We have favorite movies we’ve seen so many times we use lines from the movies in conversation. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” is a great example. Whenever a situation creates a big problem, the line fits.
“Jaws” has been part of our family since our kids were young. Summer isn’t really summer until we watch Quint, the Chief, and Hooper fighting against the massive shark attempting to eat everyone on Amity Island.
“It’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open, and we have caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some bathers. And as you know, Amity means friendship.” Mrs. Kintner doesn’t agree with the mayor’s assessment when she slaps the police chief across the face. The shark doesn’t agree, either.
Another great summer movie is “The Way Way Back.” Steve Carell steps out of his usual nice-guy persona to become an absolute jerk, named Trent, who is an abusive, mean, self-centered bully. Trent is the boyfriend of a mom played by Toni Collette who has a thirteen-year-old son, named Duncan, who suffers from Trent’s continual jabs.
Duncan is befriended by waterpark manager, Owen (Sam Rockwall), who gives him a job at the park and teaches him to believe in himself. Duncan becomes the star of the park and beams with new confidence. Owen eventually steps between Duncan and his abuser, Trent. Thankfully, Duncan’s mother finally wakes up. It’s a terrific feel-good movie. (Sam Rockwall may be best known for his portrayal of “Wild Bill” in “The Green Mile.”)
One of our favorite movies is “Dan in Real Life,” with Steve Carell playing Dan Burns, a columnist and widower with three girls. Dan accidentally meets and almost instantly falls in love with a girl he meets at a bookstore. He doesn’t learn she is his brother’s girlfriend until she shows up at his parents’ home where everyone is gathered for Thanksgiving.
Do you recognize these lines? “Everyone in this house needs to calm down and eat some fruit or something.” “I don’t want any of you spending time alone with Tracy Abernathy.” The two lines are from another of our all-time favorite movies. Since it came out in 2002, I’ll bet we’ve watched it twenty times. It actually has a great theme of redemption. (“Signs”.)
Another movie we love watching is, “RED.” RED stands for Retired-Extremely-Dangerous. Bruce Willis is Frank Moses, John Malkovich is Marvin, Morgan Freeman is Joe, Helen Mirren is Victoria. All are former CIA agents. John Malkovich, who is very good at portraying psychotic characters, is incredibly funny in this film. At the end of the movie, just after shooting someone, Marvin asks, “Do you wanna go get pancakes?”
Here’s a great line from an oldie: “Can anyone tell me how a man dressed up as a bat gets all my press?! This town needs an enema!” (The original “Batman”.)
I love listening to music. My favorite genres are country, 60s-70s, and old classics by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong et al. Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett are the greatest.
I don’t know how songwriters come up with some of their lyrics. “He was hellbent to find the man behind all the whiskey scars I hid. I never thought my day of justice would come from a judge under a seat…” Incredible. (“Wait in the Truck” – songwriters Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair.)
“…Too many moonlight kisses seem to cool in the warmth of the sun.” Has any better lyric ever been written? (“When I Fall in Love”, songwriters Edward Heyman, Victor Young.)
“Until the twelfth of never, I’ll still be loving you.” Oh, my gosh. (“The Twelfth of Never”, songwriters Paul Webster, Jerry Livingston.)
“To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars…” Wow. (“I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, songwriters Douglass Cross, George C. Cory Jr.)
While I’m writing this post, in case you’re wondering, my Earl Klugh Pandora Radio station is playing in my earbuds.
Earbuds. Whoever heard of such a thing? Sounds like some kind of flower.