March 1, 2008

Movie Quote Quiz

Posted in memes, movies at 1:44 pm by berzerkeleyan

I’ve been tagged by Christina.

Instructions: Look up 15 of your favorite films on IMDb and take a quote from each. List them below. When someone guesses the quote correctly, cross it off the list. Leave a comment with your answers. And NO CHEATING.

I’ll post answers in a week if there are any leftovers. Though I doubt it.

UPDATE: I can’t wait any longer. The answers to the quotes that haven’t been guessed are below.

  1. “Well, which is it, young feller? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground? Mean to say, if’n I freeze, I can’t rightly drop. And if’n I drop, I’m a-gonna be in motion.” (fridge)
  2. “This underwear feels kinda sexy. That don’t make me queer, right?” (vmh)
  3. “Fuck Martha Stewart! Martha’s polishing the brass on the Titanic. It’s all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and Strinne green stripe patterns.”
    Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) of “Fight Club” (1999) convincing Edward Norton’s character that material obsession in the modern world is pointless.
  4. “Wake up! Time to die!”
    Y’all should be embarrassed for not getting this. These are the replicant Leon’s last words to Decker before being shot by Rachel in “Blade Runner” (1982).
  5. “Fats, man…let me tell you my story, man. Last year, I was insane for this crazy little eighth grade bitch. (r.a. porter)
  6. “The review for ‘Shark Sandwich’ was merely a two word review which simply read ‘Shit Sandwich.'” (christina)
  7. “Do you mind if we dance with your dates? (r.a. porter)
  8. “Man… I didn’t join the army to pull paper out of people’s asses!”
    Hard one. This was said by Pfc. Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) after being ordered by Sfc. Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) to remove a map from a prisoner’s butt in “Three Kings” (1999). Great movie.
  9. “You still don’t get it, do you? He’ll find her. That’s what he does. That’s all he does!” (fridge)
  10. “No hay banda! There is no band. It is all an illusion.”
    Another hard one. Spoken in the middle of “Mulholland Drive” (2001) by the emcee of a club. Didn’t expect this one to be guessed right away. But I had to include it because this is quite possibly my favorite movie ever.
  11. “And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down.” (fridge)
  12. “How can you stand there? How can you ever smile? As if your life hadn’t capsized?”
    Spoken by Count Laszlo (Ralph Fiennes) to Katharine (K.S. Thomas) in “The English Patient” (1996) shortly after she ends their affair.
  13. “I’m voting for Dukakis.”
    The first line spoken in “Donnie Darko” (2001), immediately establishing the year in which the movie takes place (1988).
  14. “Nick, I’ve tried everything: the embassy, the German government, the consulate. I even talked to the U.N. ambassador. It’s no use, I just can’t bring my wife to orgasm. “ (fridge)
  15. “I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star.” (fridge)

I will tag Fridge.

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February 17, 2008

1 2 3 Book Meme

Posted in memes at 8:10 pm by berzerkeleyan

Tagged by Fridge. So here goes:

Instructions:

  1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long).
  2. Open to page 123.
  3. Go down to the fifth sentence.
  4. Type in the following three sentences.
  5. Tag five people.

The three sentences are as follows:

“Why did the crowd riot that night? How could a piece of music move a crowd to violence? This is The Rite’s secret.”
–Jonah Lehrer “Proust Was a Neuroscientist” (2007)

I haven’t started this book yet. It’s sitting on the bedside table, along with ten other books in the queue (Obama’s latest, “The Kite Runner,” “Freakonomics,” “Think,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Krakatoa,” “This Is Your Brain on Music,” “The Futurist,” and “Apathy…and other small victories.” I think the last title best explains why I’ve been such a slow reader as of late.

I’m not tagging five people. But I will tag Christina.

August 8, 2007

Eight Useless Things To Know

Posted in memes at 10:31 pm by berzerkeleyan

Fridge has forced my hand(s to type).

[ANNOYING RULES]
1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their eight things and include these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and that they should read your blog.
5. 8 is a magic number. Not three.
[/ANNOYING RULES]

  1. I take bizarre pleasure in not getting caught up in mass movements. As examples, I love that I’ve never had a Snapple, and that I’ve never seen “Titanic.” Not seeing “Titanic” was so disturbing to a friend that she ran off and bought me the DVD. That was 6.5 years ago. It’s still sits shrink-wrapped on one of my shelves.
  2. I can’t smell skunk. The odor doesn’t register in my brain. Call it a gift.
  3. Despite my now dainty frame, I once could squat 315 lbs.
  4. I like hiking alone. But the whole time I’m afraid of being dragged away by a mountain lion.
  5. I was addicted to video games for most of my life. It was so acute that I once played a game for 30 hours straight (Diablo II, I believe). No food, three bathroom breaks. It’s true. I’m not proud of it. But what is cool is that all those marathon sessions have given me the ability to stay awake for days at a time (only aided by caffeine) whilst remaining highly functional throughout.
  6. My biggest “I remember where I was when such-and-such happened” moment was when Elvis Presley died. Summer of 1977, and I was home alone watching Luke & Laura on “General Hospital.” They cut from the show, and into one of those ABC Special Report splash screens. Then the announcer said “We bring you the following ABC News Special Report. Elvis Presley…is dead. A chill went down my spine when I heard that. I’ve never had that feeling since.
    My second most memorable “IRWIWWSASH” moment was when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986. Fridge and I were in our respective cars driving to his family’s house when the news broke on our crappy AM radios. I nearly ran Fridge off the road racing to get to his TV.
  7. I read “Helter Skelter” when I was eleven years old. I remember the first words of the book:

    “The story you are about to read will scare the hell out of you.”

    It did. I barely slept for a week.

  8. Every day I look more and more like my father. And every day I’m more and more proud of that fact.
    Hmmm…that’s like something you’d read on PostSecret. I feel so…liberated.

Eight people? Puhlease. I barely speak to eight people, let alone know eight who have blogs. I’m passing this along to Stu and Amy. Hopefully between the two of them, they’ll oblige.