Movies

“Choose life.”

From: Trainspotting, T2: Trainspotting… and a T-Shirt

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Mark “Rent Boy” Renton

The story behind the quote: This quote actually comes from a litany of sources but it’s most popular coming from the the black comedy film from 1996 Trainspotting. The film is about a heroin addict named Mark “Rent Boy” Renton (played by Ewan MacGregor) and his friends and their generally drug fueled lifestyle. The film eventually spawned a sequel, T2: Trainspotting, which reunited pretty much the entire cast from the first film.

The quote is usually said at the very start, followed by a long monologue of other things you can “choose.” In Trainspotting, Mark Renton delivers it over a voiceover while running away from something.

In T2: Trainspotting, Mark Renton delivers an updated monologue to reflect the modern time period…

Oh, and Renton was upfront saying that the original meaning of this week’s quote was from an anti-drug campaign in the 1980’s anti-drug slogan. In fact, it was pretty big in some areas and it was even put on t-shirts. In fact, if you look at George Michael’s shirt in Wham’s! music video of Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, you can actually see it plastered on it.

Geek wisdom: There is so much in life that is good but you have to choose to live first. You have to choose life before you can actually start to enjoy what it can offer.

“No one puts Baby in a corner.”

From: Dirty Dancing

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Johnny Castle

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the low-budget (really) film, Dirty Dancing. The film was made on a shoestring budget of only $6 million and has since raked in more than $200 millions since its 1987 release.

The quote comes from pretty much the end of the film. Johnny Castle (played by the late Patrick Swayze) returns to perform the last dance of the season, even though he was already fired. He then confronts the father of Frances “Baby” Houseman (played by Jennifer Grey) and delivers the quote before the two dance provocatively to the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

Oh, and just in case you came here looking for it, here’s Johnny and Baby dancing to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” below.

Geek wisdom: While parents only mean well and try their best to protect their children, they will have the impulse to become a little overprotective. If you are a child or a teenager, you have to understand that and try to prove that you’re trustworthy enough to handle yourself. If you are a parent, you will have to eventually let go and hope that you raised your children well enough to recognize what’s right and wrong.

I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

From: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Jessica Rabbit

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The movie was groundbreaking for several reasons. While it wasn’t the first movie to mix live action and animation, it was probably one of the best ones to do so as the actors and animated characters blended seemlessly together. The second reason was the amazing mix of animated characters, with Disney and Looney Tunes characters both in the same film for the first time.

The quote comes from the middle of the film from Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner) and Roger Rabbit’s husband. Jessica pleads to Eddie Valiant (played by Bob Hoskins) to help find her husband, who is now on the run for suspicion of murder. Jessica comments that it’s difficult to be as beautiful as she is. She then delivers the quote to emphasize that she is the way she is.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, our circumstances in life will determine what we’ll be. There are going to be people who just haven’t had all the opportunities or have stuff thrust on us that we cannot control. But just because you don’t have all the opportunities, that doesn’t mean you have to let it control your life. You will have times to change those circumstances and make it work for you. Much like Jessica Rabbit, she uses the way she was drawn to her advantage.

“I am Groot.”

From: Guardians of the Galaxy

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Groot

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from, well, Groot from the Marvel film and surprise hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, it was a surprise that a movie that featured a bunch of Marvel characters that only hardcore comic book collectors know about managed to smash all sorts of box office records!

Anyway, the quote is actually the only thing that Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) can say as explained by Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper).

Actually, the explanation why Groot says just these three words, it turns out it just sounds like he is just saying I Am Groot. Underneath those three little words are a series of inflections and very subtle tonal changes that acts like his vocabulary.

There’s actually an entire language he speaks but you have to be incredibly astute to understand all of those almost negligible changes in pitches and speed to understand him.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, it’s not what you say but how you say it. In fact, sometimes, the way you say something may change the meaning of the words themselves. Additionally, you have to also remember that actions speak louder than words. While we may not be able to understand what Groot is saying practically all the time, he lets his actions do the talking for him most of the time.

“A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.”

From: Cool Runnings

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Irving “Irv” Blitzer

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the American comedy Cool Runnings. The film is based on a true story of the first Jamaican bobsledding team, which is strange in itself as the country isn’t known for snow, and their journey to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The quote comes near the conclusion of the film. Derice Bannock (played by Leon Robinson) asks his coach, disgraced Olympic gold medalist Irving “Irv” Blitzer (played by John Candy) why he resorted to cheating, especially when he already had fame and fortune. Irv tries to explain that he had to keep on winning because that was his whole life. Derice can’t still understand, so Irv then delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: If you make it your sole purpose in life to just accumulate material items, wealth and fame, you’ll never be satisfied with your lot in life as you’ll always want more. Sometimes, you have to just be happy and content with what you have.

“You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.”

From: Bruce Almighty

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: God

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from God. Well, actually it comes from Morgan Freeman, who plays God in the 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty. The film also stars Jim Carrey, who play Bruce Nolan, a down on his luck reporter who is given God’s omnipotent power to see if he can do any better.

The quote comes near the end of the film as both of them clean up the mess that Bruce did during his “tenure” as God by giving everything they prayed for. God then give Bruce a tip on what a real miracle is all about…

Geek wisdom: We all want to achieve our wants and desires. That’s not the problem. The issue is that a lot of us don’t want to put in the time and effort to actually achieve them. We like to complain and gripe about how our live has turned out and we weren’t given the right opportunities. But sometimes, lady luck isn’t on our side. This is when we have to make our own luck. Our own opportunities and our own miracles. We just have to work for it.

“Get off my lawn.”

From: Gran Torino

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Walt Kowalski

The story behind the quote: The quote comes the 2008 drama Gran Torino, which starred and also directed by Clint Eastwood. In the film, Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, an aging Vietnam veteran who lives in a bad neighborhood of Detroit. Many poor Hmong immigrants have moved into the neighborhood as of late and, as such, gang violence has become rather commonplace in Walt’s area.

The quote comes from the early part of the film. One of the gang leaders try to bully Thao, one of the Hmong teens living in the area, to try out for his gain. However, this leads into a major squabble, which spills into Walt’s property. This is when Walt gets his shotgun and delivers the quote. And, despite the gang trying to intimidate Walt, he doesn’t back down.

Geek wisdom: You may be older but that doesn’t mean that the other, younger generation have the right to disrespect you. In fact, it is the younger people that should try to learn from the older generation and try to respect their boundaries. If they don’t, then it’s the older person/s right to demand the respect they deserve.

“Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”

From: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Dumbledore

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the fourth film of the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Note that I said that the quote comes from the movies as, while Dumbledore does say something like this week’s quote, it isn’t the exact quote.

Anyway, the quote comes near the end of the film. Dumbledore (played by Michael Gambon) talks to Harry (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and the headmaster of Hogwarts tries to warn The Boy Who Lived about the impending attack of Lord Voldemort. This is when he delivers the quote.

On a side note, the quote from the book reads as such: Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good and kind and brave because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort.

Geek wisdom: It is difficult to fight back, especially when against specific circumstances. You may be fighting against a greater opponent who’s stronger or even something like a practice that is being done that is simply wrong but no one questions it. It would be so easy to just lay down and not fight back. However, that is the easy way and we have to be brave and look at injustice for what it is and decide to combat it.

“You must unlearn what you have learned.”

From: The Empire Strikes Back

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Yoda

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from one of the most popular sci-fi geek movie franchises of all time, Star Wars. More specifically, this week’s quote comes from The Empire Strikes Back. While I have already covered a bunch of quotes from Yoda, one of the greatest Jedi Masters from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, that doesn’t mean that I’ve run out of quotes from him! Actually, this quote is closely linked to one of Yoda’s other quotes I’ve covered before. But it is still worthy of getting a separate entry here.

The quote comes from the middle of the film, while Luke Skywalker is training in Dagobah with Yoda in the ways of The Force. R2-D2 alerts Luke that his X-Wing is sinking in the swamp. While Luke thinks it’s impossible to get his ship out now, Yoda tells him that he seems so sure of it when he really shouldn’t…

Geek wisdom: At some point, we are satisfied with what we know and we are so sure of ourselves regarding this knowledge. We stop questioning alternatives and just go with what we know without even seeing if these new methods or if these new discoveries are true. We have to be open to new ideas and give them a try even if they seem like they wouldn’t work.

“Oh, what a day… What a lovely day!”

From: Mad Max: Fury Road

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Nux

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from Mad Max: Fury Road. This is the fourth installment of the Mad Max series of films which takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where gangs ravage the wasteland and scavenge for whatever food and fuel is left. In this entry, Mad Max (played this time by Tom Hardy) joins forces with Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron) as the latter tries to rescue a group of girls from a savage gang leader named Immortan Joe.

The quote comes from early in the film. Furiosa steers her tanker into a sandstorm in the hopes of shaking off a group of Immortan Joe’s party. The chasing party drives into the storm as well, leading to some of their deaths. However, one driver, Nux (played by Nicolas Hoult), manages to survive. As he has been trained since birth to treat death as a glorious new phase of life, he utters the quote in glee.

Geek wisdom: Always start out each day with a positive outlook. We do have a tendency to look at the day ahead with gloom because of various circumstances. But you never know. The day ahead may also be one of the best days of your life. Try to think positive and look forward to the day because it just may be one of the most fruitful ones you may experience.