The parade of movies we have to introduce Lord 16 to before he leaves home doesn’t pause just because it’s the school holidays. Last night was Dogma, Kevin Smith’s funniest, most-professional, and best-made work from back when it was possible he might just remain an indie godling forever. In a film packed with quotes to lighten the heart of even the pickiest of quoters, this one stands out as the most deserving of elevation to a full life hack.
A rare family movie night resulted in Luscious choosing the Pixar Greatest Hits package the world never needed. Anyway, this quote seemed both appropriate and inappropriate: everybody wins!
Another movie introduced to Lord 16 overnight, although for once, it’s a movie I haven’t seen myself: Scarface is one that’s consistently fallen through my cracks over the years– I was too young to see it at the cinema, still too young and then too poor in the days of the VCR, and by the time DVDs came along and I was living with a sustainable income, the world had moved on and so had I. But a JB Hifi sale, and our current habit of going down to Perth once a year to hoover everything off the shelves landed me a copy, and so what the hell.
Perhaps it was less, shall we say, typical of Brian De Palma’s Alfred Hitchcock with a Head Injury oeuvre-the-top stylings when it was released…
Either way, a movie is watched, a Mixed Movie Quote must follow.
It’s a holiday of movie-watching, these school holidays. Over the first weekend, I’ve introduced Lord 16 to the joys of a genuine masterpiece, and a movie that I love far more than its quality requires, so you know, swings and abattoirs.
So here, for your repulsion and entertainment, are The Mystery Men of Friday, and the Brazil of Sunday, mixed up and quoted, but not with each other because I watched them on separate nights, and it’s my blog, and you’re not my Mum, so there.
Where there are students, there must be a film unit. Where there is a film unit, there must be a film chosen by the teacher solely to give them something enjoyable to watch while they ignore the fact the little shits are doing anything except watching the damn movie.
To whit: this week, I’ve watched Ferris Beuller’s Day Off.
Of course, the moment I announce I’ve found the perfect Bond quote, the actual perfect quote rears up and smacks me upside the head… sigh.
Ah well, bonus Mixed Movie Quote for you.
Luscious is down in Perth again this weekend for a professional development workshop, so Lord 16 and I are engaging in our usual weekend-alone shenanigans, namely a bunch of boy movies interspersed with some kick-arse anime (currently Tokyo Ghoul).
So this weekend, it was The Living Daylights, the latest in our extended James Bond marathon, and The Usual Suspects, because somehow the boy has never seen it and he needs. To. KNOW. Taken together, they manage to combine into what may just be the greatest James Bond quote never said. Such is the synchronicity the Universe provides…
Prompted by Lord 16’s complaint about ATAR English film studies: “I’m so sick of watching Australian films. They’re always just a bunch of bogans getting drunk and ‘discovering national identity’…”, and the fact that Luscious was off in Perth for the weekend, leaving us with chips, and the DVD player, and cool drink, and honestly, what are you gonna do?…… it clearly behooved the former film student Dad to initiate the current film student boy — who can still say that despite having seen Dark City and all the Mad Max films — in the ways of Australian films that he hasn’t already seen that aren’t filmed through an orange filter…
To whit: The Cars That Ate Paris, the 2006 adaptation of Macbeth, and Undead. Because nobody should ever have to watch Lantana.
What fun: to mix one of the more underrated movies I’ve watched with one of the most overrated.
Too-lah, too-lay, it beats doing something worthwhile with a life, don’t you think?
Movie nights with a teenage son can throw up strange bedfellows, but as this pair of quotes from last weekend’s double feature of fun show, sometimes not quite so strange as all that…
Escape From New York. Done.
Starting the family-at-home movie year with a fun family favourite, which prompted us to discuss the similarities between the Predator and Terminator franchises: one classic original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; one reasonably good sequel (this, and T2); and absolutely rivers of shite surrounding them…
Anyway, this is a movie chock-full of quotable quotes, as well as plenty of opportunity to play a take-a-shot-whenever-Adrien-Brody-can’t-maintain-his-stupid-voice drinking game, but there’s only one real quote for a Mixed Movie Quotes quote:
The first mixed movie quote for the year, and it’s a classic horror movie Lord 16 has been nagging us relentlessly since the age of twelve to watch. The Exorcist isn’t particularly scary anymore — after fifty years of imitations, homages, rip-offs, and downright immersion in the cultural zeitgeist, it’s still brilliant enough to be disquieting, and disturbing, but the sheer terror I underwent when watching it for the first time at age fourteen has gone.
So, because I am a loving and supportive father who wants my son to experience all the wonders and emotional highs I’ve gone through, I’ve set this quote to a movie I know gives him the creeping abdabs…… because that’s what love is.
Two movies viewed in two days, and both linked by a common attribute: the playing about with, subverting, and otherwise playfully bruising of, time.
Honestly, it was almost impossible to find quotes and images that could be swapped for comic effect. Instead, the fun has to come from seeing such perfectly complementary swaps come from two movies that couldn’t be much further apart on the dramatic, ambition, and noteworthiness scales.
Sometimes you’ve just got to say “Fuck it”, and introduce your teenage son to an absolute classic.
Last night, Luscious and I had the opportunity to lie back in bed and watch a couple of movies without catering for Lord 15. We took a double trip back to simpler times, with Chevy Chase’s least mediocre effort Fletch, and the always-superb adaptation of one of my favourite authors’ best works, LA Confidential.
It’s Mixed Movie Quote manna from… well, somewhere in Los Angeles, I suppose.
It’s the last week of a long semester. I’m running on fumes, my students are running on fumes, the whole world seems like it’s running on fumes. So you know what? Screw it. Let’s power down, put a couple of movies on, and recharge our batteries. Ain’t nothing we can do in this week we can’t do in the first week of term three.
One of my Year Ten classes is watching Red, but I’ve done that one. The other is watching Mission Impossible: Holy Shit, I Can’t Believe This Pile of Crap Is Supposed To Be The Good One. And my Year Nines are watching Shazam.
So, as per my usual rules, here we are: A Mixed Movie Quote Cage Match. Shazam v Fallout.
I’ll be grown-up later.
It’s been a long time since I’ve managed to sit in front of the blog. Hopefully that will change in coming days, when we’re facing a teaching semester without COVID, cyclones, and all the other things that have turned the first half of this year into a rolling ball of liquid shite.
In the meantime, I was overcome by the medical necessity to see The Emperor’s New Groove again tonight. By the Gods, it’s still an absolutely wonderful, brilliant movie — I’d argue with anyone that it rivals Aladdin as the best thing Disney has ever done. And the Mixed Movie Quote proved so very easy…
It was a double feature movie night at the Batthaim last night, and as is my wont, when we double up, we swap the mixed movie quotes between the two. So: Christopher Nolan’s drifting-into-being-forgotten stone-cold masterpiece Memento, and the always unforgettable The Rocky Horror Picture Show, combined…
Me to Luscious and Lord 15: It’s Mother’s Day, and we will watch whatever Mum wants to watch because it’s her special day and we love her and she can choose whatever she wants.
Me, 90 minutes later: you are unworthy of the power you have been granted…
Because going from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Police Academy on consecutive nights isn’t stupid, it’s range……
After finding out that Luscious hadn’t yet seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, I introduced her and Lord 15 to it last night. It’s a magnificent movie, still as utterly brilliant as the last time I saw it, a couple of decades ago: a genuine masterpiece in every way.
So, naturally, I have to completely ruin everything by mixing a movie quote…
Holidays with Lord 15 mean taking the little filomophile into some different waters. So Ghost in the Shell (The 1995 movie) was absorbed… or did it absorb us?… and isn’t that the point?…
Movie night with Lord 15 and Luscious turned out not to be The Wild Ones but was, actually, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Unlike the original Bill and Ted movie, it does not hold up well. Or pretty much at all. If not for William Sadler’s hilarious turn as Death, it wouldn’t be worth watching for anything. Well, except for this Mixed Movie Quote, obviously…
One positive aspect of the combination of school holidays and quarantine/social distancing is the opportunity introduce Lord 15 to some of mine and Luscious’ favourite movies.
To whit, last night’s viewing was Seven Psychopaths.