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Top Five Tuesday: Quotable Movies

You know those movies that you just can’t help quoting, even if no one in the room knows what you are talking about? Yeah, me too. 

The following are my top five, in no particular order:

  1. The Blues Brothers
  2. The Fifth Element
  3. The A-Team
  4. Labyrinth
  5. The Rock

OK, I lied. There is one that is far and away my number one quotable movie:

So what are your top five? If you want to be extra ambitious, tell us your favorite quotes too!

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1. The Princess Bride (“As you wish.”)
2. Steel Magnolias (“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”)
3. Finding Nemo (“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”)
4. Serenity (Am I the first one to namecheck this movie? How can that be possible? Oh wait there it is – Holla PileofMonkeys!)
5. Office Space

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Help, Help, I’m being oppressed!) I quote pretty heavily from Flying Circus too. (I wanted to be… a Lumberjack!)

2. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (We thought you was a toad!)

3. Casablanca (This may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.)

4. Star Trek IV (A keyboard. How quaint.)

5. Labyrinth (Nothing? Nothing? Nothing tra la la?)

OBVIOUSLY, So I Married an Axe Murderer is probably #1. Sara B and I have had entire conversations with just quotes from that movie,

Also: Anchorman, Serenity, Heathers, Mean Girls, Labyrinth, and Star Wars.

I’m feeling like a terrible Jew today because I’m not observing Yom Kippur. I only do it occasionally, but I always feel guilty when I don’t. Jews: we taught the Catholics how to guilt.

The Princess Bride (possibly the most quotable film ever?), 10 Things I Hate About  You (“What’s another word for ‘engorged’?”, “Can I get a prophylactic over here?”, “I’m down, I’ve got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don’t care how dope his ride is. Mama didn’t raise no fool.”), Anchorman.

Also TV-wise I quote liberally from Father Ted and my sister and I are, I think, the only people in the world who converse entirely in Scrap Saturday quotes.

I have zero memory for movies.  When I start watching a screen my long term memory shuts down. I can’t tell you even the last movie I saw was (and it was probably less than 2 weeks ago) and if you reminded me, I still wouldn’t be able to tell you how it ended.

But.  The Princess Bride!  I know every word.  Anybody want a  peanut?

I hope for forgiveness for anyone I’ve done wrong by or offended here, remembered or forgotten, this year. If you observe the Yom Kippur fast, may your fast be easy. /Religious

I had a dude comment on my Yom Kippur Facebook post telling me to “trust Jesus”. Normally I’d just delete because it’s kinda rage inducing when I reference being Jewish and having a Christian who doesn’t get it say something like that. But today I did the “I know you have good intentions, but I’m jewish and this is a holy day, so that was kind of offensive. I know you won’t do it again, so I’m going to try to forgive and not take offense” thing. He responded that he was sorry and that he wasn’t listening to g-d closely enough. I think he meant that he doesn’t think he should have done it, or that g-d wouldn’t be happy with him for having said what he did? IDK. I’m just pleased and shocked he didn’t get all huffy. I’m also working hard to forgive it, but I really needed to share the frustration.

I’m pretty sure some of you other non-christian peeps have had similar comments/have similar stories to tell. Anyone care to share? This is interfaith-and–non-faith-inclusive ask, of course, because I know a number of my atheist and agnostic friends who have had similar stories.

Ugh, what a fucking tool. At least he had the wits to realize he was in the wrong. I still feel like giving him some side eye for saying that he “wasn’t listening to g-d” closely enough. I *think* my reaction is because I don’t like it when people cite religious reasons for behaving morally in situations where you could look at it as “don’t be an asshole.” I know that religion is important to a lot of people, and people’s morals are informed by what they believe (religious beliefs or not), but do we have to go to GOD with this?

Maybe I’m overreacting to it. I can see how it would be a reasonable response, because he said offensive things “in the name of g-d.” So, if he realized he wasn’t doing right by g-d, it makes sense. I don’t know. Something about it still bothers me, and I’m not sure I’m adequately expressing why.

I’ve also got a crapton of stories like this. I just love how some people take me saying “I am an atheist” as an invitation to interrogate me on why I believe what I believe, with “arguments” that try to defend Christianity. Not that I said anything against Christianity. To those people, the existence of such a person like me (or even a religious person who is not Christian, sometimes), I’m a threat simply by thinking what I think.

The *only* fun thing about those times is, since I’ve read a lot of crap and I’ve discussed atheism, beliefs, and religion a LOT, usually I get to run circles around their haphazard arguments as to why I shouldn’t believe what I believe.

I’d still prefer a friendly, amicable, and respectful discussion over that any day, but at least I get the satisfaction of proving an ignorant person wrong.


I also wish you a good Yom Kippur. My boyfriend (who doesn’t observe often) is going to be observing today/tomorrow. I *think* he doesn’t do more than the apologizing part. I don’t remember since he only does it every couple years. I’ll have to pay more attention.

5. Mean Girls
“Boo, you whore”
4. The Princess Bride
“You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
“I want you.  I need  you.  Oh baby, oh baby.”
2. A League of Their Own
“It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.”
1. Casablanca
Seriously.  Every single line in Casablanca.

Oh, thank goodness!  I have been refreshing the page in hopes an open thread would turn up.

So here is the background:

I have a very old friend who really was a family friend – good friend of my sister’s, lost her virginity to my brother, I stood up for her at her wedding, etc.  She had a much older sister who I spent years and years babysitting for.  An amazing family and so much fun and they were a huge part of my life growing up, I literally would spend summers out at their place.

Well, the niece, I’ll call her Jane (who I started babysitting when she was about 2 and she is now 24), just finally came out to the family.  Here’s the thing though, somewhere along the way, the majority of the family have become born again Christians.  Sigh.  Can everyone see where this is going?

So her aunt, my friend, tells me this over FB and how poorly it is going with the family.  Aunt at least is doing her best to be a good loving Christian and support her – hate the sin and not the sinner, Jesus still loves her.  However, of course now Jane is going to hell and the family is devastated about her eternal life because obviously this means Jane is going to hell.

I just kept repeating that I was so happy for Jane and kept beating the dead horse about how scared and lonely and confused she must have felt for all of these years and worried about rejection, etc. etc.

We had a long talk about how Jane is going to hell and her eternal life is ruined.  Sigh.  Jane’s sister, who is something else, is being completely irrational about it – says Jane is no longer allowed to be around her daughter who is 2, Jane is a liar, blah blah blah.  I mentioned to my friend, lest ye be judged, he who is without sin, anything i could remember and kept telling my friend how thankful I was that Jane had her to be her ally and support.

I asked if I could FB Jane (we’re friends) but my friend said not yet, she should tell Jane she told me first.

I just feel so bad for her.  How the f@ck does this kind of intolerance still exist in the 21st century???  It’s funny, usually that kind of intolerance is just on the news for me.  I mean, my family is pretty great, I choose to spend my time with like minded people so I forget I could know any bigots.

Ugh.  Any thoughts on what I could say?

Fucking hell. That’s awful.

I think just mentioning your support for her decision to come out, even the face of ostracization, will help. Just being there, letting her know she has someone family-related she can turn to, that might do wonders.

Also: the “hate the sin but not the sinner” sends me into BROOKLYN RAGE!

Er…that video is probably only funny if you grew up on Yu-Gi-Oh like I did. Or saw the Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged series, which is a parody of the (dubbed) original…which produced the Brooklyn Rage.

That’s too much explanation.


I would likely FB the niece anyway, without waiting for the OK by Jane. She probably needs all the support she can get right now if her family is reacting this way. Maybe start with something like: I hope you don’t mind that Jane told me, but I just wanted to say *something wonderful and supportive here*. She might be past having to do a lot of processing about being gay, but now she has to process that in relation to her family- which sounds like it’s going to be rough. Having a sounding board that knows both parties might be a really great thing for her right now.

No particular order top 5:

Anchorman (or almost any Will Ferrell movie)
Princess Bride
Napoleon Dynamite
The Big Lebowski
runners up: Stick It, Braveheart

Gotta say, this was harder than I thought it would be- I think I quote more TV shows than movies…
p.s. It will be my birthday in one hour and my point ranking just turned to Queen of the Underworld. This pleases me.

I quote SO many movies all the time; I have no idea which are actually the top five. Best guesses:

1. Airplane! (and Airplane 2, since I can barely remember which one some of the lines come from)
2. PCU
3. The Princess Bride
4. Spaceballs (really, all the Mel Brooks movies)
5. Star Wars

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