Monday, February 18, 2008

15 Movies Meme

(via Note of the Living Deb)

The rules:

1. Pick 15 movies you know/like/love.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

These are listed in the order I thought of them, which could help.

UPDATE: I have added additional quotes (not necessarily by the same character) to the unidentified entries.

1. In one way or another I've always suffered. I didn't know why exactly. But I do know that I'm not so scared of suffering now. I feel more than I've ever felt and I've found someone to feel with. To play with. To love in a way that feels right for me. I hope he knows that I can see that he suffers too. And that I want to love him.

One scoop of creamed potatoes. A slice of butter. Four peas. And as much ice cream as you'd like to eat.
- Secretary, Mosch

2. Like I'd marry you! You'd be the meanest wife ever, okay? And I know that you weren't bored that day because there was a lot of stuff on TV, and then 'The Blair Witch Project' was coming on Starz and you were like 'I haven't seen this since it came out and if so we should watch it' and 'but oh, no, we should just make out instead la la la' - Juno, Cartaufalous

3. I just remembered something from a long time ago, I think it may help you. Once, when I was little, I dropped my shoe into a river. When I tried to get it back I fell in. I thought I'd drown but the water carried me to shore. It finally came back to me. The river's name was the Kahaku river. I think that was you, and your real name is Kahaku river. - Spirited Away, Ed

4. The lake goes around for miles. You, and your children, and your children's children, will dig for a hundred years, and you will never find it. - Holes, Debbie

5. You don't know how lucky you are being a monkey. Because consciousness is a terrible curse. I think. I feel. I suffer. And all I ask in return is the opportunity to do my work. And they won't allow it... because I raise issues.

Lots of things. That jewel thief movie, for example. He's very well respected. Anyway, the point is... this is a very odd thing. It's Supernatural, for lack of a better word. I mean, it raises all sorts of philosophical-type questions, you know... about the nature of self, about the existence of a soul. You know, am I me?

Have you ever had two people look at you, with complete lust and devotion, through the same pair of eyes?
- Being John Malkovich, Robin

6. Ned, there is no such thing as adventure. There's no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire. - Simple Men, Cartaufalous

7. It's a philosophy. A poetics. A politics, if you will. A literature of protest. A novel of ideas. A pornographic magazine of truly comic book proportions. It is, in the end, whatever the hell I want it to be. And when I'm through with it it's going to blow a hole this wide straight through the world's own idea of itself. - Henry Fool, Cartaufalous

8. Don't mock me my friend. It's a condition of mental divergence. I find myself on the planet Ogo, part of an intellectual elite, preparing to subjugate the barbarian hordes on Pluto. But even though this is a totally convincing reality for me in every way, nevertheless Ogo is actually a construct of my psyche. I am mentally divergent, in that I am escaping certain unnamed realities that plague my life here. When I stop going there, I will be well. Are you also divergent, friend? - 12 Monkeys, Ed

9. I assure you, Mrs. Buttle, the Ministry is very scrupulous about following up and eradicating any error. If you have any complaints which you'd like to make, I'd be more than happy to send you the appropriate forms. - Brazil, rvman

10. Family entertainment? Bollocks. What they want is filth: people doing things to each other with chainsaws during tupperware parties, babysitters being stabbed with knitting needles by gay presidential candidates, vigilante groups strangling chickens, armed bands of theatre critics exterminating mutant goats. Where's the fun in pictures? Oh, well, there we are. Here's the theme music. Goodnight.

Shut up, you American. You Americans, all you do is talk, and talk, and say "let me tell you something" and "I just wanna say." Well, you're dead now, so shut up.

You see that house? That is where I was born. My mother said to me, "Garcon. The world is a beautiful place, and you must spread joy and contentment everywhere you go". And so I became a waiter... Well, I know it is not a great philosophy but...

Just remember that you're standing on a planet thats evolving
and revolving at nine-hundred miles an hour
it's orbiting at ninety miles a second
so it's reckoned
a sun that is the source of all our power
the sun and you and me
and all the stars that we can see
are moving at one million miles a day
in an outer spiral arm at forty-thousand miles an hour
of the galaxy we call the Milky Way
Our galaxy itself
contains a hundred billion stars
its a hundred thousand light years side to side
it bulges in the middle
sixteen-thousand light years thick
but out by us its just three-thousand light years wide
we're thirty-thousand light years from galatic central point
we go round every two-hundred-million years
and our galaxy is only one of millions of billions in this amazing and expanding universe
- The Meaning of Life, Sally

11. How am I not myself?

I've thought about hacking you up with an axe Albert, and smashing your face in with a baseball bat.
- I Heart Huckabees, Mosch

12. His destructive programming is taking effect. He will be irresistibly drawn to large cities, where he will back up sewers, reverse street signs, and steal everyone's left shoe. - Lilo & Stitch, Ed

13. Now, what is it that has four pairs of pants, lives in Philadelphia, and it never rains but it pours? - Duck Soup, Sally

14. Say, any of you boys smithies? Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'? - O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Sally

15. Nothing's more suspicious than frog's breath! - The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sally

Guess away!


Sally said...

#3 sounds like one of those anime movies by that one guy, but I don't know which one. (Heh, that's pretty vague, but I know Tam knows who I mean.)

#7 may be that Hal Hartley movie.

#9 rvman thinks is "Brazil."

#13 is obviously one of Groucho's more famous lines, but which movie - probably "Duck Soup."

#14 is possibly "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

#15 is definitely "Nightmare Before Christmas."

Tam said...

You're right on all of these :-)

cartaufalous said...

2 is Juno, 6 is Simple Men. 7 is Henry Fool.


Sally's Mom said...

Is 10 Prairie Home Companion?

Debbie said...

I don't know any of them. I will, however, guess "Holes" for #4.

robin said...

Could 3 be "Swept Away"?

Tam said...


Correct on your first three. As for "Swept Away", you're clearly thinking of the right movie, but the title is wrong.

Sally's Mom:

Sorry, not PHC, which I haven't seen yet.


Good (and correct!) guess

Ed said...

3. Spirited Away

8. Twelve Monkeys

Of course, I'm cheating. I watched those movies with Tam myself.

Finally, one I'm not so sure of:

1. Trust

12 seems awful familiar, but I remember a similar character from the Illuminatus! Trilogy, and I'd know if a) there were such a movie and b) Tam liked it.

Ed said...


12. Lilo and Stitch

Sally said...

Ah, yes, Spirited Away and Henry Fool were the movies I was thinking of.

I'm still laughing (in a good way) at the idea of an Illuminatus trilogy movie.

Tam said...


Good job on 3, 8, and 12.

1 is another movie you saw with me, but it's not Trust (or surely Robin would have gotten it anyway - heh).

I'm adding more quotes to the ones that are left.

Anonymous said...

#1 is Secretary and #11 is I Heart Huckabees. Thanks for your special invitation, Tam.

Mosch said...

I didn't mean to be anomynious! This was Mosch.

Sally said...

Mosch beat Robert and me to Secretary and I Heart Huckabees (which, by the way, I have never seen) guesses respectively.

Sally said...

#10 has been plaguing me! Is it Confessions of a Dangerous Mind?!

Tam said...

Mosch, good job. I knew you'd get those.

Sally, #10 is not Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (which I haven't seen).

I've added quotes to the two remaining. I know at least most of my readers have seen both of these movies, so I hope someone gets 'em :-)

Sally said...

The third clue to #10 makes it seem less familiar rather than more...hmm

#5 is not ringing a bell at all.


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Tam said...

Does it help if I note that the middle quote on #10 is spoken by the Grim Reaper?

robin said...

#5 is "being john malkovitch"!

Sally said...

That's funny - I had thought of Being John Malkovich for my list also but realized it has been so long since I've seen it that I probably wouldn't recognize the quotes from it myself, which we have seen, by this natural experiment, to be the case after all.

Sally said...

Duh, #10 is that Monty Python movie - The Meaning of Life?

I should have realized that before.

The fact that the quotes come from disparate parts of the movie made it tricker than it would otherwise be, I think.

Tam said...

Whew. I feel better now!

And yeah, a movie full of vignettes is kind of tricky. And I didn't pick the very most obvious quotes ('wafer-thin mint'?)