“It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!” If I had a shiny new pound coin for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Trouble is, it’s not exactly accurate is it? Great dialogue transcends both the performance and the film from whence it came and has the ability to infiltrate popular culture and consciousness. From the endlessly quotable to the words you wish you’d said yourself, every Friday will feature an iconic iteration. So in the words of Reservoir Dogs’ Joe Cabot…”Let’s go to work…”
With Mother! currently paying a visit to cinemas worldwide, Darren Aronofsky’s back catalogue of female protagonists re-conjured his first: Sara Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream. Desperate to escape her grim reality through aspirations to be on television and the ability to fit into that red dress, Sara (Ellen Burstyn) sets the record straight.
“I’m somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they’ll all like me. I’ll tell them about you, and your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It’s a reason to get up in the morning. It’s a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It’s a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow alright.”
Which quotes make you want to become addicted to amphetamines?