Movie Quote of the Week – 4/1/16 (500th Post)

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Answer to MWL 3/30/16: Sherman Schrader (Jonah Hill) – Accepted

Bartleby: [Sees Schrader in distance] Oh, no.
Schrader: [In the distance] Ask me about me wiener!
Bartleby: What the…
Schrader: Ask me about my wiener! [Bartleby and Monica walk towards Schrader] Oh, hey, B. And Monica.
Monica: Hey.
Bartleby: Why… Why are you wearing this?
Schrader: Every single brother in my fraternity has worn this suit. President James Garfield wore this suit like a gentleman.
Bartleby: Oh, yeah, and look what happened to him. He got assassinated by Charles Guiteau. Don’t ask me how I know that.
Schrader: Do me a favor, ask me about my wiener really quickly.
Bartleby: Schrader, no.
Schrader: Guys, my brothers could be watching me right now. Just ask me about my wiener, please.
Bartleby: Why are you doing this?
Schrader: What do you mean?
Bartleby: Come on. You’re… This… You’re humiliating yourself buddy.
Schrader: You know what, B, don’t mess with me! These are the happiest times of my life, all right? I’m so happy, I’m the happiest. I’m happy! [Runs off, chasing another student] Hey! Ask me about my wiener!

When I was composing this post, I noticed that my post count was 499. That would make this my 500th post! It may not be the pomp and circumstance that such a milestone deserves, but to celebrate, here is another one of my favorite quotes from Accepted, said by Glen (Adam Herschman).

Glen: Oh, hey, guys.
Bartleby: Hey, what’s up, Glen?
Schrader: Hey, Glen, when did you start working at the Quick ‘n Stop?
Glen: Since I got boned, hard, by every college I applied to.
Bartleby: Why? What happened?
Glen: Some political crap. I got a zero on my SATs.
Schrader: You know you get 600 points just for signing your name, right?
Glen: [Chuckles, then stops and groans]

I wish I would have noticed sooner so I could have done something a little bigger (and chosen a different, more fitting quote). Oh, well. At least the milestone landed on this week’s Quote and not its MWL. That would have been awkward…

Anyway,  if it weren’t for all of you, I wouldn’t have made it through 500 posts, so I want you to join in on the celebration.  For the last year and a half, I have been telling you some of my favorite movie quotes on a weekly basis. We all have our personal favorites. You’ve heard many of mine and now I want to hear some of yours.  What are some of your favorite movie quotes?

Now all that is left of this party is to dance!

Thanks for everyone’s continued support over the last 500 posts. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what the next 500 bring. Cheers!

Movie Quote of the Week – 10/10/14

Answer to 10/8/14 MWL: Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) – 21 Jump Street

Hardy: Do you even know the Miranda Rights?
Jenko: Yes.
Hardy: Let’s here them then.
Jenko: You got a lot of stuff to do.
Hardy: No, go ahead. Are you going anywhere, Schmidt? You’ve got time.
Schmidt: I had a thing but I could probably push it back.
Hardy: Go ahead. It’s four declamatory sentences followed by a question for a total of 57 words.
Jenko: Uh, ok. It obviously starts with ‘You have the right to remain silent.’ I know you’ve heard this before. And then, um, I think it sounds something like, uh…
Schmidt: [Under his breath] You have the right to an attorney.
Jenko: Yea, oh, right. You have the right to remain an attorney.
Hardy: Did you say that ‘you have to right to be an attorney?’
Schmidt: You do have the right to be an attorney if you want to.

The following people answered correctly:
emmakwal (explains it all)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer #2

Official Synopsis: It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

The more I see of this movie, the more excited I get.  How to Train Your Dragon 2‘s other full trailer focuses on Hiccup’s relationship with Toothless and the dragons that occupy Burk.  This one shifts the focus to his mother and her dragons.  You can never go wrong with dragons, so it will be cool to see the original varieties along side those introduced in the sequel, especially the large ice dragon.  Like I mentioned about the other trailer, as far as the humor is concerned, so far so good – “I’ll bloody my face with his fist if he tries to take my dragon.” Drago is still not seen very much, which is good because it keeps the mystery around him.  And come on, Hiccup has a fire sword!  This summer has plenty of movies I can’t wait to see and How to Train Your Dragon 2 is at the top of my list.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters June 13, 2014.  Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprise their roles from How to Train Your Dragon, along with Djimon Hounsou, as Drago, and Cate Blanchett, as Valka.HowToTrainYourDragon2_group

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer

Official Synopsis: The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

I have only recently seen How to Train Your Dragon, but that doesn’t mean I am any less excited for its sequel.  The animation of the first film was amazing, and this looks as gorgeous as ever.  We saw the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless develop previously, and they have clearly grown even closer, but I don’t think it will be a big focus this time around.  I am more interested to see how the relationship between Hiccup and Astrid has developed since the end of the last film.  Even just in this trailer, it seems much of the comedic elements (both dialog and Toothless’ actions) that made Dragon so enjoyable is retained.  A good sequel raises the stakes, and this appears to do just that.  Drago seems like a worthy threat to not just the dragons, but all of Berk.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters June 13, 2014.  Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprise their roles from How to Train Your Dragon.  They are joined by new comers Djimon Hounsou, as Dragon, and Cate Blanchett, as Valka.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 movie poster

22 Jump Street Trailer

Official Synopsis: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

21 Jump Street was a surprise hit for me.  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill had good chemistry, so any time to see them on screen together, I’m in.  It looks like a lot of the humor that made the first one so enjoyable is still there, which is a good sign.  One of the ongoing gags was Hill and Tatum looked too old for high school, and that gag continues here as well.  But I’m not sure if it will hold up the way it did before.  In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing this next summer.

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube, 22 Jump Street hits theaters June 13, 2014.

How to Train Your Dragon Review

How To Train Your Dragon movie posterSynopsis
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) aspires to be a dragon hunter like his dad, Stoick (Gerard Butler), and his fellow vikings. But when he discovers an injured dragon, the two become unlikely friends and discovers that there is much more to dragons than he expected.

Review
When my friend told me How to Train Your Dragon was probably the best animated movie ever made, my reply was, “That’s a bold statement.” I mean, how can you beat the heart of Toy Story or the cleverness of Shrek? But he insisted. After finally watching it, I must say he isn’t far off. It’s not the best animated movie in my opinion, but it is definitely up there as one of my favorites.

First off, the film starts with a bang. The opening scene does well to both set up the conflict between the vikings and the dragons, as well as introduce all the main characters. It’s a giant set piece that would give most action movie openings a run for their money. There are explosions. Lots and lots of explosions.

The producers could not have picked a better voice cast for Dragon. Baruchel’s dry tone and sarcasm fit with his character perfectly. Butler was born to play a viking. He does fantastic as both the tough dragon slayer and the loving father. Other voices include Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, and Kristen Wiig.

Mintz-Plasse’s character, Fishlegs, is large and round, the complete opposite of what you would expect from his voice. Fishlegs is the dragon guru, and rambles off stats Dungeons and Dragons style. Miller and Wiig play the twins Tuffnut and Ruffnut, respectively, who attempt to out-annoy each other. Ferrera voices Astrid, a girl trying to prove she is just as tough as the boys. And Snotlout, played by Hill, spends the entire movie to to impress Astrid. My favorite, though, is Fergurson’s Gobber, the one-armed, one-legged teacher who believes that trolls “steal your socks, but only the left one.”

With an ensemble of great comedic actors, it’s only natural that the dialog would be funny, too. The best stuff happens when this group is all together and they can riff off each other. They come of with some pretty clever banter. But what is even more impressive is the movie’s use of visual gags. When one of your two main characters is a mute dragon, it can be difficult to crack jokes. But Dragon proves that you don’t need words to be funny.

Animation technology is continually progressing, and it is important for animation studios to adapt and improve along with it. With that said, this film is one of the best looking animated features I have seen. What sets it apart from previous animated movies is the attention to detail and the use of lighting. Contrasts are utilized very effectively, really giving a sense of depth.

On a quick note, the score, composed by John Powell, is amazing. It adds that extra touch to an already awesome film.

If I were to have one gripe with the film, it would be the father-son dynamic between Stoick and Hiccup has been used over and over in film. Stoick is the tough dad who has a soft spot for his son; Hiccup is the physically weak kid who tries to follow in his father’s footsteps but fails to keep up with the high expectations from being his son. This is the driving force for countless movies and their success has been varied. Dragons, however, utilized this cliché to great effect, so I can’t knock it too hard.

Anyone who enjoys animated movies should check out How to Train Your Dragon. A great cast, amazing animation, and funny dialog and visual gags makes this film one of the best animated films of the last few years.

Rating
5/5