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Weekly 5 Best Movie Quotes #8
Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf): “Optimus!”
Megatron (Hugo Weaving): “Is the future of our race not worth a single human life?”
Sam Witwicky: “Get up!”
Optimus Prime: “You’ll never stop at one.”
Blades slide down over his hands
“I’ll take you all on!”
While fans and moviegoers alike seemed to immediately dismiss the sequel to 2007’s live action adaptation of the Hasbro Toy line, no one can deny that there are some pretty epic lines throughout this trilogy in general. Although Optimus’s showdown against the Decepticons does not conclude well for the Autobot leader, it is undeniably one of the best sequences in the movie. The lone warrior’s sacrifice to protect the innocent from an overwhelmingly evil force is not the most original idea, but it certainly does not disappoint here. Optimus is a firm believer in the value of all life and spends his last bit of juice defending Sam's, until Autobot reinforcements can arrive. A heroic, valiant effort that deserves nothing short of some deserved recognition.
Heather Donahue (Heather Donahue) - The Blair Witch Project
“I just want to apologize to Mike's mom, Josh's mom, and my mom. And I'm sorry to everyone. I was very naive. I am so so sorry for everything that has happened. Because in spite of what Mike says now, it is my fault. Because it was my project and I insisted. I insisted on everything. I insisted that we weren't lost. I insisted that we keep going. I insisted that we walk south. Everything had to be my way. And this is where we've ended up and it's all because of me that we're here now - hungry, cold, and hunted. I love you mom, dad. I am so sorry. What is that? I'm scared to close my eyes, I'm scared to open them! We're gonna die out here!”
The 1999 mockumentary scared the hell out of audiences with its realistic approach, which seemed to kick off the style for the horror genre. While we are all too familiar with the handycam approach nowadays (Paranormal Activity Franchise, Apollo 18, Cloverfield, etc.), let's not forget one of the pioneers and arguably the scariest of the bunch. After Heather, Josh, and Mike venture into the woods in search of the fabled Blair Witch, the trio discover and film much more than they bargained for. The chilling atmosphere and the idea of being hunted by unseen supernatural forces is the driving force behind this horror flick. Heather's last testimony near the film's conclusion has been parodied countless times (including in the Scary Movie Franchise) and is certainly the most memorable piece of dialogue from the fake documentary.
Lt. Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) and Sergeant Major Basil Plumley (Sam Elliott) – We Were Soldiers
Lt. Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson): “I wonder what was going through Custer's mind when he realized that he'd led his men into a slaughter?”
Sergeant Major Basil Plumley (Sam Elliott): “Sir, Custer was a pussy. You ain't.”
The Vietnam flick depicts the Battle of Ia Drang and revolves around the 7th Calvary Regiment and the unit's prior training. This exchange in dialogue between the Lt. Colonel and his subordinate, as they are readying to deploy, are unforgettable to say the least. The relevance here is that the 7th Calvary was the regiment that Custer commanded at the Battle of Little Bighorn, where he and his men were slaughtered. Although Custer had no idea that he was leading his men to slaughter, the lines are still humorously memorable.
Batman, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) – Batman Begins
Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson): “What the hell are you?”
The limo’s sunroof is smashed through and the mob boss is yanked up
Batman: “I’m Batman!”
In Christopher Nolan's re-imagining of Batman, the Caped Crusader's dark beginnings are fully explored. Following his world wide exploration of the criminal mind, Bruce Wayne finds himself returning to Gotham a master of the shadows. After deciding to use his deepest inner fears, which just happen to be bats, the billionaire playboy and his trusty butler, Alfred (Michael Caine), begin to gather useful gear and equipment to battle Gotham's filth. The Dark Knight's first outing against the local mob builds tension well, as he is never fully seen until the final confrontation with the crime lord himself, Carmine Falcone. Gotham's savior makes a pretty epic first appearance and uses the mob boss to create his symbol on a search light (precursor to the batsignal).
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) – Back to the Future Part III
Dr. Emmett Brown or “Doc” (Christopher Lloyd): “This can't be happening! You can't be here! It doesn't make sense for you to be here! I refuse to even believe that you are here.”
Marty McFly: “Doc I am here and, it does make sense. Look, I came back to 1955 again with you, the you from 1985, cause we had to get a book from Biff. So, once I got the book back, you... that is, the you from 1985...were in the DeLorean and it got struck by lightning, and you got sent back to 1885!”
At the conclusion of part II, Marty find himself stranded in 1955 and with an unconscious Doc (that is the the Doc from 1955), as the Doc's 1985 counterpart has been stranded in the old west. The pair together and their impressive chemistry on screen are what drive these films and part III is no exception. The Doc's slight freakout is comical enough, but it's Marty's rapid, incredibly detailed explanation that causes it to be downright hilarious. While part III usually gets a bad rap, let's admit it's not that bad. Sure it's nowhere comparable to the masterpiece that is the original and the Clara character (Mary Steenburgen) just doesn't do it for me, but the film's by no means horrible. If anything, I think it's the best with just Doc and Marty interacting onscreen. While it's certainly the black sheep of the series, part III is still a good flick and I'd pop it in any day for a watch.