31-Days Movie Meme Day #24 & 25 — Fave movie quote & Movie I plan on watching

Day 24 – Quote you use most often

Well, I don’t use it too often, but I guess more often than others: “Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”

I find that I use a lot of quotes from Gladiator a lot, there so many memorable ones as well as one-liners from that movie! In fact, there should be a meme for “Movies with the most memorable quotes”, and that one ought to be on the list. Obviously the ones uttered by Maximus are the most popular (i.e. “What we do in life… echoes in eternity” and the one on this list), but I LOVE this one by Senator Gracchus, not so much the quote itself, though it’s a good one indeed, but more about of the way Derek Jacobi delivered it. It was just… sublime.


And here are five other memorable movie quotes:

  • Batman Begins
    Alfred Pennyworth:
    Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up.
  • Ben-Hur
    Judah Ben-Hur:
    Almost at the moment He died, I heard Him say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
    Esther: Even then.
    Judah Ben-Hur: Even then. And I felt His voice take the sword out of my hand.
  • Multiplicity (one of my comedy guilty pleasure!)
    Doug Kinney – clone #3, referring to clone #4: You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it’s not as sharp as… well… the original.

    Jonny Lee Miller & Frances O’Connor
  • Mansfield Park (one of my favorite period dramas!)
    Edmund Bertram [when asked whether he loved Fannie Price]:
    There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.
  • Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
    Professor Henry Jones: I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky…

    Since it was Sean Connery’s 80th birthday yesterday, I thought it’s fitting to include this awesome scene from that movie in his honor!

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Day 25 – A movie you plan on watching (old or new)

Well, in my recent weekly poster post featuring Woody Allen’s new movie, a few people suggested Purple Rose of Cairo. So that’s what I just received in the mail today. Can’t wait to see it!

A few other ones in my Netflix queue are: The Beat that My Heart Skipped, An Education, Spirited Away (another suggestion from the comments section), V for Vendetta (a great thriller my husband and I want to watch again), and West Side Story (a classic I’m ashamed I haven’t watched. So thanks Andrew for the inspiring me to finally rent it because of this meme post!).

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Well, let’s hear your favorite movie quote(s). I’m sure everyone has at least one.

31 Days Movie Meme Day 20 & 21: Favorite Kiss and Romantic Couple

Another two-fer today, folks, as I’m a bit behind on this 31-days movie meme.

Day 20
Favorite kiss: The train station scene of BBC’s North & South miniseries

Well, as this past Saturday was Richard Armitage’s 39th Birthday, it is fitting to post this very scene, which happens to be one of my favorite movie kiss of all time!


It remains as one of my top 20 favorite scenes and trust me, when you see this movie you’ll understand why. Set in the industrial North in the mid-19th century, the story centers on two characters who couldn’t be more different from each other, Margaret Hale from the South and cotton-mill owner John Thornton. Based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, it’s as romantic and enchanting as they come, definitely topple Pride & Prejudice in my book (sorry Mr. Darcy, but Thornton is my favorite literary romantic hero!). Daniela Denby-Ashe portrayed such a sympathetic heroine miss Hale who finally softens Thornton’s heart. When I watched it for the umpteenth time with my girlfriends, we’re all swooning over the way he looks at her, and the slow, scrumptious kiss framed by the camera so beautifully 🙂 I’ve seen a bazillion romantic period movies, but none had a kiss THIS bewitching!

Day 21
Favorite romantic couple: John Thornton & Margaret Hale, BBC’s North & South

I’ve already listed ten of my all time favorites more than a year ago, as well as my fave unconventionally-romantic movies, but if I have to pick just one, I guess the couple above takes the cake.

A good love story is never contrived or unfaithful, as much as the latter makes for a good drama, it’s not one that usually linger in my mind for long. Slow-burn romance doesn’t get any better than this and trust me, it’s worth the wait!

Well, let’s hear your pick of favorite on-screen kiss and romantic couple!

31 Days Movie Meme Day #13: Favorite animated movie

I grew up watching Disney Princesses flicks, so to this day I always have a fondness for animated movies. Well, as I mentioned in my Films That Define Us post, one of the movies that left a lasting impression on me is Sleeping Beauty. But I’ve grown out of the fairy tale love story stuff and have since embraced pretty much everything Pixar has to offer, hence my top five Pixar characters list.

Suffice to say, it’s virtually impossible to pick just ONE favorite animated flick. As rules are meant to be broken, I’m going to list FIVE of them instead, as I shared in Peter’s Gimme 5 post series:

  1. Sleeping Beauty
    Gorgeous visuals, beautiful music (I still hum Once Upon a Dream from time to time), enchanting story, memorable villain. What else would you ask for? Briar Rose remains my favorite Princess to this day. The quintessential Disney masterpiece I can enjoy for years to come.
  2. Chicken Run
    It’s technically a stop-motion animation using clay figures, I adore the look of the movie. Based on the movie The Great Escape set in WWII POW camp, Ginger and her friends are imprisoned in the Tweedys chicken farm. Well-written and witty, this movie is pure fun and heartwarming. It even makes me feel a bit guilty eating a chicken sandwich afterward 🙂
  3. The Little Mermaid
    I LOVE Ariel! As far as princesses go, she’s by far one of the most relatable as she is like a typical teenager, giggly and naive… and who hasn’t had a major crush on a guy so much you’re willing to give up everything to be with him? I actually had a bit of a crush on Eric, too. Yeah I know he’s a cartoon but that’s how good this movie is! 🙂 Plus, there’s that adorable lobster friend Sebastian. Oh, and the music, especially Kiss the Girl and Under the Sea, absolute classic and downright entertaining!
  4. Beauty & The Beast
    A classic story with a timeless appeal. Disney REALLY upped the ante with this movie, too. The production quality and the dramatic camera movement, especially in the dance sequence in the chandelier-ed ballroom, was at the time, quite innovative and breathtaking to behold. As with any Disney flicks, the supporting characters are fun to watch, but never distracts us from the heart of the love story.
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  5. Wall-E
    I never would’ve thought I’d enjoy a story about a mute little robot working in the trash department in a post-apocalyptic world. But Pixar’s genius is in creating such a sympathetic character that my eyes were hardly dry throughout the entire movie. I don’t just like this movie, I LOVE it. There’s a believable and sweet love story in this, too. Trust me, it’s even more affecting than the human version in a lot of those banal rom-coms!

    Honorable mentions:
    Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Toy Story 3, The Lion King, A Bug’s Life, and all Disney Princesses movies! 🙂

So, what about you? What are some animated movies that tickle your fancy?

31 Days Movie Meme Day #10: Movie I ended up loving

A movie you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving:
Inglourious Basterds

The marvelous IB opening sequence

When the buzz for this movie started even months before it opened, I had no interest whatsoever in seeing it. I’ve never been a Tarantino fan and though I enjoyed Pulp Fiction, I’m not familiar with his work. Plus, Brad Pitt’s mug all over the poster isn’t what I’d consider enticing. But then a girlfriend—whom I thought are more into chick flicks—said how much she enjoyed this movie. My guest blogger and loyal FC reader Mike also raved about it, I mean rave with a capital ‘R,’ marveling about QT’s masterful filming style and how spectacular the opening sequence was.

Needless to say I was intrigued and you know what, they were right. I loved the movie! If you read my glowing review in five parts, clearly I was pleasantly surprised by it. Despite some of the violence and highly suspenseful scenes, I was blown away by the story and the distinctive way it’s presented.

The lethal beauty Shosanna Dreyfus

Though Pitt got top billing, the movie really belongs to Christoph Waltz! He deserved all the kudos for his bravura performance, a perfect mix of menace and whimsy. I just wish French actress Mélanie Laurent had gotten her share of nods as well as her performance was equally amazing. The always-watchable Michael Fassbender also delivered a memorable performance as Lt. Hicox, an English soldier who goes undercover as a German Captain.

In any case, I’m glad I gave the movie a chance. In fact, I was rooting for it to win Best Picture, alas, another movie that didn’t blow me away walked away with the Oscar. Oh well, I stand by this one and out of the 10 Oscar nominees last year, Inglourious Basterds is definitely one I wouldn’t mind watching again.

31 Days Movie Meme Day #7: Least favorite movie by a favorite actor

You should know by now how I feel for Gerard Butler and the answer without a doubt is: The Ugly Truth

When I sort of reviewed it last November, I said it wasn’t atrocious. Well, I was being overly kind as the more I think about it, the movie really was bad with a capital B. It’s one of those project of ‘only a mother could love,’ which I’m guessing would be painful for even Gerry Butler’s mother to watch! I don’t mind so much that GB  had chipmunk cheeks the entire time or that his eight-pack abs from 300 was gone, as I’ve always thought of him as more than a pretty face and a hard body. But there’s hardly a cringe-free moment watching this movie, mostly the fault of such an inept script and totally uninspired directing. Seriously, after Monster In-Law and THIS, I don’t know how Aussie director Robert Luketic is still getting any work! Don’t even get me started with the Barbie doll that is Katherine Heigl, suffice it to say I won’t watch any more movie of hers if I can help it. This movie should come with a label: For die-hard fans only. As I’m not willing to die for any actor or anything remotely close it, I won’t even recommend this to anyone (well, maybe only those I don’t like so much, ha!). Well, at least the teaser poster was pretty clever, even if it isn’t wholly original.

[Dis]honorable mention: The Bounty Hunter
Another blond co-star, same vapid flick. It’ll remain the movie that sparked my open letter to the Scottish actor.

31 Days Movie Meme: Day 5 » A Movie I Loathe

For housekeeping and usability purposes, I’ve started a 31-Days Movie Meme category on my right sidebar so you have easy access to view the others.

Today’s meme is an easy one but I’m going to keep it short as I don’t feel like wasting too much time thinking about it. There are countless of bad movies, but Ghost Rider stood out even amongst them. It should’ve been re-named Ghastly Rider.

Ok, now why do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways:

  • Nic Cage’s horrible haircut (ok now, you might argue that it’s his ‘trademark’ but I still!), not to mention the same, tired expression he’s recycled too many times. I guess when you want to star in every movie you could possibly fit into your schedule, you’re going to be running out of ways to express… well, anything.
  • Not only is Cage not scary or even menacing at all as a ‘hell-blazing vigilante,’ he doesn’t seem to be having much fun doing it, which obviously is contagious to people watching him!
  • Peter Fonda’s sleepwalking throughout the whole movie. You think Nic Cage was bad? I don’t think Fonda even bothered to make an effort that someone paid him to y’know, act when the director yelled ‘action!’ Don’t even get me started with Eva Mendez, who’s aware (perhaps too aware) of her sole purpose to be the eye candy for the fanboys.
  • This atrocity gives ‘a movie based on a comic book’ a bad name. What’s even more shameful is a sequel is reportedly in the works, ugh!
  • Preposterous, ludicrous [insert similar adjective here] plot I can’t even begin to list ’em. The idea of a comic book superhero movie is for you to cheer on the hero when he appears on screen, but when the flaming skeleton-headed thing-y shows up with his damned chain whip, you wish he accidentally chokes himself with it. That just might be the saving grace of it all.

I’m not even sure why we had rented the movie, but if you’re lucky enough not having seen it yet, consider yourself warned. Nic, oh Nic, I used to like the guy, and despite what people say, he’s really not a bad actor. But sheesh, even amongst a bunch of his other crap-fest he’s been churning up the last decade, he stoops super low with this one.

31 Days Movie Meme: Day 4 » A Movie That Always Make Me Laugh

Day 4 topic of the 31-Days Movie Meme is a movie that always make me laugh. The one movie that never fails to get me hurling on the floor laughing is an old classic  of mine. I first saw it with my family in Jr High or so, but to this day, my love and fascination for it never waver.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Rarely has the voice-over narration got so much laugh for its sheer witticism and hilarity. At the beginning of the movie, the narrator contrast the life of the bushmen and those in a metropolitan city, I love how they poke fun the latter and make it look like a documentary.

Only 600 miles to the south, there’s a vast city. And here you find civilized man. Civilized man refused to adapt himself to his environment; instead, he adapted his environment to suit him. So he built cities, roads, vehicles, machinery, and he put up power lines to run his labour-saving devices. But somehow he didn’t know where to stop. The more he improved his surroundings to make life easier, the more complicated he made it. So now his children are sentenced to 10-15 years of school, just to learn how to survive in this complex and hazardous habitat they were born into. And civilized man, who refused to adapt to his surroundings, now finds he has to adapt and re-adapt every hour of the day to his self-created environment. For instance, if it’s Monday and 7:30 comes up, you have to dis-adapt from your domestic surroundings and re-adapt yourself to an entirely different environment. 8:00 means everybody has to look busy. 10:30 means you can stop looking busy for 15 minutes. And then you have to look busy again. And so your day is chopped into pieces, and in each segment of time you adapt to a new set circumstances. No wonder some people go off the rails a bit…

“No wonder some people go off the rails a bit…” How true! I saw this over a decade ago but I find myself still quoting from this movie:  “It’s really an interesting psychological phenomenon…” or my personal favorite “ayayayayay” 😀

All of the characters are hilarious: The anthropologist Mr. Steyn (“I collect manure…”), Xi the Bushman, and Steyn’s BFF Mpudi, I can’t pick a favorite as I love them all! The narration is so well-written and they find the most amusing way to describe the most mundane thing we see every day, as they’re seen from the point-of-view of the Bushman. One of them is when describing Steyn’s jeep driving past Xi as he’s resting on the ground: “One day, a very noisy animal rushed past where Xi was sleeping. It left very peculiar tracks, as if two enormous snakes had slithered past.” But more than just funny for funny sake, the movie’s also quite poignant and the message of appreciation for life is still relevant to this day even if the depiction of the Bushmen is no longer accurate.

I had to include this scene in my Top 20 Favorites, but the movie is chock-full of uproariously funny scenes.

If you’re ever in the lookout for a good, clean, fun comedy, I highly recommend this one!