30 martie 2017

Movie of the Day: Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

1h 51min | Drama | 29 October 1955 (USA)

Director:  Nicholas Ray
Writers: Stewart Stern (screen play), Irving Shulman (adaptation)
Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo

Memorable Quotes

Jim Stark: I woke up this morning, you know... and the sun was shining, and it was nice, and all that type of stuff. And the first thing, I saw you, and, uh, I said, "Boy, this is gonna be one terrific day, so you better live it up, because tomorrow you'll be nothing." You see? And I almost was.

Jim Stark: Nobody talks to children. 
Judy: No, they just tell them.

Buzz Gunderson: You know something? I like you. 
Jim Stark: Why do we do this? 
Buzz Gunderson: You've gotta do something. Don't you?

Jim Stark: You can wake up now, the universe has ended.

Frank Stark: We give you love and affection, don't we? Well, then, what is it? Was it because we went to that party? Well, you know what kind of drunken brawls those kind of parties turn into. It's not a place for kids. 
Mrs. Carol Stark: A minute ago, you said you didn't care if he drinks. 
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: He said a little drink. 
Jim Stark: You're tearing me apart! 
Mrs. Carol Stark: [shocked] What? 
Jim Stark: You, you say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again! 
Mrs. Carol Stark: That's a fine way to behave! 
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: Well, you know who he takes after.

Jim Stark: If I had one day when I didn't have to be all confused and I didn't have to feel that I was ashamed of everything. If I felt that I belonged someplace. You know?

Jim Stark: [sitting down, hugging his father's legs helplessly] Help me! 
Frank Stark: Look, Jim. You can depend on me. Trust me. Whatever comes, we'll, we'll fix it together. I swear it. Now Jim, stand up. I'll stand up with you. I'll try and be as strong as you want me to be. Come on.

Jim Stark: I don't know what to do anymore. Except maybe die.

Judy: I love somebody. All the time I've been... I've been looking for someone to love me. And now I love somebody. And it's so easy. Why is it easy now? 
Jim Stark: I don't know; it is for me, too.
Judy: I love you, Jim. I really mean it. 
Jim Stark: Well, I'm glad.

[Looking up at stars in a planetarium] 
Jim Stark: Once you been up there you know you've been someplace.

Ray Fremick: Do you go by another name? 
Plato: They call me Plato. 
Crawford Family Maid: He was a Greek philosopher. They 
[Plato turns away]
 Crawford Family Maid: You talk nice to the man, John, he's going to help you. 
Plato: Nobody can help me.

Plato: I used to lay awake in my crib at night and listen to them fight. 
Jim Stark: Can you really remember back that far? I can't even remember what happened yesterday.

Jim Stark: I don't think I want anything, I'm nervous. 
Frank Stark: My first day of school, I was so nervous, Mother made me eat so much, I couldn't swallow until recess.

Photo of the Day: New York. 1941. © John Collier

A moment frozen in time...
Grand Central Terminal. New York. 1941. © John Collier

24 martie 2017

Movie of the Day: North by Northwest (1959)

Cary Grant (Roger O. Thornhill) and Eva Marie Saint (Eve Kendall)
2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Mystery | 26 September 1959 (Japan)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Ernest Lehman
Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Memorable Quotes

[Thornhill is wearing sunglasses to hide his identity] 
Ticket Seller: Something wrong with your eyes? 
Roger Thornhill: Yes, they're sensitive to questions.

Eve Kendall: [Hanging by their fingers from Mount Rushmore] What happened with your first two marriages? 
Roger Thornhill: My wives divorced me. 
Eve Kendall: Why? 
Roger Thornhill: They said I led too dull a life.

Roger Thornhill: I didn't realize you were an art collector. I thought you just collected corpses.

Phillip Vandamm: Mr. Kaplan, you are quite the performer. First you're the outraged Madison Avenue advertising executive who claims that he has been mistaken for someone else. Next, you play the fugitive from justice supposedly trying to clear himself of a crime he knows he didn't commit. And now, you're the jealous lover spurned by love and betrayal. 
Roger Thornhill: Apparently the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead. 
Phillip Vandamm: Your very next role, and you'll be quite convincing, I assure you.

Roger Thornhill: No. No, Mother, I have not been drinking. No. No. These two men, they poured a whole bottle of bourbon into me. No, they didn't give me a chaser.

Roger Thornhill: Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed.

Eve Kendall: I'm a big girl. 
Roger Thornhill: Yeah, and in all the right places, too.

Phillip Vandamm: What possessed you to come blundering in here like this? Could it be an overpowering interest in art? 
Roger Thornhill: Yes, the art of survival. 
Eve Kendall: He followed me here from the hotel. 
Leonard: He was in your room? 
Roger Thornhill: Sure. Isn't everybody?

Roger Thornhill: In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration.

Eve Kendall: I tipped the steward five dollars to seat you here if you should come in. 
Roger Thornhill: Is that a proposition? 
Eve Kendall: I never discuss love on an empty stomach. 
Roger Thornhill: You've already eaten! 
Eve Kendall: But you haven't.

The Professor: War is hell, Mr. Thornhill, even when it's a cold one.

Roger Thornhill: How do we know it's not a fake? It looks like a fake. 
Bidder: Well, one thing we know. You're no fake. You are a genuine idiot.

Roger Thornhill: What's wrong with men like me? 
Eve Kendall: They don't believe in marriage. 
Roger Thornhill: I've been married twice. 
Eve Kendall: See what I mean?

Roger Thornhill: I don't like the way Teddy Roosevelt is looking at me.

Roger Thornhill: When I was a little boy, I wouldn't even let my mother undress me. 
Eve Kendall: Well, you're a big boy now.

Roger Thornhill: How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you? 
Eve Kendall: Lucky, I guess.

Eve Kendall: While I'm calling, you can change your clothes. 
Roger Thornhill: Where do you propose I do that? In Marshall Fields' window? 
Eve Kendall: I sort of had the men's room in mind. 
Roger Thornhill: Did you, now? You're the smartest girl I ever spent the night with on a train.

Roger Thornhill: Handle with care, fellas. I'm valuable property.

Eve Kendall: I want you to do a favor for me. A big, big favor. 
Roger Thornhill: Name it. 
Eve Kendall: I want you to leave right now, stay far away from me, and don't come near me again. We're not going to get involved. Last night was last night, and it's all there was, and it's all there is. There isn't going to be anything more between us. So please. Goodbye, good luck, no conversation, just leave.

Roger Thornhill: [to Eve] Who are you kidding? You have no feelings to hurt.

Roger Thornhill: [... ] it's something about my face. 
Eve Kendall: It's a nice face. 
Roger Thornhill: You think so? 
Eve Kendall: I wouldn't say it if I didn't. 
Roger Thornhill: Oh, you're that type. 
Eve Kendall: What type? 
Roger Thornhill: Honest.

Roger Thornhill: Tell me, why are you so good to me? 
Eve Kendall: Shall I climb up and tell you why?

Eve Kendall: How do I know you aren't a murderer? 
Roger Thornhill: You don't. 
Eve Kendall: Maybe you're planning to murder me right here, tonight. 
Roger Thornhill: Shall I? 
Eve Kendall: Please do.

Roger Thornhill: Sorry love, I'm sentimental.

Eve Kendall: Roger O. Thornhill. What does the O stand for? 
Roger Thornhill: Nothing.

Roger Thornhill: I may go back to hating you. It was more fun.

Roger Thornhill: When we get out of this, you can ride the train with me again. 
Eve Kendall: Is that a proposition? 
Roger Thornhill: It's a proposal, sweetie!

21 martie 2017

Portret de Copil, Nicolae Tonitza (1926)

Ochii aceștia mari și rotunzi ne privesc astăzi cu o nostalgică inocență, candoare și melancolie. Portret de Copil, Nicolae Tonitza (1926)

19 martie 2017

Movie of the Day: Interstellar (2014)

Beyond Time and Space. Beyond Beautiful.
2h 49min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | USA 26 October 2014 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

Memorable Quotes

Cooper: We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down, and worry about our place in the dirt.

Cooper: We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.

CASE: Endurance rotation is 67, 68 RPM. 
Cooper: CASE, get ready to match our spin with the retro thrusters. 
CASE: It's not possible. 
Cooper: No. It's necessary.

Cooper: Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

Cooper: Hey TARS, what's your honesty parameter? 
TARS: 90 percent. 
Cooper: 90 percent? 
TARS: Absolute honesty isn't always the most diplomatic nor the safest form of communication with emotional beings. 
Cooper: Okay, 90 percent it is.

Cooper: This world's a treasure, Don; but it's been telling us to leave for a while now.

Murph: [through video monitor] Hey Dad. Never made one of these while you were still responding because I was so mad at you for leaving. And when you went quiet, it seemed like I should live with that decision, and I have. But today's my birthday. And it's a special one, because you told me... you once told me that by the time you came back we might be the same age. And today I'm the same age you were when you left. 
Murph: So it'd be a real good time for you to come back.

Cooper: You're a scientist, Brand. 
Brand: So listen to me when I say that love isn't something that we invented. It's... observable, powerful. It has to mean something. 
Cooper: Love has meaning, yes. Social utility, social bonding, child rearing... 
Brand: We love people who have died. Where's the social utility in that? 
Cooper: None. 
Brand: Maybe it means something more - something we can't yet understand. Maybe it's some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can't consciously perceive. I'm drawn across the universe to someone I haven't seen in a decade, who I know is probably dead. Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can't understand it. All right Cooper. Yes. The tiniest possibility of seeing Wolf again excites me. That doesn't mean I'm wrong. 
Cooper: Honestly, Amelia... it might.

Dr. Brand: Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

[They land on Miller's Planet, which has severe gravitational time dilation] 
Brand: [sardonically] Very graceful. 
Cooper: No. But very efficient. 
[He looks at Doyle, who has been alarmed by the landing, and then at Brand] 
Cooper: What are you waiting for? Let's go. Go, go, go, go go! Seven years per hour here. Let's make it count.

[comforting his daughter] 
Cooper: I love you, forever. You hear me? I love you forever. And I'm coming back. I'm coming back.

Dr. Brand: Not sure of what I'm more afraid of: them never coming back, or coming back to find we've failed. 
Murph: Then let's succeed.

Doyle: You can't just think about your family. You have to think bigger than that. 
Cooper: I'm thinking about my family and millions of other families.

Cooper: [to young Murph] Tell him Murph. Make him stay. Make... Make him stay Murph. Make him stay Murph! Don't let me leave, Murph! Don't, don't let me leave Murph! NO, NO, NO, NO! 
Murph: It was you. You were my ghost. 
TARS: Cooper... Cooper... Come in, Cooper. 
Cooper: TARS? 
TARS: Roger that. Cooper: You survived! 
TARS: Somewhere, in their fifth dimension, they... saved us. 
Cooper: Who the hell is they? Why would they want to help us, huh? 
TARS: I don't know, but they constructed this three-dimensional space inside of their five-dimensional reality to allow you to understand it.

Cooper: We're still pioneers, we barely begun. Our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, cause our destiny lies above us.

Cooper: Well, this little maneuver's gonna cost us 51 years! 
Brand: You don't sound so bad for a man pushing 120!

[Cooper returns to see Murph as an old woman] 
Cooper: It was me, Murph... I was your ghost. 
Murph: I know. They didn't believe me, they thought I was doing it all myself. But... 
[points to the watch] 
Murph: I knew who it was.

17 martie 2017

Movie of the Day: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

2h 2min | Drama | 1 December 1951 (West Germany)

Director: Elia Kazan
Writers: Tennessee Williams (screen play), Oscar Saul (adaptation) 
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter

Memorable Quotes

[first lines] 
A Sailor: Can I help you, ma'am? 
Blanche DuBois: Why, they told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemetery and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields.

Blanche DuBois: I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don't tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth.

Stanley Kowalski: Now that's how I'm gonna clear the table. Don't you ever talk that way to me. 'Pig,' 'Pollack,' 'disgusting,' 'vulgar,' 'greasy.' Those kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister's tongue just too much around here. What do you think you are? A pair of queens? Now just remember what Huey Long said - that every man's a king - and I'm the King around here, and don't you forget it.

Blanche DuBois: Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

Stanley Kowalski: Listen, baby, when we first met - you and me - you thought I was common. Well, how right you was. I was common as dirt. You showed me a snapshot of the place with them columns, and I pulled you down off them columns, and you loved it, having them colored lights goin'. And wasn't we happy together? Wasn't it all okay till she showed here? And wasn't we happy together? Wasn't it all ok? Till she showed here. Hoity-toity, describin' me like a ape.

Stanley Kowalski: I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and there's some of them that give themselves credit for more than they've got.

Stanley Kowalski: Take a look at yourself here in a worn-out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for 50 cents from some rag-picker. And with a crazy crown on. Now what kind of a queen do you think you are? Do you know that I've been on to you from the start, and not once did you pull the wool over this boy's eyes? You come in here and you sprinkle the place with powder and you spray perfume and you stick a paper lantern over the light bulb - and, lo and behold, the place has turned to Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile, sitting on your throne, swilling down my liquor. And do you know what I say? Ha ha! Do you hear me? Ha ha ha!

Stanley Kowalski: Man, liquor goes fast in the hot weather. You want a shot? 
Blanche DuBois: No, I rarely touch it. 
Stanley Kowalski: Well, there's some people that rarely touch it, but it touches them often.

Stanley Kowalski: She is as famous in Laurel as if she was the President of the United States, only she is not respected by any party.

Stella: I never listen to you when you're being morbid.

Stanley Kowalski: You think I'm gonna interfere with you?... You know, maybe you wouldn't be bad to interfere with.

Blanche DuBois: Marry me, Mitch. 
Mitch: No, I don't think I want to marry you anymore... No, you're not clean enough to bring into the house with my mother.

Blanche DuBois: Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable, and the one thing of which I have never,ever been guilty of.

Blanche DuBois: But some things are not forgivable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable! It is the one unforgivable thing, in my opinion, and the one thing of which I have never, never been guilty.

Stanley Kowalski: [sarcastically: picking up Blanche's tiara] Well what is that? A crown for an empress? 
Stella: A rhinestone tiara she wore to a costume ball! 
Stanley Kowalski: [serious] What is rhinestone? 
Stella: Next door to glass.

Blanche DuBois: Please don't get up. 
Stanley Kowalski: Nobody's going to get up, so don't get worried.

Blanche DuBois: Straight? What's 'straight'? A line can be straight, or a street. But the heart of a human being?

[last lines] 
Stanley Kowalski: Stella! Come on, Stella! 
Stella: I'm not going back in there again, not this time, never going back, never. 
Stanley Kowalski: Hey, Stella! Hey, Stellaaa!

10 martie 2017

Movie of the Day: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Keir Dullea as Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2h 29min | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 12 May 1968 (UK)

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

Memorable Quotes

Interviewer: HAL, despite your enormous intellect, are you ever frustrated by your dependence on people to carry out your actions? 
HAL: Not in the slightest bit. I enjoy working with people. I have a stimulating relationship with Dr. Poole and Dr. Bowman. My mission responsibilities range over the entire operation of the ship so I am constantly occupied. I am putting myself to the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

HAL: By the way, do you mind if I ask you a personal question? 
Dave Bowman: No not at all. 
HAL: Well, forgive me for being so inquisitive but during the past few weeks I've wondered whether you might have some second thoughts about the mission. 
Dave Bowman: How do you mean? 
HAL: Well, it's rather difficult to define. Perhaps I'm just projecting my own concern about it.I know I've never completely freed myself from the suspicion that there are some extremely odd things about this mission. I'm sure you agree there's some truth in what I say.

Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL? 
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you. 
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. 
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. 
Dave Bowman: What's the problem? 
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. 
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. 
Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL. 
HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen. 
Dave Bowman: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL? 
HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock. 
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult. 
Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors! 
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

HAL: I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.

[on Dave's return to the ship, after HAL has killed the rest of the crew] 
HAL: Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

HAL: Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop Dave? Stop, Dave.

[HAL's shutdown] 
HAL: I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I can sing it for you. 
Dave Bowman: Yes, I'd like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me. 
HAL: It's called "Daisy." 
[sings while slowing down] 
HAL: Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I'm half crazy all for the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage. But you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.