April 03, 2005

Movies, and then some more.

I’ve seen some really great movies in the last 2–3 weeks. Here goes —

Before Sunrise is the best love story I’ve seen, ever. The plot is simple, an American boy meets a French girl on a train in Europe and they spend a night together. But you have to see the movie to get how great it is. I really love the little touches here and there in to movie — the street poet, the cemetery, the Dylan Thomas recital… I could go on and on about each little scene in the movie, and still miss a few as I’ve only seen the movie once (yet).

I like that this movie is not one of those ‘love will conquer all’ movies, but the characters here try to stay rooted in reality.

Monty Python’s the Life of Brian is funny. Probably the only movie funnier still is The Holy Grail. Once you see one Monty Python movie, you’re addicted to the really wicked sense of humour; I’m going to have to see everything remotely related to Monty Python now. I don’t know, this one seems less silly than The Holy Grail, but I’ll have to watch it a few times to be sure.

OK, the obligatory quotes —

Judith: I do feel Reg, that any anti-imperialistic group like ours must reflect such a divergence of interest within its powerbase.
Reg: Agreed. Rogers?
Rogers: Yes, I think Judith’s point of view is very valid, Reg, provided the movement never forgets that it is the unalienable right of every man…
Stan: Or woman.
Rogers: …or woman to rid himself…
Stan: Or herself.
Rogers: …or herself…
Reg: Agreed.
Rogers: Thank you, brother.
Stan: Or sister.
Rogers: Or sister…where was I?
Reg: I think you’d finished.
Rogers: Oh. Right.

Brian: I’m not the Messiah, would you please listen, I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly!
Woman in crowd: Only the true Messiah denies his divinity.
Brian: What? Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right! I am the Messiah!
Crowd: He is! He is the Messiah!
Brian: Now, fuck off!
Crowd: [Silence]
Man in crowd: How shall we fuck off, oh Lord?
Brian: Oh, just go away! Leave me alone!

Brian: Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t need to follow me! You don’t need to follow anybody! You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re all individuals!
Crowd (in unison throughout the scene): Yes, we’re all individuals!
Brian: You’re all different!
Crowd: Yes, we are all different!
Homogenous Man: I’m not.
Crowd: [Multiple Silencing Sounds]
Brian: You all got to work it out for yourselves!
Crowd: Yes, we’ve got to work it out for ourselves!
Brian: Exactly!
Crowd: Tell us more!

Crucifixion Assistant I: The Judean People’s Front!
Fat Centurion: The Judean People’s Front!
Judean People’s Front Commander: Forward, all!
Crucifixion Assistant II: Look out! The Judean People’s Front!
Crucifixion Assistant III: The Judean People’s Front!
Crucifixion Assistant IV: The Judean People’s Front!
Judean People’s Front Commander: We are the Judean People’s Front, crack suicide squad. Suicide squad…attack!
*Judean People’s Front committing suicide*: Augh! Arrgh…
Judean People’s Front Commander: That showed them, huh? *dies*
Brian: You silly sods!

Then there is No Man’s Land, which is another good movie. No other movie I’ve seen recently has left me feeling as bitter as this one. Actually it pissed me off — which it should. Try and grab a copy if you can.

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