The Kings of Summer (2013) - Brilliant indie movie with heart and some epic lines. Beautifully shot, very cinematic and beautifully framed. Add to your list of films to see if you enjoy indie action. Why live when you can rule? Let me know what you think!
Jeff, Who lives at home dialogue
- Jeff: Why can't you just tell her the truth?
- Pat: Are you kidding? Do you know anything about adult relationships?
Kings of Summer Dialogue
- Joe: I don't trust that old guy.
- Biaggio: He has a shadow behind his eyes.
- Vicki: How long have you been standing there?
- Biaggio: Hello
- Joe: That's not an answer.
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One of the best movies ever made. This classic of all classics from 1942 gives you everything you need from a movie. It has snappy dialogue, star power beyond belief and good plot with many twists…what more could you possibly need? If you have never seen the film or have not heard of it, this is the basic plot:
Set in Casablanca during the World War II. An American expat Rick (Bogart) meets his former lover Ilsa (Bergman), when she walks in to his bar. Situation gets more and more complicated as the war closes in.
Some of the snappy and funny dialogue:
Rick: Why did you come back? To tell me why you ran out on me at the railway station?
Rick: Well, you can tell me now. I’m reasonably sober.
This movie has given the English language so many expressions and sayings…Have you ever heard of ‘Play it again Sam’ (though those words are never said in the film, it is one of the most quoted lines from a movie ever.) Or perhaps you have heard someone saying: ‘Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.’ It’s from this film and it’s quoted and referenced in many films in the past 50 years.
So time to watch this classic for the first time or rewatch it again…It’s always good time to go to Casablanca for few hours.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - One of my favourite movies from the past two years. It has great dialogue, Oscar winning performances and an awesome dance number…what more could you possibly need? Add to your list of films to see if you haven’t already, otherwise you might not be a human…
In 1985 Dallas Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is diagnosed with AIDS and he is given 30 days to live. He says:
Let me give y’all a little news flash. There ain’t nothin’ out there can kill fuckin’ Ron Woodroof in 30 days.
With no FDA approved drugs to keep him living longer, he works around the system to help himself and other AIDS patients get the medication. In the process of trying to stay alive, he becomes friends with Rayon (Jared Leto). Beautiful film and both of the men give performances worthy of their Oscars. But it was Leto’s way of playing Rayon that moved me, it lifts him up there with other great character actors even though he has not acted in six years. I am looking forward many more performances like this from him. Haven’t seen it yet? What’s wrong with you?
The man who has made so many funny films turns 42 today. Celebrate by watching few of the man’s films. 'Shaun of the Dead' is a good place to start and if you have time, watch the entire Cornetto trilogy. Do not miss 'Paul', brilliant comedy with a twist with his best buddy Simon Pegg. If you are still graving more of the bday boy, watch entire 2 seasons of 'Spaced'.
Many happy returns Nick!
Crazy stupid love dialogue
- Bernie Riley: Claire said I can't be friends with you anymore.
- Cal: What?
- Bernie Riley: She said we had to choose between you and Emily. I chose you. But she said no.
Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013)
This documentary is about the often hidden talent behind the bands and artists we love, the backup singers and it is a must see for anyone who loves music, brillaint and heartwarming and occasionally goosebumps will just will appear from the sheer talent of these ladies and men who make the records sound so good. Not to be missed. This documentary also picked up an Oscar this year and the acceptance speech was the first one ever to be sung! Add to your list of documentaries to see. Available in the US on Netflix and in the UK can be seen in the cinemas.
My week with Marilyn (2011) - Michelle Williams gives a stunning performance on this 2 times Oscar nomined* film and brings Marilyn Monroe to life. She did bag a Golden Globe for it. Add this to your list of films to see.
*Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for
Michelle Williams and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Kenneth Branag
Pulp Fiction Dialogue
- Fabienne: Whose motorcycle is this?
- Butch: It's a chopper, baby.
- Fabienne: Whose chopper is this?
- Butch: It's Zed's.
- Fabienne: Who's Zed?
- Butch: Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.
This week in classic corner PULP FICTION (1994)
This year is the 20th anniversary of this modern classic that made John Travolta’s career after awful films that are “Look who is talking now/then/ever”. New way of making movies was born with a young, brilliant director Qauentin Tarantino and he made movie soundtracks cool again.
Plot: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
The cast is brilliant, dialogue cleaver and Uma Thurman is pretty. You won’t see anything coming in this film as it’s out of sequence.
So if for some bizzarre reason you have missed this film or have just joined the ranks of film lovers/geeks, this is a must see in my view. After seeing it, you might want to download the soundtrack…follow that urge, it’s awesome!
One of the more noble things the Oscars can do is pay attention to movies no one knows about. Blockbusters don’t need much help.