Happy Tuesday! It’s Mish bringing you sunshine, cold drinks and poetic super powers. Did I have you at hello??
Lately I’ve been thinking about how much I miss going to watch a movie in a real theater. We are still under a “stay at home” situation here with many venues and activities not available. So, I thought I’d bring the big screen into our prompt today for your viewing…..oops…..writing pleasure.
We all have our favourite movies that have deeply impacted us with powerful images and of course, those catchy lines, dialogue that transcends beyond the screen. Many movie quotes have made their way into our daily conversation, advertisements and more recently, “memes”. They have moved us, made us laugh and made us cry. Withstanding the test of time, they reproduce the scene for us over and over to enjoy again and again. Some are simple, some are silly while others have become ingrained in our brains because of their brilliance. For whatever reason, they stick.
Here are just a few….
“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” – Back to the Future, 1985 –
“I’m in a glass case of emotion.” -Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, 2004 –
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Jaws , 1985 –
“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013 –
“Round up the usual suspects.” – Casablanca, 1942 –
“After all, tomorrow is another day. ” – Gone with the Wind, 1932 –
“I’ll be back.” – The Terminator, 1984 –
“I see dead people.” – The Sixth Sense, 1999 –
“Listen to the night. Children of the night. What music they make.” – Dracula, 1931 –
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – A Street Car Named Desire, 1951 –
“Say hello to my little friend.” – Scarface, 1983 –
“You can’t handle the truth!” – A Few Good Men, 1992 –
“I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” – 12 Years a Slave, 2013 –
“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” – It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946 –
“To infinity and beyond!” – Toy Story, 1995 –
“You complete me.” – Jerry Maguire, 1996 –
“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008 –
“Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” – The Godfather, Part II, 1974 –
“I’m your huckleberry.” – Tombstone, 1993 –
“I’m singin’ in the rain.” – Singin’ in the Rain, 1952 –
“Those aren’t mountains, those are waves.” – Interstellar, 2014 –
“Do you want to know how I got these scars?” – The Dark Knight, 2008 –
“Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” – The Lion King, 1994 –
“May the force be with you.” – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, 1980 –
“Ya like jazz?” – Bee Movie, 2007 –
“For you, a thousand times over.” – The Kite Runner, 2007 –
“Do or do not, there is no try.” – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 –
“The stuff dreams are made of.” – The Maltese Falcon, 1941 –
“You can’t be a proper writer without a touch of madness, can you?” – Quills, 2000 –
“My precious” – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002 –
“It’s alive! It’s alive!” – Frankenstein, 1935 –
“I wish I knew how to quit you” – Brokeback Mountain, 2005 –
“Go ahead, make my day.” – Sudden Impact, 1983 –
So as you may have predicted, “your mission should you choose to accept it” is to select one of the movie quotes above and incorporate it into a poem of any style.
When compiling the list, I tried to choose mostly terse lines rather than lengthy dialogue for an easier fit into your work. *Please remember to use quotations for the chosen line and give reference/credit to the movie below your poem.
I leave you with this, dear poets….
To join in:
- Write a poem according to the prompt and post it to your blog.
- Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and direct url to your poem.
- Add a link for dVerse on your page so others can find us as well.
- Visit other poets on the list to read their poems and comment.
- Take a seat at the pub to say hello.
- Have fun!
Welcome poets and movie buffs! The show’s about to begin. Admission is free (as always ;). We are serving up hot buttered popcorn today along with your other favourites – Raisinettes, Milk Duds, M and M’s , Skittles, nachos as well as a large selection of fizzy soda pops. Martinis will be “shaken, not stirred”.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I think a French 75 would be fitting.
T.J.S. Sherman said:
Anything special for intermission or are we in our seats straight through?
Perhaps a short interval of burst training?
Or we could just grab more popcorn. 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
“This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”… yes it was easy to choose a quote that came right before… “Play it, Sam”.
“You talkin’ to me?” hahaha Well it seems we did choose the same line, dear poet friend. I took a peek. Looking forward to reading soon.
Hot buttered popcorn with cold soda is perfect. Thanks for hosting our movie night Mish. I will hit the trail when its a bit cooler. Enjoy the summer warmth!!!!
Thank you, Grace. Yes it is hot one today!!! 🙂
I’ll have what grace is having, too!! 🙂
Good evening everyone, and thank Mish for hosting with this enjoyable prompt in which the possibilities are endless!
Hi Kim! 🙂 Thank you. I thought we could all use a bit of fun with this one. Glad you could join in.
Good evening Mish! I do love a trip to the movies, so I am looking forward to tonight and will probably need a big bucket of popcorn 🙂
One large bucket coming up, Ingrid!
Hello Mish and All. A pint of Magners and a bucket of non-buttered popcorn please. I like to sprinkle nutritional yeast on my popcorn instead. Wonderful quote choice, Mish. Heading out to write!
Thanks Lisa….your order is up and ready to go. Happy writing!
Thanks much and Cheers! Just linked to Mr. Linky 🙂
Helen Dehner said:
Great challenge …. this one popped (like corn) into my mind. May I have raisinettes mixed with popcorn?
Ohhh! That sounds like the perfect sweet and salty combo!
LOVE this prompt, Mish! May have to bookmark it and use if for some OLN posts in the future. You missed my two favorite lines of all time from ,movies:
“Play it again, Sam” from Casablanca
“I’ll have what she’s having,” from When Harry Met Sally.
Looking forward to seeing what folks do with the prompt….and which quotation they choose. Maybe we should keep a tally and see which wins for all time favorite – well not really all time favorite. Rather the one used by most poets. 🙂
Thanks Lillian. Actually, I did consider those two quotes for the list. It was hard to narrow it down. It would be interesting to see the choices for quotes. I’d love to see a huge variety.
Hi Mish! Clever prompt; I see the one I want to work from, and will cogitate on it awhile.
Looking forward to where it takes you! Thanks for joining in. 🙂
Took a little while, but I got there!
Tricia Sankey said:
Thanks for hosting Mish! I can’t wait to read everyone’s responses to this prompt. Definitely calls for some popcorn and berry-flavored LaCroix! 🍿
My pleasure. Hmm…I will have to look into the berry-flavored LaCroix. Love those sparking drinks.
Nachos! Yes please. With coke 😍 I so enjoyed this prompt, Mish. It took me deep into contemplation.. as to how people react to the world around them these days.
Will be around today and tomorrow to read and comment. 💙💙
Nachos with all the fixings coming up, Sanaa. Enjoy your day! 🙂
This is a fantastic idea!
Thank you! 🙂
thank for such a fun prompt Mish. i have sneaked in my own homabade brownies for a snack. and a giant bag of chocolate buttons. To share of course. i have gone with a double bill tonight. hope to get to read the others as soon as i can
You had me at “chocolate buttons”! Will stop by to read soon. 🙂
Thanks for a fun and challenging prompt Mish. Popcorn sound wonderful right now!
Started more then one draft before finally getting a whole poem. Think that the movies I know well influenced to much and got in the way of using that quote. So in the end I chose one that spoke to me but from a movie I haven’t seen.
A great way to solve that problem!
Ali Grimshaw said:
Great prompt. I hope to get back to it later today. I love your list of movie quotes. Please remember to turn off you cell phones before the movie starts.
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for hosting Mish. I started and the words of love poured out onto the page. I appreciate the opening you provided.
You’re quite welcome, Ali. I’m back on the poetry trail. Will be by soon. 🙂
T.J.S. Sherman said:
Awesome collection of quotes from a great selection of movies. I’ve bet you’re great at movie trivia nights! Thanks for hosting.
My pleasure. I think I’d be better at searching for them, actually…but I’m happy the variety seemed to have something for everyone. 🙂
Great prompt Merril!
I think you forgot…”I’m having what she’s having!” from When Harry Met Sally! :>)
Oops… I meant Mish. Great Prompt Mish!
Hi Dwight! It seems it was a definite miss but feel free to use it. 🙂
Ha Ha… I know you could not possibly get them all! Just a little humor for the evening!
So love these quotes- good memories. I love any good line. I’m your huckleberry is one I didn’t see.
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Glad you enjoyed them. I’ve not seen Tombstone either but “I’m your huckleberry” is a great line. 🙂
My daughter nd husband lived the movie and named their lab Huckleberry
Wonderful prompt Mish, thank you! A number of years ago I published a poets/writers prompt site entitled “Matinee Muse” offering only movie lines or titles as prompts. Sparked some excellent poetry and flash fiction contributions. Today I am going to use one of the lines you offered, and also one of my favorite movie lines of all times. It is a line taken from replicant Roy Batty’s brilliant rooftop death scene in Blade Runner, right after he saved Rick Deckard’s life, by pulling him back up on the roof, as he was falling. Rutger Hauer was masterful as Batty. Harrison Ford played Deckard as a wonderfully moody blade runner, dispatched to kill Batty.. Ridley Scott produced the movie based on Phillip K Dick’s book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”.
Wow, Rob…”Matinee Muse” must have been a lot of fun, and what a perfect name for it. I almost added a Blade Runner quote to the list so when I get to yours I’ll be curious to see if it is the same one. I have a hard time watching anything with violence so wouldn’t have seen that one. Thanks for painting the scene for the quote. 🙂
Stanley Kubricks’s movie “A Clockwork Orange” was a patently violent movie for violence sake. I hated it! Now however, Scott Ridley’s stunning “Blade Runner” was a deeply moving, probing philosophical movie about human life and humanity — what is it, what is its value, is the body or the spirit what ultimately defines a human, how do human’s love, must you be human to love, what is love — lots of introspection and examination by and of our species. The narration by Harrison Ford, and the actor’s dialog were both wonderfully poetic, as were the fantastic sets, and beautiful cinematography and lighting. The acting ensemble was world class. The colors used in the movie were brooding and beautiful. The breathtaking Vangelis soundtrack gave it an otherworldly glow, almost angelic. Stirring monologues all throughout. Replicant Roy Batty’ rooftop in the rain death scene, acted by Rutger Hauer, remains one of the finest scenes ever in cinema, and his dialog is gripping and mournfully sad — heart rending! For me, one splendid movie of sterling truth, and one of the greatest films uof all times. It is already a standout for American cinema in the period that ended the 20th century. It is a classic. A movie one must see to have a complete experience of cinema of the 20th, and to understand how beautiful and impactful great SciFi is!
Ooooops! …that would be “Ridley Scott”…
After this most eloquent review I may have to watch it. Thank you, Rob.
Hi, dVerse pubsters. I hope I am not so late. I admit I cannot call myself a movie buff. I usually fall asleep in theaters (sorry, please don’t judge). but I totally enjoy this prompt. 🙂
P.S. Curiosity strikes. Wondering what time is the usual posting of dVerse prompts? I am in GMT+8 area and would love to know. ❤ Thank you!
The prompts are posted at 3 p.m. EST. 🙂
And you are not late! 🙂
Awesome! Thank you, Mish!!
I fall asleep in movie theaters too. Once, I was on a date (I think this was one of the Harry Potter movies, but honestly don’t remember) and I fell asleep on my date in the theater.
There was no second date.
😂😂😂I did it multiple times so.. uhm… I understand you. And the one you dated is probably a potterhead and was hurt terribly 😅
Beverly Crawford said:
There always has to be a rebel, and I guess I’m it, Mish. After rattling my brains to choose a title, the rebel won out and I fashioned a tale of titles. It was great fun!
It was skillfully done, Bev, like it was meant to be. Loved it! 🙂
Hopefully y’all won’t kick me out for being late to the movie premiere! I’ll take Raisinettes if you still have ’em!
We never run out of Raisinettes….
What an idea! Loved it! You’re so right. Missing the movies.
Here’s mine. Couldn’t link it to mr linky…but will give it a try again later.