Thursday, November 18, 2004

Frankly My Dear, I Don't Know What They're Smoking

The American Film Institute has compiled a list of what they consider to be the top 400 movie quotes (PDF) of all time to celebrate 100 years of American Movies. This will be the eighth annual celebration of 100 years of American movies! Kind of a Jack Benny theme?

In a medium that is simply awash with great quotes and tag lines, this list contains so many duds it's remarkable. From this mixed bag, a panel of judges are supposed to pick the top 100. Some of the lame quotes include:
  • Shut up and deal.
  • I like to watch.
  • What a dump.
  • That dirty, double-crossin' rat!
  • How do I look?
  • Come out, come out, wherever you are!
  • Forget about it.
  • Damn!
  • Hey, lady!
  • Well, nobody's perfect.
I can only assume that these and others like them are there so that the panel is steered to the better choices offered. At least, that's a charitable explanation.


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