From: Catch Me If You Can
Who said it?: Carl Hanratty
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2002 crime film Catch Me If You Can. The film was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and is based on the autobiography of con artist Frank Abagnale, who had managed to elude the police for years due to his quick thinking and charm.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Frank Abagnale (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) calls the lead of the task force created to catch him, Carl Hanratty (played by Tom Hanks). Frank calls Carl on Christmas Eve to gloat as he managed to trick him into letting him go. Carl then realizes why Frank is even calling him up and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: All the success and money in the world is worthless unless you have people to share it with.
From: Black Swan
Who said it?: Nina Sayers
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror film, Black Swan. The movie focuses on Nina Sayers who gets the prima ballerina role as the Odette/The White Swan due to her grace. However, she fails to get the other half of the role of Odile/The Black Swan as she does not have the unbridled fury and power in her dancing and the role goes to the relative newcomer, Lily. Despite getting the role of a lifetime as the White Swan, Nina Sayers becomes obsessed with the Black Swan role and is paranoid that Lily is sabotaging her chances.
The quote comes from the very end of the film. Nina (played by Natalie Portman) has claimed both the White and Black Swan roles and performs both roles flawlessly, despite having stabbed herself during a hallucination in the middle of the show. At the climax, she falls off the edge of the stage to simulate Odette committing suicide and everyone rushes to congratulate her for a brilliant performance. The director notices the blood gushing from Nina’s side and tries to ask what happened. This is when Nina, finally achieving her goal, delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Is the cost of perfection worth losing everything, including yourself? An unhealthy obsession with anything is ultimately just that: unhealthy. Sometimes it’s always a good idea to take a step back to see if something is worth all the trouble.
From: Black Panther
Who said it?: King T’Challa
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2018 Marvel superhero film, Black Panther. The movie focuses on the newly crowned King T’Challa of Wakanda. On the outside, the country of Wakanda seems like a impoverished country but, underneath it all, it’s actually a very technologically advanced nation thanks to the enormous amount of vibranium in the land. When Wakanda is threatened by outside forces, King T’Challa dons the Black Panther suit to defeat them.
The quote comes during the after credits scene. Realizing that isolating themselves when other nations are struggling is wrong, King T’Challa (played by the late Chadwick Boseman) delivers a speech to the United Nations, stating how every country and everyone in the planet must treat each other as if they were one tribe. He delivers the quote during the speech.
Geek wisdom: Especially during times of crises, all of us have to work together. It’s the only way we can get through them and fighting among ourselves is not the long lasting answer to our planet’s survival.
Who said it?: Billy Loomis
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1996 horror/slasher film Scream. Directed by Wes Craven, Scream takes place in a sleepy town of Woodsboro. The peace of the town is broken when a serial killer named Ghostface starts killing individuals seemingly indiscriminately. This movie successfully revitalized the horror movie genre, which had been failing throughout the ’90s.
The quote comes from the climax of the film. It’s revealed that Ghostface is actually two people: Billy Loomis (played by Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (played by Matthew Lillard). The pair plan to frame the father of Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell) for the murders and go so far as to injure themselves badly to make themselves look like victims. When Sidney comments they’ve become insane from watching too many horror movies, Billy rebukes this and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s never just one thing that makes a person do seemingly crazy things. It’s usually the culmination of many different little things throughout their life that pushes them over the edge to act on these urges. We all should be looking at the underlying reason for someone’s action and not what ultimately caused them to act on them.
From: Lyle Straight
Who said it?: The Straight Story
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney film, The Straight Story. Directed by David Lynch, the film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight who, upon learning that Lyle Straight, his estranged brother, suffered a stroke, makes the long trip to visit him. However, as he has poor eyesight and in poor health, he has been denied a driver’s license. So, to circumvent this, he decides to take the arduous trip on his lawn mower.
The quote comes at the very end of the film. Alvin Straight (played by Richard Farnsworth) finally arrives at his brother’s home. His brother Lyle (played by Harry Dean Stanton) greets him on his porch. Realizing that Alvin must have used the lawn mower and how long and troublesome the trip must have taken him, Lyle tearfully delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: People will go through painful things for the people they love. But it doesn’t matter to them. What matters is that they’re there for their loved ones. That’s what true love is.
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Fairy Godmother
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the classic 1950 animated Disney film, Cinderella. The film is a basically a retelling of the fairy tale based on an old folk tale that does follow the general beats of the story seen in the movie. The story focuses on a girl named Cinderella who is living with her abusive step family. But her fortunes change when her fairy godmother helps her get into the royal ball to meet her Prince Charming.
The quote comes somewhere near the middle of the film. After her stepsisters destroy the gown she made for the ball. Cinderella is left alone in the house, distraught. Her fairy godmother appears and says there’s still time to get to the ball and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Not all good things come instantly. Sometimes, you have to be patient for these good things to come.
Who said it?: Shrek
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Dreamworks animated film Shrek, which was released in 2001. The film focuses on a ogre named Shrek who makes a deal with a lord. If Shrek succeeds in rescuing a princess, the lord will evict all of the fairytale creatures who have started living in the ogre’s swampland.
The quote comes near the start of the film. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) head off to where the princess is. Donkey asks Shrek as to why he didn’t just threaten the lord into giving him what he wants. After the ogre describes other horrible deeds stereotypically done by his kind, Shrek tells Donkey there’s more to ogres and delivers the quote.
UPDATE: Thanks to DJ Miller for correcting who said the quote as I mistakenly posted the wrong character before.
UPDATE 2: Thanks to Isaac Wurmbrand for correcting me regarding the correct film.
Geek wisdom: People are like ogres in this sense. While it’s easy to judge a person by a first impression, always remember there’s going to be something much deeper in their personalities that may not be apparent on the outset.
From: Doctor Strange
Who said it?: The Ancient One
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the 2016 Marvel superhero film, Doctor Strange. The film focuses on the titular Doctor Stephen Strange who, while looking for a cure for his disabled hands, stumbles upon a monastery that teaches actual magical abilities. He then dedicates his life in learning the mystical arts.
The quote comes near the end of the film. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) enters the astral plane where his teacher, the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton) is slowly dying. They have a conversation and the Ancient One reminds Strange of his fear of failure. Strange thinks it’s what made him a great doctor but the Ancient One rebuffs him and it’s actually what has kept him from true greatness and why he’s never truly felt happiness. This is when she delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We are just a small part of the world and to think the world revolves around us is silly. In order for the world to be better, we have to work together for the greater good, not just for our selfish indulgences.
From: Thor: Ragnarok
Who said it?: Odin
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote come from the third Thor film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Thor as he has to escape the planet of Sakaar in order to return home to Asgard, which is about to be taken over and ruled over by Hela, the Goddess of Death.
The quote comes close to the climax of the movie. Near death, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) has a vision of his father, Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins). Thor feels powerless as Hela destroyed his hammer and Hela has already taken over Asgard. This is when Odin delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Home isn’t necessary the place you live in or the place you lay your head to sleep. Home is wherever you make it to be. Home is where your family is, no matter where you are.
Who said it?: Eames
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Christopher Nolan sci-fi action/heist film, Inception. The film has a group of people who invade a person’s dream to extract secrets. However, in this case, the team was hired to implant a thought into their target.
The quote comes in the middle of the film. The team is attacked by the target’s subconscious and the group is pinned down. They attempt to fight back with guns they can, as they are in a dream world, conjure from out of their imaginations. During the battle, Eames (played by Tom Hardy) pulls out a grenade launcher and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Don’t limit your imagination and always dream as big as possible.