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Visible Quotes #6: The Octagon

6 May

Visible Quotes is our attempt to share some of our favorite lines in film, in their original context.  They’re always better in the movie, especially when the other option is your friend endlessly saying them.

I will admit, without any shame, that I love Chuck Norris movies.  The action is great, the villains are always over the top, and Chuck’s characters are endlessly entertaining (maybe not always for the right reasons, but that’s beside the point).  But its definitely a fact that his earlier films were better than his later ones.  The 70s and 80s were Chuck’s heyday.  And there are some excellent examples out there.  Today, our quote comes from one of my absolute favorites: The Octagon.

In The Octagon, Chuck plays a retired martial arts champion who decides to go after a secret ninja clan after they do enough damage to his personal life that he can’t ignore them any longer.  For some reason, there is a ton of voice-over narration that allows us to hear Chuck’s inner thoughts through all of this action.  Which is awesome.  It also features Lee Van Cleef as a man who murders terrorists.  That is actually his profession.  He finds terrorists as they come into the United States and murders them.  He’s a fascinating character and I really wish there was a sequel to The Octagon that just focused on him.

Anyway, our quote comes from the scene where Chuck is trying to convince his disbelieving fried that ninjas are behind all of the recent crimes.  Its great not only because of the way he phrases his argument, but because his mustache is simply amazing.

TheOctagon

 

Oh man, he’s just such a role model.

– david

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Visible Quotes #5: Bride of Frankenstein

14 Nov

Visible Quotes is our attempt to share some of our favorite lines in film, in their original context.  They’re always better in the movie, especially when the other option is your friend endlessly saying them.

Today’s quote comes from possibly the greatest monster film of all time, James Whale’s masterpiece Bride of Frankenstein (1935).  This film took the horror and the themes that were explored four years earlier in Frankenstein, and ran with them.  Boris Karloff shines as the monster, and despite her little screen time, Elsa Lanchester shines even brighter as the Bride and Mary Shelly.  A tragic, beautiful film, Bride of Frankenstein is one of my very favorites.  

If you haven’t seen it, you should also stop reading this if you don’t like spoilers.  Because this is from the end of the movie.

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Visible Quotes #4: Coffee and Cigarettes

30 Nov

Visible Quotes is our attempt to share some of our favorite lines in film, in their original context.  They’re always better in the movie, especially when the other option is your friend endlessly saying them.

We’ve been on a Bill Murray kick here with these visible quotes.  And this time we’ve got one of his greatest, and shortest performances.  Coffee and Cigarettes is veritable goldmine of incredible quotes.  The performances that director Jim Jarmusch pulled out of each of his stars are all amazing.

The basic idea here is several short conversations that we get to observe.  The people having the conversations are always smoking and drinking coffee, and they sometimes talk about that.  The participants include Iggy Pop with Tom Waits, Alfred Molina with Steve Coogan, several other interesting combinations, and my personal favorite, Bill Murray with RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan.

I have no idea if the conversation that includes the pictured line was scripted or made up on the spot.  But regardless, its brilliant.  Just like the rest of the movie.

Visible Quotes #3: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

17 Nov

Visible Quotes is our attempt to share some of our favorite lines in film, in their original context.  They’re always better in the movie, especially when the other option is your friend endlessly saying them.

Bill Murray is one of the greatest things to ever happen to movies.  And for the last several years, he has been at his best when he is being directed by Wes Anderson.  And my personal favorite from all of these partnerships is The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.  The entire movie is beautiful, but Bill Murray’s performance is absolutely perfect.  And, in my opinion, this scene captures the character so wonderfully.

-david

Visible Quotes #2: Flash Gordon

8 Nov

Visible Quotes is our attempt to share some of our favorite lines in film, in their original context.  They’re always better in the movie, especially when the other option is your friend endlessly saying them.

Today, we have Flash Gordon, one of my favorite movies.  What could be better than a comic strip/film serial from the 1930s being remade in the 1980s with tons of bright colors, a soundtrack by Queen, Timothy Dalton in bright green tights, and, most importantly, Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless.  Ming is one of my all time favorite villains.  So, getting to see him played by one of the greatest actors of the last several decades is amazing.

His disdain for all living things, except himself.  His unending arrogance and faith in his own superiority.  His fantastic facial hair.  Its all there.  And its all perfectly captured in this scene.

-david

Visible Quotes #1: The Blues Brothers

1 Nov

One of the best things about movies is a good quote.  A really good quote can make just about any conversation a little bit better.  And if you’re the one that said it, you immediately become the envy of all of your friends.  But despite the joy of using film quotes in every day life, there’s nothing greater than seeing a truly amazing quote in it’s original context.  Which is why we’ve started this new feature called “Visible Quotes”.  And what better film to kick off a new feature than The Blues Brothers?

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