Posts Tagged ‘Jaws’

Home safe & sound with my Three Stooges. I think the boys were most excited about the Flex Tape, but they also liked their shirts. Older son was able to read the French on his shirt.

And they had the whole house clean. Even the boys’ rooms! A lovely surprise.

And now for our 4th of July tradition. Visiting Amity. Not our Independence Day tradition (fighting aliens). But on July 4th we visit Amity.

Amity, as you know, means friendship.

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“I’m Richard Dreyfuss. I don’t need this! I was in Jaws!” We love him. Jaws is one of, if not, younger son’s favorite movies. I love too many of his movies to list. But I will comment on how much I love Jaws The Goodbye Girl, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and I love him in Postcards From The Edge. And The American President. And Moon Over Parador. Of course, Down and Out in Beverly Hills. See? Love so many. Once Around. And What About Bob?

Although…that movie did/does contribute to the misconceptions of Tourette’s Syndrome…so one point deducted.

Obviously we also love him in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and he was kind enough to sign my lunch box what’s with the quote, “This means something”. He said that was one of the most important lines in the movie and, while he may have been blowing smoke up my ass, I think he probably was being truthful. He says the line twice in the movie and then another person says it a third time.

Mr. Dreyfuss was quite kind talking with my sons for several minutes about their names about presidents and treasurers. He really likes Civics and the history of our country and I think that’s pretty cool. He had a good appreciation for my sons’ names although they aren’t named after presidents or treasurers.

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I spent the day watching the Superman marathon on Encore Action.  Superman II is playing right now.  I love these movies.  Watching Superman earlier today I was sent back to my childhood and all the joys of super heroes.  It was neat to remember how much Superman meant to me.  It helps me to realize how important Spiderman and Thor and all the super heroes are to my sons right now.

I remembered how much I wished I could meet Superman.  I thought his planet was so cool and then the “home away from home” in the north was awesome.  Talk about a cool fort!  The crystals were so beautiful and seemed to possess such strength.  I don’t care that the movies today have CGI and better special effects.  These were groundbreaking when they came out.  The movies have great moments of humor.  I love in the first movie as Clark Kent is looking for a telephone booth and he comes upon one of those half-booths without a door.  The look on his face is classic.

To spend the day revisiting my childhood was a blast and to have my sons watching son of Jor-El with me made it a great way to celebrate the 4th.

We did take a break from Superman at one point because as you probably know there is a federal law that one must watch Jaws on the 4th of July.  In honor of that film I will quickly list some favorite lines:

You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

That’s some bad hat, Harry.

Blow up…blow up…blow up…smile you son of a bitch (BANG)!

As you know Amity means friendship.

I love that my sons sing along to “Show Me the Way to Go Home”.

There is a part of me that feels sad when watching Superman.  I miss Christopher Reeve.  If you haven’t seen Superman in a while, sit down and watch it again.  Watch Somewhere in Time, Deathtrap, and Noises Off and you’ll have a wonderful time courtesy of the amazing talents of Christopher Reeve.

Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine, Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve all have some great comedic moments.  The moments are so good because of the sincerity in the characters.  Reeve has some great looks he gives with some of the tongue in cheek moments.  Plus that piece of hair on his forehead with the cute little curl.  Younger son used to have curls and he usually had one just like Superman’s curl.  We’d call him son of Jor-El.

Superman…truth, justice, and the American way.

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A favorite game of mine is to play “What’s it from?”  It’s quite a simple game and requires no game board, pieces, tokens, chips, etc.  You simply use your memory and imagination.  A good ability with accents doesn’t hurt, depending on what it’s from.  Many would call it a movie quote game, but growing up, my sister and I simply called it by the question that follows the offering.

The quote I used to catch my sister with constantly was “Making goo-goo eyes at Jane.”  She could never remember what movie it’s from and it drove her mad.  I could ask her every day of the week and she would forget the answer from day to day.  There are obviously standardquotes that are used regularly in every day life, but when actually playing one wants to use a more challenging quote.

Everyone uses movie speak at some point in their day.  Many of our adages come from plays, films, television, even radio.  More expressions come from Shakespeare than most folks realize.  A sampling:

All the world’s a stage.

To be or not to be, that is the question.

The green eyed monster.

Method in the madness.

All that glistens is not gold.

What a piece of work is man.

Out, damn spot.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose…

Many others that I use regularly, but you get the idea.  How many times have you heard someone say “You’re gonna need a bigger boat?” when referring to trying to fit something in your car, purse, house, etc.?  Today, I’ve been enjoying a series of quotes on fb with some friends and so far no one has bothered mentioning the movie which makes it more fun.  Many movies generate quotable lines and have websites dedicated just to the quotes.  But in “What’s it from?” you actually want to pick the more obscure quote.  Obscure but still identifiable.

I speak in movie speak at work somewhat regularly and happily my boss has not only gotten used to it but even enjoys it.  At home, it’s a way of life.  And why not?  Wouldn’t we all love writers to make us sound witty?  There’s a scene in How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog (Kenneth Branagh and Robin Wright Penn-funny movie) where this exact topic is discussed.  Haven’t you walked away from a conversation at some point in your life thinking, “I wish I hadn’t said that…why couldn’t I have said this?”  You are basically wishing that a writer had followed you around that day offering up witty dialogue for that moment.

We don’t have writers following us around all day though.  Usually the things we say that we wish we could take back are not from movies.  They are our own ideas that we didn’t think all the way through before saying them.  To quote, “You can’t take it back. …Why not?… Because it’s already out there… call the police.  It’s already out there.”  Once it’s out of your mouth, it’s out there and you can’t do anything but open mouth and insert foot.  Where are the writers when you need them?

The truth of the matter is no one needs a writer.  We all just need to remember that most folks are just doing the best they can each day.  We could all slow down, think about what we are going to say before we say it.  How will the person I am going to say this to react or feel about it?  Could it be misinterpreted?  Does he look like he’s having a bad day?  Should I save my remark for later?  Should I simply say nothing and smile instead?  If we could all step outside of our own worlds and think of others for a brief moment before imposing our pressing issues upon them, the world would be lovely.

Trust me, I stink at thinking before I speak.  I am a talker.  So is my one son.  So is my husband.  Explains why our youngest is the strong, silent type (though he’s catching up fast).  I’ve been working on it though.  I’ll take a brief pause before I speak, or I’ll preface something that I know might come across weird by explaining that I’m working through how to say something.  Baby steps.  Baby steps out of the office.  Baby steps down the hall.

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