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This week’s Spin Cycle is about memes. It is also my 400th post. Egads – have I been doing this for that long? Apparently so.
When I read this week’s subject, for the first time since January, when I began to participate, I went “Blech” and considered not playing along. Or, since Jen said it was relevant, making my Random Tuesday Thoughts post my Spin Cycle post, too, although that just seemed like cheating.
I simply don’t care that much for memes, although I’ve participated (most of the time) when I’ve been tagged. I always seem to end up telling the same silly facts about myself over and over. In fact, I was in such quandary over what to post that I seriously considered just putting up the new pictures we were sent of Little Guy and starting my own meme – the “Annoying Grandparent Meme.”
Then I found this one while blog surfing.
Friends and neighbors, it’s the Ten Favorite Movie Characters meme and I was so excited when I stumbled across it that I could barely contain myself. So here they are – my Ten Favorite Movie characters, in no particular order.
*Warning* There’s some strong language in a couple of these. If you’re offended by gratuitous use of the Eff Word, you might not want to read any further. Just sayin’.
Voiced by Brad Bird
It was hard not to just list every character in this film, but I figured I’d better pick just one. Reportedly based on the famed Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, Edna’s part is fairly small. But she has got to be the funniest character in it – she certainly has almost all of the best lines.
“Supermodels – ha! Nothing super about them. Spoiled, stupid little stick-figures with poufy lips who think only about themselves.”
“I cut it a little roomy for the free movement. The fabric is comfortable for sensitive skin… and it can also withstand a temperature of over one thousand degrees!! Completely bulletproof… and machine washable, dahling, that’s a new feature.”
“What are you talking about? You are Elastigirl! My God! Pull yourself together! What will you do? Is…is…is this a question? You will show him that you remember that he is Mr. Incredible! And you will REMIND him who YOU are! Well, you know where he is… Go! Confront the problem! Fight! WIN!! And call me when you get back, dahling, I enjoy our visits.”
Fried Green Tomatoes
It was hard to chose between Ninny Threadgoode – I just adore Jessica Tandy, especially in this film – and Evelyn Couch, but I just related so much to Evelyn’s character. And Kathy Bates is great in this role.
“I can’t even look at my own vagina.”
“Face it girls, I’m older and have more insurance.”
“I’ll slip tiny bombs into Penthouse and Playboys so they explode when you open them. I’ll ban all fashion models who weigh under 130 pounds! And I’ll give half the military budget to people over 65 and declare wrinkles sexually desirable.”
Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi
David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones
It’s Darth Vader. ‘Nuff said.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”
“No – I am your father.”
Khan Noonien Singh
Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan is simply the best film of the series, hands down. It came out in the summer of 1982 and Ex-husband and I saw it six times in the theatre. Ricardo Montalban’s scenery-chewing reprise of his role from The Space Seed episode of the original series has a lot to do with why it is so good; he’s a superb villain.
“Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space.”
“I’ve done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her; marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet… buried alive! Buried alive…!”
“Let them eat static.”
The African Queen
The African Queen is my favorite film of all time. The relationship between Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is one of the most compelling on screen. Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar for this movie, but Katharine Hepburn makes the film.
“Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.”
“I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!”
“I must say I’m filled with admiration for your skill, Mr. Allnut. Do you suppose that after I practice steering a bit that someday I might try? … Now that I’ve had a taste of it, I don’t wonder you love boating, Mr. Allnut!”
One of the reasons I didn’t pick Bogie’s part for The African Queen is because of this film. Humphrey Bogart is tough, debonair and vulnerable all at the same time and the movie is damn near perfect. I love it. I could go on and on with the quotes on this one, but I’ll spare you and keep it down to three – and not the three you’d expect.
“Are my eyes really brown?”
“Yes, it’s very pretty. I heard a story once – as a matter of fact, I’ve heard a lot of stories in my time. They went along with the sound of a tinny piano playing in the parlor downstairs. ‘Mister, I met a man once when I was a kid,’ it always began.”
“They got a lucky break. Yesterday they were just two German clerks. Today they’re the ‘Honored Dead.’”
Little Miss Sunshine
This is another film where it’s hard to pick one character as my favorite, but I think Alan Arkin’s character of Grandpa Hoover deserves the mention – he certainly has some of the best lines. But the whole movie makes me just roll around on the floor laughing. Again, I could go on and on with the quotes, but I’ll keep it to three.
“A real loser is someone who’s so afraid of not winning he doesn’t even try.”
“Are you kidding me? It was a fucking paradise. They got pool… They got golf… Now I’m stuck with Mr. Happy here, sleeping on a fucking sofa. Look, I know you are a homo and all, but maybe you can appreciate this. You go to one of those places, there’s four women for every guy. Can you imagine what that’s like?…I had second degree burns on my Johnson, I kid you not.”
“Listen to me, I got no reason to lie to you, don’t make the same mistakes I made when I was young. Fuck a lotta women kid, not just one woman, a lotta women.”
As Good As It Gets
Beloved loves this movie; he loves any movie with rude old curmudgeons (On Golden Pond is another of his favorites; Gran Tarino is yet another). As for me, despite the fact Helen Hunt is in it (I cannot STAND her), I love it because of the ensemble cast, especially Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr. It’s also another film that is hard to keep from quoting over and over again.
“Never, never, interrupt me, okay? Not if there’s a fire, not even if you hear the sound of a thud from my home and one week later there’s a smell coming from there that can only be a decaying human body and you have to hold a hanky to your face because the stench is so thick that you think you’re going to faint. Even then, don’t come knocking. Or, if it’s election night, and you’re excited and you wanna celebrate because some fudgepacker that you date has been elected the first queer president of the United States and he’s going to have you down to Camp David, and you want someone to share the moment with. Even then, don’t knock. Not on this door. Not for ANY reason. Do you get me, sweetheart?”
“Where do they teach you to talk like this? In some Panama City “Sailor wanna hump-hump” bar, or is it getaway day and your last shot at his whiskey? Sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.”
“It’s not true. Some have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re that pissed that so many others had it good.”
Phil The Weatherman
Bill Murray is one of those actors, like Eddie Murphy, that really only knows how to play themselves. That’s okay, though, when the right movie comes along. For Bill Murray, this was the right movie.
“I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over, and over, and over…”
“Don’t drive angry. Don’t drive angry!”
“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”
Samuel L. Jackson
Pulp Fiction is another one of those films where the entire cast is so good you hardly know who to pick as your favorite. There are so many memorable characters with so many memorable lines. But Samuel L. Jackson? He’s my favorite, both in terms of memorable lines and what happens to his character over the course of the film. Roger Ebert says this movie is about redemption – Mr. Jackson’s is the most profound.
“Yes you did. Yes you did, Brad. You tried to fuck him. And Marcellus Wallace don’t like to be fucked by anybody, except Mrs. Wallace.”
“Normally, both your asses would be dead as fucking fried chicken, but you happen to pull this shit while I’m in a transitional period so I don’t wanna kill you, I wanna help you. But I can’t give you this case, it don’t belong to me. Besides, I’ve already been through too much shit this morning over this case to hand it over to your dumb ass.”
“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.”
Who are your favorite movie characters?