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10 of the best movie quotes- part one

13 Jan

1. “Jake, you want to write? There’s the typewriter. Turn it on! That’s what it comes down to. It’s simple.”  Chinese coffee (2000)

 

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2. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The Godfather (1972)

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3. “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” What a girl wants (2003)

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4. “Sometimes I wish I had never met you. Because then I could go to sleep at night not knowing there was someone like you out there.” Good will hunting (1997)

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5. “You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.” Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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6. “Yes, behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes, folks!” Bruce Almighty (2003)

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7. “I’m Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin’ with the best!” Scarface (1983)

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8. “Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.” Taxi driver (1976)

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9. “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” Animal Crackers (1930)

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10. Don’t get too cocky my boy. No matter how good you are don’t ever let them see you coming. That’s the gaffe my friend. You gotta keep yourself small. Innocuous. Be the little guy. You know, the nerd, the leper, shit-kickin’ surfer. Look at me, underestimated from day one. You’d never think I was a master of the universe, now would ya? The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

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10 movies based on books- part I

13 Jan

1. Strangers on a train (1951). Based on the novel of the same name written by Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a train represents one of the best movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Guy Haines, a successful tennis player, while on a train trip, meets a total stranger who presents him with the possibility to get rid of his unfaithful wife: murder. Only this one will be a little different, Bruno will kill Guy’s wife, and in return, Guy will help him get rid of his father.

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2. The Shining (1980). Based on Stephen King’s eponymous book, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the movie tells the story of a frustrated alcoholic writer who takes a winter job in an isolated mountain hotel, haunted by ghosts from the past. After he moves in the now emptied hotel with his wife and son, strange and unexplained things start to happen.

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3. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) tells the story of David “Noodles” Aaronson and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles’ 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past.(RottenTomatoes). The movie used The Hoods, a novel by Harry Grey as the model for the story.

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4. In cold blood (1967). The movie was based on Truman Capote’s book of the same name and it tells the true story of two drifters who murder a family, are caught by the police and executed.

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5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), directed by Miloš Forman, and based on the 1962 eponymous novel by Ken Kesey. R. P. McMurphy, a recidivist criminal, is sent to a mental institution for evaluation. Unable to stand the unpleasant medical treatments and the humiliation used by Nurse Ratched to suppress the patients, McMurphy rallies with the others to take her down.

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6. Psycho (1960) is based on the 1959 novel of the same name, written by Robert Bloch. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. After embezzling money from her boss, Marion Crane, a secretary who’s unhappy in her job, and frustrated in her relationship, flees in her car. On her way to her boyfriend’s house in California, she stops at the isolated Bates motel where the strange  innkeeper, who lives with his mother, announces her she is the first customer in weeks. While taking a shower she is brutally murdered.

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7. The Godfather (1972). Based on a script written by Mario Puzo, the author of the eponymous book, and directed by one of the best directors of all times, Francis ford Coppola, the movie tells the story of the Corleones, a powerful New York crime family. With the participation of two exceptional actors, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino (who was rejected initially), The Godfather had a strong impact on the public at large and is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

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8. The green mile (1999) is a movie adapted after the Stephen King novel of the same name. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is the head guard on the Death Row “The Green Mile” when a new inmate is brought into his custody. John Coffey is sentenced to death for the murder of two young girls. He is shy, soft-spoken, and emotional and he soon surprises everyone with his ability to perform what seem to be miracles of healing.

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9. Schindler’s List (1993) is a highly successful drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and based on the historical novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally. It tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi Party member who saved 1,200 Jews from concentration camps all over Poland and Germany.

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10. L.A. Confidential is a 1997 movie based on James Elroy’s book of the same name. It tells the story of a group of LAPD officers, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The action takes place during the 1950’s and the title refers to a scandal magazine from back then.

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10 great Al Pacino movies

9 Jan

1. The Godfather (1972). Based on a script written by Mario Puzo, the author of the eponymous book, and directed by one of the best directors of all times, Francis ford Coppola, the movie tells the story of the Corleones, a powerful New York crime family. With the participation of two exceptional actors, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino (who was rejected initially), The Godfather had a strong impact on the public at large and is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

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2. The Godfather part II (1974) continues the story of the Corleones, with Michael Corleone now in charge of the family business.

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3. The Godfather part III finds Don Michael Corleone wracked with guilt for his past decisions, and in the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings as he promised years before. Coppola, who initially wanted to name the movie The Death of Michael Corleone but was rejected by the studio, stated that The Godfather series is in fact two films, and Part III is the epilogue.

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4. The Panic in Needle Park (1971) portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in “Needle Park” and the love story between two of them, Bobby and Helen.

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5. Bobby Deerfield (1977). Deerfield, an American race car driver on the European circuit  is obsessing about a recent deadly accident his friend had. On his quest to find out why the accident happened, he meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman who is terminally ill.

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6. Serpico (1973) tells the story of a honest cop who tries to find his place in the NY police and to expose corruption in the force. The script was based on the biography of Frank Serpico, an NYPD officer, and covers twelve years (from 1960 to June 15, 1972) of his life.

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7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975). The film was inspired by P.F. Kluge’s article “The Boys in the Bank”, which tells the story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile on August 22, 1972.

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8. Scarface (1983). Directed by Brian de Palma and written by Oliver Stone, with Al Pacino as the main character, Scarface represents one of the masterpieces of the american cinematography. Dedicated to the director (Howard Hawks) and the screenwriter (Ben Hecht) of the original 1932 version, the film tells the story of a Cuban refugee who comes to Miami in 1980, and becomes a drug cartel kingpin during the cocaine boom of the 80s.

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9. The Devil’s Advocate (1997). Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves), a defense attorney in Florida, who has never lost a case, is approached by a representative of the New York law firm Milton, Chadwick & Waters, who offers him a large sum of money to help the firm with a jury selection. Satisfied by the outcome of the trial, Milton (Al Pacino) offers him a job at his firm, a big salary and a luxurious apartment. Although prevented by his mother that nothing good will come out of it, he is too greedy to refuse the offer and moves to Manhattan with his wife. Soon after, the problems begin to disturb their perfect lives.

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10. Chinese Coffee (2000) is one of the three movies directed by Al Pacino (so far). He plays the role of Harry Levine, an unsuccessful writer in his forties, who struggles to escape misery. The action takes place mostly in his friend’s Jake Manheim apartment (a photographer who missed his chance at being a writer) where they argue about money, relationships, their friendship and Harry’s book.

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