Sunday, January 30, 2011

Essential Movie Lines: 2009

When it comes to picking the year's best screenplays, comedies are usually overlooked in favor of heartrending, cry-till-your-kidneys-burst dramas. Too much value is placed on depth and sobriety that we forget how hard it is to come up with a good punchline. Just when we think all is lost,Brüno sashays into our lives and zaps our inner zen. Kudos to scriptwriters Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer and Jeff Schaffer for making crass, deeply offensive jokes slightly bearable. Here's something to remember them by:

Brüno: "So, you were never gay?"
Pastor Jody Trautwein: "Mm-hm."
Brüno: "It's ironic that you should have amazing blowjob lips."
Pastor Jody Trautwein: "These lips were made to praise Jesus!"

Here are more memorable lines from some of 2009's best written movies. Let's start the year with fun and laughter — and, hopefully, less gas.

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Mark: "When my grandfather died, there was one candle next to his bed. And the candle started flickering. We all thought it was him going to Heaven, you know?"
Leo: "You don't pass through fire to get to Heaven. I think he went to Hell."
—from Funny People (screenplay by Judd Apatow)

Lt. Gen. George Miller: "You're beautiful."
Karen Clarke: "Oh, thank you. I'm sure you say that to all the girls."
Lt. Gen. George Miller: "Yes, I do, and some of the soldiers, too."
—from In the Loop (screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando
Iannucci and Tony Roche)

Headmistress: "He's a Jew? You're aware, I take it, that the Jews killed our Lord?"
Jenny: "And you're aware, I suppose, that our Lord was Jewish?"
—from An Education (screenplay by Nick Hornby)

Sam Bell: "You look like a radioactive tampon—like a banana with a yeast infection."
—from Moon (screenplay by Nathan Parker)

Ryan Bingham: "I thought I was a part of your life."
Alex Goran: "You are an escape. You're a break from our normal lives. You're a parenthesis."
Ryan Bingham: "I'm a parenthesis?"
—from Up in the Air (screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner)

30 comments:

Adrian Mendizabal said...

I love this! :)) BRUNO!

Visual Velocity said...

Adrian: Bruno's one crazy bitch, hehe. Can't wait to see Sacha do Freddy Mercury. :D

Adrian Mendizabal said...

Merong bago! wow! Hmmm.. kamusta DVDs?

Visual Velocity said...

Adrian: Take 3! :P Sent you an E-mail.

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

there you go! i was wondering when you were coming out with this post.

and i love up in the air. ang daming winner lines! made me forgive that girl for being on twilight.

Visual Velocity said...

ʎonqʎʇıɔ: Yeah, I almost forgot to post this post, hahah.

Bagay nga si Twilight girl sa role niya sa Up in the Air. Reminds me of Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) from Election. Napanood mo na?

Axel said...

You're beautiful...

and i say this even to men.. lolz!!

Visual Velocity said...

Axel: Panalo di ba? Hahah :D

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

totally! i'ma a big perotta fan. i saw it when i was a kid tapos i had to look for it when i was older para maappreciate ko talaga.

chris klein? mmm...

Visual Velocity said...

ʎonqʎʇıɔ: Acting wise Chris Klein reminds me of Keanu Reeves. He has this "duuuude" look. I mean that in a good way, hehe.

I'm a Perrotta fan too. I have some of his books: Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Election, Joe College, Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher.

He's America's Nicky Hornby. I like his writing. :)

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

yeah, they could be brothers.

i haven't read a lot of his work but the ones i've read, me likey! little children was quite a surprise since i thoroughly enjoyed the old ending. abstinence teacher was also very enjoyable. i hope they make that a movie too.

Visual Velocity said...

ʎonqʎʇıɔ: I haven't read the book when I saw the film version of Perrotta's Little Children. That was good. Wala akong expectations, hehe.

Yung Atonement baligtad. I read the book first, before seeing the movie. Weird, but I like the movie better than the book. McEwan fans will kill me for saying that, hahah

Axel said...

Panalo nga.. hahaha..

Mas magaganda linya sa mga pinoy movies, yun ang iresearch mo.. lolz

Visual Velocity said...

Axel: Good idea! Maka-research nga. Kanina sa bus na nasakyan ko Engteng Kabisote yung pinalabas. Patay tayo jan, haha

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

I always enjoy seeing the movie first. I have no qualms with the producers creating the image for me. That way, I never get disappointed.

There is, of course, the case of the devil wears prada. terrible book.

Visual Velocity said...

ʎonqʎʇıɔ: I haven't seen The Devil Wears Prada yet. Thanks for the warning :D

I saw the documentary on Anna Wintour, though: The September Issue.

Raft3r said...

i read about that nga
si bruno si freddie mercury
oscar gold na yan
hehe

Visual Velocity said...

Raft3r: Bagay di ba? Moustache na moustache pa lang Freddy Mercury na, hehe. Pareho rin sila ng level ng chest hair. :D

Axel said...

ahahaha, sige dun ka magsearch.. may linya akong hindi makalimutan eh, si Mark Lapid ang bida.. may video pa sa youtube yun.. "Sa lahat ng prutas sa Mundo, Saging lang ang may PUSO, saging lang ang may PUSO"...

bwahahaha.. good luck sa paghahanap..

Visual Velocity said...

Axel: Haha, buti pa ang saging may puso. Ako yata malapit na mawalan. Ganito yata pag tumatanda na. lolzs

Axel said...

Ahahaha, hala! bakit ka naman mawawalan ng puso?

Raft3r said...

nyahaha
balbonic ba?

happy weekend, andy!

Visual Velocity said...

Raft3r: Haha, mejo. Amazon rainforest level ng pagka-balbonic. :D

VICTOR said...

Brüno: "It's ironic that you should have amazing blowjob lips."
Pastor Jody Trautwein: "These lips were made to praise Jesus!"

I see no contradiction there. LOL.

Visual Velocity said...

VICTOR: Definitely, although the first one could be a prerequisite of the other one :D

jayclops said...

I would have to say that my favorite line in An Education is - "...boring! Studying is hard and boring. Teaching is hard and boring. So, what you're telling me is to be bored, and then bored, and finally bored again, but this time for the rest of my life? This whole stupid country is bored! There's no life in it, or color, or fun! It's probably just as well the Russians are going to drop a nuclear bomb on us any day now. So my choice is to do something hard and boring, or to marry my... Jew, and go to Paris and Rome and listen to jazz, and read, and eat good food in nice restaurants, and have fun! It's not enough to educate us anymore Ms. Walters. You've got to tell us why you're doing it."

Asan ka pa! hehehe

Visual Velocity said...

jayclops: Nice! Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay, right? I saw his book on sale. Pag balik ko wala na. "How to be Good" is the title. Bagay na bagay sa akin, haha

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Raft3r said...

i have how to be good
bagay nga sayo yon
hehe

Visual Velocity said...

Raft3r: Naka-bili ako ng How to Be Good last week, hehe. Tatlo na Nick Hornby; balak ko sana kumpletuhin lahat ng libro niya. Sira nanaman budget ko nito, lol