Friday, October 22, 2010

What's YOUR Line?

The New York Times' Micheal Cieply is Longing for the Lines that Had Us at Hello today.

Most all of the usual suspects are listed:

Go ahead, make my day

Life is like a box of chocolates

Stupid is as Stupid does


Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn

The Dude abides

and from more recent cinema fare, Release the Kraken!

Cieply's theory of why we are in a dearth of great one liners: Maybe it’s that filmmaking is more visual, or that other cultural noise is drowning out the zingers.

Could be. Or maybe filmmaking is prodigiously producing more pap than crème brûlée these days.  Kman and I don't go to the movies as often as we once did, and are just now dipping into a trial of Netflix (shudd-up).  So, I may be missing out on some of the more recent and more choice offerings.

Perhaps zingers and one-liners have to simmer a while in a cultural soup to become successful.  And I've noticed the more I age, the less impact my quotes have - depending on the ages of my audience.  Chances are if the one-liner is more than 5 years old, it will need to come with Cliff notes.

I've always spiced my conversations with quotes I find useful from both books and cinema.  The times are numerous in which the Bruce Willis golden phrase, "Yippie Kayay MotherF*@#er" has come to my aid. GWTW has offered me a wealth of zingers, and are my favorites:"Welll, I won't think about this now. I'll go crazy if I do,  I'll think about it tomorrow", or "With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.", "You, sir, are no gentleman!", and the best, "Don't bother me anymore and don't call me sugar!"

Part Two of this collection has the embedding removed, but you can access more one-liners here.

The name's Bond....James Bond.


Peter Tibbles said...

How about "I'll have what she's having"?

Cowtown Pattie said...

oooh, good one!

Anonymous said...

One time in band camp.....

Kay Dennison said...

I love these!!!!

My fav is "I now pronounce you man and wife -- proceed with the execution." from African Queen!

bill h said...

Could be the reason we don't remember the lines is we never heard them in the first place | People are just not going to movies that much these days