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Friday November 16, 2018

William Goldman (1931-2018)

  • “You just keep thinkin', Butch, that's what you‘re good at.”
  • “Rules? In a knife fight?
  • “Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill ya.” 
  • “You think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?”
  • “Who are those guys?”
  • “Follow the money.”
  • “The truth is, these aren’t very bright guys, and things got out of hand.”
  • “Now don't tell me you think that all of this was the work of little Don Segretti.”
  • “You haven't got it.” 
  • “Is it safe?”
  • “Nobody knows anything.” 
  • “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
  • “No more rhymes now—and I mean it!” “Anybody got a peanut?”
  • “INCONCEIVABLE!”
  • “You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.”
  • “This is true love. You think this happens every day?”
  • “As you wish.”
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Posted at 01:39 PM on Nov 16, 2018 in category Movies - Quotes   |   Permalink  
Saturday September 29, 2018

Fun with Subtitles: The Mayor of Hell (1933), Cont.

OK, so last week I talked about the shitty, closed-caption transcription of the 1933 Cagney flick “The Mayor of Hell.” The characters were saying “Miss,” the transcription updated it to “Ms.” A Jewish kid called someone a “gonif,” the transcriber, gentile no doubt, went with “[INAUDIBLE].”

But this is the worst:

Where's the Fagin that runs this joint?

He's saying Fagin. As in the character from “Oliver Twist”—the corrupt man leading a group of Dickensian pickpockets. “Where's the Fagin that runs this joint.”

Look, I know how tough it is to transcribe. In the 1980s, I did it for a Taiwanese record company, which needed accompanying lyric sheets for their English and American records. I remember listening over and over to some songs and never figuring out certain words, and having to go with my best guess. 

But this? This is embarrassing. For Warner Bros. and Filmstruck. 

At the least, we're narrowing down the identity of the transcriber: progressive, gentile, not a big reader.

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Posted at 02:15 AM on Sep 29, 2018 in category Movies - Quotes   |   Permalink  
Friday March 17, 2017

One of the Greatest Lines in Movie History

The shit you come across on Twitter. 

This thing somehow wound up in my feed today. It's a right-wing defense by a right-wing idiot of Donald Trump's severe and idiotic budget cut proposals. 

What do you do with that? Argue? Face palm? Move to Mexico?

On the plus side, it did make me recall one of the greatest lines in movie history—something that is truer today than when it was originally said in 1986:

Point for the arts, currently on the chopping block. 

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Posted at 03:32 PM on Mar 17, 2017 in category Movies - Quotes   |   Permalink  
Saturday October 04, 2014

Talking Back at the Screen: The Equalizer

We get a lot of dumb lines masquerading as wisdom in “The Equalizer,” directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Olympus Has Fallen”) and written by Richard Wenk (“The Expendables 2”), which gives the movie an air of a bloody Bill Cosby action movie, if you can imagine such a beast. “You gotta be who you are in this world, no matter what,” spoken to a child prostitute, is one of those lines.

Here's another. It had me talking back at the screen. In my head, I mean. I don't talk out loud at movies. (Although I might groan occasionally.) 

Robert McCall (Denzel) is a former super-espionage agent trying to live out the rest of his life with a quiet warehouse job. It's a friendly place, and he's friendly there, and he tries to help an overweight Hispanic worker, Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis), become the security guard he always wanted to be. So he keeps him on his diet and trains him on weekends. He has him pull tires at a local park. (This exercise will come in handy later in the movie.) But Ralphie keeps giving up on himself. 

Here's the line and here's what I answered back:

Denzel: Hey, don't doubt yourself. Doubt kills.
Me: So does certainty.

I was thinking specifically of the certainty, the hubris, of the Bush adminstration, and all of the people who died as a result. They were certain it made sense to demote Richard Clarke, terrorism czar, to a deputy position, and 9/11 happened. Then they were certain it made sense to invade Iraq and take out Saddam Hussein. They could nation-build in a matter of months—they were certain of that—and get out cleanly. And their certainy killed. It goes on killing, even after they've long left the scene.

Of course, we go to the movies for the very certainty someone like Denzel projects. That's part of the wish-fulfillment-fantasy bargain. We're fearful and doubtful. He's brave and certain, and in the end he'll save the day. It's great to see up on the screen. If only it stayed there. 

Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer"

Certainty, about to do some killing. 

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Posted at 11:59 AM on Oct 04, 2014 in category Movies - Quotes   |   Permalink  
Wednesday May 21, 2014

A Born Liar, Now Convicted

“The idea that the [Obama] administration would be in any way 'rattled' by D’Souza’s documentary is highly unlikely. '2016' spins a cockamamie theory that President Obama is using his power to diminish America’s standing in the world in order to fulfill the aspirations of the father he never knew. It’s a derp-fest for the high-brow anti-Obama zealot who believes the president is a “Third World anti-colonial” and also demands slick production values.”

-- Simon Malloy, “The Right's Favorite Criminal: Inside the hopeless obsession with Dinesh D'Souza,” on Salon.com.

I particularly like “derp-fest.” But not as much as I like the schadenfreude of D'Souza's troubles.

Dinesh D'Souza

What Billy Martin said of both Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner can now be said of just D'Souza: a born liar, now convicted.

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Posted at 01:29 PM on May 21, 2014 in category Movies - Quotes   |   Permalink  
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