Friday, July 15, 2011

Quotable Movies

Part of the celebration of the Fourth of July at the launchpad involves the mandatory viewing of 1776. Mrs. BA usually has to leave the room lest she commit murder - she hates when I quote the lines from the movie and that doesn't include the singing.

I will admit that it can be bothersome, but I seem to be gifted / cursed with the ability to memorize (and recall) lines from movies at will and of course recite them while watching any particular movie (I have also noticed this disturbing trait in LBA - when we are watching a Wild Kratts episode for the umpteenth time).

I spotted this article in Time Magazine online and felt I needed to share and invite comment. The article commemorated the 25th Anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a movie I can almost recite word for word, start to finish. Then again, these days, I can do that with Cars, Finding Nemo, Stuart Little, Thomas, etc.

The Top 10 Quotable Movies
10. Napoleon Dynamite - um, I actually have never seen this movie (I know, it's like you don't know me)
9. Clueless - have seen pieces of this, but again, not all the way through
8. Glengarry Glen Ross - steak knives, anyone?
7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail - "This? Oh, that's just a flesh wound."
6. The Wizard of Oz - parenthetically, there was a story in the Washington Post recently about someone in the DC area who has created Beltway backups - surely driven by a love of this movie.
5. Top Gun - Do you feel it? Do you have the need? You know, "the need for speed."
4. The Godfather - I have meant to watch this movie all the way through, really.
3. Casablanca - my father's favorite movie. He really likes the scene where they sing "La Marseillaise," which he will do for you after he's had a little too much to drink.
2. Anchorman - I don't know if this belongs in the Pantheon of great movies, but it is definitely quotable.
1. The Big Lebowski - the Dude abides.


Anna van Schurman said...

The only one I haven't seen is Top Gun. And I'm not starting now.

C in DC said...

Other than Pixar's offerings and a few random lines for other movies, the 3 I tend to quote the most are Napoleon Dynamite, Dodgeball, and Employee of the Month. Pretty sad, eh?

The only ones I've seen in their entirety on your list are ND, Oz, Top Gun, and Casablanca. I've seen bits of all the rest except Glengarry.

Brave Astronaut said...

Anna - you have something against short crazy actors? or is it a military thing? :)

C - well, if all you're watching is what's on the Ocho . . .