Get your pens ready. It’s time to find the ... Most Quotable Movie Ever!
After the positive response to our Chick Flick bracket challenge in March, fellow features writer Rachel Sauer and I wanted to put together another movie bracket challenge. We just needed an idea, preferably one to generate enthusiasm from both gals and guys.
When I found out that “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” would be released Dec. 20, I had my hook: Most Quotable Movie Ever!
The 2004 movie, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” starring Will Ferrell, had so many memorable, usable movie quotes: “Stay classy, San Diego”; “I’m in a glass case of emotion”; and “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.” Even if this follow-up is half as good, it will still have plenty of go-to lines.
Although I don’t memorize movie quotes well, I have been known to quote a movie here and there.
When someone tells me to do something I don’t want to do: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” (“Dirty Dancing,” 1987).
When I or someone I know is unsettled by change: “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” (“The Wizard of Oz,” 1939).
When something inexplicable happens in nature: “Life finds a way” (“Jurassic Park,” 1993).
I use that last line a lot, even when nature isn’t part of the conversation.
Sometimes, a movie quote so perfectly sums up the mood or setting that there’s no need to say anything else.
It’s in that spirit Rachel and I present our Most Quotable Movie Ever! bracket challenge, set up with 64 of the most quotable movies of all time in a bracket format similar to the NCAA basketball tournaments. Yes, we even seeded the movies.
Because there are so many iconic lines in movie history, we had to establish strict criteria to narrow the field to 64. It wasn’t easy.
Here was our thinking:
1. The movie must contain at least one line applicable to everyday conversation.
There are memorable lines in “Citizen Kane” or “Sunset Boulevard,” but they aren’t necessarily used in daily conversation. This was really the only way to cut to 64.
2. The quote must be equal to or better than any original thought.
For example, when somebody brags or makes ridiculous statements about how good they are at something, “...Your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash” from 1986’s “Top Gun” pretty much sums up the response.
3. No profanity.
If you have to drop f-bombs (“Die Hard”) or other profanity to say the line, and that’s the only iconic line in a film, then it was out.
Now that the criteria are established, Rachel and I present our bracket, which encompasses many years and many genres. Enjoy!
JOIN IN THE FUN
To participate, fill out the Most Quotable Movie bracket on pages 14–15 and mail it to The Daily Sentinel, c/o Out & About, 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO 81501,
You can also drop by our front desk and turn in your completed bracket.
Completed brackets must be to the Sentinel by 4 p.m. Dec. 6 to be entered into a drawing for movie theater gift cards and a movie-themed gift basket from Seasons to Follow, 612 Main St.
Please include your contact information on the bracket so we can reach you if your bracket is drawn.
Only original newsprint movie brackets (no copies) are eligible for the drawing, but enter as many times as you like. Back issues of the newspaper are available for 75 cents at the Sentinel.
The winner of our drawing for a movie-themed prize package will be announced in Out & About on Dec. 20. On that date, we also will reveal the film you voted as tops in the Most Quotable Movie Ever! bracket challenge.
Until then, we will dedicate a portion of Out & About each week to list the winning movies based on your votes round by round.
Additional movie-related comments we receive from you during the challenge — Please! Send! Some! — will be posted on our Breakfast for Dinner blog at GJSentinel.com.
We hope you find this a perfect holiday activity and diversion as the anticipation builds for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”