The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors (halfshellvenus) wrote,
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My Hair Hurts...

Kind of srsly— I got a haircut yesterday, and during the post-cut styling (i.e., make hair fluffy like a C&W singer), the hairdresser kept gouging my head with the brush. Feels bruised!

For the Movie Quote Meme, I'm going to follow up with the ones missed because this is my chance to ramble on lesser-known movies I love...

3. "I guess a career in the Los Angeles Police Department didn't really prepare you for a moment like this…" "Yes it did." *slam*
This quote is from "The Hidden," which is a wonderful B-movie starring Kyle McLaughlin and Michael Nouri. The humor is dry and weird, the basic premise is fun (and how often do you see body-triage involving duct tape?). And then the ending, of all things, has pathos. Can't recommend this one highly enough. It's just different.

5. "We're all in this together."
NOT High School Musical, but in fact from "Brazil" (1985). And the reason this line sticks out is because Robert De Niro has an uncredited cameo in this film, and this is his parting line to the main character.

For the longest time, this Terry Gilliam movie represented one of the three main flavors of the future: beaurocratic overload and reversion to older technology that didn't quite work as expected. The other flavors were "Bladerunner" (dark, overpopulated, acid-rain-destroyed planet) and "Mad Max" (scorched, dry, lawlessness with everything broken due to lack of repair resources). I think "Waterworld" finally added a fourth version (floods), though I haven't seen the movie so I can't characterize it.

"Brazil" features some fun performances by Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Jim Broadbent and Kim Greist. In the main character's fantasies he is the knight who rescues the princessy-woman played by Kim Greist, but in the reality she's a garbage-truck-driving toughy who is more likely to rescue him.

8. " I hope all your children have very small dicks! And that includes the girls!"
From "The Tall Guy," with Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson, and Rowan Atkinson. SUCH a weird movie— Goldblum plays Dexter, a tall American working in England as an actor, who has no idea that he really isn't terribly talented. Thompson is delightful in this movie, Atkinson is wonderfully mean, and the movie is entirely worth renting for the fake musical embedded in it (an Andrew Lloyd-Webber sendup that is catchy and fiercely bad).

9. "Work with me, God!"
This is "He Said, She Said" (1991), a fun little movie starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins. The main interest here is seeing the same story told from the different viewpoints of first the man and then the woman, with different spins on the same scenes. The quote is one of Nathan Lane's lines (as the anxious TV station manager), and a young Anthony La Paglia appears as well. The other most quotable line from this movie, for me, is "What about you, with all of your Man Things?" (the idea of which mystifies the men in the movie as much as it did me).

11. "And I was branded beast at every feast before I ever became a man."
One of many rhyming lines from "Deep Cover" (1992) which works much better than you'd expect. Deep Cover was written by the same person who did "The Player" and "The Rapture," and I really think The Player (nominated for a writing Oscar) is the least interesting of the three of these. All of the movies are about the moral torture of the main character, here Larry Fishburne, who goes undercover to bust larger drug kingpins and in doing so becomes the very thing he hates. It's a slow slide into the dark side, very well played.

One of the most noticeable things about this movie is the visual editing style— a quick "repeat-repeat" on various moments, sometimes identical to the original, sometimes spanning a little time as they pass. The movie wasn't nominated for anything big the year it came out, but this editing style should have been. It's annoying at first and then really works to the movie's advantage, and it was immediately picked up by Barry Levinson and splashed all over "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and other TV shows where people acclaimed it as 'original' and 'genius." Which it was, but... not from those sources.

Some very violent moments in this movie that I personally turn away from, but I still think it's worth seeing. Given that drugs and violence are SO not my thing, that might tell you something!

Bonus (mostly-accurate book quote): "Excuse me, but I can't help noticing, you seem to have parked your ship, er… through mine."
Aw, no-one even tried to guess this one! It's from Douglas Adams' "The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe," and it's Zafod Beeblebrox's line. It's particularly well-delivered in the original BBC radio-show production. And the quote means exactly what it says— darn those transdimensional occurrences!


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