Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wrapping It Up: March

March Turned out to be another good month for movie watching. All I was aiming for was to keep pace of 1 movie/day. I just missed that mark because of couple of Interviews in last week but I am still satisfied with the count. I am making the most of my relatively free time right now, who knows I may not get this much free time again for a long time. In few days, I will have some idea of how April will shape up but I have a hunch that my vacation time is about to be over. It makes me happy since it will mean I will be moving forward in my career but a little sad as well, because it means less time for movies and such. But more on that later, once I know something for certain. So, this is what I saw in the Month of March.


My Week with Marilyn(2011): That was a good start to the month - Marilyn Monroe. Watch it for Fantastic performance by Michelle Williams. You can see my detail review here. 

Dazed and Confused(1993): Most of the Linklater movies or at least the ones I have seen work because of the flow of it and not because they have definite structure to it. Before Sunrise(1995) and Before Sunset(2004) worked wonderfully within their limits but still don't get the point of this movie. 

Young Adult(2011): Charlize Theron was great, Patton Oswald was awesome and everything else was cold. I will even say I liked Diablo Cody's script except for the fact that I did not believe the character of Mavis Gray. 

Audition(1999): Probably my first Japanese movie besides Kurosawa and Ghibli and what a terrifying movie it was - especially the last 45 minutes sent the chills down my spline. Words "Kiri Kiri Kiri" will have a very different meaning now.   

Serenity(2005): I recently saw the sole season of Firefly on Netflix and even though I had my problems with the show, I did not think that any of them warranted such an untimely demise of a good show. Even this movie was very true to the spirit of the show, ending was a little over the top but it led us towards it from the start. Overall, I am happy that they at least got a chance to wrap it up tidily.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953):I really don't know what to say about this movie. I saw it for Marilyn Monroe and for Diamonds are a girl's best friend and I got them both. Apart from that, even though there is nothing terribly wrong with it, I thought it to be perfectly forgettable movie.

Brick(2005): A strange, little movie which I am sure will find a lot more intriguing on the second watch because I am almost sure I must have missed few nuances on first. For first hour or so, I wasn't even sure if they are talking English or some strange language very much like it. But it turned out much more interesting by the end.

Deool(The Temple)(2011)(Marathi): Regional Indian movie in my mother tongue which recently won National Prize for Best Film, Best Dialogues and Best Actor. It is a very nice, little movie which shows strong attachments to values of rural India and how politics makes everything worse. With this national prize, I can only hope that it will get a little wider audience.

Le Cercle Rogue(1970): French New Wave and starting point of my Melville mini marathon. You can read about it here.

High and Low(1963): I am trying to think of a Kurosawa movie not set in the samurai background and I can only think of Rhapsody in August(1991). However, this movie about kidnapping set in modern Japan this is as good as any other Kurosawa movie. Just goes to suggest the versatility of this brilliant director.

Le Doulos(1962): Melville mini marathon continues. I thought this to be the weakest of all Melville's I saw during this time though.

Bob Le Flambeur(1956): Many think of this as a starting point of French New Wave, a movie that Inspired many recognizable forces such as Godard and Traffaut.

Army of Shadows(1969): Last of the four I saw for my Mini Melville Marathon and by far the best of the lot. You can read about it on a little more detail here. 

A Separation(2011): There are very few movies which have made such a profound effect on me like this one. Fortunately, I saw it late in the evening otherwise I would have wasted the whole day doing nothing but thinking about it. My review here.

The 400 Blows(1959): Even though I did not get any of supposed references to Truffaut's favorite directors, It is still a very honest, heartbreaking story of boy, misunderstood by his parents, tormented by his teachers and with only a Friend to rely on.

Castle in the Sky(1986): This is how it all started people. First movie by Hayao Miyazaki under the Ghibli banner and it just as Ghibli as it gets, if that makes any sense to you.

The Man who Knew Too Much(1934): It interests me a great deal that Hitchcock remade his own movie. Mind you, this is the older version of the two; newer version made in 1956 starred James Stewart and Doris Day(Remember 'Que Sara Sara'?). Hitchcock is believed to have said that he preferred older over new because it was so untidy. Untidy !! That's the word.

Rope(1948): You know, the main advantage of shorter films is you can watch a couple of movies and still have time to do lot of other stuff. The Man who Knew Too Much at 80 minutes and Rope at 74 minutes together took time equivalent to one Indian movie and when it is something as brilliant as this, you are in for something special.

Restrepo(2010):Filmmakers Sebastian Jungen and Tim Hetherington's document of their visit to the Korengal Valley when it was one of the strongest footholds of Al-queda during Afghanistan war. It was one of the areas which saw the fiercest fighting.

My Neighbor Totoro(1988): I am slowly but surely making my way through all the movies Miyazaki made himself for Ghibli. Next in line are Kiki's Delivery Service(1989), Pom Poko(1994) and Porco Rosso(1992). Even though I thought this was a little childish, Ghibli charm carries this one through Safely.

Repulsion(1965): I haven't seen whole lot of movies Polanski did but even then I never imagined him doing something like this. To tell you the truth, it is not really scary to watch but a prospect of a perfectly sane person leaving amongst normal people disintegrating into utter madness is far more haunting and Repulsion portrays it very effectively.

Grizzly Man(2005): My first encounter with Herzog in any format. I usually have a problem of not being able to appreciate something where I can not connect with a central character. However, I must appreciate Herzog's objectivity here in keeping matters straight.

The Chaser(2008): Another slasher Korean movie with a psychotic killer, lot of violence, blood and gore but like those other Korean movies, it does not feel like JUST that. It does have a story and enough twists and turns to keep your attention. However, better stay away if you are queasy.

The Great Escape(1963): I know that it is a true story and they show all the details of escape exactly as they were but I would have loved to see a little different ending, a little happier perhaps. Alas! It wasn't to be.

The Trip(2010): It probably needed a little more conviction in whatever it was trying to say, if at all it was trying to say something. But even then, it was a perfectly enjoyable movie with all their imitations and impressions.

The Towering Inferno(1974): Supposed mother of all disaster movies wasn't bad at all actually. Star studded cast of Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden and Fred Astaire definitely helped it a lot. One more movie down from Faye Dunaway's awesome decade of 1967-1976.

That Obscure Object of Desire(1977): My First venture into Bunuelian world. I loved it more as a character graph especially the idea of using two actresses to play the same part. I was confused a little at start with two actresses but it worked really well when I understood that he is doing is purposely. 

All About Eve(1950): I love it when movies take me by surprise. I had heard a lot about Eve and I found almost all to be worthy of all the praises, especially the female performances. I find it rather peculiar, that for a movie with such a strong female cast, only acting Oscar came through a male role.

Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie(1972): This was a frustratingly confusing film to watch. For quite some time, I really did not have any idea what was going on. After a few attempts, I even gave up on wondering if it was reality or just another dream they were in. I am definitely going to watch it again soon and try to make some sense out of all that mess Bunuel created in my mind.

Total Count:29. 29 First Time Watches and 0 Re-watches.

2012 YTD Count

Total Count:85. 83 First Time Watches and 2 Re-watches.

And I have done it again. Look at my Re-watch count - 0. There is soo much I haven't seen yet that every time I sit down and decide to watch something, I always feel my time is better invested in watching something new. I haven't even done my usual Lord of the Rings Marathon in almost 6 months, that has to be a record for me. But besides that I am again happy with the mix of the movies I have seen here - 15 Classics, 14 Contemporary and 13 Foreign, 15 English and 1 Indian. Pretty Good !! So, what did you see this March ?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Long Day's Journey Into Night

When Eugene O'neill sold his play to the distributors, his condition was to not produce it during his lifetime. And while watching this film, you can only imagine the implications if it was.

Long Day's Journey into Night(1962) tells the story of a dysfunctional family. A family where mother is morphine addict and depressive, father is or rather once was a famous actor, older brother who tried to unsuccessfully follow the steps of his father and younger brother who is broke and is diagnosed with Consumption. Movie follows a day into their lives. But what a day it is !! There is a lot of bickering about many things of their life and it does bring a lot of skeletons out of the closet - Both  the sons and mother think that their father is too stingy, they blame a lot of problems in their lives arose because of his unwillingness to spend like they would have controlled their mother's illness from going worse or younger son does not want to go to State Sanitarium just because it is cheap. Father thinks that the Younger son is too morbid for his own good and older son is loafer, drunken failure. Their mother thinks that the birth of second son is the reason of her deteriorating health and addiction and blames their father for her loneliness which arose from the house they are living in which she hates. Even two sons don't look straight into each others eyes.
Adaptation from O'neill's Pulitzer Prize winning play is quite apparent when you are watching actors play their parts. Whole setup is suitable for a play. Scenes are much longer than normal, it even has many lengthy monologues like you would have in a play. Most of the scenes have just a couple of characters. There are no special effects, no cut shots, no background music. Whole focus is on characters, their acting and dialogues. Well, considering Sidney Lumet directed it, it should not come as a surprise but this film has much more feel of a Play more than any of his other films. But then there comes the extra responsibility of fitting it to the screen, confining the whole action in one set and achieving the required momentum for the film with just the help of characters. It puts a lot more responsibility on actors and directors and under the able leadership of Sidney Lumet, they make it happen. Katherine Hepburn, as a morphine addict mother is just one shining example of it. She is AMAZING in it. She has a lot of  - transformations as you can say when she comes and goes into her lucid moments. She  is very bitter when she is out of her own but in the very next moment, she will apologize profusely for being so. And she does this with amazing clarity of character and unparallelled facial expressions. It's a treat to watch her play this character. Ralph Richardson does fine job himself as a  patriarch of the family. His thick accent gives much more credibility to the old theater actor he is playing.

It is a kind of hard film to watch as whole script is sharp ups and downs of spirits and moods of all these volatile characters. This nature also makes it almost impossible for them to help each other out even if they want to. Every action starts with a good intention, but before it can reach its desired effect, their bitterness takes over. Sidney Lumet is clearly visible in many aspects of a film. Very much like 12 Angry Men(1957), whole movie takes place at a single location, their House. Very much like Fail-Safe(1964) and The Hill(1965), there is no background music and no special effects the whole time and whole focus is on characters. However, it does have a very slow pacing which can bore someone and whole feel of the movie does not help much either. But if you can sit through that, it definitely is an engaging story of how much explosive a day can be.

Rating(out of 5):

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Separation

I take my IMDb user account quite seriously. I have a habit of rating the movie on IMDb right after watching it. I also make lot of lists there, update them regularly and follow IMDb's lists as well. One such list is my watch-list for the IMDb Top 250 movies which is a list of movies I haven't seen from Top 250. For the longest time, Rear Window(1950) was my highest rated movie on that list, after that was Dr. Strangelove(1965) and now it is City Lights(1931). One fine day, about 6-7 months ago when I had not seen Rear Window yet, I realized that it wasn't first movie in my list anymore. Completely out of nowhere, a movie I had never heard of then took its place at the top of my list. That movie was A Separation(2011). This probably was the first time I heard of it and kept hearing about it since then as it collected awards after awards, praise after praise. That was until last week when I finally saw it and became one of them to be bowled over by the brilliance of this film.

This probably will not be like a normal reviews since I usually tend to discuss plot details in most of my reviews. But I have seen many reviews for A Separation after watching it and I agree with most of them when they say that it is impossible to discuss plot without giving any important spoilers away. For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, it will be criminal and if you have seen it, well, you anyway know everything. It might also make it a little shorter, but I can leave with it. All I will say is it is a story of a young couple going through difficult times in their marriage. Let me just introduce you to the characters - concerned couple is Simin and Nader. They have a 11 year old daughter Termeh. They also have Nader's old father leaving with them who has Alzheimer's and there is Razieh, a woman Nader has hired to look after his father. It takes hold of you from very first scene which probably is one of the best scenes you will ever see - a quick exchange of dialogues setting up the tone for next two hours as well as put us into perspective of what are we in for. There is no background music, there are no cuts. It relies on the acting skills of its two leads and their dialogue delivery and Boy, do they deliver! And so does the end. They could easily have cut it a minute earlier as Simin and Nader both come out of room but it lingers for a minute, giving you a full grasp of what Nader and Simin and going through, building the tension as if you are waiting for the decision as much as they are and then credit start to roll. I don't know about everyone but I was staring at the screen till the credits ended hoping maybe something will happen.

There are a lot of very subtle twists and turns in the plot which will make you question your loyalty to any side if at all you have already chosen a side. But as we go further in the movie we realize that there is no right side of it even though we can empathize with them. Everyone is doing what they are doing for one simple reason - to save their own skin. Asghar Farhadi, who directed as well as wrote this shows a great control by steering it in great direction at every turn. He not only made it interesting to watch on screen but harrowingly realistic in its cinematography and utterly thought-provoking. I saw it sometime last week and it had such a profound effect on me that I had to take some time to gather my thoughts enough to put this review together(So, excuse me, if it is not Coherent enough !!). His cast also deserves an equal credit since there is not a single character, small or big, which looses it's bearing at any point. Two leads Peyman Moadi and Leila Hatami along with Sareh Bayat as Raziah carry this film on their able shoulders. But, one I would really like to mention here is Sarina Farhadi who plays the role of daughter Termeh who if you haven't realized is daughter of the director Asghar Farhadi. Whole movie revolves around her and she does a great job of carrying that burden with maturity that is beyond her age.

It is not the first Iranian movie I saw. I have seen few before as Majid Majidi is one of the directors I have seen quite a bit of and I have immense respect for. But, I have a kind of Interesting pattern of watching Foreign Films e.g. I have seen at least a dozen Swedish films but they are either Bergman or few recent one's like The Girl with Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Similarly, all the Japanese movies are either Ghibli or Kurosawa. I know I am looking at the vast picture through a very small window and that does not make me a connoisseur but one thing that I have noted in all the Iranian movie I have seen is characters in these films are always very Iranian and at the same time they manage to be very Universal. Any character in these films can very well be the person sitting next to you, wherever in the world you might be. Main reason Farhadi's script or A Separation in general works for me is this universal appeal but by keeping them as close to their own soil, to their own culture. It uses no background music, it is completely shot with the handheld camera which gives it much more personal touch like you are watching these characters in person. Script is very well written to help us understand the characters, understand their lives, their perspective. I loved the small touches like Simin never lashes out on Nader's father even though he is the reason behind all her problems, she is always polite, always respectful. Touches like this make it impossible to hate any character even though you might think they are otherwise wrong - it makes them Human and for that alone, it deserves its Oscar and every other award it has got.

I refuse to look at it as the failure of Iranian Judicial System because I do not think that the questions this film asks us have any simple solution to it and that any judicial system would have helped it. And also without bringing politics in, because it has uncanny ability to make purest water murkier, I can only hope that this Oscar and all the attention it brings along, will help bring the Iranian Film Industry to a little normal state.

Rating(out of 5):

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Getting Acquainted with Melville

In my opinion, French New Wave movies and the directors have a certain aura around them. It is perfectly possible that this comes from the fact that movies made during this period and these directors are my blind spots - I almost know next to nothing about them. Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville(1965), which I saw last month might have been my first foray in this area. Even though lot of times I question if I have the ability to understand and even further comment on something done at that artistic level, there is no denying that Alphaville(1965) had me intrigued to explore more of New Wave cinema. Jean-Pierre Melville is one of the influential names in that period. Last week I did a mini marathon of his movies watching 4 of them over the weekend - Le Cercle Rouge(1970), Bob Le Flambeur(1956), Army of Shadows(1969) and Le Doulos(1962). I only wish if I could have seen Le Samourai(1967) as well as that remains to be one Melville I want to see but still haven't seen.

To start with, Le Cercle Rouge(1970) is about the 3 people or 3 criminals who come together to pull out a daring robbery. One of them, Corey played by one of Melville regulars Alain Delon, is freshly out of jail. Second one, Vogel is a fugitive escaped from the custody of police superintendent Mattei. And third, Jansen is a former cop who is been discharged because of his crooked ways. Few days before Corey is to be discharged from the prison, he gets an offer from one of the prison guards to pull a heist job for him. Strangely, we never know what the job is until he actually starts planning for it. Even further, we are not even told if he is going to do it or not because he outright rejects the idea initially. However, after being released, he starts driving towards Paris and picks up Vogel on the way. Vogel successfully escapes by breaking the train window and hides in the trunk of Corey's car. Jansen is former associate of Vogel, who joins hands with them for his sharpshooting abilities. While these men are planning their heist, on the other hand Mattei is being held responsible for Vogel's escape and is on his tail by blackmailing a nightclub owner Santi to capture him. For a heist movie, what is astonishing about it is there is not even a single raised voice throughout the movie and it still captures the thrill of the situation brilliantly. Corey never shows a single strand of emotion on his face throughout, under any condition. For first hour or so, Corey and Vogel's storylines run parallel with no apparent connection and do not hear a word about robbery they are about to pull off. However, second hour is completely dedicated to it and I can say that it is one of the most elaborate and prudent robberies I have seen. 
Next one was, Le Doulos(1962) which I felt was the weakest of all four I saw. Explaining the title with some kind of quote seems to be Melville's trademark. He does it at the start of this movie and He did the same in Le Circle Rogue with one of the quotes by Gautam Buddha. However, In this case I thought to be utterly necessary since it is not what it means directly. As explained at the start, Le Doulos means the Hat but it is also a slang for police informer among mob and that is the meaning intended here. One thing I can say after this is Melville sure knew how to portray the underworld of France really well. This time, we see it from both the sides, criminal side as well as judicial side. There is no easy way to explain the story really, It is about two criminal friends, one of whom is assumed to be Police Informer but the fact that I don't have anything more to say about it should also explain the reason why I think it to be the weakest of 4 films I saw. Basically, my only problem was that it has a lot of focus on violence and it looks like it has put on some serious years on it in the action scenes. It still works fine when it is dialogue oriented and relies on them to build up a tension in the room like it is playing on the home pitch.

Whole French New Wave and particularly Melville took a lot of inspiration from classical Hollywood Cinema. Melville in particular adored everything American - American Culture, Cinema; even his name which he changed from Grumbach to Melville for his favorite author Herman Melville of Moby Dick. Considered as the starting point of French New Wave, Bob le Flambeur(1956) is probably the best example of his love for all American things with a lot of parallels that can be drawn to the film-noir. If it wasn't the first film in French New Wave, it definitely was an inspiration for it. Bob is compulsive gambler who has done time in the past but has turned his life around since then. However, with his losses in the gambling he is pushing his boundaries and at just one of those corners lure of 800 million francs seems like too much to pass on but what he does not realize is this might be his fallout. It comes with its own flaws. Just like Le Doulos, it feels like it has put some serious years on it especially when it comes to action scenes. But, it looks much more comfortable in his own skin with a lot more focus on characters and making a viewer familiar to them rather than focusing on action. In the process, it also works more on planning the heist and putting all the right pieces together than actual heist at the end and this is where it does better than Le Doulos.

The last one to go, Army of Shadows(1969) probably was the best of the lot. It follows the group of resistance fighters as they carry out their resistance hiding from German authorities in occupied France. Adapted from the novel of Joseph Kessel which he based on his own experiences during the resistance, it works mostly because of its minimalist nature to concentrate on their emotions, their actions than honey coating it to make them presentable. Melville himself was a part of this resistance and their experiences give this movie a depth which is evident from incidences in the film such as one scene in London where we see Lino Ventura standing at the door on bar looking at the English soldiers dancing while German plans are bombing the city outside. I am not sure if it says something about Melville but it is only movie out of the four which has a respectable female character, Mathilde. Everywhere else, they either have a very negligible part or mostly they are either used as an object of desire or as femme fatale without any real depth. His immaculate sense of time and space, his attention to the detail was evident in all the movies especially in planning stages of heists, even more so in this one where we can see one of the central characters has his specs secured with a sticky tape to his face before he jumps from off the plane. With it's strong adherence to the genuine emotions from the very first scene, at 144 minutes, it never gets boring even though it portrays the resistance in grim, pragmatic fashion.

So, How many of Melville's work have you seen? Which one's are your favorite? What do you think of those mentioned here?

Monday, March 12, 2012

My Favorite 100 Movies

I must have been working on it for at least 6 months now. Lot of things have happened since then and I kept on postponing publishing this for various reasons. At one point, after being almost ready with the list, I even left it untouched for almost a month because of my Master's. But, I think I am ready to put it up now. Since watching films is something I have been taking seriously only since last 5-6 yeas, I still have a huge back-log to fill up. So, every once in a while I watch something new, I need to go back and update the list. That was one of the major reasons for my procrastination. But, If I keep doing this, I will never publish it. So, I am finally putting it out there. You can see it here or on the menu bar at the top of this page by clicking on My Favorite 100. Please check it out and let me know what do you think of it either here or on the page itself in comments. But, don't be surprised if you come back(if at all, you do :P) after few days and see it a lot different. There will be lot of changes as I keep on broadening my horizons.

Anyone who has done such list will agree that doing this list is an exhausting but extremely fun task. First of all, selecting 100 movies from whatever you have seen turned out to be a task much harder than I anticipated. I had to leave out a lot of movies that I really enjoy as there are only 100 spots for grabs and I had to fight really hard to somehow keep Easy A(2010) and Monsters Inc(2001) in. Then order them. I still am not sure if I love my no.48 more than no.49. It is almost impossible to differentiate. But, you HAVE to. However, I realized ordering them wasn't even the worst part of it when I had 1 draft ready and I watched Festen(1998) and The Man who shot Liberty Valance(1962). Worst part proved to be adding the new movies into the list - going through the whole list and deciding where does the new one fits in? sucks!!

Also, I recently went through the 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die Lists. Like many others, because of changes it has went through over the years, I went through the movies which have ever been on the list. And even though I have seen almost 280 of them, one blemish I need to get rid of is I have not seen any movie in the list with any connection to India - no Mother India(1957), no Pather Panchali (1955), no Aparajito(1957) or A Passage to India(1984) either. So, one fine day when I do get rid of it, I might think of doing that list as well, just to let everyone know what I have and what I have not seen. But, I do not see that coming in the near future.

P.S.: If you look at the side bars closely, you can see I have added something new there. LAMB # 1232. I am very happy and excited to be the part of Lamb. Hope to meet lot of new people and learn from them in the process.

Monday, March 5, 2012

101 Things I’ve Learned from the Movies

Well, As usual I am little late but better late than never, I am following the footsteps of Alex, Ruth, Stevee, Tyler and Sati here to give you 101 things that movies taught me. If you look at what Mr. Steve Martin says on the right hand side, it made it impossible for me to shy away from this opportunity. 

Now, as I said some of the fellow bloggers have already done this earlier. So, there might be few overlaps, rather there are few. Hope they don’t sue me for that. So, without further adieu, I give you 

1. I'm pond scum. Well, lower actually. I'm like the fungus that feeds on pond scum. - My Best Friend's Wedding

2. Oh, you think you're so special because you get to play Picture Pages up there? Well, my five year old daughter could do that and let me tell you, she's not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed. So why don't you go back to night school in Mantino and learn a real trade. - Juno

3. They had no honor in Life. They have none now in death. - Lord of the Rings - Return of the King

4. Show them no mercy...for you shall receive none. - Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers

5. The first role of the Fight Club is you do not talk about the Fight Club. Second rule is you DO NOT talk about the fight club. - Fight Club

6. I bought a suit. You seen it. Now it's covered in mud. This town doesn't have a one hour cleaner so I had to buy a new suit, except the only store you could buy a new suit in has got the flu. Got that? The whole store got the flu so I had to get this in a second hand store. So it's either wear the leather jacket which I know you hate, or this. So I wore this ridiculous thing for you. - My Cousin Vinny

7. You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. - The Dark Knight

8. Oh my GOD! Oh Shit! Phucket, Thailand !! - Juno

9. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm gonna give it to them! - The Dark Knight

10. Well, maybe I overshot a little, because I was aiming at just enough to keep you from walking out. - As Good As It Gets

11. According to the testimony, the boy looks guilty... maybe he is. I sat there in court for six days listening while the evidence built up. Everybody sounded so positive, you know, I... I began to get a peculiar feeling about this trial. I mean nothing is that positive. There're a lot of questions I'd have liked to ask. I don't know, maybe they wouldn't have meant anything, but... I began to get the feeling that the defense counsel wasn't conducting a thorough enough cross-examination. -  12 Angry Men

12. Well, Dreams, they feel real when we're in them. Its only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange. - Inception

13. I'm a little f*cked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f*ckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny? -  Goodfellas

14. And I'm the old butler, Fräulein. - The Sound of Music

15. The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. - Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring

16. You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'. - Inglourious Bastards

17. I wonder if you understand that all of us - Dolores, me, the children who survived, the children who didn't - that we're all citizens of a different town now. A place with its own special rules and its own special laws. A town of people living in the sweet hereafter. - The Sweet Hereafter

18. I'm gonna make him an offer he won't refuse. -  The Godfather

19. I like standing next to you Sean. It makes me look so tough. - The Social Network

20. What's the most you have lost in a coin toss? - No Country for Old Men

21. The Greatest Trick that devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist. - The Usual Suspects

22. Gentleman, you can't fight in here! This is War Room. - Dr. Strangelove
23. You are not an asshole, Mark. You are just trying so hard to be. - The Social Network

24. So, Ladies and Gentleman, if I say I am an oil man, you will agree. - There Will be Blood

25. I can't listen to that much Wagner, you know! I start to get the urge to conquer Poland. - Manhattan Murder Mystery

26. Twenty-one Grams. The weight of stack of five nickels, the weight of a hummingbird, a chocolate bar. - 21 Grams

27. I can only hope, with all the world's warriors gathered against us, there might be one down there up to the task. - 300

28. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities 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 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 would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. - Pulp Fiction

29. We got a German here who wants to die for his country! Oblige Him! -  Inglourious Bastards

30. Viddy well, Little Brother. Viddy well. - A Clockwork Orange

31. The Earth is evil. We don't need to grieve for it. - Melancholia

32. You ARE Home. - Almost Famous

33. One night I am gonna come to you, inside of your house, wherever you are sleeping and I am gonna cut your throat. - There Will Be Blood

34. I call upon those persons present here to witness that I, Bernard Delaney, do take thee, Lydia Jane Hibbott, to be my awful wedded wife. - Four Weddings and Funeral

35. You're my father again now, are you? And what were you when you encouraged me to throw my life away? Silly schoolgirls are always getting seduced by glamorous older men, but what about you two? - An Education

36. Attica! Attica! Attica!! - Dog Day Afternoon

37. No. It's perfectly possible. It's just bloody difficult. - Inception

38. You can't Handle the Truth !! - A Few Good Men

39. If I say it is safe to surf this beach, Captain. then it is safe to surf this beach! - Apocalypse Now

40. Are you talking about Monkeys? - Before Sunrise

41. All work and no Play makes Jack a dull boy. - The Shining

42. Baby, you are gonna miss that plane. - Before Sunset

43. Just pretend you are a Janitor. Janitors are never terrified. - Notorious

44. Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige". - The Prestige

45. If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me? - Vertigo

46. You can't have roots and wings, Melanie. - Sweet Home Alabama

47. Did Somebody eat an Onion Bagel? - The Devil Wears Prada

48. Mike Waszowski - Monsters Inc.

49. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I am no different. - Memento

50. You are no messiah. You are movie of the week, you are a fucking t-shirt at best. - Se7en

51. Keep your Friends Close, but your enemies Closer. - The Godfather Part II

52. This is exactly my point! People going around calling you a midget when you want to be called a dwarf. Of course, you are going to blow your head off. - In Bruges

53. And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just "Something That Happened." This cannot be "One of Those Things... " This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can't. This Was Not Just A Matter Of Chance. Ohhhh. These strange things happen all the time. - Magnolia

54. Well, you have to know these things when you are a King, you know. - Monty Python and the Holy Grail

55. I think something important is happening around me. And it scares me. - Three Colors: Red

56. I am running this place! Me!! I will say what goes and what don't go.

57. Nice One, Dad. Good Speech. Well Done. But I think you will have to go now so that we can eat our breakfast. - Festen

58. I remember every detail. The Germans wore grey, you wore blue. - Casablanca

59. Men of your kind will soon become extinct. You'll become something worse than dead. You'll become a legend. - Alphaville

60. I remember my father telling me, "The eyes of God are on us always." The eyes of God. What a phrase to a young boy. What were God's eyes like? Unimaginably penetrating, intense eyes, I assumed. And I wonder if it was just a coincidence I made my specialty ophthalmology. - Crimes and Misdemeanors

61. All along the line, there is nothing but cold and death and loneliness. - Wild Strawberries

62. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it, "I"M MAD AS HELL AND I"M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE" - Network

63. You don't make up for your sins in Church, you do it on the Streets. - Mean Streets

64. No, Sir. This is the West, Sir. When legend becomes a fact, print the legend. - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

65. That's too much power for one man to have. - Malcolm X

66. It's a good story today. Tomorrow they will wrap a fish in it. - Ace in The Hole

67. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. - Kill Bill Vol. II

68. I honor my child with this division so no parent has to go through what I have known. This child. That's all I care about and I'm gonna bring her home. - Gone Baby Gone

69. They are common stories these days. I even heard that the demon leaving here in Rashomon fled in fear of the ferocity of man. - Rashomon

70. Cassius was right. The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves. - Good Night and Good Luck

71. I changed my life today. What did you do? - The Verdict

72. When someone else is driving, I am scared. - The Wages of Fear

73. It's silly to be depressed by it. I mean, one thinks of it like being alive in a box. One keeps forgetting to take into account the fact that one is dead, which should make all the difference, shouldn't it? I mean, you'd never *know* you were in a box, would you? It would be just like you were asleep in a box. Not that I'd like to sleep in a box, mind you. Not without any air. You'd wake up dead for a start, and then where would you be? In a box. That's the bit I don't like, frankly. That's why I don't think of it. Because you'd be helpless, wouldn't you? Stuffed in a box like that. I mean, you'd be in there forever, even taking into account the fact that you're dead. It isn't a pleasant thought. Especially if you're dead, really. Ask yourself, if I asked you straight off, "I'm going to stuff you in this box. Now, would you rather be alive or dead?" naturally, you'd prefer to be alive. Life in a box is better than no life at all, I expect. You'd have a chance, at least. You could lie there thinking, "Well, at least I'm not dead. In a minute somebody is going to bang on the lid, and tell me to come out." - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

74. Back, and to the left...back, and to the left...back and to the left. - JFK

75. A minute ago, it was the safest job in the world. Now, it is turning into a bad day in Bosnia. - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

76. You know, I don't think I have got in me to shoot my flatmate, my mum and my girlfriend all in the same night. - Shaun of the Dead

77. What's the matter? I sure meant no harm, Mr. Cunningham. - To Kill a Mockingbird

78. Rome! By all means, Rome! I will cherish my visit here in memory for as long as I live. - The Roman Holiday

79. Well, boys, we got three engines out, we got more holes in us than a horse trader's mule, the radio is gone and we're leaking fuel and if we was flying any lower why we'd need sleigh bells on this thing... but we got one little budge on them Rooskies. At this height why they might harpoon us but they dang sure ain't gonna spot us on no radar screen! - Dr. Strangelove

80. I am saying that when the President does it, that means it is NOT illegal. - Frost/Nixon

81. Fate, it seems, is not without the sense of Irony. - The Matrix

82. Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming ? - The Silence of the Lambs

83. But why did she have to die? - Finding Neverland

84. I'm a schoolteacher. I teach English composition... in this little town called Adley, Pennsylvania. The last eleven years, I've been at Thomas Alva Edison High School. I was a coach of the baseball team in the springtime. Back home, I tell people what I do for a living and they think well, now that figures. But over here, it's a big, a big mystery. So, I guess I've changed some. Sometimes I wonder if I've changed so much my wife is even going to recognize me, whenever it is that I get back to her. And how I'll ever be able to tell her about days like today. Ah, Ryan. I don't know anything about Ryan. I don't care. The man means nothing to me. It's just a name. But if... You know if going to Rumelle and finding him so that he can go home. If that earns me the right to get back to my wife, then that's my mission. - Saving Private Ryan

85. I like how you can compliment and insult somebody at the same time, in equal measure. - Blue Valentine

86. If it's bad, I will hate it. If it's good, I will be envious and hate it even more. - Midnight In Paris

87. But some things are not forgivable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable! It is the one unforgivable thing, in my opinion, and the one thing of which I have never, never been guilty. - A Streetcar Named Desire

88. You made me swallow my gum! That's going to be in my digestive tract for seven years! - Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

89. Well I'm telling you with 100 percent certainty that it is not the time. It's not about time, it's not the right time, it's not even quarter to the right time. - Walk the Line

90. Oh, you mean organezized. Like those little signs they have in offices that says, "Thimk"? - Taxi Driver

91. In Italy, you get chickens, but no eggs. In Africa there were always eggs, but... never chickens. Who separated them? - The English Patient

92. Remember, remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot... - V For Vendetta

93. After we watch "The Bucket List," remember to cross "watch 'The Bucket List'" off our bucket list. - Easy A

94. It's brown water! I'm paying seven-hundred dollars a month, I got rats with bongos and a, and a frog and I got brown water here. - Manhattan

95. No. No! NO! Stop it! Stop it, please! I beg you! This is sin! This is sin! This is sin! It's a sin, it's a sin, it's a sin! - A Clockwork Orange

96. I always wanted to say this. Say Hello to my little Friend! - Kick-Ass

97. Oh, that's not swearing. They came out of the sinful category an age ago. - Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day

98. Don't worry Shakespeare. You will get your ending. - Moulin Rogue

99. Can you believe it? We're in the middle of drought and water commissioner drowns! Only in L.A. - Chinatown

100. I will never get used to anything. Anybody that does, they might as well be dead. - Breakfast at Tiffany's

101. I'd like to spell it out for you...only I can't spell !! - The Apartment
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