Movies

“Who you gonna call?”

From: Ghostbusters (1984)

Genre: Movies, Music

Who said it?: Ray Parker Jr.

The story behind the quote: This quote comes the extremely popular film from 1984, Ghostbusters… sort of. While it wasn’t said in the actual movie, it was sung in the theme song for the film. And it was also sung in another film bearing the same name.

Everyone knows the original iconic Ghostbusters theme song sung by Ray Parker Jr. I mean, the song was just so catchy and memorable at the time and perfectly encapsulated the rather whimsy tone of the movie. The song was actually nominated for an Oscar and reached the number one spot on Billboard for three consecutive weeks.

Of course, when the franchise was rebooted in 2016, they had to find a way to recreate the song to suit modern audiences, which is why they got Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott to remix the song. The iconic lyric (and this week’s quote) obviously had to be written in the song.

Geek wisdom: Use the right tool for the job. Substitutes may do in a pinch but nothing beats the most appropriate equipment for the problem at hand. If you need to hammer a nail, use a hammer if you have one handy. If you need to eliminate ghosts and the supernatural, call the Ghostbusters. It just makes sense.

“As you wish.”

From: The Princess Bride

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Carl Denham

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote is, once again, from Vida! Two in a row! Many thanks, Vida! Keep them coming!

The quote comes from the incredibly popular film adaption of the book, The Princess Bride. While the film was a modest success when it came out in 1987, it only really gained success when it came out in home video. Even so, it’s not hard to see why the film was so popular as it was a children’s adventure film with enough wit and whimsy for an adult to enjoy.

The quote is actually kind of a catchphrase for Westley, played by Cary Elwes. In the film, Westley starts out as a simple farm boy in love with Buttercup, played by Robin Wright. Whatever Buttercup orders Westley to do, he does it and only says the quote. This does become important in the middle of the story after Westley’s ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts and is lost at sea, leaving Buttercup to think Westley has perished. However, she realizes her mistake when she herself comes face to face with the Dread Pirate Roberts.

Fun fact: In the book, Buttercut actually doesn’t figure out what Westley means by “as you wish” as she’s a little bit dim in the original work.

Geek wisdom: Now, let me quote Vida regarding the specific geek wisdom from this beautiful quote…

“Westley is expressing his unconditional love for Buttercup, showing that whatever hardships or obstacles, True Love always endures and triumphs. The geek wisdom here is having faith in the power of love, and that love is eternal whether the person is here or across the seas on a pirate ship or in the afterlife. “As you wish” is the absence of ego and the need to be first in a relationship, and says the other personʻs happiness is as important as your own. “

“What’s in the box?”

From: Seven (stylized “Se7en”)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Detective David Mills

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the climactic scene of the crime thriller, Seven, which revolves around a serial killer mimicking the seven deadly sins of the Bible. Oddly enough, the line itself, already mundane by itself, is only said verbatim once or twice in the scene. However, thanks to brilliant directing and storytelling, this rather ordinary quote has become incredibly memorable.

In the final moments of the movie, the serial killer John Doe (played by Kevin Spacey) leads Detectives David Mills (played by Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (played by Morgan Freeman) to the middle of the desert where they receive a package. Mills guards Doe while Somerset checks out the package. When the grizzled detective opens it, he is shocked and disturbed. While this is happening, Doe tells Mills that he envies his life and implies that he beheaded the detective’s wife, implying that is what’s in the box. Somerset tries to placate Mills but the young detective asks his partner what was in the package they received…

Geek wisdom: We like to think we’re ready for everything and anything. However, this is just not true. There are even some questions we don’t want to hear the answers to because we know how devastating they can be.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

From: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

Genre: Movies/Books

Who said it?: Dumbledore… sort of.

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote was submitted by Vida. We over here are MyGeekWisdom highly appreciate helping out! I’ll actually be quoting Vida for the most part…

 

“Harry went into the forest to meet death at the hands of Voldemort and has awakened to find himself at “Kingʻs Cross” station with Dumbledore instead. This quote occurs after their discussion about recent events and the Elder Wand, with Harry deciding to return to the forest to help his friends defeat the Death Eaters and Voldemort. Harry asks if their conversation is real or only happening in his head…and this is Dumbledoreʻs reply.”

The quote is also given in the film adaption of the book. However, the line is a little bit different…

 

Geek wisdom: “What I find comical and appealing about this quote is how often Dumbledoreʻs views about life can seem quirky and eccentric to most of the other characters. Ron calls him “mad” (in a good way of course). But when one unpacks Dumbledoreʻs statements, there is usually some deeper logic or no logic at all, only Dumbledore highlighting the many paradoxes of life.”

Another way to think of the quote is that, just because something is imaginary or you just conjured it up in your noggin, that doesn’t mean that it can’t have meaning.

“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.