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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