Happiness is Having a Library Card: Another 13 of the Best Fictional Libraries

So if you’ve been following me, you are pretty aware of my love of libraries.

A few years ago I did a post on 13 of my favorite fictional libraries from TV, film, and books. I really enjoyed doing it as I love libraries!

But after I did it, I noticed more amazing libraries. So here we go, another 13 Favorite Fictional Libraries.

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13) Bruce Templeton’s Library from The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

In The Glass Bottom Boat, by chance Jennifer Nelson (Doris Day), NASA tour guide and mermaid for her father’s glass bottom boat business, meets “Space Science Wizard” and inventor, Bruce Templeton (Rod Taylor). He likes her and hires her to write about his “new” project so he can spend time and woo her. The only problem is, he’s working on Top Secret Project GISMO, that Russian spies are after. Due to a simple misunderstanding, the CIA believe Jennifer to be a spy trying to get information from him. The actions afterwards are zany slapstick. And when Jennifer finds out the truth, boy does she get mad-and even.

Why the library is awesome!: So after Bruce made millions on all his inventions, he bought a gigantic house and made it state of the art. With all that money, you know he went to work creating a wonderful library as well. Just imagine what kind of books he owns!

For more on The Glass Bottom Boat, go to Mata Hari Stops At Nothing. Nothing Comes Between Mata Hari and What She Wants: The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

12)The King’s Son’s Library in The Garden of Paradise by Hans Christian Anderson

The King’s Son loves to read and has read all the books on everything in the world. However, he is severely disappointed that there is nothing on the Garden of Paradise. He bemoans that they have missed out on the wonders and berates Adam and Eve for giving into temptation and how he would have done better. But when he gets his chance will he make the right choice, or give into temptation as well?

Why the library is awesome!: It is only mentioned in the beginning of the story, but sounds so amazing!!!

“There was once a King’s son. Nobody had so many or such beautiful books as he had. He could read about everything which had ever happened in the world and see it in the most beautiful pictures.”

I would love that as my own.

For more on Hans Christian Anderson, go to I Will Not Bend, I Will Not Break

11) Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin’s Library from Anna Karenina (1948)

So Anna Karenina is a long book that is hard to do in a simple summary, but I’ll try. Anna Karenina arrives at her brother’s home, to help out in his matrimonial woes (he was cheating on his wife with the governess). She convinces his wife to give her brother another chance and all is right. Meanwhile, Kitty (her sister-in-law) is trying to decide between two men-Levin and Count Vronsky. She chooses Count Vronsky, but after he sets eyes on Anna-that’s who he wants, even though she is married. Anna tells him to stop, but he continues to pursue her, and as her husband is more married to the state than his wife-she ultimately succumbs. While they fall into sin, Levin has a farm and in nature becomes closer to God and Kitty, as she discovers he is the better man. As this is a Russian story, the end is not happy but sad as Anna discovers the inequality of women in court and discovers that her love affair will cost her more than she ever imagined.

Why the library is awesome!: So Count Alexi has an amazing, multi-leveled library. As he is an important man of state it is probably full of law records and such, but still cool when you have so many books and such high shelves that you need a stepladder to get them. And check out that amazing writing desk and beautiful candlesticks. One classy and gorgeous library.

For more on Anna Karenina, go to Anna Karenina Made Me View Maria Bertram-Rushworth and Mary Crawford Differently

10) John Lockwood’s Museum from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

In Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom Claire Dearing and Owen have separated and she has started a group to save the dinosaurs from extinction as the volcano on the island is going to errupt. When the Senate refuses to save them, John Lockwood (John Hammond’s old partner) reaches out to Claire to go to the island and save some, relocating them to a new island and sanctuary. Claire does, but it turns out that Lockwood’s assistant, Eli Mills, sent a mercenary team to capture some and sell at an auction. Claire, Owen (he’s back of course), and two new crew members Zia Rodriguez and Franklin Webb head out to the island and follow the crew back to the estate. Will they be able to save the dinosaurs, or end up gobbled up?

Why the library is awesome!: So they call it a museum, but I consider it a library as the second floor is full of books and comfy reading chairs. This library has dinosaur fossils and the models of what they would actually look like. Plus the spiral staircases and the comfortable leather sofas. And I bet those books are full of all kinds of dinosaur information.

9) The Vampire Library in “Blood Bound” from Choices

in Blood Bound you become the assistant to the amazing buisnessman, Adrian Raines. Things take a much different turn than you expected when it turns out that Adrian is a vampire! He was turned in the Revolutionary War, and now resides on the council and is trying to create a serum that will reverse the vampire effects. Another member on the council is trying to remove Adrian and use that serum to attack. Meanwhile, while more and more people are turning into vampires, but not added to a clan (which protects them from becoming feral-mindless killers), things start escalating to a full on vampire revolution of the unprotected against the clans. Will you help Adrian and stand by the council? Or join the rebels as they try to achieve justice? The choice is yours!

Why the library is awesome!: This library is the “true” history of the world”, told from the vampires and all that really occurred. It also houses different historical and powerful artifacts.

For more on Choices, go to Desire & Decorum: Chapter 9, An Indelicate Proposal

8) Dr. Jekyll’s Library in “Nowhere to Hyde” from Scooby-Doo, Where are You! (1970)

Scooby-Doo and the gang are always going out and about to different places and running into mysteries. They can’t say no to helping and quickly get caught up on a new case. In this episode, someone stole from a jewelry store and hid in the Mystery Machine. They discover the thief-who frightens them and follow him to Dr. Jekyll’s house. Could it be that his experiments created a monster? Or is someone trying to frame him?

Why the library is awesome!: So it is not a long scene, just a snippet, but enough to make you want it. Shelves and shelves of books, on all types of subjects from science to gothic fiction. The shelves also move to reveal secret rooms and passageways and trapdoors. How awesome would it be to have a library like that?

For more on Scooby-Doo, go to Nowhere to Hyde: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? (1970)

7) Penderghast University Library in “The Elementalists” from Choices

In The Elemetalists, you play as a normal girl who finds herself in another world, at Penderghast University, studying Magick and having superhuman abilities. What will be your core Magick, who will you fall in love with, what will happen next? It’s all up to you.

Why the library is awesome!: So like Harry Potter this is a magic library, with flying books, spells, and everything you could want. Sooo cool! I especially like the flying books, how easy it would be to carry those around and send them straight to your hand!

For more on Choices, go to Desire & Decorum: Chapter 8, Ill Repute

6) Carl Conrad Coreander’s Shop in The NeverEnding Story (1984)

So in the book, Mr. Coreander runs an antique store while in the film it is a bookstore. However, as Coreander has no interest in selling any tome, it really is his library and therefore is on the list.

Bastian is a lonely, bullied boy. He lives with a checked out single dad, does not enjoy school, and escapes his sadness by reading. One day he is running from bullies when he stops in the store to hide. There he meets Mr. Coreander and spots The NeverEnding Story. Intrigued by the title, he tries to buy it, but Mr. Coreander won’t sell it. Instead Bastian steals it, intending to bring it back later after reading, and hides out in the school attic reading it. There he goes to the land of Fantasia and finds himself a PART of the story!

Why the library is awesome!: So this one is so high up the list because I love Mr. Coreander. He is an adorable curmudgeon and I just love him and get him. He is someone who is unhappy with the techno craze and loves books, wishing more people did. He loves his books and hates having them leave him. I get that as I feel the same-I wish more people, espechially kids, would put the devices down and pick books up! Plus, he has THE NEVERENDING STORY!!!! THE NEVERENDING STORY, how COOL is THAT?!!!

For more on The NeverEnding Story, go to A Book Only a Reader Could Write

5) The Reform Club in Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Phileas Fogg is a man with money and spends his days reading at the Reform Club. There he overhears a conversation about traveling ’round the world, and bets £20,000 that he can do it in 80 days. He sets off with his valet, Passepartout, and is followed by a Detective Fix, who believes him to be a bank robber (he matches the description of the robber). On their way they have all kinds of adventures from rescuing a princess in India, riding elephants, being attacked on a train in America, and more.

Why the library is awesome!:

Phileas Fogg is an avid reader, as in that is what he primarily spends his days doing, yet he owns no library himself. He feels it would be superfluous as he is a member of the reform library which has not one, but two libraries. One of general literature, while the other is of law and politics. For someone to be such a huge reader and not have their own library, that means the Reform Club’s library has to be AmAzing!

For more on Around the World in 80 Days, go to I Think I Have Found a Means of Conveyance…An Elephant: Around the World in 80 Days

4) The Parrish Library from Jumanji (1995)

Alan Parrish is bullied constantly, and with his parents wanting to send him away to boarding school-he decides to run away. But before he does, he and his friend Sarah, play a mysterious game he found, Jumanji. When Alan rolls, he gets sucked into the game, and all is forgotten for 26 years. Then Judy and Peter move into the old Parrish house with their aunt who plans on turning it into a bed and breakfast. The two find the game and unleash monkeys, mosquitoes, a lion, Alan, and more. Now it is up to them to finish the game and right everything, before their aunt finds out-or worse something eats him.

Why the library is awesome!: We don’t spend too much time in the library, but like The NeverEnding Story this ranks so high due to nostalgia. I always wanted this library. I loved the way the chairs were, the colors of the room, the wood paneling, how it was so old fashioned. I liked how there were knick knacks in the shelves and that’s how I’ve had my library ever since. I’ve always hated the scene when the stampeded comes through, NO-NOT the LIBRARY!

For more on Jumanji, go to A Little Monkey Business: Chinese New Year

3) Aunt Marie’s Trailer from Grimm

So Grimm is a modern day telling of the Grimm Fairy Tales but with a twist. Creatures from the fairy tales live among us, appearing as human to all but a select few. Instead of being the “brothers Grimm”, the Grimm are certain people who have the ability to see those monsters, or Wesen as they are called, from the tales. The series centers on Nick Burkhardt, Portland Police Officer, who discovers he is a Grimm and actually does what no Grimm has before-befriends Wesen and jails those that are attacking (some he does kill). In his crew he has his police partner: a vegetarian Blutbad (Werewolf) named MonroeFuschbau (Fox) named Rosalee; other Grimm, and more.

Why the library is awesome!: So I know they never call it a library, but it technically is. There are books from throughout the centuries, all over the world, written by all kinds of Grimm on different Wessen. Besides the stacks of books, there all all kinds of weapons, potions, film reels, Crusader keys that lead to great treasure, etc. In season 3 episode 21, The Inheritance, Josh Porter and his father travel to Portland and give Nick a trunk full of Grimm weapons and books. In season 5 episode 10, Map of the Seven Knights, Monroe’s uncle Felix is approached by a colleague about some old books she found. He recognizes them as Grimm books and tries to set a bargain with Nick. He travels to Oregon, and they become a part of Nick’s collection, along with another key to the map. Sadly, in season 4 episode 9, Iron Hans, Juliette sets fire to the trailer, burning countless irreplaceable literature and weaponry. I have to admit that scene made me cry more than any other-too far Juliet! Too far! Luckily for Uncle Felix or there would be nothing left on the subject.

For more on Grimm, go to Top O’ the Morning: 7 More Irish Heroes

2) The Addam’s Family Library in The Addam’s Family (1991)

The Addams family is a gothic themed family living in modern times. Gomez and Morticia live there happily or, depressingly, with their kids Wednesday and Pugsley-and servants Lurch and Hand. All would be great, except they are missing Gomez’ brother Fester, who disappeared after they had a falling out. The Addams’ lawyer, Tully Alford, owes money to a loan shark and hatches a plan with the loan shark to use her son, Gordon, to pose as Fester (he looks just like him)-infiltrate the family, and get all the money. But as Gordon/Fester spends more time with the family, he grows to really like him. Will he stick to the plan? Or change sides?

Why the library is awesome!:

So the library is gorgeous in the decoration and Victorian Gothic features. It has floor to ceiling bookcases, an Iron Maiden, organ, fireplace, swords, and beautiful antiques. Plus the bookcases move to reveal a safe, and you open up some they make things happen-like Gone With the Wind releases a tornado. You have to be careful as these books aren’t your everyday literature.

For more on The Addams Family, go to Because We’re Addams: The Addams Family (1991)

1) Pemberley Library, from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

This needs no summary:

Why the library is awesome!:

Mr. Darcy loves to read and being a gentleman-you know he is going to have one sweet library. One with priceless books inherited from his ancestors and adding to it all the time

“I am astonished,” said Miss Bingley, “that my father should have left so small a collection of books. What a delightful library you have at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy!”

   “It ought to be good,” he replied; “it has been the work of many generations.”

“And then you have added so much to it yourself, you are always buying books.”

It would be hard to turn that down. Elizabeth,  I don’t know how you did it.

For more on Pride & Prejudice, go to I Only Read Pride and Prejudice Because I Hated the Keira Knightley Adaptation

For my original post of 13 Best Fictional Libraries, go to Heaven on Earth: 13 of the Best Fictional Libraries

For more bookish posts, go to An Ode to Goodreads

For more on libraries, go to My Home Away from Home

 

A Little Monkey Business: Chinese New Year

So the New Year started on February 8th, but I was in the middle of Romance is in the Air: Part IV, my countdown to Valentine’s Day so I had to postpone it until today, the last day of the New Year celebration. This year is a special year because it is my zodiac animal, the year of the Monkey.

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Monkeys are intelligent, wise, clever, inquisitive, flexible, quick-witted, innovative, and honest. They are also known to have a temper; along with being cunning, mischievous, and suspicious.

Monkeys can do well in any job they try due to all their positive traits. They work best with Oxen, Rabbits, and Dragons. Their enemies are Tigers or Pigs.

Some famous people born in the year of the monkey are: Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betsy Ross.

So to celebrate the year of the Monkey I am going to do my nine favorite monkey moments from film and TV. And I decided to do only Monkeys; no gorillas, orangoutangs, chimpanzees, or baboons. This year is all about the Monkey.

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9) The Jungle Book (1994)

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The Jungle Book is pretty much what Disney used as their basis for the Tarzan film (both being Disney films). The Jungle Book 1994 version is not the cartoon version, this one is a live action film and the animals don’t talk (hopefully they keep that the same in the new version coming out this year). The film starts out with Mowgli’s father being a guide for some Englishmen who are patrolling India. One night Shere Khan attacks the camp as someone has broken the jungle rules, that is killed for sport instead of food. Mowgli is lost in the confusion and thought to be dead, later raised by animals. He is eventually found by his old compatriots, who attempt to be bring him back into society. He still has feelings for Kitty, a girl he played with as a child, but she is engaged to the hunter/poacher William Boone who wants to use Mowgli as a guide to Monkey City and the rumored King Louie treasure. Adventure ensues

Best Monkey Scene:Monkey Spectators

Instead of lions or dueling ex-soldiers or slaves; this gladiator match pitches treasure hunters searching for the lost Monkey City and the billions of gold, against Kaa the python. For who’s pleasure? None other than King Louie, the Orangoutang, and his subjects ,the Monkeys.

For more on The Jungle Book (1994), go to Redone Done Right

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8) Toy Story 3

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In Toy Story 3 many years have passed since Toy Story 2. Andy is 18 and heading off to college and doesn’t need his old toys anymore. Destined to reside in the attic until Andy has his own kids or decides to get rid of them; the toys take matters into their own hands. They escape in a donation box for a Children’s Daycare, hoping this would bring fun times and games. Woody however, is not ready to give up on Andy and gets lost trying to find his way home. Back at the daycare center, the toys discover that a stuffed bear is the “Don” of the center and relegates them to being played with toddlers instead of the older kids who care for the toys. When they try to escape, they are punished. Will the toys esacape? Will they be able to get back to Andy?

Best Monkey Scene:Death by Monkeys

This scene is in the opening dream/flashback sequence. The toys are playing a massive game of cowboys and robbers. Woody, Buzz, and Jessie have just defeated the potato pair; when Ham, as evil Dr. Porkchop, comes in: releasing a bomb of a barrel of monkeys. It’s funny, cute, and brings back a whole lot of nostalgia.

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7) Dragon Ball

This is actually a anime series based on the classic novel Journey to the West,  also known as Monkey, written in the 16th century by Wu Cheng’en.

Goku is a little monkey boy, (as in he only has a monkey tail). He befiends a teenage woman, Bulma, and the two set off to find the seven wishing dragon balls. He becomes a student of the turtle hermit, Kame-Sennin, later entering a huge tournament with some of the most powerful fighters in the world.

He also destroys the Red Ribbon Army single-handedly. When Goku’s best friend, Kuririn, is murdered by Piccolo, then Goku sets out to destroy him as revenge.

Best Monkey Scene: Great Ape Transformation

So as Goku is a monkey boy, when the full moon is out instead of turning into a werewolf, he becomes a giant monkey. A monkey on par with Mighty Joe Young or King Kong. He may be scary and frightening, but also pretty awesome in his menacing nature.

For more on Dragon Ball, go to Fun & Full of FANcy

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6) Aladdin

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Aladdin is a retelling of a chinese tale in Arabian Nights or A Thousand and One Nights, tales that Scheherazade told her husband to keep herself alive each night, (for more on that go here). Disney disneyfied it into being much happier and brighter, like they do with everything.

In the Disney story, Aladdin is an orphaned boy living with his monkey friend, Abu. The two are street rats, scrounging about for food and hiding from the castle guards. Every night Aladdin goes home and dreams of being rich and living in the palace, never worrying about anything. Meanwhile, Princess Jasmine is in the palace and has to marry by her sixteenth birthday. She hates every prince that has called on her and she feels they all are after her fortune. Also in the palace lurks Jafar, the evil vizier, who wants to take the throne for himself. He also is trying to get inside the fabled Cave of Wonders to get a lamp, but only a pure-hearted, diamond in the rough can enter. These three stories intersect when Jasmine sneaks out of the palace, only to be helped by Aladdin when she gets into trouble. The two run from guards and are caught, Jasmine revealing herself and going home, while Aladdin is sent to the dungeon. Jafar disguises himself and frees Aladdin convinced he is the perfect person to enter the cave. Aladdin is and does, but Abu brings the whiole place toppling down when he tries to take something he is not supposed to touch. Aladdin gets stuck inside the Cave, but there he finds the genie of the lamp and the adventure to capture the heart of the princess is on.

Best Monkey Scene: Anything Abu

Abu is the cutest little monkey. He does have some issues as he doesn’t like to share, is greedy that he almost kills him and Aladdin, and gets jealous easily. But besides that he is kind, loyal, and all around a great little buddy to Aladdin.

For more on Aladdin, go to Waiter, There’s Some Disney in My Jane Austen

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5) George of the Jungle

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This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and the film that created my crush and longtime love of Brendan Fraser. He is super hunky in this film.

Ursula Stanhope from San Francisco, CA is traveling throughout Africa. Her fiancé, Lyle Van De Groot (Thomas Haden Church) is a total pompous jerk and has gone looking for her to drag her back to be immediately married, guided by two poachers. The next day when Ursula and Lyle are out, they run into a lion. Lyle takes off; tripping, falling, and knocking himself out. But Ursula doesn’t need to worry, George; a man who was lost in Africa and raised by an ape named Ape, saves her. He cares for her until they are come upon by her fiancé. When he and the poachers attack trying to “save” Ursula and capture the famed “White Ape”; George gets injured and finds himself traveling to San Francisco with Ursula. Is San Fran ready for this Ape-Man? Will his home be okay without the King of the Jungle?

Best Monkey Scene: Monkey Vs. Lion

So George is King of the Jungle, and one of his duties as King is to help his subjects in trouble. One of the baby monkeys, the runt of the litter, keeps getting picked on by all the other monkeys. He goes to George for help, and the two come up with a plan. When a lion comes to “fight” and the monkey pretends to be George”scaring” the lion away.

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4) Jumanji (1995)

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In 1969, Alan Parish is constantly getting picked on. One day he hears drums and discovers an old game buried in a new construction site. He takes it home and after he gets in a fight with his dad and a surprise visit from a friend, the two accidentally play the game. One of the roles causes Alan to be sucked into the game while bats come streaming out.

26 years later, the Parish house has been bought by a women who has recently become guardian of her niece and nephew: Judy and Peter. The two kids discover the old game and play. What they thought would be a fun game turns out to be a death defying adventure as monkeys, mosquitoes, a lion, crocodiles, and Alan all come out of the game. They have to finish the game, survive whatever comes out, in order to fix everything and send all these creatures and storms back.

Best Monkey Scene: Monkeys Slow the Expedition

The second thing to come out of the game board are a group of monkeys. Not only do they terrorize the the two kids, but they end up running amuck throughout town. Stealing cop cars, ransacking stores, and taking off and causing havoc.

For more on Jumanji, go to Every Month at the Quarter Moon There’ll Be a Monsoon

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3) Jumanji (1995)

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So the summary is the same as before. You might be wondering why I’m doing this film twice, but there was another monkey scene I just love.

Best Monkey Scene: Peter the Monkey Boy

So Alan, Peter, Judy, and Alan’s old friend Susan; have been through the thick of game having faced down monkeys, a lion, giant mosquitoes, human eating pods, poisonous violets, a big game hunter named Van Pelt, and a stampede.

Peter is only a few spaces away and decides to drop the dice, hoping to reach the end of the game and save everyone. Unfortunately, the game does not like cheaters and Peter is turned into a monkey. Sorry Goku, Peter is the cutest Monkey Boy. He’s just TOOOOO adorable.

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2) The Wizard of Oz

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Dorothy Gale is a young girl in grey Kansas. She lives with her aunt and uncle on their farm, along with the farmhands. When their mean neighbor takes Dorothy’s dog away for snapping at her; Dorothy decides to grab her dog and run away. She gets caught up in a twister and ends up in the land of Oz. She ends up on a journey to find the Wizard to get home; pairing up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, a Cowardly Lion; and chased by the Wicked Witch of the West.

Best Monkey Scene: Fly My Pretties, Fly

So the Wicked Witch’s evil minions are the winged monkeys. She sends them out to find Dorothy and destroy her companions in one of the best, and scariest scenes, of the film.

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1) The Jungle Book (1967)

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This is the original Disney version and based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. In the story Mowgli is a man cub raised by wolves. Ten years pass by and when news of Shere Khan, the great tiger, has returned to the jungle they decide to send Mowgli back to the Man village. Bagheera, the panther, tries to take him back but they get interuppted by Kaa, the snake who tries to eat him, and Baloo a slothy bear who discourages Mowgli from returning to the world of men. Mowgli meets other crazy charcters such as King Louie the Orangutan, Colonel Hathi the Elephant, and a group of Vultures who act like The Beatles.

Best Monkey Scene: I Wanna Be Like You

So I know you might be questioning why I choose this moment as my number one. Well when I think of Monkeys this is the first thing that always pop in my head. It is one of the best songs in the film, and a whole lot of fun.

So the scene, for those who don’t know, comes in the middle of the film. Mowgli has been captured by King Louie the Orangutan who wants Mowgli to teach him to be like humans, how to create fire. Baloo comes in and sings along to the bopping song, saving Mowgli as well.

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So that ends this year’s countdown. I hope you all have a great 2016.

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For the 2013 list, go to Snakes on a Post

For the 2014 post, go to A Horse’s Tale

For the 2015 post, go to Well I Feel Sheepish

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For more holiday posts, go to To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

For more Disney posts, go to I’d Lay Down My Life for You: Pocahontas (1995)

Every Month at the Quarter Moon There’ll be a Monsoon

So I have experienced quite a lot of terrible rainstorms.

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When I was nine there was a tornado warning on my birthday. (My birthday takes place in a season where there is zero rain, so it was a really random year.) There ended up being no tornado, but it was really rainy and windy.

I don’t remember it being too bad as we didn’t have to do anything in school but hng out (away from the windows, and we all got picked up from school early. I spent the rest of the day chilling, happy birthday to me.

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Then there was the time I went to Arizona right in the middle of monsoon season. The rainstorms don’t last long, but they are extremely powerful and crazy. And of course because this happens only one week out of the year, they don’t build the buildings with the capacity to handle such storms, i.e no rain gutters to catch the rain or storm drains. There was water coming from everywhere. It was like Jumanji.

At one point my sister and I were running to our hotel room (in our shorts and tank tops as it was too hot for either of us to bring a coat or sweater) and when we almost reached it, we were hit by a waterfall of water streaming off outdoor walkway. We both were totally soaked.

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Then there was that time during my freshman year in school were we had crazy rainstorms up until the beginning of May. Things were so bad that one week (right before finals) they canceled classes that met in the lower floors of the buildings and were all issued a flood warning. In fact it got so bad they had to sandbag some of the buildings, as the nearby river began to overflow.

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Then there was Wyoming. Now that rain is tough. It doesn’t pour down on you, but the wind moves so fast that it knocks the rain drops into your body and face, making you feel as if you are being punched by a million tiny fists.

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The wind completely tore my umbrella, in fact it wasn’t until a second storm weeks later that I was able to find all the pieces of it.

I’m telling you, those Wyoming storms are crazy. I could barely find my way home, and was completely soaked from every inch.

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But the worst storm happened last Sunday. I woke up, planning on getting ready for church when I looked outside to see water just pouring down from the skies. It was as if a faucet had been turned on full blast. Just gallons of water everywhere! Like you needed an ark to maneuver out of there.

There was no way I was going to drive in that!

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So I waited until there was a break, but then I had the worst luck ever! As I was driving, the street that goes across one of the freeways’ light was broken!

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It was totally scary! Cars were just crossing all over the place, barely managing to dodge each other. I swear I saw like ten near accidents as I sat waiting for my turn.

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I had to wait at least 20 mins, using a car making a left turn as a shield and praying that no one hit me.

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Then later as I was driving, I noticed that on the one way road I was going down, there was a section completely filled with water.

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!

There was nothing I could do but go forward. Praying again, but this time that my car wouldn’t get stuck in the water.

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I was somehow able to push through, and get to church.

Finally something GOOD!

Of course being California, two hours later the rain had stopped, the sun was out, and the only markers of the deluge were a few puddles.

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Well that’s life in the golden state.

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For more adventures in the rain, go to It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

For more on living in California, go to England Dreamin’ On Such a Summer’s Day

For more adventures from my everyday life, go to A Baker’s Four Dozen

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Now for today’s Christmas Carol, I have chosen When Christmas Comes to Town from The Polar Express. 

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I think it is a cute song and my favorite from the film. I thought it was just so beautiful; the lyrics and the very talented voices.

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For more on The Polar Express, go to 25 More Films of Christmas

For more Christmas Carols, go to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

 

Episode V: My Favorite Movie Lines Strike Back

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Here we are again! Another movie list! Hope You all enjoy it!

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401)”Henry: I feel as if my skin is the only thing keeping me from going everywhere at once.”–Ever After (1998)

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402)”Waldo Lydecker: In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.”–Laura (1944)

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403)”John Ballantine: That Freud stuff’s a bunch of hooey.”–Spellbound (1945)

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404)”Doc: Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.!”–Back to the Future Part III (1990)

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405)”[after DaVinci opens a locked door by removing the pins from the hinges]
Louise: Why, that was pure genius!
Leonardo da Vinci: Yes, I shall go down in history as the man who opened a door!”–Ever After (1998)

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406)”Van Pelt:[to Alan] End of the line sonny Jim.”–Jumanji (1995)

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407)”Shelby Carpenter: I can afford a blemish on my character, but not on my clothes.”–Laura (1944)

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408)”Bruno: My theory is that everyone is a potential murderer.”–Strangers on a Train (1951)

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409)”Adrienne Fromsett: [Adrienne pitches Marlowe’s story to publisher Derace Kingsby] And he’s a very well-known private detective. That’s what makes the stuff so authentic. So full of life and vigor and heart. So full of… what would you say it was full of, Mr. Marlowe?
Philip Marlowe: Short sentences.”–Lady in the Lake (1947)

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410)”Danielle:[About all the books in the library] I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens.–Ever After (1998)

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411)Sam Baldwin: She wants to meet me at the top of the Empire State Building. On Valentine’s Day.
Suzy: It’s like that movie. –
Sam: What movie?
Suzy: An Affair To Remember. Did you ever see it?Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. She’s gonna meet him at the top of the Empire State Building…only she got hit by a taxi. And he waited and waited. And it was raining, I think. And then…she’s too proud to tell him…that she’s, uh…[starts to cry]crippled. And he’s too proud to find out why she doesn’t come. But he comes to see her anyway. I forget why, but, oh…Oh, it’s so amazing when he comes to see her because…[crying more]he doesn’t even notice that she doesn’t get up to say hello. And he’s very bitter. And you think that he’s just gonna walk out the door…and never know why she’s just lying there, you know, on the couch…with this blanket over her shriveled little legs.[sobbing] Are you all right? – She’s fine. Suddenly he goes, “I already sold the painting.” And he like goes to the bedroom…and he looks and he comes out and he looks at her and he kind of just…They know and then they hug. And it’s so…–Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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412)”Mark McPherson: I must say, for a charming, intelligent girl, you certainly surrounded yourself with a remarkable collection of dopes.”–Laura (1944)

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413)”Rachel Cooper: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. Neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits, ye shall know them.”–Night of the Hunter (1955)

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414)”Richard Harland: When I looked at you, exotic words drifted across the mirror of my mind like clouds across the summer sky.”–Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

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415)”Elwood: What kind of music do you usually have here?
Claire: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.”–The Blues Brothers (1980)

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416)”Young Sarah: At night they fly, you better run. These winged things are not much fun.”–Jumanji (1995)

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417)”Gang Leader: Don’t f*** with the Lords of Hell.
[Chris picks up the knife and shoves it in the gang leader’s face]
Chris: Don’t f*** with the babysitter.”–Adventures in Baby-sitting (1987)

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418)”Louise “Gypsy Rose Lee” Hovick: Nobody laughs at me! Because I laugh first. At me! Me, from Seattle! Me, with no education. Me, with no talent, as you kept reminding me my whole life! Well, Mama look at me now. I’m a star! Look! Look how I live! Look at my friends! Look where I’m going! I’m not staying in burlesque! I’m moving, mabye up, maybe down! But wherever it is, I’m enjoying it. I’m having the time of my life! Because for the first time, it is my life! And I love it. I love every second of it! And I’ll be damned if you’re gonna take it away from me! I am Gypsy Rose Lee! And I love her! And if you don’t, you can just clear out now!”–Gypsy (1962)

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419)”Alan Parrish: Don’t worry. I’ve done this before. Once.”–Jumanji (1995)

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420)”[outside Pierre Le Pieu’s castle]
Henry: Hello.
Danielle: Hello.
[pause]
Danielle: What are you doing here?
Henry: [sheepishly] I uh… I came to… rescue you.”–Ever After (1998)

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421)”Gun salesman: [to Van Pelt, who is purchasing a new gun] You’re not a postal worker, are you?”–Jumanji (1995)

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422)”Waldo Lydecker: I cannot stand these morons any longer. If you don’t come with me this instant I shall run amok.”–Laura (1944)

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423)”Johnnie Aysgarth: If you’re going to kill someone, do it simply.”–Suspicion (1941)

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424)”Judy Shepherd: [sarcastically] Is he the reason you didn’t wanna play?
Sarah Whittle: [scoffs] You didn’t want to play either, Mr. We-Started-Something-26-Years-Ago-And-Now-We’ve-Gotta-Finish-It?”–Jumanji (1995)

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425)”Henry: How do you do it?
Danielle: What?
Henry: Live each day with this kind of passion. Don’t you find it exhausting?”–Ever After (1998)

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426)”Sarah Whittle: Alan, you wrestled an alligator for me.
Alan Parrish: It was a crocodile. Alligators don’t have that little fringe on their hind leg.”–Jumanji (1995)

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427)”Shelby Carpenter: I don’t know a lot about anything, but I know a little about practically everything.”–Laura (1944)

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428))”Donkey: Hey, what’s your problem, Shrek, what you got against the whole world anyway, huh?
Shrek: Look, I’m not the one with the problem, okay? It’s the world that seems to have a problem with ME! People take one look at me and go “Aargh! Help! Run! A big stupid ugly ogre!” They judge me before they even know me – that’s why I’m better off alone…
Donkey: You know, Shrek… when we first met, I didn’t think you were a big, stupid, ugly ogre.
Shrek: Yeah, I know.”–Shrek (2001)

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429)”Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.–The Blues Brothers (1980)

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430)”Henry: I kneel before you not as a prince, but as a man in love… But I would feel like a king if you, Danielle De Barbarac, would be my wife.”–Ever After (1998)

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431)”Brad: My only shot at ever being in a gang fight and all I get is one stitch?!–Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

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432)”Laura Hunt: By stooping so low you only degrade yourself.”–Laura (1944)

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433)”Johnnie Aysgarth: He’s not exaggerating a thing, dear. It’s all true, every word he isn’t saying.”–Suspicion (1941)

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434)”Judy Shepherd: There’s a lion in my aunt’s bedroom. What am I supposed to do about that?
Alan Parrish: What do I look like, a Ringling Brother?”–Jumanji (1995)

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435)”Elwood: [Police have surrounded the Blues Brothers concert] … And we would especially like to welcome all the representatives of Illinois’s law enforcement community that have chosen to join us here in the Palace Hotel Ballroom at this time…”–The Blues Brothers (1980)

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436)”Peter Shepherd: This will not be an easy mission – monkeys slow the expedition.”–Jumanji (1995)

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437)”Chris: Brad, no chocolate! Your acne! Sarah. It is time for your cough syrup. Daryl, fasten the seat belt!
Sarah: She’s definitely losing it.
Chris: I am not losing anything, I am still in control here!”–Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

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438)”Graham Bloomwood: [talk to Rebecca] Life is like a swap meet. You never know when great riches… are going to turn up unexpectedly.”–Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

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439)”Alan Parrish: Sarah and I would like to get out of the floor, so it’s your turn, Peter.”–Jumanji (1995)

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440)”Henry: Please, Danielle…
Danielle: Say it again.
Henry: I’m sorry.
Danielle: No, the part where you said my name.”–Ever After

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441)”Judy Shepherd: [reading the sign on the board] ‘A law of Jumanji having been broken, you will slip back even more than your token’.
Sarah Whittle: You tried to cheat?
Peter Shepherd: No, I tried to drop the dice so they’d land on twelve.
Sarah Whittle: Oh, okay, honey. Well, that would be cheating.”–Jumanji (1995)

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442)”Mark McPherson: I suspect no one, and I suspect everyone.”–Laura (1944)

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443)”Wally: Oh boy! I’m so smart it’s a disease!”–Mildred Pierce (1945)

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444)”Alan Parrish: I’m terrified. But my father says you should always face what you’re afraid of.”–Jumanji (1995)

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445)”Pinocchio: I’m not a puppet, I’m a real boy!
[nose grows]
Captain of Guards: Five shillings for the possessed toy. Take it away.”–Shrek (2001)

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446)”Peter Shepherd: Need a hand? Well, you just wait. We’ll help you out. We each have eight.”–Jumanji (1995)

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447)”Louise: “I love you” is such an inadequate way of saying I love you. It doesn’t quite describe how much it hurts sometimes.”–Possessed (1947)

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448)”Donkey: That’s right, fool! Now I’m a flying talking donkey! You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkeyfly!”–Shrek (2001)

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449)”Matt Murphy: What they want to eat?
Mrs. Murphy: The tall one wants white bread, toasted, dry, with nothin’ on it.
Matt Murphy: Elwood.
Mrs. Murphy: And the other one wants four whole fried chickens and a Coke.
Matt Murphy: And Jake. S***, the Blues Brothers!”–The Blues Brothers (1980)

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450)”Gypsy Leader: M’lady, you may have anything you can carry.
Danielle: [glances at the Prince] May I have your word on that, sir?
Gypsy Leader: [considers for a moment] On my honor as a gypsy, whatever you can carry.
[Danielle lifts the Prince over her shoulders and begins to walk off with him. The gypsies laugh]
Gypsy Leader: [laughing] Wait! Please! Come back! I’ll give you a horse!”–Ever After (1998)

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451)”Chris: I don’t think your parents will ever ask me to babysit again.
Brad: If they do, I’d ask them for a buck more an hour.”–Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

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452)”Stella Meredith: But you must be brilliant.
Roderick Fitzgerald: Oh, dazzling. People have to wear sunglasses.”–The Uninvited (1944)

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453)”Donkey: I’m all alone, there’s no one here beside me. My problems have all gone, there’s no one to deride me! But ya gotta have friends…”–Shrek (2001)

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454)”Hunter Van Pelt: Any last words?
[Alan looks down and notices his game piece moving to the end of the board, after which the word “Jumanji” appears]
Alan Parrish: [quietly] Jumanji.”–Jumanji (1995)

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455)”Elwood: [during “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”] People, when you do find that special somebody, you gotta hold that man, hold that woman! Love him, please him, squeeze her, please her! Signify your feelings with every gentle caress, because it’s so important to have that special somebody to hold, to kiss, to miss, to squeeze, and please!”–The Blues Brothers (1980)

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456)”Judy Shepherd: There is a lesson you will learn: sometimes you must go back a turn.”–Jumanji (1995)

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457)”Daryl: Don’t touch it! It could get infected, Jesus! He could get anything – Tetanus, rabies, scabies, emphysema!”–Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

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458)”Donkey: I like that boulder. That is a NICE boulder.”–Shrek (2001)

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459)”Eric Liddell: You came to see a race today. To see someone win. It happened to be me. But I want you to do more than just watch a race. I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It’s hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape – especially if you’ve got a bet on it. But how long does that last? You go home. Maybe you’re dinner’s burnt. Maybe you haven’t got a job. So who am I to say, “Believe, have faith,” in the face of life’s realities? I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way. I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.” If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.”–Chariots of Fire (1981)

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460)”Pierre Le Pieu: I may be twice your age, child, but I’m well endowed.
[Danielle turns away to another basket]
Pierre Le Pieu: As evidenced by my estate, I’ve always had a soft spot for the less fortunate. You need a wealthy benefactor – and I need a young lady with spirit.
Danielle: [looks up and smiles] Prunes?”–Ever After (1998)

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461)”Sarah Whittle: You’re almost there with much at stake, but now the ground begins to quake…”–Jumanji (1995)

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462)”Sherry Wilson: I asked for nothing, I expected nothing and I got nothing.
Vince Everett: Well, what’d you expect for nothing?”–Jailhouse Rock (1957)

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463)”Mildred: Friendship’s much more lasting than love.”–Mildred Pierce (1945)

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464)”Harold M. Abrahams: If I can’t win, I won’t run!
Sybil Gordon: If you don’t run, you can’t win.”–Chariots of Fire (1981)

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465)”[threatening Pierre le Pieu to back off, holding a sword and dagger dangerously close to him]
Danielle: My father was an excellent swordsman, monsieur. He taught me well. Now hand me that key or I swear on his grave I will slit you from navel to nose.”–Ever After (1998)

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466)”Sarah Whittle: Well, a little rain never hurt anybody!
Alan Parrish: Yeah, but a lot can kill you! Come on!”–Jumanji (1995)

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467)”Jake: Well thank you, pal. The day I get outta prison, my own brother picks me up in a *police* car!”–The Blues Brothers (1980)

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468)”Donkey: We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I’m making waffles!”–Shrek (2001)

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469)”Lord Cadogan: Don’t be impertinent, Liddell!
Eric Liddell: The impertinence lies, sir, with those who seek to influence a man to deny his beliefs!”–Chariots of Fire (1981)

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470)”Henry: I have not slept for fear I would wake to find all this a dream.”–Ever After (1998)

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471)”Gregory Anton: I knew from the first moment I saw you that you were dangerous to me.
Brian Cameron: I knew from the first moment I saw you that you were dangerous to her.”–Gaslight (1944)

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472)”Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It’s the *pictures* that got small.”–Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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473)”[Shrek discovers the seven dwarves have placed Snow White on his kitchen table]
Shrek: Oh, no no no no! Dead broad OFF the table!”–Shrek (2001)

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474)”Monsieur Hood: I steal from the rich and give to the needy…
Merry Man: He takes a wee percentage…
Monsieur Hood: But I’m not greedy – I rescue pretty damsels, man I’m good!
Merry Men: What a guy, ha ha, Monsieur Hood!”–Shrek (2001)

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475)”Brad: [to Joe Gipp] Sir. Would you please take us to the next corner, and drop us off?
Joe Gipp: [chuckling] In this neighborhood? Hey, I wouldn’t even get out of the car in this neighborhood.
Brad: Could you drop us off at the nearest mall?
Joe Gipp: A mall? Where y’all think we’re at, Boise, Idaho? Shooo!”–Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

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476)”Paula Alquist Anton: If I were not mad, I could have helped you. Whatever you had done, I could have pitied and protected you. But because I am mad, I hate you. Because I am mad, I have betrayed you. And because I’m mad, I’m rejoicing in my heart, without a shred of pity, without a shred of regret, watching you go with glory in my heart!”–Gaslight (1944)

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477)”Norma Desmond: They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who’ve we got now? Some nobodies!”–Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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478)”Homicide Detective: Can I help you?
Frank Bigelow: I’d like to see the man in charge.
Homicide Detective: In here…
Frank Bigelow: I want to report a murder.
Homicide Captain: Sit down. Where was this murder committed?
Frank Bigelow: San Francisco, last night.
Homicide Captain: Who was murdered?
Frank Bigelow: I was.”–D.O.A. (1950)

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479)”Alan Parrish: [while being sunk in the wooden floor as quicksand] Stop giving me things that come apart!”–Jumanji (1995)

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480)”Eric Liddell: God made countries, God makes kings, and the rules by which they govern. And those rules say that the Sabbath is His. And I for one intend to keep it that way.”–Chariots of Fire (1981)

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481)”Waldo Lydecker: How singularly innocent I look this morning.”–Laura (1944)

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482)”Joe Gillis: Audiences don’t know somebody sits down and writes a picture; they think the actors make it up as they go along.”–Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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483)”Tomek Zaleska: That’s the trouble with being innocent – you don’t know what really happened.”–Call Northside 777 (1948)

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484)”Tarquin: Why do so many of your excuses involve Finland?
Rebecca Bloomwood: Because nobody checks up on Finland,Tarkie. “–Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

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485)”His Royal Highness,  Edward, Prince of Wales: There are times when we are asked to make sacrifices in the name of that loyalty. And without them our allegiance is worthless. As I see it, for you, this is such a time.
Eric Liddell: Sir, God knows I love my country. But I can’t make that sacrifice. “–Chariots of Fire (1981)

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486)”Albert Collins: Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.”–Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

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487)”Gingerbread Man: NO! Not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!”–Shrek (2001)

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488)”Brad: [grabs him by the collar] I’d love to hit you. I’d love to pound on your face!
Mike: Yeah? Go ahead.
Brad: But I won’t. You’re so slimy, I won’t sink to your level.
Daryl: I will.
[kicks Mike]”–Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

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489)”Alan Parrish: Play the game, Sarah.
Sarah Whittle: [whispering] Oh, no, no, no.
Alan Parrish: All right. Just give me the dice, and you can go home. You don’t have to play.
Sarah Whittle: Oh, thank you.
[Sarah gives Alan the dice but moves his hand making Sarah roll as Alan laughs for fun]
Sarah Whittle: [loses it] Oh, my god! How could you do that?
Alan Parrish: It’s the law of the jungle, Sarah. You’ll get used to it.”–Jumanji (1995)

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490)”Mrs. Tarantino: Are you the police?
Elwood: No, ma’am. We’re musicians.”–The Blues Brothers (1980)

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491)”Waldo Lydecker: Love is eternal. It has been the strongest motivation for human actions throughout history. Love is stronger than life. It reaches beyond the dark shadow of death.”–Laura (1944)

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492)”Norma Desmond: Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”–Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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493)”Doc: What idiot dressed you in that outfit?
Marty McFly: You did”–Back to the Future Part III (1990)

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494)”Alan Parrish: Okay, it’s my turn. I got it! “Colonel Mustard in the Library with a wrench.”
[chuckles]’Clue’.”–Jumanji (1995)

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495)”Becky: He said hello, and what did you say?
Annie: All I could say was hello…
Becky: It’s a sign.
Annie: It’s a sign that I have watched this movie too many times.”–Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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496)”Rebecca Bloomwood: They said I was a valued customer. Now they send me hate mail.”–Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

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497)”Jonah:[About Sam and Annie] Your hearts are like puzzles with missing pieces. And when you get together, the puzzle’s complete.–Sleepless in Seattle

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498)”Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen: What’s your name, dude?
Marty McFly: Uh, Mar- Eastwood. Clint Eastwood.”–Back to the Future Part III (1990)

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499)”Princess Fiona: [shocked] What kind of knight ARE you?
Shrek: One of a kind.”–Shrek (2001)

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500)”Marty McFly: [arriving in 1955] Oh, this is heavy, Doc. I mean, it’s like I was just here yesterday.
Doc: You were here yesterday, Marty.”–Back to the Future Part II (1989)

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For more of my favorite lines go to Episode IV: A New Favorite Movie Lines List

For more on Back to the Future go to Fashion Show

For more on Shrek go to I Wouldn’t Change You, Darling

For more on Sleepless in Seattle go to Anything Can Happen

For more on Strangers on a Train go to I Wanna Get Off This Ride