Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Caffeine withdrawal

Aren't you glad you all get to go through it with me? Tomorrow I'll try to counter it by drinking chai sometime during the day, but today it was all juice, chocolate milk, and flavored water.

Symptom #1: Memes! I've been studiously ignoring those who have tagged me, but today I surrender to Doc Thelma.

1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and post the answer along with who guessed it.
5. No Googling or using IMDb search functions. You're on your honor.
6. One movie guess at a time. Give people a chance to guess before you steal all of the glory. (I'm looking at you, Paul, aka Oscar pool winner)

1. The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts. Paul shoots and scores. Lawrence of Arabia. C'mon, y'all -- I know it wasn't the easiest quote, but everybody I've ever met more than twice knows that's my favorite movie. That's a gimme.

2. Nobody's perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you. Paul again, with Days Of Heaven. Are the rest of you going to just sit around and let him pick these off one by one?

3. She can't act, she can't sing, she can't dance. A triple threat. Victor roars in to take this one -- Singin' In The Rain.

4. If you've got the bond the bond is always there, and if you have to lie occasionally you're not going to interfere with the bond. Paul rounds out the contest by getting this quote from Defending Your Life, which Noel and I quote often -- and bonus points for explaining why it's a classic Albert Brooks comedic trope.

5. Well if they are, they're cracking. It's a sure sign. Nobody starts to fight foul until he sees he can't win any other way. Victor again -- The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp.

6. Congress is composed of five hundred and thirty-five individuals. Two hundred and eighty-eight are lawyers. Paul strikes again. This is Nashville, one of my favorite soundbites blared out from Hal Phillip Walker's campaign van.

7. Now the stated U.S. policy is to aid those black ants opposing the red ants in hopes of restoring democracy, and to impede the red ants from assisting their red ant comrades in neighboring ant colonies. Victor for the trifecta: Barcelona. I would have used Chris Eigeman's subsequent line, "Those red ants were bad news," but it wasn't on the IMDB.

8. I didn't want to be born. You didn't want me to be born either. It was a calamity on both sides. A struggle to the death has emerged between Victor and Paul -- and Victor gets this one. Now, Voyager (on reflection, I should have given the famous line "Don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars," since that might have allowed some non-professionals to play along.

9. Miss Huberman is first, last, and always not a lady. She may be risking her life, but when it comes to being a lady, she doesn't hold a candle to your wife, sitting in Washington, playing bridge with three other ladies of great honor and virtue. Paul may have known this before the hint (didja, Paul?). It's Notorious.

10. I don't know what the church's official position is on fornication and adultery these days, and I felt really hypocritical not saying anything to you about it before, but... what is the official position these days? Paul nails it -- You Can Count On Me. (Even Noel didn't get this one until I fed him the next line: "Well ... it's a sin.")


Paul C. said...

OK, I'll behave...

10. "Well... it's a sin..." YOU CAN COUNT ON ME.

And hey, didn't even realize I came in first. Guess that's what happens when you guess both Cotillard and Swinton.

Jenn said...

I'm a bad movie guesser. Though, I may have never seen the movies listed, since I'm terrible at watching movies.

Good luck on the caffeine withdrawals...

Paul C. said...

Well, if nobody else seems to want to play, I'll do one a day as long as I can. Today's guess:


I think I'll do one of these on my blog as well. I'll be sure not to use any final lines, consider I need to save all of those for Famous Last Words over on Screengrab.

Paul C. said...

Not only is #9 from a Hitchcock film- it's from my FAVORITE Hitchcock film. That's be Notorious, by the way.

Be back tomorrow, unless Scott T. comes out of hiding before that time.

Anonymous said...

Three I recognize quickly: #3 is from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, about Lina Lamont; #5 is from the Archers' THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP; and #7 is from Whit Stillman's BARCELONA.

Anonymous said...

Shoot ... I'm sorry Donna, I didn't see the 6th stipulation. Oh well ... I could only have managed 10 and 9 also if I had the quiz all to myself. And 1 just came to me. I'll be quiet.

Paul C. said...

I did know it, actually.

I also knew that #1 was Lawrence of Arabia, since I knew that was your favorite and I figured that would be on the list somewhere. IIRC, he's talking about extinguishing the match with his fingers.

Paul C. said...

Jumping the gun on my one-per-day plan, but now that I have competition it seems necessary.

6. Nashville

And yes, Christmas has always smelled like oranges to me.

Victor said...

Jumping the gun on my one-per-day plan, but now that I have competition it seems necessary.

Well if it is, you're cracking. It's a sure sign. Nobody starts to fight foul until he sees he can't win any other way.

[[Note the time stamp, Paul]]]

#8 is NOW, VOYAGER ... which I wouldn't have gotten without the hint, but still ...

Paul C. said...

Well, if you're going to be like that...

4. Defending Your Life

Classic Albert Brooks reasoning if I ever heard it. He's not necessarily wrong, but when it puts it into words like that it sounds pretty shifty. Which is of course what makes it funny.

Paul C. said...

In case you want to play, I've posted ten of my own over on my film blog. Unfortunately, someone already got the Powell quote I included for you.