Every movie has its quotable moments, but sports movies are the best. They can inspire even more than regular movies. Here are 10 that may get you to jump out of your chair and do 10 pushups right away. Or something like that.
1. Field of Dreams
"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time." - When reading this, people are legally obligated to use James Earl Jones' bass voice.
2. A League of Their Own
"Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" -- Tom Hanks' Jimmy Duggan was in need of sensitivity training when talking to his female players.
"You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!" - Mickey's promise to Rocky while training him could have been dangerous if true. At the very least, you'd hate to be in the next stall.
4. Slap Shot
"I'm listening to the f-----g song!" - Steve Hanson's reply to the referee giving him a warning during the national anthem about possibly dirty play never fails to make me laugh. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
5. Raging Bull
"You didn't get me down, Ray." -- Jake LaMotta's retort to Sugar Ray Robinson after their fight shows Robert De Niro at his best.
6. Bull Durham
"Wow. Anything that goes that far needs a stewardess on it." -- Truth be told, I could just have nine Bull Durham quotes here and they'd all be great. Crash Davis' explanation to Nuke LaLoosh about just playing and not thinking things too deeply is sage advice indeed. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
"IT'S IN THE HOLE!!" -- Too bad some idiot co-opted Carl Spackler's quote and made it "GET IN THE HOLE!" whenever Tiger Woods was about to shoot.
8. The Sandlot
"You're killing me, Smalls!" -- This might be the most-used catchphrase in the history of ever.
9. Chariots of Fire
"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." - Many people could say the same thing about what their best talent makes them feel like.
10. Major League
"Juuuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside." -- Bob Uecker's character, announcer Harry Doyle, makes me crack up every time I hear his play-by-play of Ricky Vaughn's first pitch. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one)
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Although they come before the Oscars and are often pegged as the predictors for the prestigious ceremony, the Golden Globes are really good at one thing: raising eyebrows. With picks all over the critical spectrum, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association usually sets their sites on celebrities and votes accordingly, resulting in a mismatch of a year in film.
Thankfully, the Globes' "best of" picks for 2012 gave us few heart palpitations, instead playing it safe and making us hyperaware of the trends that connect this year's frontrunners. With Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and Lincoln topping the nominations, there's a focus on America and its turbulent history. The Comedy/Musical Best Pictures are like a feel-good reaction to the dark Dramas; this list of romance-infused films includes The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Silver Linings Playbook, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen earning top honors.
The broad ideas speak to the pop culture zeitgeist, and only after digging deeper do you find an undercurrent that seems subconscious. Look at the Supporting Actress categories: Amy Adams for The Master, Sally Field for Lincoln, Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables, Helen Hunt for The Sessions, and Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy. All terrific performances by women who have established themselves as some of the best in the business.
But look closer and you see a quintet of roles that are founded on sexuality. Adams' Peggy pleasures her menacing husband (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in a rather disturbing power play; Hathaway's Fantine sells her body for sex in order to make a buck; Helen Hunt's character in The Sessions is a sex surrogate for the paraplegic; and Nicole Kidman has earned raves for embracing carnal instincts and turning her character Charlotte into a sex-crazed maniac. The outlier is Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln — but anyone who caught the film knows that the actress shows quite a bit of skin for a woman in 1864. Okay, it's a stretch, but throw in Meryl Streep's surprise Best Actress nomination for Hope Springs (where the Oscar-winner can be seen simulating a sex act in a movie theater) and you see a demand from today's actresses that isn't part of the actor counterparts repertoire.
Sexual thirst plays a big thematic part to the aforementioned films, but it's hard to ignore the old mantra "sex sells," which apparently goes for the Golden Globe nomination process too. Raunchy roles are seen daring roles. Filmmakers know the value of a sultry scene and how unexpected it can be to see a woman embracing her sexuality (blame that on the weird gender bias that continues to persist through pop culture). The necessity for women in Hollywood to put themselves out there in a sexual way is even more evident when compared to the Supporting Actor field. Whether its a strong comedic performance or a piercing dialogue with the lead actor, the men seem to be qualified less for risk-taking and more on getting away with bigger performances. Flashy in a way that doesn't show skin.
The actresses up for Supporting Actress Golden Globes didn't earn their nominations for entering risque territory — but the trend doesn't feel like coincidence either. For once, we're not confused by the random Golden Globes picks, but rather the all too obvious ones demanded by Hollywood.
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