Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Kristen tagged me to do this Movie Quote Quiz. The idea is to pick 15 of your favorite films, look them up on IMDB or on Wikiquote and get a quote from each.

You, reader, need to try and guess the film.

Some are easier than others. I couldn't guess a single one of Kristen's, so don't feel bad if you're stumped. Just enjoy the quotes: smart writing is a good thing

1. "I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn't do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower. Couple other places I think." "Is that true?" "I don't know. I always liked the story, though."

"I didn't mean to scare you. I just think you're interesting."

3. "I didn't feel shame or fear, but just kind of blah, like when you're sitting there and all the water's run out of the bathtub." Kristen got this one: Badlands (my favorite movie of all time).

4. "I hope that was an empty bottle, George! You can't afford to waste good liquor. Not on your salary, not on an associate professor's salary! Kristen also got this one, although she "cheated" and offered up two guesses. But one was right -- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? -- so she gets it. Her other guess was The Squid and the Whale.

5. "Bless me Father for I have sinned. Three months since my last confession. I — these are my sins. Took the Lord's name in vain on several occasions. On a number of occasions, I've taken newspapers from the racks without paying for them. I've — deliberately taken pleasure in impure thoughts. I've been involved in some work that I think, I think will be used to hurt these two young people. It's happened to me before. People were hurt because of my work and I'm afraid it could happen again and I'm — I was in no way responsible. I'm not responsible. For these and all my sins of my past life, I am heartily sorry."

6. "I'm so sorry for what happened between us. I realize what a terrible mistake I made with you. And I can only hope that you understand. Be assured you can count on me for excellent references." Jennifer got this one: Secretary.

7. "It's like they taught us at Harvard: few things are as gratifying to the soul as having another man's nuts in a vise."

8. "Are you out of your mind? You know, I admit I may not be the best mother in the world, but I'm doing the best I know how, and he doesn't need you to rub his face in shit because you think it's good for him! He's gonna find out that the world is a horrible place and that people suck soon enough and without any help from you!" Christina nailed this one: You Can Count on Me (delivered by my girl crush, Laura Linney).

9. "You're the first person that I've wanted to tell that to, 'cause you're the first person that I've wanted to talk to for more than five minutes . . . ever." This is not Sixteen Candles. There are no John Hughes movies in this list.

10. "Every one of my records means something! The label, the producer, the year it was made. Who was copying whose style — who's expanding on that, don't you understand? When I listen to my records they take me back to certain points in my life, OK? Just don't touch my records, ever! You! The first time I met you? Modell's sister's high school graduation party, right? 1955. And 'Ain't That A Shame' was playing when I walked into the door!" Sorry, Christina, this is not High Fidelity.

11. "Ben, you're boring me. I have a husband. I don't have a need for another one." This is not The Graduate.

12. "You go back to your hotel and I'll go back to my glamorous life of being alone. The only thing I have to come home to is a bottle of mouthwash to get the taste of cum out of my mouth. I'm tired of being alone. That's what I'm tired of."

13. "So tell me, Cameron, just tell me because I'd like to know, what on earth could make you think that we would want to share a flat like this with someone like you? I mean, my first impression, and they're rarely wrong, is that you have none of the qualities that we normally seek in a prospective flatmate. I'm talking here about things like presence, charisma, style and charm, and I don't think we're asking too much, I don't think we're being unreasonable. Take David here, for instance: a chartered accountant he may be, but at least he tries hard. The point is I don't think you're trying." Kristen got this one: Shallow Grave.

14. "Do we really have to listen to this vagina music all the way there?"

15. "Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat. Now, that's a fact. I'll fuckin' kill you." Both Kristen and Jeremy got this one: Good Will Hunting.

Update: I neglected to tag anyone because, honestly, most of the people I know who have blogs take it all too seriously . . .


kristen said...

OK, here are my guesses, at least two of which are based solely on knowing a couple of your favorite movies.

#3 - Badlands
#4 - The Squid and the Whale or Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - I'm really not sure
#9 - Sixteen Candles
#11 - The Graduate
#13 - Shallow Grave
#15 - Good Will Hunting

abf said...

You nailed #3, #13 and #15.

#4 is, yes, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. For another clue, one of my other quotes in the list is spoken by one of the cast members of The Squid and the Whale.

#9 and #11 are not right.

Despite the expected, I managed to exclude any John Hughes movies from this list.

kristen said...

I know that I know #6. It's eating at me. It feels like a "guy screwed his babysitter" scene, so I want to say:

The World According to Garp
Mystic Pizza

Though I'm sure it's not either one of those. I'll figure it out eventually.

abf said...

No, but the actor who delivers this line was, oddly enough, once in a John Hughes movie.

Jeremy Pinches said...

15. Good Will Hunting

That's honestly all I've got. Several of them gave me a good laugh however (read: #14).

Jeremy Pinches said...

You've inspired me. Take my quiz!

Christina said...

I only know two:

8. You Can Count On Me
10. High Fidelity

abf said...

Thanks for coming by, Christina. You nailed #8, but not #10. #10 came out 18 years earlier than High Fidelity.

kristen said...

I'm gonna keep guessing, right or wrong.

#6 - High Art (Aly Sheedy?) Though it sounds like something Jeff Daniels would say in The Squid and the Whale (which I haven't seen), but I don't think he's been in any John Hughes movies

Jennifer said...

Okay, I first thought the movie "Say Anything" for #6, but then I thought it didn't seem like your kind of flick.

Then, I started to go through John Hughes movies and possible actors + actors you've talked about on the blog =

James Spader + Maggie Gyllenhaal

#6 - Secretary?

abf said...

Jennifer, I like Say Anything because I am a woman of a certain age but, yes, the quote is from Secretary.

kristen said...

ah, secretary. i knew i knew that quote from somewhere!

Anonymous said...

#2 - American Beauty

#12 - Leaving Las Vegas