire, 1941 with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper
Operation Petticoat: Lt. Nicholas Holden: When I was a kid, I was the victim of the most vicious propaganda. People told me that money wasn't everything and I believed it. Then I found out that the people that were telling me that money wasn't everything were the people who had a lot of money.
From "Johnny Guitar" (1954)
Bart, you don't smoke, you don't drink and you're mean to horses. What do you like?
"My wife is dead. High Five!!!"
The Water Diviner:
Connor: She wanted them buried in consecrated ground.
Lt-Col Cyril Hughes: How much blood do you need for it to be holy?
The Water Diviner: Do you know what the army used to do with the rank and file dead after Waterloo, Crimea, Khartoum? They would dig an enormous bloody pit and rake the whole lot in
with a few handfuls of lime. No names. Horse, mules and the men. All turned into fertilizer. This is the first war anyone has given a damn.
Maui: "Look, princess..."
Moana: "I'm not a princess, I am the daughter of a chief."
Maui: "If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you're a princess."
"There was this kid I grew up with. He was younger than me. Sort of looked up to me, you know. We did our first work together, we worked our way out of the street. Things were good during Prohibition, we ran molasses into Canada. Made a fortune, your father too. As much as anyone, I loved and trusted him. Later on he had an idea to build a city out of a desert stopover for G.I.s going to the West Coast. That kid's name was Moe Greene and the city he invented was Las Vegas. That was a great man, a man of vision and guts, and there isn't even a plaque, signpost or statue of him in that town! Someone put a bullet through his eye, no one knows who gave the order. When I heard it I wasn't angry, I knew Moe, I knew he was headstrong, loud, saying stupid things, so when he turned up dead I let it go. And I said to myself, 'this is the business we've chosen!" I didn't ask who gave the order because it had nothing to do with business!"
...Hyman Roth, The Godfather II
Love the quote and thought Hyman Roth was one of the best not-main characters in the movie, but in truth, wasn't Moe Green killed for business reasons because he wouldn't sell his casinos to Michael? While Michael didn't like Moe pushing Fredo around, the murder seemed to be all about business.
Then again, the beauty of Hyman Roth is that he spun his folksy stories in such a non-threatening, sincere way that by the time he was done, you believed him even if what he said was complete BS. He was an unassuming - but brutally effective - one man psyops machine.
I think Roth meant that, while Moe's killing was a business matter, trying to find out who had given the order would be an exercise in pure emotion, not a smart thing to do for business. Of course he knew perfectly well that Michael was behind it since all of Michael's enemies and rivals were taken out the same day.
That is a very reasonable view. I still say that Roth spun his homilies with so much obfuscation that, while they held your attention, their meaning was always open to interpretation. And I think he wanted it the way - the speech itself tamped down emotion and by leaving them open-ended, the listener could draw a conclusion that made him or her happy.
Roth was a master game player and getting his listener to feel better about what he was saying - and allowing each listener to bend the meaning in a way that he or she could live with worked to defuse conflict and reach agreement.
Done well, it's an oddly successful way to overcome opposition. For it to work, the speaker must have enough status / respect that he won't ever be challenge with a "what the heck does that mean" type of question. Roth had that respect in his world.
"Let them pass that law, and they'll have you in chains with a number burned into your forehead." - Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto.
The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon: Oh, yes. We had a tree, we had a manger, we had an inflatable Santa Claus with plastic reindeer on the front lawn. And to make things even more jolly, there were so many blinking lights on the house they induced neighborhood-wide seizures.
"Unhand her Dan Backslide! Bully, coward, cad and thief!"
The Dover Boys, Warner's "Merry Melodies" Cartoon of the same name 1942.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) : Why you speak Treason!
Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) : Fluently.
"A Natzee! I knew it, you guys are in cahoots!"
...Hollis P. Wood (Slim Pickens), 1941
"...one genuine harry carry knife. Pass it around, boys, one of you might need it."
Blade Runner movie 1982:
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die."
When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?