Saturday, April 01, 2006

Speaking Too Soon

If it hadn't been for that recent alien abduction thing, I would have written about something else last week. I was planning on telling you that I may have spoken too soon the week before about the over-rated HBO series, The Sopranos. I haven't changed my mind about it -- I still think it's over-rated, and I still won't be sorry when the series ends -- but I have to admit that the second episode of this season was pretty good. Of course, as far as I'm concerned, that's only because it was so different from all the other episodes. And to pinpoint it even further, the only thing that really made it stand out was the final scene -- the one in which James Gandolfini is sitting on a bed in a hotel room with a worried and confused look on his face. It was a great scene -- better than all the other ones combined.

As you may recall, in the same post, I also mentioned the actor Steve Buscemi. So to continue on that topic a little this week, I thought I'd quote some of the memorable lines he's had in various movies.

Ghost World: There's a lot of great dialog in this movie, but one of my favorite lines is, "Maybe I don't want to meet someone who shares my interests! I hate my interests!"

Fargo: There's a lot of great dialog in this movie as well, but if I had to choose one line, I'd probably end up picking this one: "I'm not gonna debate you, Jerry! I'm not gonna sit here and debate!"

Mystery Train: This is easily the best movie released in 1989. One of my favorite scenes is the one in which Steve Buscemi says, "You fuckin' shot me! I don't believe this! You're not even my brother-in-law and now you fuckin' shot me!"

Living in Oblivion: I was never that crazy about this movie, but it's kind of fun to watch when it's on cable. Unfortunately, I don't remember anything that Steve Buscemi said in it. I do remember one line that I always liked, but it was delivered by Peter Dinklage, who played a dwarf. The line is something like, "Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? Do you know anyone who's had a dream with a dwarf in it? No! I don't even have dreams with dwarves in them!"

The Big Lebowski: I have to admit, when I saw this movie in the theater, I was a little disappointed. I guess after seeing Fargo -- the Coen brothers' previous movie -- my expectations were a little too high. But each time I saw The Big Lebowski again, I liked it more. Steve Buscemi doesn't say much in this movie, so I'll quote one of the many great lines from John Goodman instead: "Nihilists! Well, fuck me! I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, dude, at least it's an ethos. And also, let's not forget...let's not forget, dude, that keeping wildlife...um, an amphibious rodent...for...um, you know, domestic...within the city...that ain't legal either."

Reservoir Dogs: Remember back in the '90s when Quentin Tarantino still made interesting movies? Reservoir Dogs was one of them, and part of what made his earlier movies so enjoyable was the dialog. For some reason, when it came time to make Kill Bill, he decided to try making a movie with mediocre dialog. Maybe the results would have been better if Kill Bill were something more than a cartoonish self-indulgent homage to Grade-C Kung Fu movies. But getting back to Reservoir Dogs, there's a lot of great dialog in this movie -- like the entire beginning scene in which everyone's having that discussion in the restaurant -- but I can't think of any notable lines by Steve Buscemi. (All I can think of is, "Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?", but that's not such a great line.)

As a matter of fact, I can't think of a good line by any single character in Reservoir Dogs -- the dialog was good taken as a whole, but no single line stands out. So instead, here's a line from the David Cronenberg movie eXistenZ, which is a movie I'll never get tired of. As you probably know, Steve Buscemi isn't even in this movie, but that's not going to stop me from quoting a few lines from it. One of my favorites is, "These are the breeding pools...breeding pools." I also like this one: "This is it, you see? This is the cage of your own making, which keeps you trapped and pacing about in the smallest possible space forever."

So there you have it: Some great movie lines that were delivered by Steve Buscemi or, in some cases, by someone else. I hope you enjoyed them. And yes, in case you're wondering, this was basically a way for me to write something entertaining without having to think up anything clever myself.