“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Harry Burns to Sally Albright – When Harry Met Sally
This declaration of love is made by Harry Burns played by Billy Crystal to Sally Albright played by Meg Ryan in the 1989 classic romantic comedy ‘When Harry Met Sally‘. Harry has just realised that he truly deeply and madly loves the woman with whom he has been friends for years in spite of his personal philosophy that men and women can’t be friends because ‘the sex thing‘ always gets in the way.
There are a few movies which I watched as a kid growing up which I want to watch with my own kids. One of those movies is Jim Henson’s 1986 ‘Labyrinth’.
At its core the movie is about the transition between childhood and responsibility and the leaving of childish things and just how comforting those childish things are.
It is also the movie that launched the career of the then 15 year old Jennifer Connelly and featured the first use of relaistic looking CGI. It flopped at the Box Office making only about half what it cost to make and since then has attracted a cult following on DVD and VHS (did I mention it was released in 1986).
Full of puppets, music, dancing, goblins, humour and David Bowie the movie is a fabulous blend of fantasy and tension.
More Applied Awesome and spoilers after the jump
“From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you…..until now.“
Opening Monologue Highlander (spoken by Sean Connery)
This monologue comes from the opening sequence of the Russell Mulcahy film Highlander and is spoken by Sean Connery who plays the character of Juan Sánchez Villalobos Ramírez in the movie depicting the struggles of a group of immortals battling for the prize which would be bestowed on the last man standing.
In the 1982 movie, Conan the Barbarian, Conan is asked the question ‘What is best in life?‘ to which he answers with possibly the most famous quote from the movie…
‘…to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women.‘
When I first heard that I thought it was pretty cool and pretty badass but then again it was Conan and he was after all a barbarian. Not any barbarian mind you he was the barbarian so you’d expect him to be pretty badass.
I was later told that it wasn’t in fact an original quote written by either the author or by the screenwriter who adapted the book for the screen nor was it the director’s work or an ad lib by Arnold Schwarzenegger before he became the governator. I was informed that it was lifted from the writings of Sun Tzu ancient Chinese author of the Art of War. Continue reading
So I found a story on a website I occasionally look to for news and views, zgeek.com which, frankly, disturbed me. The story relates to the recently announced remake of one of the most spectacularly awesome movies of all time namely, the Princess Bride.
The story in question goes a little bit like this: Continue reading
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.”
Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction
This famous passage spoken by killer Jules Winnfield (played by Samuel L Jackson) is said to be a passage from the Book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament. It is an awesome passage but hardly a biblical quote. Ezekiel 25:17 from the King James Version reads:
And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.
So if you are trying to look up the passage in your family Bible, forget it. It does not exist and was made up, albeit with heavy influence from the Bible verse, for the movie.
Casablanca is arguably the single greatest film in movie history (there’s a great way to start an argument) and one which should feature prominently if not first in anyone’s list of must see movies, if only in order to understand the origins of many common sayings and references in modern culture.
Whether or not you think it the greatest movie ever is really beside the point it has left a permanent legacy on modern culture with its classic movie lines and modegreens, gentle humour, masterfully crafted screenplay and the cast; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains make this movie the true masterpiece that it is. This movie is a classic and mandatory viewing.
Paul Henreid who plays Victor Lazlo in Casablanca was born on this day 10 January in 1908.
The Princess Bride is one of my favourite all time movies for its wit, child like innocence, brilliant casting and multitude of cameo appearances but more than that it is a good story well told and has some of the best dialogue in movies bar none. One of my favourite characterisations in The Princess Bride was Peter Cook’s hilarious role as ‘the impressive clergyman’ who officiated at the wedding ceremony for Prince Humperdink and Princess Buttercup. His rendition of the marriage or should that be mawage ceremony has to go down as one of the most memorable and often quoted in movie history. That can be said for this movie in general. It has spawned all sorts of references in popular culture which is perhaps testament to the qualities referred to earlier.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen The Princess Bride you have been sadly deprived of a true entertainment treat and you should delay no longer in acquiring and viewing a copy. If you have seen the Princess Bride then you already know what I’m talking about.
Today 9 January, in 1995 Peter Cook, one of my favourite comedians, passed away following a gastrointestinal haemorrhage directly associated with severe liver damage due to chronic alcohol abuse. This abuse is abundantly clear and apparent if you have ever listened to any of his Derek & Clive material which he wrote and performed with Dudley Moore and which provide some of the funniest comedy I have ever heard. Peter Cook left an indelible legacy on modern comedy. When he died he was 57 years old.
It is a pivotal moment in the movie ‘The Sound of Music’. Maria, the young novice, goes back to the convent to confide in the Mother Superior about how she feels she cannot continue as the governess of the von Trapp household and wants to take refuge behind convent walls.
Mother Superior counsels her about the realities of life and the need to find the courage to follow her heart following which she bursts into song with ‘Climb Every Mountain‘
During the exchange between Maria and the Mother Superior there is a line spoken by the Mother Superior which has been the subject of much laughing and giggling and sniggering behind hands. For mine it is one of the classic misheard lines in movie history. A true classic.
The line is delivered as ‘What is it you can’t face?‘ but sounds like something alarmingly, hilariously different if you aren’t paying close attention to the dialogue.