Movie Quotes

Here are some random movie quotes. I’ll leave the more known ones off like “May the Force Be With You”, “If you build it, he will come”, and I’ll Be Back.

Animal House – Oh no! Seven years of college down the drain!

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High Fidelity – What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

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Jurassic Park – “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

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Citizen Kane – You’re right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years.

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Annie Hall – “I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” 

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Napoleon Dynomite – “Napoleon, don’t be jealous ’cause I’ve been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I’m training to become a cage fighter.”

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The Big Lebowski – I had a rough night and I hate the f**king Eagles, man.

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Superfly – You’re gunna give all this up? Eight Track Stereo, color T.V. in every room, and can snort a half a piece of dope everyday?! That’s the American Dream

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Reservoir Dogs –  ” If you beat him long enough he’ll say he started the G**damn Chicago fire, but that don’t necessarily make it f**king so!”

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Goodfellas – Whenever we needed money, we’d rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank.

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Goldfinger – “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”

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The Surprise of Jurassic Park

In 1993 I went to see Jurassic Park and was blown away. I went back two more times and took my Dad to one of the showings.

I’ve always liked dinosaurs since I was a kid but on film they never looked like I imagined. They usually were claymation or men in suits. I really like claymation a lot on most things but the dinosaurs just never looked right. I’m not one who craves great special effects…the original Star Trek is great to me with its red beams stunning people. They were always able to convey the story and that is enough for me…but dinosaurs were not beams of light or the transporter.

When this movie was released it was shocking. It was a game changer in so many ways and brought CGI to the forefront. Today younger people can not imagine what it was like seeing dinosaurs come to life that actually matched our imaginations. This is what we were used to.

To see a T-Rex with the then new DTS surround sound in a theatre was frightening…in a great way though. The most significant change was the way the dinosaurs interacted with their surroundings.

Was the movie a Gone With the Wind? Not at all but it looked and sounded real…well it came closer to matching our imaginations. This movie benefitted from the newer technology…where I think the original Star Wars was not improved by Lucas’s tinkering with CGI trying to improve them.

I do believe that CGI can be overused at the expense of a story but in Jurassic Park, they got it right. It still stands up today but now we are so accustomed to CGI that the movie doesn’t get noticed as much…but when it was released everyone took notice and it upped the game in special effects.