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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorable Dialogue

Warning:  Much offensive language:

100 Greatest Action Movie Punchlines 

The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time 

The 100 Greatest Movie Compliments 

The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time  

The 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time 

100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time 

I watched these, curious.  What makes memorable dialogue?  Largely, it appears that context or story does.  Most of the dialogue is rather bland, full of expletives or sentimental mush.  There are exceptions, but most require the surprise of an expletive, delivered at a key moment.

The last "movie quotes" category do offer some interesting tidbits--metaphors, non-sequitors, surprise, wisdom, irony, toughness,  etc.--delivered at the right moment dramatic moment.  The punchlines are the second best of the lot, full of puns, followed by the compliments--a few of which are good.

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