- “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”
- Frank Morgan as the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz.
- Lieutenant Commander Data: Can you recommend a way to counter the effect?
Q: Simple. Change the gravitational constant of the universe.
- From the episode “Déjà Q,” the sixty-first episode of the television series Star Trek, The Next Generation.
- Colonel Flagg: “I have no home. I am the wind.”
Captain Hawkeye Pierce: “I told you he was the wind. You said he was the stars.”
Captain B.J. Hunnicut: “No, I said he was the Moon.”
- From the television show M*A*S*H: The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan (#5.6) (1976)
- Luke: She’s rich...
Han Solo: [interested] Rich?
Luke: Rich, powerful. Listen, if you were to rescue her, the reward would be...
Han Solo: What?
Luke: Well, more wealth than you can imagine.
Han Solo: I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit.
- From the movie Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, written and directed by George Lucas
- In the animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit is Roger Rabbit’s human buxom wife. In the book, she was an immoral, up-and-coming star and former comic character, over whom her estranged husband, comic strip star Roger Rabbit, obsessed. She is re-imagined in the film as a sultry, but moral, cartoon singer at a Los Angeles supper club called The Ink and Paint Club. She is one of several suspects in the framing of her husband, who is a famous cartoon star. Her most famous quotation is “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”
- Mini-Me is a character played by Verne Troyer in the second and third Austin Powers movies: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Before Dr. Evil was sent back in time to 1969, his minions made him a clone. The clone was identical in every way, but was “one-eighth his size.” Upon being introduced to his clone, Dr. Evil immediately declared, “Breathtaking. I shall call him... Mini-Me.”
- Danny Devito in the film The War of the Roses: “My father used to say, ‘There are four things that tell the world who a man is. His house, his car, his wife, and his shoes.’’‘
- Arnold Abner Newman (March 3, 1918 - June 6, 2006) was an American photographer, noted for his “environmental portraits” of artists and politicians. He was also known for his carefully composed abstract still life images.
- “Don’t call me Shirley.”
- Leslie Nielsen as Dr. Barry Rumack in the 1980 film Airplane!
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams, adapted by Richard Brooks and James Poe. One of the top-ten box office hits of 1958, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives.
- Bembo is the name given to a twentieth-century revival of an old style serif or humanist typeface cut by Francesco Griffo around 1495.
- “The Spanish Inquisition” is a series of sketches in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Series 2 Episode 2, first broadcast 22 September 1970, parodying the real-life Spanish Inquisition. This episode is itself entitled “The Spanish Inquisition.” The sketches are notable for their principal catchphrase, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”
- Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American-Japanese war film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film uses Isoroku Yamamoto’s famous quote, saying the attacks would only serve to “…awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve,” although it may have been apocryphal. The title is the Japanese code-word used to indicate that complete surprise was achieved. These words (Tora! Tora! Tora!) literally mean “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger” but in this case were used as a short coded message in Japanese stating totsugeki-raigeki (attack-torpedo attack), thus “to-ra, to-ra, to-ra.”
- Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular puppet show featuring Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically the violent Punch and one other character. It is often associated with traditional English seaside culture.
- “One of these days… POW!!! Right in the kisser!” or “BANG, ZOOM! Straight to the Moon!”
- Ralph Kramden issuing empty threats to his wife Alice on the TV show The Honeymooners.
- The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine sinks in the Atlantic, the US search and recovery team works with an oil platform crew, racing against Russian vessels to recover the ship. Deep in the ocean, they encounter a new and mysterious species. The original musical score was composed by Alan Silvestri. It was released on August 9, 1989 in North America.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the fourth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, as the first of a three-part prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the first film in the saga in terms of story chronology. The film was also Lucas’ first production as a film director after a twenty-two-year hiatus following the original Star Wars film, and only his fourth overall.
- The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical fantasy film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, as well as Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Ed Harris and Natascha McElhone. The film chronicles the life of a man who is initially unaware that he is living in a constructed reality television show, broadcast around the clock to billions of people across the globe. Truman becomes suspicious of his perceived reality and embarks on a quest to discover the truth about his life. Ed Harris played the character Christof: The creator of The Truman Show. Christof remains dedicated to the program at all costs, often overseeing and directing its course in person (rather than through aides), but at the climax/resolution, he speaks to Truman over a loudspeaker, revealing the nature of Truman’s situation.
- Frederick Charles “Freddy” Krueger is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He appears in as a disfigured serial killer who uses a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, causing their deaths in the waking world as well. However, whenever he is put into the real world, he has normal human vulnerability. Krueger was created by Wes Craven, and had been consistently portrayed by Robert Englund since his first appearance. Robert Englund has said many times that he feels the character represents neglect, particularly that suffered by children.
- Storm trooper: Let me see your identification.
Obi-Wan: [with a small wave of his hand] You don’t need to see his identification.
Storm trooper: We don’t need to see his identification.
Obi-Wan: These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
Storm trooper: These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.
Obi-Wan: He can go about his business.
Storm trooper: You can go about your business.
Obi-Wan: Move along.
Storm trooper: Move along... move along.
- From Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas
- Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. It is the third feature in the Disney animated features canon. Disney settled on the film’s concept as work neared completion on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, an elaborate Silly Symphonies short designed as a comeback role for Mickey Mouse, who had declined in popularity. As production costs grew higher than what it could earn, he decided to include the short in a feature-length film with other segments set to classical pieces.
- Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In the post-World War II era, de Kooning painted in a style that came to be referred to as Abstract Expressionism or Action Painting, and was part of a group of artists that came to be known as the New York School. Other painters in this group included Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Anne Ryan, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, and Clyfford Still.
- Georges-Pierre Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the technique of painting known as pointillism. His large-scale work A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886) altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism. It is one of the icons of late nineteenth-century painting.
- Stop Making Sense (1984) is a concert movie featuring Talking Heads live on stage. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues. The movie is notable for being the first made entirely using digital audio techniques. The band raised the budget of $1.2 million themselves. The film has been hailed by Leonard Maltin as “one of the greatest rock movies ever made,” and Pauline Kael of The New Yorker described it as “...close to perfection.” The movie is also notable for Davin Byrne’s “big suit,” an absurdly oversized business suit he dons late in the concert for the song “Girlfriend is Better” (featuring lyrics from which the film takes its title).
- Candid Camera is an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt’s concept came to television on August 10, 1948. Its last original broadcast was on May 5, 2004.
- Bedtime for Bonzo is a 1951 comedy film directed by Frederick de Cordova, starring then-future U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Diana Lynn. It revolves around the attempts of the central character, Psychology Professor Peter Boyd (Ronald Reagan), to teach human morals to a chimpanzee, hoping to solve the “nature versus nurture” question. He hires a woman (Diana Lynn) to pose as the chimp’s mother while he plays father to it, and uses 1950s-era child rearing techniques.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows the exploits of two secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a fictitious secret international espionage and law enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. The series centered on a two-man troubleshooting team working for U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement): American Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn), and Russian Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum).
- Winston Zeddmore: “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!”
- From Ghostbusters, a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
- Spoon Boy: Do not try and bend the spoon; that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon Boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon Boy: Then you will see, it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
- From The Matrix Reloaded, a 2003 American science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers.
- Ulysses Evert McGill is a character from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a 2000 comedy about three stumblebum convicts who escape to go on a quest for treasure and who meet various characters while learning where their real fortune lies in the 1930s Deep South. Directed by Joel Coen. Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Inspired by The Odyssey by Homer.
- Poppy Flowers (also known as Vase and Flowers and Vase with Viscaria) is a painting by Vincent van Gogh with an estimated value of $50 million to $55 million; it was stolen from Cairo’s Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil Museum in August 2010 and is still missing.
- The Dating Game was an ABC television show that distilled the “swinging 60s” into jovial innuendo, gentle double entendres, and unstinting mod aesthetics. With the huge colorful psychedelic daisies on the set walls, it seemed campily retrograde even for its day. It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.
- “There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they do… not… know about it!” - Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K in the movie Men in Black, written by Lowell Cunningham (comic) and Ed Solomon, and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
- “Meet the twins, Bweryang and Bob.”
Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K in Men in Black, introducing a pair of aliens to Agent J.
- “All right...that’s confiscated. All of it. And I want you on the next transport off this rock or I’m gonna shoot you where it don’t grow back.”
- Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K in Men in Black
- “All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.”
- Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K in Men in Black
- Rain Man is a 1988 American comedy-drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise), who discovers that his estranged father has died and bequeathed all of his multi-million-dollar estate to his other son, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant, of whose existence Charlie was unaware.
- Max Headroom is a fictional British artificial intelligence (AI), known for his wit and stuttering, distorted, electronically sampled voice. He was introduced in early 1984. The character was created by George Stone, Annabel Jankel, and Rocky Morton in the mid-1980s, and portrayed by Matt Frewer as “The World’s first computer-generated TV host” although the computer-generated appearance was achieved with prosthetic make up and hand-drawn backgrounds, as the computer technology of the time was not sufficiently advanced to achieve the desired effect.
- Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper by spinning a publicity and political circus out of the story of a man trapped inside a cave. The film’s plot was inspired by two real-life events. The first involved W. Floyd Collins, who in 1925 was trapped inside Sand Cave, Kentucky, following a landslide. A Louisville newspaper, the Courier-Journal, jumped on the story by dispatching reporter William Burke Miller to the scene. Miller’s enterprising coverage turned the tragic episode into a national event and earned the writer a Pulitzer Prize. Collins’s name is cited in the film as an example of a cave-in victim who becomes a media sensation. The second event took place in April 1949. Three-year-old Kathy Fiscus of San Marino, California, fell into an abandoned well and, during a rescue operation that lasted several days, thousands of people arrived to watch the action unfold. In both cases, the victims died before they were rescued.
- “I met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my life, but you—you’re twenty minutes.” - Jan Sterling as Lorraine in Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole.
- “I know what you’re thinking, ‘cause right now I’m thinking the same thing. Actually, I’ve been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why didn’t I take the blue pill?”
- Cypher, from The Matrix
- ≥ Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television program produced by the BBC from 1963 to the present day. The program depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-traveling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-traveling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.
- “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
- Inigo Montoya, from the film The Princess Bride, a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name.
- Fallingwater or the Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, forty-three miles (sixty-nine\kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh. The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, and Cary Guffey. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).
- Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.
Peter Venkman: What?
Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.
Spengler: It would be bad.
Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?
Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal!
Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.
- From Ghostbusters, a 1984 film about three unemployed parapsychology professors who start a business capturing ghosts. Directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
- “Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” - Alex Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
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