Top 5 Movie Dialogues of the Modern Era
Here’s a continuation of our earlier post. If you didn’t get bored or nod off while reading the first part, I doubt you’d want to take your eyes off the pages while reading the second and concluding part. I’m handing you all over to Akinkunmi (@iam_dq) ..
*D’Q enters studio*
Sigh.. how do you put 300 into a few words? The entire movie is filled with earth moving words! Yes.. the earth moved every time a mad line was said in the movie. I’m actually serious here guys.. the earth moved. as it just moved now.
That said.. WOW! This movie is the very reason for movies. This movie is so good, it has its own movie.
Gerard Butler can’t do a better movie, he knows this himself so he doesn’t mind doing movies like ‘Bounty Hunter’ just to press Jennifer Aniston’s bombom. C’mon.. everyone wants to press her bombom too.
Zack Snyder can’t direct a better movie (This was said before d’Q realised Snyder will be directing Man of Steel).
You guys know what Matrix did to special effects? yeah.. 300 did the same to dialogue. It was as if no one said anything in movies till 300 came around *points at D’Q*,”that’s what he said.
Even singers and rappers started taking lines off the movie.. errh Modenine is not a rapper right? D’banj too is not a singer right? Ok, Let’s move on.
King Leonidas: You?
Free Greek-Blacksmith: Blacksmith.
King Leonidas: [turns back shouting] Spartans! What is your profession?
Spartans: WAR! WAR! WAR!
King Leonidas: [turning to Daxos] You see, old friend? I brought more soldiers than you did.
too many songs have the above lines in its lyrics.. we established earlier that Modenine and D’banj aren’t in the reckoning, right?
Ok ok. Can we go home now? No we can’t.
Messenger: Choose your next words carefully, Leonidas. They may be your last as king.
King Leonidas: [to himself: thinking] “Earth and water”?
[Leonidas unsheathes and points his sword at the Messenger’s throat]
Messenger: Madman! You’re a madman!
King Leonidas: Earth and water? You’ll find plenty of both down there.
Messenger: No man, Persian or Greek, no man threatens a messenger!
King Leonidas: You bring the crowns and heads of conquered kings to my city steps. You insult my queen. You threaten my people with slavery and death! Oh, I’ve chosen my words carefully, Persian. Perhaps you should have done the same!
Messenger: This is blasphemy! This is madness!
King Leonidas: Madness…?
King Leonidas: This is Sparta!
[Kicks the messenger down the well]
You guys should go back and see this scene all over again. that ‘THIS IS SPARTA’ line was said with so much venom, saliva flew all over the place from Leonidas’ mouth! EPIC.!
Xerxes: But I am a generous god. I can make you rich beyond all measure. I will make you warlord of all Greece. You will carry my battle standard to the heart of Europa. Your Athenian rivals will kneel at your feet if you will but kneel at mine.
King Leonidas: You are generous as you are divine, O king of kings. Such an offer only a madman would refuse. But the, uh, the idea of kneeling, it’s- You see, slaughtering all those men of yours has, uh, well it’s left a nasty cramp in my leg, so kneeling will be hard for me.
Xerxes: You Greeks take pride in your logic. I suggest you employ it. Consider the beautiful land you so vigorously defend. Picture it reduced to ash at my whim! Consider the fate of your women!
King Leonidas: Clearly you don’t know our women! I might as well have marched them up here, judging by what I’ve seen.
d’Q: This is where I stop!!
King Leonidas – Gerard Butler
Xerxes – Rodrigo Santoro
Stellios – Michael Fassbender
d’Q – Kunmi.. yes, it is I. I am d’Q
Lucky Number Slevin
Mr. Goodkat: Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in Monte Carlo and came in third; that’s a story.
d’Q: wait.. what???
Mr. Goodkat: Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in Monte Ca..
d’Q: I heard you the first time. Just thinking.. How in the world???
Ok… Ok. The greatest travesty ever, apart from Goodluck becoming President, has to be Rotten Tomatoes giving Lucky Number Slevin a miserly 51% rating!. What in the world were those guys thinking?! Someone please hold me before I do something bad like go watch ‘Last Flight to Abuja’..
This movie impresses without even trying. Right out of Paul McGuigan’s mind into yours. Right from the start of the movie, you know you’re onto something special.
I can start an entire blog reviewing this movie but this piece is only about the dialogue. Even if you’re not a fan of dialogue and all you want in a movie is pishaun-pishaun, the banter in this movie would surely make you repent.
Wait first.. has more than one person called you a pishaun-pishaun movie lover?
The Rabbi: My father used to say: “The first time someone calls you a horse you punch him on the nose, the second time someone calls you a horse you call him a jerk but the third time someone calls you a horse, well then perhaps it’s time to go shopping for a saddle.”
d’Q: Sir, did you just tasi the pishaun lovers?
If a movie has a really great cast, most directors won’t bother paying attention to the dialogue ‘cos ‘what the heck! Morgan Freeman is in my movie… even if he says trash, people would still watch.’ Not this one, too many A-List actors and a lot of time was put into making sure they had great lines. I told myself after seeing the movie for the 11th time that even if unknowns were cast in the movie and they were given those exact lines, the movie would still be mad! Yeah.. its that good.
This movie is the truth. As far as crazy dialogue and intelligent banter goes, Lucky Number Slevin is the truth.
The Rabbi: If there’s one thing I know, is when someone is lying. A man in my position, that’s all he has to go on. To know a lie when he hears it. It’s the difference between life and death. Your own. Someone else’s. That being said, he wasn’t lying.
d’Q: Thank you Sir. I ain’t never lied.
Here.. read this.
Slevin: I’m sorry, who are you?
The Boss: I’m The Boss.
Slevin: I thought he was The Boss.
The Boss: Why? Do we look alike? So, Mr Fisher, you were gonna tell me something?
Slevin: I don’t know, you brought me here.
The Boss: Yes I did. Back when you thought I was him.
Slevin: I didn’t think you were him, I thought he was you. And I was trying to tell him – you that they picked up the wrong guy.
The Boss: The wrong guy for what?
Slevin: Whatever it is you wanna see me about.
The Boss: Do you know what I wanna see you about?
The Boss: Then how do you know I got the wrong guy?
Slevin: Because I’m not…
The Boss: Maybe I want to give you $96,000. In that case do I still have the wrong guy?
Slevin: Do you wanna give me $96,000?
The Boss: No, do you wanna give me $96,000?
Slevin: No, should I?
The Boss: I don’t know, should you?
Slevin: I don’t know, should I?
The Boss: [pause] Long story short.
Slevin: I think we’re well past that point.
The Boss: I bet it was that mouth that got you that nose.
Slevin: Okay, I’m under the impression that you’re under the impression that I owe you $96,000…?
The Boss: No, you owe Slim Hopkins $96,000. You owe Slim, Slim owes me. You owe me.
d’Q: and Terdoo owes me for this.
and read this..
Slevin: How do you justify being a rabbi… and a gangster?
The Rabbi: I don’t. I’m a bad man who doesn’t waste time wondering what could’ve been when I am what could’ve been and what could not have been. I live on both sides of the fence. My grass is always green. Consider, Mr. Fisher… there are two men sitting here before you, and one of them you should be very afraid of. Where’s my money?
You people should just go see the movie. Erh, no. its not at the cinemas. Download at kat.ph
The Rabbi – Sir Ben Kingsley
Mr. Goodkat – Bruce Willis
The Boss – Morgan Freeman
Slevin Kelevra – Josh Hartnett
Lindsey – Lucy Liu
d’Q – Kunmi.. yeah, that’s me. I am d’Q
Well, there you have it, movies with snippets of dialogue that had me going “wow!”. No LOTR, no Harry Potter and no Usual Suspects (this one will surely raise the rabble).
Side note about LOTR; personally, the main dialogue (or monologue in this case) of any note would have to be Sam wise Gamji’s speeches. To be honest, he could have summed it all up in 3 sentences;
‘We all need each other.’, ‘This world is worth fighting for’ and ‘I think I’m Bisexual’ so, no, Sam’s long winding speeches didn’t make the cut.
The debate can go on for a long time but this is OUR LIST and we are sticking to it.
*unplugs scene infiltration apparatus & shuts down laptop*
See you guys in the comment section J