Thursday, August 14, 2008

Some Memes Are Too Fun to Resist

The sun has gone down on the Olympics for me a tiny bit ever since Ian Thorpe retired; how I miss the battles between the Thorpedo and Pieter von den Hoogenband! And MUST they keep showing the President looking like a bored frat boy as he watches the events? Here I am, all gleefully proud of the American men's 4 x 100 freestyle relay team, and then I see that person. Go away. You have done nothing but break my heart for 8 years and you make me ashamed.

Ahem. That was not an auspicious beginning. So let me quickly distract you with a really fun movie meme, gakked from my friends Jess and Wanda. (*waves at Jess and Wanda*)

1. I picked 15 of my favorite movies.
2. I went to IMDb and found a quote from each movie.
3. I posted them here for everyone to guess.
4. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. I'm talking to you!
5. I'll strike out each quote when someone guesses correctly, and write in who guessed it and the movie.
6. If it turns out that I've been too tricky, I'll add additional quotes or clues, so please feel free to come back and try again!

Ready, set, GO!

EDIT: All the movies have now been correctly guessed, so I'm taking out the strikeouts so that everything can be read without giving people headaches.

1.
-When I talk to the police I get nervous.
-Yes. You know who doesn't?
-Who?
-Thieves.
Daniel guessed the ever-quotable Glengarry Glen Ross, from the play by David Mamet.

2.
-This is the captain. We have a little problem with our entry sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then explode.
Gnomicutterance -- Serenity. I love Mal!

3.
-I wish to check the position of the Nile. My sister tells me it is in South America.
-No, she's quite wrong, for I believe it is in Belgium.
-You must be thinking of the Volga.
-The Volga?
-Of course, the Volga. Which, as you know, starts in...
-Vladivostock, and ends in...
-Wimbledon.
-Precisely. Where the coffee beans come from.
Sarah Rettger -- Ang Lee's Sense & Sensibility. (Isn't that one of the funniest parts? ^_^)

4.
-Bear left.
-Right, frog.
Mrmorse -- The Muppet Movie

5.
-Richie, this illness, this closeness to death... it's had a profound affect on me. I feel like a different person, I really do.
-Dad, you were never dying.
-...But I'm gonna live.
Daniel -- The Royal Tenenbaums

6.
-Oh, George, you didn't jump into the river. How sensible of you!
Colorwheel got it -- Mary Poppins.

7.
-Friend, that's more words than you've spoke in the past two weeks.
-Hell, that's the most I've spoke in a year.
Mrmorse -- Brokeback Mountain

8.
-I have loved you since the moment I clapped eyes on you. What could be more reasonable than to marry you?
-We'd kill each other.
-Nonsense!
-Neither of us can keep our temper --
-I can, unless provoked.
-We're both stupidly stubborn, especially you. We'd only quarrel!
-I wouldn't!
-You can't even propose without quarreling!
E. M. Reads guessed Little Women (with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale), which is correct :o)

9.
-You don't live with me, you live among the remains of dead people. You sift through the detritus, you read the terrain, you search for signs of passing, for the scent of your prey, and then you hunt them down. That's the only thing you're committed to. The rest is the mess you leave as you pass through.
Daniel guessed Michael Mann's Heat, possibly my favorite action movie.

10.
-You must permit me to treat with skepticism anything you have to say about her.
-Nevertheless, I must tell you in this affair, we are both her creatures, as I believe her letters to me will prove. When you have read them, you may decide to circulate them.
Alice, good work! Technically, Gillian guessed it first, but in email. It's Dangerous Liaisons.

11.
-Where is my beige iridescent lipstick?!
Alison -- Dirty Dancing. Great to know I'm not the only person who literally knows every line in that movie! :o)

12.
-Come and have a bathe.
-I should like that.
-That's the best introduction I've ever heard. "How do you do. Come and have a bathe."
Alice -- A Room with a View. Alice, I expected that scene would be memorable to more people than me! ;)

13.
-Surrender.
-You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.
Gillian guessed first in email! It's The Princess Bride.

14.
-If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack.
Daniel guessed Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. I actually love his Days of Heaven and The New World even more, but their quotes are even more obscure...

15.
-Let X equal the quantity of all quantities of X. Let X equal the cold. It is cold in December. The months of cold equal November through February. There are four months of cold, and four of heat, leaving four months of indeterminate temperature. In February it snows. In March the lake is a lake of ice. In September the students come back and the bookstores are full. Let X equal the month of full bookstores. The number of books approaches infinity as the number of months of cold approaches four. I will never be as cold now as I will in the future. The future of cold is infinite. The future of heat is the future of cold. The bookstores are infinite and so are never full except in September...
Chelle -- Proof, based on the play by David Auburn -- oh, how I love that movie!

17 comments:

mrmorse said...

The swimming this time around has been pretty amazing. I think the Italians beat the world record for the women's 4x200 freestyle relay. They came in fourth and weren't even close to the winners. Race after race the world record pace hasn't been close to the winners. It's amazing to me that swimmers are now so much faster.

4. The Muppet Movie.
7. Brokeback Mountain.
13. Princess Bride.
15. I desperately want to know this, but I don't think I do. It reads like Virginia Woolf.

gnomicutterance said...

2. Serenity
4. Muppet Movie!
13. Oh, Westley, you're my hero.

Doh! I forgot to watch the women's epee finals this morning.

Sarah Rettger said...

3 - Sense & Sensibility. Love that movie (and book)!

Alice said...

Folks already got Serenity and the Princess Bride, but I'll add:

10. Dangerous Liasons (?)
12. A Room With a View. And MAN do I remember enjoying that bathe when I was 13! That part of my tape got rewatched many a time.

beth said...

ARGH! I SO knew the Serenity one! I actually had that quote memorized and didn't even need to finish reading it!!!

mrmorse said...

Apparently I am an idiot. It suddenly occurs to me that I meant Gertrude Stein, not Virginia Woolf. Now I can only hope that I'm not getting it wrong again.

2. Ah, Serenity. There was a whiff of familiarity, but I never would have placed it.

ICQB said...

#6 is so familiar to me, but I can't place it. I remember laughing at the line in movie when I heard it. Now it will be niggling at me and I'll have to keep checking back to see which movie it's from!

The other few that I knew have already been guessed.

Alison said...

11. Dirty Dancing. Way to go for the obscure there - no "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" or "I carried a watermelon" :).

EEG said...

6. It's a Wonderful Life

kristin cashore said...

eeg, #6 is not It's a Wonderful Life, but I'm laughing at how appropriate that would have been! Here's a hint for you and icqb: The river in question is the Thames.

colorwheel said...

okay, okay, okay

#6 is mary poppins

E. M. Reads said...

8- I think it's Little Women w/ Winona Rider. I watch that movie every Christmas, so I should know, right?

Chelle said...

Number 15 is bringing to mind Proof, but not sure if that's right. And now I'm really doubting it. Hmm..

kristin cashore said...

Chelle, you're right -- it's the scene where her dad is convinced he's come up with a brilliant proof, and he gives it to her to read. She reads it out loud in the back garden in the cold. So sad!

Daniel said...

1. Glengarry Glen Ross
5. The Royal Tennanbaums
9. Heat
14. The Thin Red Line

PS: Lezak's 46.06 anchor leg in the 4x100 free was the second greatest athletic moment I have ever seen (the first being LeMond's 8 second victory in the '89 Tour).

kristin cashore said...

Danny, I knew I could count on you to always be closing. And Lezak had me jumping out of my seat and screaming!

Well done, everyone! I'll have to do this again sometime, this was fun. Maybe non-English movies next time. (Except that I'll post the quotes in English. Heh.)

Ro Wi Jo said...

There aren't any left for me :( I did my own, though, so maybe you can take a guess at mine? (rowijo.co.nr)

Proof is an excellent movie, and it's almost word for word taken from the play, aside from a few extra scenes.