So I understand the Moonshine Grid is intended for fluff pieces or the entries to the Weekly Writing Challenge that are deemed unworthy. I am proud to report I did not have such an entry this week as I chose to eschew the process. Sometimes the germ of an idea just isn’t there.
But never fear I had a good one for the regular Moonshine schedule and thought I would spend a bit of time mapping it out. My choice for subject is a list of my favorite movie quotes.
“The sleeper has awakened!” Dune (1984) Kyle MacLachlan plays the main character, the sleeper who will lead his people to victory. This was one of my favorite sci-fi movies of my teen years.
“Thanks nice lady!” Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Jackie Gleason was one of the most hilarious lawmen I have ever enjoyed watching on screen. While I tired of the way they used the character in the subsequent sequels I felt he was spot on as the southern sheriff trailing Burt Reynolds across the gulf states in this madcap movie. The particular quote comes from a scene where a woman at a restuaraunt follows him out to remove a trial of toilet paper from his heel.
“And here we go!” The Dark Knight (2008) Heath Ledger’s iconic turn as the Joker provided tone of quotable lines. “Why So Serious” is another and his impact to the darkness and richness of this movie cannot be overstated.
“Oh you have no idea!” The Dark Knight (2008) Michael Caine played Bruce Wayne;’s butler, Alfred< in all three of the Christopher Nolan directed movies of the Dark Knight trilogy. In particular the quote I like is when Harvey Dent asks him if Rachel Dawes has any jealous ex-boyfriends he should know about.
“May the odds be ever in your favor!” The Hunger Games (2012) This quote is deleivered by several characters, but it is one of those phrases that will become iconic with time, especially since there will be four movies in this franchise.
“The force will be with you, always!” Star Wars (1977) How in the world could you have a list of famous movie quotes and not have this? Star Wars forever changed the genre of science fiction and perhaps movies as well with the groundbreaking set of movies. When Alec Guiness uttered these words he began a never ending recitation of one of the most favorite quotes of all time.
“Patience, Daniel-san!” Karate Kid (1984) Pat Morita was just a few years removed from his goofball turn as Arnold on Happy Days when he assumed the role of the mysterious Myagi, karate instructor to Ralph Macchio’s Daniel in Karate Kid. I left out the Wax On, Wax Off quote although it is memorable as well.
“Well of course you are!” Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Sean Connery’s final turn as James Bond before the misadventure called Never Say Never saw him as a wisened James Bond delaing with treacherous agents in Las Vegas. This particular quote was in response to a Bond Girl telling him her name was Plenty O’Toole.
One of my sons is named Daniel, so I use Daniel-san a lot.
I LOVE “Dune.” So cool, on so many levels. Plus Sting in a thoroughly unnecessary leather speedo situation.
I love all of those movies! May the force be with you!
Star Wars is so quotable…
“Father! The sleeper has awakened!” Yeah! I think I must have watched that movie more than all the other movies I’ve ever seen in my life combined!
I always say the Hunger Games quote now. It’s weaseled its way in. lol
Not unworthy, necessarily, but for those willing to rewrite and draft again with the acknowledgement we rarely get it right the first time. Thanks for hanging out on the moonshine this weekend.