So for something less formal, here are some of my favorite film quotes decade by decade – years ending in 8 edition (I noticed a trend randomly and I went with it)
“This is really much too poetic a way to die” – Barbarella (Jane Fonda) – see 0:55
From ‘Barbarella’ (1968), a movie I could, and probably should, do an entire post on. (It inspired Duran Duran’s name!) It’s full of memorable lines and this one’s probably not even be the best, but I like it because it shows how clueless yet self-aware our heroine is. It also perfectly sums up the tone of a movie that has a literal climax for a climax. I became a fan of Jane Fonda back when I first saw ‘Cat Ballou’ (1965) as a kid, and am forever grateful me and my roommates decided to put this flick on while carving pumpkins back in 2012. I haven’t seen this movie as much as the films that follow on this list, but I’ll happily keep returning to it.
“Alright” – Peter (Ken Foree) – see 12:13
From George Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (1978). Taken out of context, it’s obviously about as lackluster and unmemorable of a line as possible. But I admire ambiguous endings to horror movies, and for a man who just minutes before was about to put a bullet in his head, I like the acceptance that both survivors are probably doomed in the end, but don’t have any other choice but to try and make it anyway. I’d say it’s the perfect attitude to have in the face of the Zombie Apocalypse.
“You’re the vulgarian, you fuck!” – Otto (Kevin Kline)
From ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ (1988) – one of my favorite comedies of all time. It’s incredible cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline (he won an Oscar! and I named a cat after his character because of their shared insecurity over their stupidity), and of course the mini ‘Monty Python’ reunion of John Cleese and Michael Palin as K’K’K’Ken. It’s about a group of thieves who try to outwit each other despite being hindered by a conscious, stupidity and a stutter. Check it out if you’ve never seen it, a true 80’s gem.
“O R They?” – Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman)
From ‘Rushmore’ (1998), which in my opinion, is still Wes Anderson’s best. It has a fresh 90’s indie charm that unfortunately has become a bit stilted over the past decade. The rest of the cast includes Bill Murray (one of my favorite of his roles), the underused Olivia Williams, the always reliable Brian Cox and the cute and talented Sara Tanaka – who sadly, like most Asian American actresses, seems to have disappeared before she arrived. I don’t know why exactly the line makes me laugh every time, I believe it’s mostly Schwartzman’s delivery and Max’s attempt at arrogance. I’m also a sucker for people who laugh at their own jokes.
“I am Iron Man” – Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)
Obviously from the movie ‘Iron Man’ (2008), this line caps off my second favorite ending of any superhero movie ever (my first is probably X2: X-Men United). Rather than opting to have Tony uncharacteristically dawn his armor and fly off towards some trouble, or strike a pose in front of a sunset or American flag, the writers found a perfect way to bring the story full circle. This jerk may have a new heart, but that doesn’t mean he loves himself any less. ‘Iron Man’ was very refreshing back in ’08, primarily because it was the first time we’d seen a superhero on the big screen that was unapologetic about himself, not hampered by guilt or angst, barely haunted by a past, but still smart, earnest and full of spunk. The performance was so successful that Robert Downey Jr. has apparently decided to stay in character.
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