ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I've Now Been "Tagged" At least Three Times, So...

I guess it's time to answer the questions that have been circulating around the Scribosphere, started by Fun Joel.

EARLIEST FILM-RELATED MEMORY. I can remember my parents taking me in to Radio City Music Hall, where they used to have a little show and then show movies. It was some period piece, maybe some 1970s Three Musketeers knockoff.

I also remember my father taking me and my little brother to see "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings", which he had seen and loved. It was double-featured with another Richard Pryor movie called "Which Way is Up", which we stayed to watch. Unfortunately, Bingo Long was PG, but Which Way is Up wasn't. I remember some bit about trailers rocking because people were having sex in them. My dad hustled us out of there before the movie was over.

NAME TWO FAVORITE LINES FROM MOVIES. From Say Anything -- "I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought or processed, or repair anything sold, bought or processed. You know, as a career. I don't want to do that."

From Diner -- "It just pushed the flaps open?"

THREE JOBS YOU'D DO IF YOU COULD NOT WORK IN THE BUSINESS:
Teacher
Statistician
Catcher in the Rye

FOUR JOBS YOU HAVE ACTUALLY HELD OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY:
Camp counselor
Vegetable Stand worker
Computer Disk Copier
Paper Boy

THREE BOOK AUTHORS I LIKE:
Donald E. Westlake
Tobias Wolff
Stephen King

TWO MOVIES YOU'D LIKE TO REMAKE OR PROPERTIES YOU'D LIKE TO ADAPT:
Westlake's "Help I Am Being Held Prisoner"
King's "The Long Walk"

ONE SCREENWRITER YOU THINK IS UNDERRATED:
Noah Baumbach

I'm not going to tag anyone, because I think the scribosphere is pretty much flooded by this meme at this point. However, I will shoot one back, to those sitting back thinking they are off the hook --

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE OF DIALOGUE YOU HAVE EVER WRITTEN?

I don't even want context. Just throw the line out, here or in your blog.

Mine is "I meant in a circle".

30 Comments:

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Bill Cunningham said...

Sorry for the "gang-meme". But I did reply to your bounce back.

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger Fun Joel said...

Nice. Thanks for playing alogn Scott. I'm going to respond to your "line from a script I've written" ASAP.

Stephen King is shaping up to be the most-liked author among the meme answers (though I've stopped tracking them all).

And that's a great line from Say Anything. And there are so many. "I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen."

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger Shawna said...

"Sure, we'll make him a pinata. We can all take a whack at him."

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous emily blake said...

"Okay, so the cops are after you for a crime you didn't commit. Aside from calling in the A-Team, what else were you planning to do?"

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

That's tough. I'll try this one:

"Poptarts and blowjobs, my friend."

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger Webs said...

"There's Beef-a-Roni and there's fresh homemade. Most people manage Olive Garden."

This is the only line of dialogue that exists for the treatment I'm now working on.

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger sretherf said...

You don't mind riding in the trunk, do ya?

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger The Awful Writer said...

Hey! That was my last one!

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger Fun Joel said...

I threw my line up on my blog!

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I had to post another.......

"The thong is like an arrow. “Ass-crack due South!”

 
At 10:49 PM, Anonymous David Anaxagoras said...

"If you can find him, tell him I traded his Rolls for a week of guitar lessons and a case of cheap champaign."

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous ali c said...

Don't mean to be pernickety David A, but 'champaign' is an 'expanse of flat, open country', at least in Britain. Does it come in cases in the US? And that's your best writing, eh? ;;;))

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger taZ said...

Done! (on my blog)

 
At 6:27 AM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

"I don't like people talking behind my back. Especially if it's straight to my face."

 
At 6:58 AM, Blogger s.warren said...

"Anything that I can throw the goat to, you know? 'Cause I'm like this with the Devil."

or

"It's not only a sicker world than we would imagine, it's far sicker than we can imagine."

 
At 9:22 AM, Blogger Eric Andrade said...

Totally agree with Noah Baumbach as an underrated writer. I watch "Kicking and Screaming" now and again for inspiration...and so few people have even seen this movie! It's brilliant.

Oh, and my line is on my blog...

 
At 12:06 PM, Blogger Julie O. said...

"No man should have to hear his daughter talking about her husband’s penis on the radio."

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Joshua said...

"If I were gay, WHICH I AM NOT, if I were gay . . . I would fuck men. I would."

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

Make with the Jell-O.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous David Anaxagoras said...

I think you do mean to be persnickety, ali c. And what was your line? Don't see it there :)

Sorry to add to your homonym rage, Scott. If we ever meet up, I'll buy a round of, um, sparkling wine to make up for it.

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

LOL

I had a couple more bad homonyms in a script today. "Lute" instead of "loot" (not good when talking about a bank robbery), and "Bera-bonds" instead of "bearer bonds".

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Brett N said...

"In the good old days, foam roiled beneath leaning men."

 
At 1:08 AM, Blogger Danny Stack said...

"EEEEEeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrr".

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

Bearer Bonds!

Of course!

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger writergurl said...

My line is on my blog!

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous kristen said...

mine's up on my blog. plus, you know, i can't be brief, i had to name a few runners up too.

"The Long Walk" is a great book, IMHO. It would be a challenge to adapt, but you should write to him and see if he already sold the rights. They go for the low low price of $1, don't they?

; )

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Shahua said...

First Favorite,

Demon:

Possesion is nine tenths, pal.

Jake:

But it was my body first.

Second Favorite,

Crazy Jane jams her index and middle finger thru his neck.

Jane: Happy Birthday, Mother fucker.

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger lad said...

I've posted one on my blog, and I have another subtle one.

Nicodemus
This water is making me hungry.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger The Mu said...

It's now over 10.

Yep.

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger adam said...

Dad: You were cocky.
Son: I was one!

 

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