There used to be a frequest FanPost for the discussion of non-hockey and non-Flyers topics. It was a nice break and good place to kill a little time online. It's a slow Friday for me at work, so I'm doing just that and reviving the non-hockey topic discussion forum --- Respond as you like, but please keep the Flyers/ice hockey discussion on the main page. This is for the other, less important forms of entertainment.
Yesterday, I had some fun with fellow BSHers talking about movies, so I'm gonna start on that topic, below the jump (you don't have to talk movies, initiate a thread beneath about whatever your heart desires -- aside from hockey).
I'm one of those people that more or less memorizes my favorite movies -- especially comedies -- line for line. However, outside of close buddies that appreciate and reciprocate the practice, I am not one of those annoying people that recite the movie as we watch it.
Something I love about my favorite comedies is the subtle, hilarious jokes that you catch on the 2nd, 3rd, or 17th viewing. As a topic of discussion, I'll list some of my favorites with some subtle jokes that I missed the first time (along with favorite quotes or scenes), but caught later and loved. Feel free to add, comment, etc. Hopefully, some of these will give others a chuckle as they read them.
This is Spinal Tap
One of my all-time favorites, and a genuine treasure trove of excellent quotes (with poor British accent imitations) and subtle jokes that are easily missed on the first watch.
- In the opening scene of fan interviews, a thin, blond hippy lady is waxing on some metaphysical mumbo-jumbo about the connection between the fans and the band. Look in the background at the teenage boy, standing behind the woman. He continually and repeatedly glances down (presumably at the blond hippy woman's ass) as she rattles on and on.
- At the record release party in Bobbi Fleckman's (Fran Drescher) apartment, Fran's character (studio big-whig) preps the band to meet studio owner, Sir Eton Hogg. During this, she warns the band to be on good behavior, going so far as to tell my favorite character, Nigel Tufnel, not to "talk very much". Moments later in the scene, as they meet Sir Eton, Nigel begins to introduce himself, catches himself about to speak, and gives an awkward, wordless nod instead.
- Great Quote #1: [Nigel Tufnel, backtracking over David St. Hubbin's claim that the sexist cover of Smell the Glove was "all a big joke"]: "Well, it is and it isn't (a big joke). I mean, she should be forced to smell the glove, but, you know, not over and over again"
- Great Quote #2: [Successful rival British rocker Duke Ellington's manager, awkwardly creating an escape from the conversation with Spinal Tap's inept manager, Ian Faith]: "Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but we've got to sit around the lobby and wait for the limo. Alright!"
Another all-time favorite of mine, featuring a tour-de-force role as Big Ern McCracken by my personal God of acting, Bill Murray. The best Farelly Bros movie ever, in my opinion, eeking out Dumb and Dumber by a nose, and with much more staying power.
- In the very opening scene, when Roy Munson is a young boy in his midwest hometown, his burly father gives him a little talk that really sets up extreme irony in the plot of the rest of the movie. I didn't catch it the first time, but on the second watch it was a really funny opening to the story: "Now, Roy, if you apply what I taught you about bowling to your daily life, you'll be decent, morale, and you'll be a good man" (anyone who's seen Kingpin knows that Roy Munson's life doesn't exactly turn out that way)
- After being shut down for milk for his coffee by the stoney convenience store guy (the freebies are gone), Roy Munson runs into an attractice young mother pushing her baby in a stroller on the street, ultimately stealing the baby's milk for his coffee. There are two very subtle and very funny things that you notice at the very beginning of this encounter: 1) Roy's fly is wide open when he approaches the lady; 2) the expression of panic and discomfort on the mother's face as Roy initiates conversation.
- Like the "you'll be a decent man" foreshadowing, Roy Munson's father sends him off with a line that ironically foreshadows a more specific running joke in the movie. Throughout the movie, the name/word Munson is repetitively used as everyday slang for "to be up a river without a paddle; to have the world in the palm of your hand and then blow it". This is funny in the many uses, but it's even funnier if you notice that Roy's father, before giving him his broken (unwound) pocket watch and seeing him off to the pro tour says: "Some day, when people say the name Munson, they'll think 'winner'. Like DiMaggio is to baseball -- that's what Munson will be to bowling.
- Great Quote #1 [Not one you'd miss, but a hilarious line from Big Ern (Bill Murray) that really introduces his character. Big Ern, speaking to the diner waitress]: "Get me a Tangueray and Tab, and keep 'em coming -- I got a long drive ahead of me. And do me a favor... wash that perfume off before you come back to my table"
- Great Quote #2 [Within the hilarious Big Ern McCracken TV ad for the Unified Fund, in which he gloats of his charitable contrubutions to (only) smoking hot single mothers "in every city I bowl in"... One of the children of the single mothers exclaims with excitement]: "Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, Mr. McCracken's already there!"
So those are just a few off the top of my head. I got way more into this than I thought I would, so I'll shut up now and maybe add more later. Hopefully people run with this movie thread and others add different topics -- music, beer, , books, cooking, etc.