I missed it, but last night there was a show on that counted down AFI’s Top 100 Movies Quotes of all time. Scrolling through them just now, I noted that all the ones you’d expect to be there are there: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,” was at number one, but there’s also “Show me the money!” and “Houston, we have a problem,” and “There’s no crying in baseball!” Can I just express how happy I am that “No one puts baby in the corner,” made the list at number 98? Thank you.
The thing is, not many of the quotes I love from movies made the list. Not that I expected them to. My favorites tend to be a little more obscure, or maybe not as important to someone else. For instance, I quote “The Birdcage,” constantly in my everyday life. “When the schencken beckons!” and “He can’t do that while I’m SINGING!” I think most of my favorites make no sense out of context, but the thing is I don’t care, because they make sense to me. Like, “Kind of snuck up on you, didn’t it? “No. You drove us here.” That’s from Grosse Point Blank, as is “Ten years! Ten! Ten years!” See? If you haven’t seen the movie, means nothing to you. I also love “I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen,” as well as “Your looks have become a problem!” (My Cameron Crowe addiction is, by now, obvious.) That’s the great thing about movies, though, and books and songs as well: what strikes a chord with you, and has meaning, won’t necessarily do the same for someone else. That’s what the connection is all about. So scrolling through that list, I wasn’t just thinking about the quotes themselves, but where I was and what I was doing, who I was with, when I saw that movie, if I saw that movie. The quote begins in that context on the screen, but can end up meaning a million other things, all depending on where you take it with you. Which is just so nice.
This is my last entry for a little while, as I’m taking a few days off for my first real vacation in…oh, I just don’t even know how long. How sad is that? Before I go though, I feel compelled to share one last thing, which I have so completely enjoyed over the last few days I can’t even tell you. Every time I get a little low, I click on this link and it cheers me up. I have zeisgeist to thank for it (thank you, Lara!). Say it with me: Rick! Rick! Rick!