Not much to say about this other than its amazing.
Not much to say about this other than its amazing.
It’s been a while since we posted what was supposed to be a regular feature around here. Truth be told, I’ve just been saving my wad for what is probably the second best military speech in the history of cinema. Mr. Lee Emery in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Despite Kubrick being my favorite director of all time, I never much cared for the second half of this film. But I can watch the boot camp bits over and over and over. No small part of that appreciation is due to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and his spot on performance of the meanest sum’ bitch this side of the Mississippi. Also part of the reason I never joined the Marine Corp.
“You had better… start shitting me Tiffany cuff links!”
So you might have noticed a little feature around here we like to call “Great Movie Speeches.” It’s a fun exercise and it gets people talking (occasionally). But this edit job by Matthew Belinkie really goes above and beyond. He has put together 40 inspirational movie speeches cleverly edited together within a two minute capsule. Some of them go by so fast I’m not able to process the title of the movie before the next one is already showing. There are some real gems in here that I never would’ve thought of. Thanks to regular reader Mary for the heads up… Enjoy!
Call this the final post to purge my recent obsession with Bernardo Bertolucci‘s The Sheltering Sky. This is a film that got slammed pretty hard upon its 1990 release, and yet I find myself going back to it again and again. Pauline Kael once said that great films are rarely perfect ones. And that is certainly the case here. Take for instance, Bertolucci’s choice of injecting the author of the book, Paul Bowles as a cast member, and omnipotent narrator. Paul has a scene near the beginning of the film in which he offers voice-over to give some insight into the leading couple Port and Kit Moresby (John Malkovich and Debra Winger). This is quite redundant, because everything up to that point has been shown far more elegantly in a visual sense. Yet, Bowles craggy face (he was over 80 at the time, with his novel more than 40 years behind him) gives the picture a memorable jump. He has a great cinematic face captured in stillness (no lips moving) by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. The film concludes with the below voice-over, somewhat of a summation of the human experience which reflects on Kit and Port’s travails over the course of the motion picture. Humbling may be the appropriate word to sum up The Sheltering Sky. Again, this voice-over is a redundant addition to the film; yet utterly encaptivating.
The Sheltering Sky is full of these strange things that happen unexpectedly, the plot is wildly unpredictable, and fluctuates between the extreme and the mundane. Things also have a cyclic structure, not the least of which is the docks and cafe that the film opens and closes at. In the end, the film is unique and unusual enough to warrant several viewings to take all it has to offer in, and is certainly not worthy of the dismissal it received at the time of its release.
Occasionally a speech comes along that isn’t meant to inspire or rally the troops or the like. Sometimes a character has to just get something off their chest. Juliet did something like that from her balcony and Derek Zoolander said a few words at his friend’s funeral. But no one has ever been able to convey anger and frustration as effectively as the likes of Clark W. Griswold Jr. “We’re gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny fuckin’ Kaye!”
Major SPOILER ALERT here. If you have not seen Deep Blue Sea, it’s probably best not to watch the following clip. However, it might be one of the best WTF moments in cinema history. We have Sam The Man giving quite the inspirational speech to bring “the troops” together and overcome nature’s wrath/threat; because only man has the superior intellect and ability to work together to defeat nature’s harshest enemies. I’m pretty sure no one saw this one coming. Apparently “walking the earth like Caine in Kung Fu” didn’t pan out too well…
This one goes beyond inspiration. It’s also convincingly strong propaganda. This is the kind of leader the world needs today. Someone to put things into perspective so we can all understand. Someone who tells it like it is and isn’t afraid of the political backlash. Sometimes a speech just makes you wanna stand up and cheer. The world needs: Gary.
While continuing on with this series I find that most of the best movie speeches are either for inspiration or instruction. Quite often they are military related in nature. Courtrooms are another good place to look for some young hotshot to deliver a rousing spectacle of verbal consciousness. But sometimes… sometimes. A movie comes along in the mid-80’s – a decade of excess – with dialogue only written to make Tom Cruise look cool. And it works.
A new feature I’ve decided to start. Mostly because I love starting features here and then never following up. At any rate, I started thinking of great movie speeches/soliloquies and came up with several. Several good ones actually. So a great idea for a regular post.
Here’s one I know we’re pretty big fans of around here. Alec Baldwin kicks a lot of ass in The Departed, but not as much face melting, ass-kickery as he performs in Glengarry Glen Ross. No more commentary, no more thoughts. Behold, for the first installment of “Row Three’s Movie Speech Series,” the greatness that is Alec “Fuck you!” Baldwin: