Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Best Movie Lines Ever

Andrew Sullivan is compiling a list of nominations for "Best. Movie. Line. Ever." - putting up an embedded YouTube clip and the line recommendation. After all the nominations are in, the readers will get to vote. Some of the suggestions are pretty staid (e.g. "Plastics" from The Graduate; yawn).

Here's the list I sent him this morning with some of my recommendations:

1. The first intro to Bond (Dr. No).
    JB: "I admire your courage, Miss...?"
    ST: "Trench. Syliva Trench. I admire your luck Mr...."
    JB: "Bond. James Bond."
Note, the iconic line that actually made sense in context the first time around (not so in most of the subsequent uses).

2. Big Trouble in Little China:
  1. "It's all in the reflexes" (At 1:53 at above clip.)
  2. "Son of a b*tch must pay"
  3. "I was born ready"
  4. My favorite line (and my life's motto): "Hey, I'm a reasonable guy. But I've just experienced some very unreasonable things."
  5. Also, check out his odd project, some dude bothered to make a South Park version:
    part 1, part 2, part 3
3. Army of Darkness
  1. "Well, hello Mr. Fancy Pants. I got news for you pal, you ain't leading but two things right now: Jack and S**t. And Jack left town."
  2. "All right you primitive screwheads listen up. See this? This. Is. My. BOOMSTICK."
  3. "First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me? [Spits grape pit] Blow."
  4. "It's a trick. Get an axe"
  5. "Yo, she-b*tch [loads rifle] Let's go"
  6. "Groovy"
  7. "Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun".
  8. The whole end scene, but here are the choice lines:
    1. Demon: "Who the hell are you?"
      Ash: "Names Ash. [cocks rifle] Housewares."

    2. Demon: "I'll swallow your soul!"
      Ash: "Come get some."

    3. "Hail to the King Baby"
4. Fletch
  1. "can I borrow your towel for a second, my car just hit a water buffalo"
  2. them: "Muchas Gracias!"
    Fletch: "Tierra del Fuego"

  3. "There's been a lot of changes in the law"
  4. 8:48: "The coroner had certified Stanwyk as dead... or extremely sleepy"

In retrospect, many are funny mainly in context, but as an unrepentant Fletchophile, I cannot but offer them
[end letter]

We'll see how many he posts/accepts.

{2009 Update: He used none of them. Boor.}

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