BLOGGING THE VIEW: The 10 best movie quotes of all time (at least for the millennials) – Zululand Observer

WITH court cases and Covid cases dominating the headlines right now, stress levels are at an all-time high, which means it’s time to take a journey into the entertainment lane for some well-deserved distraction.

Considering the amount of binge-watching that’s being done, this week’s movie-related topic seems appropriate. So read on and enjoy a weekend filled with endless quoting and re-watching old favourites.

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Just remember, these aren’t necessarily the most well-known movie quotes, they’re simply the best…for most millennials!

1. ‘I got a bad feeling about this.’ – Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, directed by George Lucas (1977). While this might not be a true ‘millennial’ quote, it was repeated many times throughout the Star Wars franchise, and even re-quoted by the inimitable Harrison Ford when he took on the role of Indiana Jones.

2. ‘You make me want to be a better man.’ – Melvin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson) in As Good as it Gets, directed by James L. Brooks (1997). This is one for the romantics out there! Nicholson’s portrayal of an author suffering from OCD makes him almost completely unlikeable – almost. He manages to win over hearts with a few well-placed actions and lines…this one topping the list.

3. ‘You can’t handle the truth.’ – Col Nathan R Jessup (played by Jack Nicholson) in A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner (1992). Showing the range of this actor, Nicholson is also incredibly memorable playing the uncompromising colonel who gets shown up by a young Tom Cruise at his best.

4. ‘My precious.’ – Sméagol aka Gollum (played by Andy Serkis) in the Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, directed by Peter Jackson (2002). Most of us had to wade through JR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings tomes in school and were surprisingly delighted by the cinematic version of the trilogy. Although there are many notable moments, the creepy Gollum’s obsession for the one true ring certainly stands out.

5. ‘You had me at ‘Hello’.’- Dorothy Boyd (played by Renée Zellweger) in Jerry Maguire, directed by Cameron Crowe (1996). Rivalling ‘Show me the money!’ for most quotable lines in this movie, Zellweger’s delivery of this line is certainly worthy of the list.

6. ‘I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?’ – Jack Byrnes (played by Robert de Niro) in Meet the Parents, directed by Jay Roach (2000). The deadpan delivery of De Niro’s question to his would-be son-in-law adds to the cringeworthiness of this great moment.

7. ‘Wax on, wax off.’ – Kesuke Miyagi (played by Pat Morita) in The Karate Kid, directed by John G Avildsen (1984). For those of us reliving the glory days of the Karate Kid through the Cobra Kai series, this is even more poignant now. The ongoing training of Daniel LeRusso by Mr Miyagi and final crane kick that beats long-time enemy Johnny Lawrence will forever be etched in our minds.

8. ‘You’re my boy, Blue!’ – Frank the Tank (played by Will Ferrell) in Old School, directed by Todd Phillips (2003). Few do comedy like Will Ferrell, and his portrayal of fun-loving ‘Frank’ who throws away all attempts at a happy suburban life the minute the beer touches the lips is quintessential Ferrell.

9. ‘We got no food, we got no jobs, our pets’ heads are falling off!’ — Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) in Dumb and Dumber, directed by Peter Pharrelly (1994). When it comes to Jim Carrey, you could write an entire list of quotes just for his characters, but Lloyd Christmas has got to be one of his best.

10. ‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.’ — Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint (Kevin Spacey) in The Usual Suspects, directed by Bryan Singer (1993). A classic line from a classic movie. If you haven’t seen it, this is the weekend to tick it off your bucket list!


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