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Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

"A slow movie that closely observes human beings and their relationships can be endlessly fascinating, while a thriller with nonstop wall-to-wall action can be boring, because it is all relentlessly pitched at the same tone." (Roger Ebert)

I've seen action packed films that I count as gaggers, yet I get so used to fast paced movies and television, that when I watch a slower paced flick, I feel impatient. But, if I relax and let the story unfold at its leisure, I usually find, like Ebert said, the movie to be endlessly fascinating.

And memorable.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Dialogue from not-so-scary movies.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

Today is Halloween, so I selected some fun dialogue:


ERNEST (Jim Varney)
(sees Trantor the Troll)
Oh, I sure hope you're from Keebler!


Hocus Pocus (1993):

WINIFRED (Bette Midler)
Oh look, another glorious morning.
Makes me sick!



DR. FRANKENSTEIN (Gene Wilder)
STAND BACK! ... HE'S GOT A ROTTEN BRAIN!

FRAU BL√úCHER (Cloris Leachman)
It's not rotten! It's a good brain!

DR. FRANKENSTEIN
IT'S ROTTEN, I TELL YOU, ROTTEN!

THE MONSTER (Peter Boyle)
(lunging at the doctor)
RRAAAAAA!

IGOR (Marty Feldman)
Ixnay on the ottenray.


Casper (1995):
KAT (Christina Ricci)
I can see right through you.

CASPER (Malachi Pearson)
Yeah, kind of happens when
you haven't got any skin.


Beetlejuice (1988):
ADAM (Alec Baldwin)
(reading)
"Handbook of the Recently Diseased".

BARBARA (Geena Davis)
... Deceased.

ADAM
Deceased?

BARBARA
I don't know where it came from.
Look at the publisher.

ADAM
"Handbook for the Recently
Deceased Press".

BARBARA
You know what? I don't think
we survived the crash!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Costumes for the Coneheads.

Writing Prompt: A memorable Halloween costume.

In keeping with the focus of this blog, I considered costumes in film, and Coneheads (1993) rose to the top. Although donning a fake dome makes for a fun Halloween costume, I refer to the costumes the characters wear within the movie.

Aliens from the planet Remulak crash-land on Earth. Stranded, and awaiting rescue, they blend among the "blood skulls" (humans) by using the name DeCicco and claiming they are from France. Like that explains their cone-shaped heads.

An immigration official and his assistant suspect the DeCicco family are aliens--illegal aliens. They hope to catch the family off guard by entering their home under the pretense of being Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Coneheads don't typically disguise their odd head shape, but on this night they are dressed for a costume party, inadvertently hiding their cones:

Beldar, dressed as Abraham Lincoln, wears a tall top hat. Prymatt's painted-red cone poses as lipstick in a tube. And their daughter, Connie, appears dressed as a medieval princess wearing a hennin (cone shaped hat). Perfect--and memorable--costumes for the Coneheads.

What movie comes to mind when you think of characters wearing costumes?



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Friday, October 21, 2016

Questionable Dating Advice

Friday: Comic Relief!

It's been a tough week, so I turned to Studio C for comic relief. In this sketch, The Phantom receives dating advice.



Monday, October 10, 2016

True courage.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes


In Peaceful Warrior (2006), Nick Nolte's character, Socrates, gives wise insight:
"A warrior is not about perfection, or victory, or invulnerabilityHe's about absolute vulnerability. That's the only true courage." 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Action


Wednesday: Point of View

(I found this in my drafts and it's a post that I needed today.) ...............

Action.

Imagine if Joan Wilder (Romancing the Stone) remained in her New York City apartment searching for tissue and feeding her cat. Or if Jean Valjean (Les Misérables) spent his time curled up in a ball, whining. We wouldn't feel engaged in their problem, or really care about them much.

At some point in compelling stories, the main characters take action to solve their problems. The idea or solution might come from an outside source, but the characters act on it--even when it pushes them out of their comfort zone--and we cheer for their success.

Think of a favorite movie. How did the main character take action to solve his or her dilemma? Did it make the character more interesting and likable?

I think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. When Walter leaps onto the helicopter as it takes off, I thrill over his courage. His story becomes far more interesting at that point.

We are the characters in our own life story, and taking action to solve our dilemmas can make us more interesting, too.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie
As I said... I needed this. Lately I've been rolling along letting circumstances dictate direction. I don't want to be that character. It's time to take action.

What kind of character are you in your life story?


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wish in one hand.

Writing Prompt: Write a blog post inspired by the word: wish



Geppeto wishes for a real boy, Aladdin's genie grants wishes, and in The Princess Bride (1987) Westley expresses love for Buttercup when he tells her, "As you wish."

Here's to "wish" in cinematic dialogue...


GUS PORTOKALOS
There are two kinds of people -- Greeks,
and everyone else who wish they was Greek.

I don't wish I was Greek, but I certainly wish to vacation there!


In Divergent (2014), citizens are classified as: Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest).

TRIS PRIOR
"Candor" value honesty and order.
They tell the truth,
even when you wish they wouldn't.

Yep, the truth can hurt.


I love Dory in Finding Nemo (2003). She's already conversed in whale, but awhile later when Marlin tries the language, she says...

DORY
Wow. I wish I could speak whale…

Sadly, sometimes my memory resembles hers. 

Where was I? Oh yeah..


From Jack Reacher (2012)...

JACK REACHER
… Look at the people.
Now tell me which ones are free.
Free from debt. Anxiety. Stress. Fear.
Failure. Indignity. Betrayal.
How many wish that they were
born knowing what they know now?

Count me in, Jack! Oh the mistakes I could correct... but then again... I'd just make new ones.


Did you pin any teen idols on your wall? I had Bobby Sherman, and Davy Jones in my room, so I get a kick out of this scene from The Parent Trap (1961). As Sharon watches Susan put a picture on the wall, she asks...

SHARON McKENDRICK
Who's that?

SUSAN EVERS
Are you kidding? Ricky Nelson?

SHARON McKENDRICK
Oh, your boyfriend.

SUSAN EVERS
I wish he was! You mean you've never
heard of him? Where do ya come from? 
Outer space?


A fun line from Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)...

JACK SPARROW
Captain, I wish to report a mutiny.
I can name fingers and point names.


In this scene, the Goonies (Goonies, 1985) gather coins from a wishing well, but Stef tells them to stop. Data and Mikey ask her "why?"

STEF
Because these are somebody else's wishes.
They're somebody else's dreams.

MOUTH
Yeah, but you know what?
This one,this one right here.
This was my dream, my wish.
And it didn't come true.
So I'm taking it back.
I'm taking them all back.

I tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain with a wish to return to Rome. Hasn't happened yet. I'm still wishing.


A dear friend recently passed away, so I can relate to Forrest (Tom Hanks) when he speaks to Jenny's grave (Forrest Gump, 1994)...

FORREST GUMP
Mama always said, dying was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.

Me too, Forrest. I wish that too.


Jiminy Cricket sings, "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you." 

Um hmm, right.  Well, my mama always said, "Wish in one hand and spit in the other. See which one fills up fastest."


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