January 14th, 2005

Whale fluke

Movie quote-a-licious

Meme time! Borrowed from Robyn from Massachusetts (or robyn_ma if ya need da linkage):

1. Pick one dozen movies that you have special feelings about.
2. Pick a few lines of dialogue that mean something to you.
3. As people guess the film, strike out that entry.

I cheated slightly in that you’re supposed to choose single lines, but there is one exchange. Some only have the special meaning that they make me giggle. And another quote has two possible answers; I’ll accept either film.

1. “What did I get that I couldn’t get from any guy with no name any day of the week?”

2. “Well, then I guess I am telling you what you want to hear.”

3. “No I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD.” (The Blues Brothers, as coffeeinhell figured out)

4. “Do you know the story of left hand-right hand, the battle of good and evil?” (robyn_ma guessed both: The Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum, and Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee.)

5. “Do you have any famous last words?” “Not yet.”

6. “An unexpected gift…at an unexpected time.”

7. “…Its origin and purpose still a total mystery.” (2001: A Space Odyssey. Muchas to the gracias, coffeeinhell...)

8. “And it is the humble opinion of this narrator that these things don’t just happen.”

9. “Sometimes – not often, but sometimes – I’m in the mood for a woman with a horse.”

10. “Fiji. You can't get any further away before you start coming back.” (The Truman Show, guessed correctly by coffeeinhell.)

11. “Agent Hurley, I want you to give this scumbag a cavity search. I'm talking Roto-Rooter. Don't stop until you reach the back of his teeth.” (Again, bully to robyn_ma for guessing Beavis and Butthead Do America.)

12. “Mikey, why don't you tell that nice girl you love her? ‘I love you with all-a my heart, if I don't see-a you again soon, I'm-a gonna die...’ " (The Godfather. Thanks, robyn_ma!)
Whale fluke

“I’ll take ‘Things Only I Know’ For 200, Alex”

If, in the future, I find my life depends on being able to remember who won Best Supporting Actor in 1971, I’d better have my will ready. However, if getting my dream job will only happen if I can recite the tag line for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then I can say, “Bring it on! Oh, and ‘Who will survive and what will be left of them?’ ”

(Though if you think that’s unlikely, I’ve heard of businesses that like their prospective employees to be able to get references to The Big Lebowski.)

The point of this is that last night I won two of three matches I participated in at the IFC Film Fanatic trivia contest held at McMenamin’s Ringler’s pub: me versus three other people armed with buzzers and much movie knowledge. My resulting swag: a T-shirt and a pass for a movie. (On cable. Heh; I don’t even have a TV. So someone among the people I know will get a free film…)

The questions never got too obscure: I was half-expecting the difficulty to be close to that on “Beat the Geeks,” a game show of beauty and glory that used to be on Comedy Central. I didn’t enter at first – I was hungry, and concentrated on getting nourishment (a tomato, pasta and sausage soup, Chinese barbecue pork, and root beer) before putting my name in – but I found from watching that, yes, I would be able to do this contest and not fall flat on my face.

Unless, of course, I choked.

Which I didn’t (I’m sure Stephen King’s going, “Whew, I’m still the Master of Suspense”), so I did respectably. The first win actually kind of snuck up on me: I didn’t realize I was in the lead until the last question appeared, and I saw I had an unbeatable number of points. The MC handed me my prize (the T-shirt, with the Independent Film Channel’s logo for “Film Fanatic Fridays” and images of a ‘70s kung-fu-fighting guy and the lineup from The Usual Suspects) and snuggled it like a plush toy.

I was there by myself, so I didn’t have company or a cheering section, and after my first match I realized I was turning into a too-quiet person when I got seated again – think Andy Kaufman waiting oh so still before singing that one line from the “Theme to Mighty Mouse” (“Here I come to save the day!”) – so I got a little more interactive with the other people watching. Yes, I can talk to strangers. (And if any of those strangers inexplicably saw my talking with them as an opportunity to attack me, I could show them my kung fu. But most of the time, that’s not needed, right?)

I’m headed back tonight; it’s free and it’s fun. And two actual movie critics are set to square off this time, and I want to see that.

(The title is cribbed from artist and Peter David collaborator James Fry, who for instance once drew this. Credit where credit is due, woo hoo!)