At the office last week I was having a conversation with a co-worker (on Skype chat…who actually talks in conversations anymore?) about movies. Specifically, we were looking at AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list – which came out in 2005 – and wondering if this list were to come out today what would be different?
There’s only one movie from the 2000s on the list – 2002’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (“My Precious”) – but there had to be more Top 100-level quotes from the past 12 years-worth or movies, right?
I say, yes. But first, ground rules:
• I haven’t seen all the movies in AFI’s list, which means I don’t feel comfortable kicking any quotes off the list. Instead, consider these quotes to be independently dope and not replacing any already on the list.
• I picked quotes from movies I consider influential. Widely seen movies have greater cultural cache, and therefore quotes from these films are more likely to resonate long-term.
• I only picked quotes from movies I’ve actually seen (sorry to “Million Dollar Baby” I think?).
And that’s it! Below, find the 5 quotes we’d like to add to the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list. In chronological order:
“Are You Not Entertained?”
Reason: Gladiator was a smash in 2000, picking up 12 Academy Award nominations and winning five (including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe). The quote comes after an emotional moment. After taking down a few gladiators, Maximus (Crowe) yells at the shocked crowd: “Are you not entertained?”
If you’re going to make the man fight, at least respect the hustle.
“I wish I knew how to quit you.”
Movie: Brokeback Mountain
Reason: Brokeback is an adaption of a 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx (future podcast episode perhaps?). The film retains and effectively borrows the literary flourishes that make the short story so great, specifically the romantic western skyline and deep personal connection shared between the film’s two main characters – played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.
This quote comes near the end of the movie, when the relationship these two share is ending. Breakups are never easy.
“Very odd, what happens in a world without children’s voices.”
Movie: Children of Men
Reason: Another adaptation – this one originally a 1992 novel written by P.D. James – Children of Men follows the efforts of one man shepherding a pregnant refugee to an offshore science team. Widespread infertility has created a global crisis, but the world of the film is not so far removed from a time when children’s voices were common. One character remembers this time before the world was filled with despair.
“What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?”
Movie: No Country For Old Men
Reason: Anton Chigurh is a complicated character. A hitman, a psychopathic killer, but not without a sense of fairness (or is it fate?). He makes his killing decisions on the outcome of a coin toss – corrupting what’s otherwise an innocent act. So what’s the answer to the above quote? Your life.
“I drink your milkshake!”
Movie: There Will Be Blood
Reason: Daniel Plainview is ruthless. A silver-miner turned oil man, every decision he makes in the film is done to either increase his wealth or because he’s drunk. One such decision causes him to drain the oil reserves owned by another character. Plainview brags to this man, telling him he’s drank his milkshake. Then he beats the character to death with a bowling pin.