Monday, 25 January 2010

Weekend Notes: Moving Day, and Movie Quote of the Decade

1. Korean moving companies, seriously, rock. Girlfriendoseyo moved to a new place: the place where we'll live together after the wedding in July (did I mention there are nuptials in my near future? I did. And the post where I announced it, and said:
I got engaged this year! If I don't get at least twenty comments of congratulations on this post, I'm shutting down the blog forever.
is squatting at 12 comments, and Roboseyo remains in danger. Come on, readers. It's not like I asked you to send money or something. Is it that only twelve of you read to the end of the post? Cripes.

But Korean moving companies, comments or none, still rock. A swarm of people comes into your house, loads everything into baskets boxes and things, trucks them to your next place, and unloads them. The guy who did the bookshelves even had a system whereby he returned all the books in the same order on the shelves as they were when he boxed them. All Girlfriendoseyo had to do was point and say "put it in this room" or "that room" and all I had to do was stand around looking handsome (and that takes effort for me), and be tall once or twice.

2. Girlfriendoseyo's mom, Omonim, is cute, and I like her more and more. Today, we discovered that she likes bubble wrap: I grabbed some from the dishes box, and she, Girlfriendoseyo and I had a little moment together, popping bubble wrap. It was brilliant. She even stored some away for later.


3. OK, I was thinking about this, and I'd like to open the question for comments. What was the movie quote of the decade? I mean, a really memorable movie quote has to be usable, it has to be instantly recognizable as "from that movie" - "Frankly, dear, I don't give a damn" "make him an offer he can't refuse" and stuff. (AFI's 100 best movie quotes)... it also has to immediately evoke the movie in question - Saw's "I want to play a game" doesn't evoke the movies quite clearly enough. In fact, if I have to name the movie it's from, it doesn't belong on the list.

The '90s had some good quotes:

"FREEEDOOOOMMM"
"Does that make you horny, baby?"
"I know kung-fu"
"I see dead people"
"My momma always told me life is like a box of chocolates."
"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. FUPFUPFUPFUPFUP"
like, ALL of The Big Lebowski

and so forth... but what about the naughty oughties? This writer can't come up with anything, and when I tried to think of some good ones, I kept thinking of quotes from '90s movies. So, readers, what IS the quote of the oughties?

Here are the ones that come to mind; a few might have come from an article on this topic that I read a while ago... and I want to know what YOU think might be the movie quote of the decade.

Here are the ones that I think qualify: Immediately identifiable, evocative of important moments, and quotable - you know how to deliver the line:

"I drink your milkshake"
"This is sparta"
"My precioussss" and "YOU SHALL NOT PASS"
"I wish I knew how to quit you"
"Why so serious?"
"I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth."

What am I missing?

On the second tier: a lot of will ferrell
"Hey Honey! We're streaking!"
"I'm kind of a big deal" or "Stay classy, San Diego"
"He only has one face!... I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" or "What is this? A school for ants?"
"Rock stars have kidnapped my son!"

Help me out here, readers. What are the other most memorable quotes from the '00s?

17 comments:

asadalthought said...

In no particular order (different quotes for different occasions, right?):

Bond: Don't worry. You're not my type.
Vesper: Smart?
Bond: Single.

Spider Pig, Spider Pig!

The truth is... The truth is... I am Iron Man.

D'ya like dags?

What is it, your period? Get him a cranberry juice.

I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. [Elizabeth gives him a blank look] Means "no."

If so powerful you are... why leave?

I'm sorry. That last hand... nearly killed me.

Jesus Christ, Thats Jason Bourne!

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife – and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

Christ, I miss the Cold War!

As it turns out, the sweet-talking, tattoo-sporting pikey was a gypsy bareknuckle boxing champion, which makes him harder than a coffin nail.

Even though I'm no more than a monster - don't I, too, have the right to live?

Savvy?

Upon my signal... Unleash hell.

In the quiet words of the Virgin Mary … come again? (Less well-known Snatch quote).

You're not a eunuch are you?

- I put a bit of thought into this, sorry if it's a bit long!

Gomushin Girl said...

May you rot in hell for reminding me of the new Star Wars movies! Bah!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your impending marriage!!!! Will your family be able to attend?

Deb said...

What about: The first rule of Fight Club is...

or

"Whatever I want to do...GOSH" (there's a few others from Napoleon Dynamite I think).

Perhaps limiting it to movies is the problem are there any viral videos that could make the cut?

Roboseyo said...

fight club was 1999. I looked it up... otherwise that would definitely have been on the list. Either that one or the grade school line.

Now that I think about it, one-liners might be the province of viral videos now... "Charlie bit me!"

An Acorn in the Dog's Food said...

One of my favorites from Snatch that asadalthought didn't mention:

"What are you waiting for ... zee Germans?"

Others that I can think of now include:

"Memories are floating in my mind like islands scattered in the sea. Now I will row to these islands one after another." (친구)

"A forest to the southwest is an ominous feng shui sign."
"Meeting with you guys is ominous enough." (Versus)

"If we talk for too long I'll forget how we started. Next time I see you, I'm not gonna remember this conversation. I don't even know if I've met you before." (Memento)

"Ted Nugent called. He wants his shirt back." (Ocean's 11)

""I always confuse Monet and Manet. Now which one married his mistress?"
"Monet"
"Right, and then Manet had syphilis."
"They also painted occasionally." (Ocean's 11)

"The first and most important rule of gun-running is: Never get shot with your own merchandise." (Lord of War)

"If there's one thing I know, it's never to mess with mother nature, mother in-laws, and mother freaking Ukrainians." (The Italian Job)

"I trust everyone. It's the devil inside them I don't trust. " (The Italian Job)

"Sergeant Butterman, the little hand says it's time to rock and roll!" (Hot Fuzz)

John from Daejeon said...

From a couple of Mel Gibson films:

"Do you really believe that one man can bear the full burden of sin?"

"Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do."

"My heart is ready."

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

" I am Jaguar Paw! This is my forest! My sons and their sons will hunt here after I am gone!"

From some Clint films; however, I can't use many from "Gran Torino" without offending someone:

"I think you're an overeducated 27-year-old virgin who likes to hold the hands of superstitious old ladies and promise them everlasting life."

"Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."

"I don't train girls."

"Mo cuishle means my darling. My blood."

"If there's magic in boxing, it's the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It's the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you."

PaulC said...

Congrats on your impending doom, er marriage

Deb said...

I think the fact that I know so little of the films that are being quoted are actually "decade quotes", but Brad & I were talking about it last night - how about
"Just Keep Swimming..." I don't even have to tell you what film that one's from...
"Ka-chow"
"Eeeevaaa"
I think Pixar is coming up with all the quotable quotes nowadays.

Roboseyo said...

The ones from the comments that I really like so far:
Savvy? (I heard somewhere that was improvised by Johnny Depp)
and
Just Keep Swimming...

and I gotta re-watch snatch.

Some of the other lines are awesome... but don't jump out of their movie and into real life quite as well - I had a Korean seven-year-old use "just keep swimming" to cheer himself up when he was sad - that adds it to the list right there.

Roboseyo said...

btw: thanks for reminding me of Gladiator, Apocalypto and Million Dollar Baby, other readers: I think I'm gonna re-watch them now.

Wombo said...

Useless fact for today:

Today was the 50th anniversary of Bubble wrap

http://www.popsci.com.au/technology/article/2010-01/bubble-wrap-joyfully-bursts-own-bubble-50th-anniversary

the Korean said...

That island line is not even the best quote from 친구. Far and away the best line from 친구 is:

너나 가라, 하와이.

And that might take the cake for Korean movie quote of the 00s.

Bonnie Heather said...

Congratulations Rob. We're really happy for you.

John from Daejeon said...

As much as I was expecting it to not live up to my favorite childhood TV series, "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before."

"You will always be a child of two worlds, and fully capable of deciding your own destiny. The question you face is: which path will you choose?"

"I'm giving her all she's got, Captain!"

"Fascinating."

"I have been and always shall be, your friend."

"Live long and prosper."

Bonnie said...

Congratulations, Rob! It was nice to meet you that once and I hope we can meet again soon.

Do you have a particular moving company you recommend? I know there are a ton, but don't know where to start. I have to get someone who will move all the way down to Chollabukdo, though we don't have that much stuff to move.

lissyem said...

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!!