Category Archives: Excerpts from films

#11 Excerpts – Fight Club

Tyler: Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.

Fight Club is considered by some the most iconic performance by Brad Pitt. I wonder how much of the credit goes to the awesome twists and turns the plot provides. If you have watched the film already and you want to see what you missed (or maybe what you did not miss) check out this video!

#9 Excerpts – Years Shall Run Like Rabbits

But all the clocks in the city

Began to whirr and chime:

O let not Time deceive you,

You cannot conquer Time.

In headaches and in worry

Vaguely life leaks away,

And Time will have his fancy

To-morrow or to-day.

From Before Sunrise, an excerpt of the W H Auden poem, “As I Walked Out One Evening

#9 Excerpts – Funeral Blues

Funeral Blues ~ W H Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling in the sky the message He is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

I came across the poem on watching Four Weddings And A Funeral by Mike Newell. John Hannah, reads the poem on the funeral of his lover inspiring Hugh Grant to do whatever he can to be with his love. You can watch the video here.

#8 Excerpts – Conversation with the creator (The Truman Show)

Christof: Truman, you can speak. I can hear you!

Truman: Who are you?

Christof: I am the creator of a television show that gives people hope and joy and inspiration to millions

Truman: And who am I?

Christof: You’re the star…

Truman: Was nothing real?

Christof: You were real. That’s what made you so good to watch…

(Truman turns to exit)

Christof: (interrupts) Listen to me Truman. There is no more truth out there than there is in the world I created for you. Same lies, same deceit… But in my world you have nothing to fear. I know you better than you know yourself.

Truman: You never had a camera in my head.

Christof: You’re afraid. That’s why you can’t leave. It’s okay Truman, I understand. I have been watching you your whole life. I was watching when you were born. I was watching when you took your first step. Watched you on your first day to school. The episode when you lost your first tooth! (laughs) You can’t leave Truman. You belong here, with me. Talk to me. Say something… Say something god-damn-it you’re on television. You’re live to the whole world.

Truman: In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night.

(laughs)

(takes a bow)

From The Truman Show (1998)

The conversation between True Man (Truman) and Christ Of (Christof). You can watch the video here.

#7 Excerpts – Amélie’s Introduction

Narrator: On September 3rd 1973, at 6:28pm and 32 seconds, a bluebottle fly capable of 14,670 wing beats a minute landed on Rue St Vincent, Montmartre. At the same moment, on a restaurant terrace nearby, the wind magically made two glasses dance unseen on a tablecloth. Meanwhile, in a 5th-floor flat, 28 Avenue Trudaine, Paris 9, returning from his best friend’s funeral, Eugène Colère erased his name from his address book. At the same moment, a sperm with one X chromosome, belonging to Raphaël Poulain, made a dash for an egg in his wife Amandine. Nine months later, Amélie Poulain was born.

From the film Amélie (2001)

 

#6 Excerpts – The Dark Knight

Batman: You’ll hunt me. You’ll condemn me, set the dogs on me. Because that’s what needs to happen. Because sometimes… The truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.

Gordon’s Son: Batman? Batman! Why is he running, Dad?

Commissioner James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.

Gordon’s Son: He didn’t do anything wrong.

Commissioner James GordonBecause he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

Chris Nolan is known for his epic climaxes. At least after the Prestige he is! The excerpt works totally fine with Hans Zimmer’s phenomenal music.

 

#4 Excerpts – It is not just a watch, a legacy! (Pulp fiction)

“So he hid it in the one place he knew he could hide something: his ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then, he died of dysentery. He gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass, two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you.”

~ Captain Koons (Christopher Walken)

The greatest way to pass on family heirlooms!

Watch the video here.

 

 

#3 Excerpts – Just keep breathing (Cast Away)

 

We both had done the math. Kelly added it all up and…
Knew she had to let me go. I added it up, and knew that I had…
Lost her.
‘cos I was never gonna get off that island.
I was gonna die there, totally alone. I was gonna get sick, or get injured or something. The only choice I had, the only thing I could control was when, and how, and where it was going to happen.
So… I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it, you know? Of course. You know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so, I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over *nothing*.
And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again.
So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass…
And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?

~ Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks)

From Cast Away

Portrayed beautifully by a simple semi trolly circle, depicting the change of perspective of the character.

#2 Excerpts – 10 Things I Hate About You (a sonnet)

I hate the way you talk to me,

and the way you cut your hair.

I hate the way you drive my car,

I hate it when you stare.

I hate your big dumb combat boots

and the way you read my mind.

I hate you so much it makes me sick,

it even makes me rhyme.

I hate the way you’re always right,

I hate it when you lie.

I hate it when you make me laugh,

even worse when you make me cry.

I hate it when you’re not around,

and the fact that you didn’t call.

But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you,

not even close…

not even a little bit…

not even at all.

The only part of the film which shows some relevance to the title. Perfected by a great performance by Julia Stiles

(From the film 10 Things I Hate About You)