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Also-Ran Movies of the ’00 – The Top 10

And now my final list of overlooked movies of the aughts.  These are the ten (OK, eleven) movies that were the very best of the overlooked movies.  If you have not seen these films, place them immediately in your Netflix queue.

In no particular order:

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – This film, which stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer, features the absolute best use of voiceover I have ever witnessed.  Seriously one of the best screenplays of the entire decade (Actually a lot of the movies on this list are here because of their strong screenplays).

In Bruges – I am loving Colin Farrell so much more now that he has decided to stop trying to be a movie star and go back to character acting.  He and Brendan Gleeson are just fantastic in this funny, quirky, violent little movie (which features not one, not two, but THREE Harry Potter actors – Bonus!)

The Orphanage – Based on the preview, this movie looked like it was going to be another stupid horror movie along the lines of The Others.  Scary quiet kids in masks, who needs that?  But this film is so much more than that, and boasts a truly heart-wrenching ending.  Confidential to Ashby: You might want to skip this one.

Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz – Funny horror and funny action done the British way.

King of Kong – Hands down the best good vs. evil film of the decade.  And it’s a documentary.  About Donkey Kong.

The Lookout – It’s Memento meats a bank heist film with the kid from Third Rock from the Sun and the other guy from Dumb and Dumber.

About a Boy – There are so many great things about this movie, but here are three: 1) Hugh Grant plays a great douchebag, and this was his first foray into douchebaggery, 2) The Badly Drawn Boy soundtrack is sublime, and 3) This is one of the few films that actually improves upon its source material.

Wet, Hot American Summer – If you are easily offended by awesome comedy, this film is not for you.  But if you can handle it, this is one of the funniest films of the decade.

Running Scared – Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga, plus Juliet from Lost in one of the freakiest roles in the freakiest scenes of the entire decade.

American Movie – This documentary follows friends Mark and Mike on their quest to film a horror movie called Coven.  I just realized this movie is actually from 1999, but I don’t care.  You should see it anyway.  Funny, but kind of frustrating.  My brother’s head will spin over this guy’s lack of monetary sense.

3:10 to Yuma – I’m not a big Western fan, but put Russell Crowe in anything and I’m bound to like it.  Make him the antagonist for Christian Bale and it’s a guaranteed must-see.

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Also-Ran Movies of the ’00s – Embarrassing Films

Forever ago I started compiling lists of the best also-ran movies of the ‘00s.  These were categorized lists of the best genre films that failed to get much recognition critically or monetarily.

Recently I got a little tied up with American Idol and failed to release my final two lists to the world (my two favorite lists, in fact).  The first list is of movies that were mostly maligned by critics and that became punch lines, exemplifying all that was wrong with big budget films and big budget special effects and big budget stars.  The secret, though, is that all of these films are actually quite watchable, some of them quite good, and a few of them (I think) just weren’t appreciated in their time.

Speed Racer – It’s colorful.  It’s cartoony.  It’s ADD in film form.  I wanted to hate this movie (mostly because Mr. Mags made me see it in IMAX with him, and I hate IMAX), but I actually enjoyed the experience and I think the Wachowskis made a really fun kids’ movie.

The Island – Michael Bay is not my favorite.  I pretty much subscribe to Team America: World Police’s assessment of his filmmaking talents.  However, I am a fan of The Island.  This is a fun, fluffy sci-fi/action movie that looks great and offers up an engaging story.

Mission: Impossible III – Mr. Mags actually had this movie in his Top 10 of the decade.  I wouldn’t go that far, but this is pretty much a perfect action movie that suffered upon its release due to Tom Cruise’s couch jumping shenanigans.

Hitch – The very best case I can make for this movie is that it kept me awake even though I was watching it in bed after 10 PM.

National Treasure – I definitely made fun of this movie when I saw the trailer.  Nicholas Cage stealing the Declaration of Independence to find hidden treasure?  Do not want.  But.  In execution, it’s not half bad.

The Family Stone – This film is sanctimonious (one character –the deaf, gay son whose partner is an African American — is so blatantly in-your-face PC it’s laughable), but the film survives on its cast, specifically the always welcome Rachel McAdams.

Apocalypto – Mel Gibson has made some unfortunate choices in the last decade, to say the least, and I thought Apocalypto was going to be another one of those unfortunate choices.  Mel created quite a tidy, suspenseful, and freaky popcorn movie that just happens to be told in the Mayan language.

The Oscars, and Why I’m Giddy Like a Schoolgirl

For the first time in a long time I’m actually getting really excited about the Oscars.  For the past decade, but most notably the past few years, the Best Picture nominees have not necessarily reflected the best films of the year but rather the five films that were able to afford enough ad space and sounded pretentious enough to weasel their way into the Oscars (*cough* The Reader.)

My issues go way back to 1999 (the 2000 Oscars), one of the best years for movies in recent memory.  The five films nominated for Best Picture that year were American Beauty (which won), The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider, and The Sixth Sense.  I’m not going to argue with the inclusion of a few of these movies.  American Beauty was very buzzed about at the time, and it was a very solid film (even if it doesn’t hold up as well in 2010).  The Sixth Sense was obscenely popular, and, as big of a wiener nozzle as M. Night Shayamalan turned out to be, this film was very innovative, story-wise in its day.  The Insider is a brilliant film (and Russell Crowe is absolutely amazing in it).  The two films I take issue with are The Cider House Rules and The Green Mile.

First of all, I have nothing against The Green Mile as a film.  I really enjoyed this movie.  Michael Clark Duncan is heartbreaking, and the story is touching.  It’s just that when compared with the other films that were shafted for a nomination that year, The Green Mile does not measure up.  The Cider House Rules, though, should never have even been in contention.  It’s not that it’s a bad film, per se.  It’s just so very, very slight yet very, very pretentious.  Sure, Michael Caine can have his Supporting Actor award, but leave the Best Picture nods to the movies that made actual impact.

Of which movies am I speaking?  Well, in 1999, aside from the five aforementioned films, the following pictures were released: Magnolia, The Matrix, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Being John Malkovich, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut; Election, and Fight Club.  The issue with most of these films (except for maybe Ripley, which has always seemed to me like Oscar bait incarnate) is that they’re too edgy for the Oscars.  They’re too action-y or funny or think-y.  But which films are we still talking about more than a decade later?  Not The Cider House Rules and The Green Mile (or even The Insider, really), that’s for sure.

But this year the Oscars changed the game a little bit.  This year there are TEN Best Picture nominees.  If we’d had ten nominees back in 2000, there would’ve been room for some of the more innovative, more popular, and more challenging films to make the cut.  Maybe one of them would’ve even taken the crown from American Beauty.

I’m hoping the Academy fills up the ten slots wisely this year.  Some spots are all but locks.  Avatar is in for sure, so are The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, Up, and Up in the Air.  Who will take the final four slots?

If the voters choose to go for hype and pedigree over actual quality, we might see a final four featuring the likes of the craptacular Nine or the underwhelming Invictus.  If the voters choose to think outside their restrictive little pretentious box, we could see nominations awarded to the very deserving District 9 and/or Star Trek, which received a 90% and 94% respectively on RottenTomatoes.com, better than Avatar (82%), Inglourious Basterds (89%), and Invictus (77%) .  The Hangover (78% — Take that, Invictus and Nine (37%, yes you read that right)) may even sneak in there.

Awarding quality mainstream films in this way can only be good for the Oscars themselves.  Many people have seen these movies, meaning they will be more likely to tune into the broadcast.  Producers and quality directors will see that there is some potential for reward (beyond monetary) for making good films that can also appeal to mass audiences.  Mass audiences may flock to see smaller films by directors with whom they have become familiar (see Christopher Nolan, for example).  The 10-nominee system may well contribute to a new Golden Age in Hollywood.  Or maybe I’m overstating things a bit.

Either way, I’ll be watching on Tuesday with bated breath, wearing my District 9 T-shirt and waving my Star Trek pompons.

Golden Globes – Movie Predictions

I did some ranting earlier today about the TV Globes, but here are my movie predictions (and some rants, probably).

Best Picture – Drama

Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, Up in the Air

In this category, there are three movies that I very strongly liked and two movies that I very strongly had major issues with.  I would have no problem at all with The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, or Up in the Air winning Best Picture.  They are all very strong films and I enjoyed each of them.  Avatar, while stunning to look at, is horribly written.  The story is trite.  The characters are one-dimensional.  Because of the story’s failings, I have a lot of trouble awarding this film as a whole package.  Where Precious fails is in the direction/editing.  I really disliked the dream sequences.  They took me out of the film and made what should’ve been a completely heart-wrenching story a little silly at times.  The acting in that movie is unimpeachable.  Any of the actors in this movie deserves to be recognized for their work.

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

(500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, It’s Complicated, Julie & Julia, Nine

I did not see Nine.  According to my husband (and most critics), I did not miss much.  The liked the remaining four movies in this category very much.  It’s anyone’s game, but I think the HFP will go with one of the mature comedies in this case.

Best Actor – Drama

Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Tobey Maguire

Out of these five performances, I’ve only seen two.  The buzz seems to be behind Jeff Bridges, though, so I’ll pick him.  I’d love to see George Clooney win, though.

Best Actress – Drama

Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe

Ugh.  I’ve only seen Sandra Bullock’s and Gabourey Sidibe’s performances, but I’m going to predict that Emily Blunt wins this award because she’s in a period piece and she’s British.

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

Daniel Day-Lewis, Matt Damon, Robert Downey, Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Stuhlbarg

It’s hard to vote against DDL or RDJ, but I’m thinking Matt Damon takes this one home.

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep will win for Julie and Julia, as it should be.  She will also win the Oscar for this role, because I no longer want to live in a world where Meryl Streep has the same number of Oscars as Hilary Swank.

Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Plummer, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz

This category begins and ends with Christop Waltz, who was absolutely brilliant in Inglourious Basterds.

Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo’Nique, Julianne Moore

This is Mo’Nique’s category to lose, but I’m pulling for one of the Up in the Air girls to pull off an upset.

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Jason Reitman, Quentin Tarantino

I think this is going to be one of the few years where the Best Picture and Best Director are split.  I’m pulling for either Kathryn Bigelow or Quentin Tarantino in this category.

Also-Ran Movies of the Aughts – Thrillers

Many bloggers and critics (my husband included) have been posting their lists of the best films of the 00s.  This is not one of those lists.  The following is one in a series of posts dedicated to the overlooked/underrated/hidden gem films of the Aughts.  I have handily included Netflix links with each film in case you want to add it to your queue.  And you should.  All of them.  For further inspiration, see the lists of romances, comedies, and dramas, etc.

For lack of a better word, I’m calling this a list of “Thrillers,” but really it’s a list of man movies my brother and dad would like (and that I liked, as well).

Unbreakable – This is my absolute favorite M. Night Shayamalan movie (which is really kind of not saying much because I’ve liked exactly three of his movies).  Unbreakable is a real world superhero origin story and in some ways paved the way for the realism that has infiltrated the Christopher Nolan Batman films.  There.  I said it.

Red EyeRed Eye explores the idea of what happens when the cute flirty guy sitting next to you on the plane turns out to be the huge crazy blue-eyed douchebag who’s trying to kidnap you.

Snatch – Brad Pitt is ridiculously awesome in Guy Ritchie’s heist follow-up to Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Inside Man – This Spike Lee movie is a complex tale of a bank robbery that turns into a hostage situation.  And there are a few stars in the film, too, namely Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen.

Phone Booth – Colin Farrell has to stay on the phone while Jack Bauer points a sniper rifle at him.

JarheadJarhead is one of the best war movies of the past 10 years, mostly because it’s strictly soldier-centric.  There’s no big overreaching message or political agenda.  It’s about being a young person in the desert with no mission.

Black Hawk Down – And another great war film of the Aughts is Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott.  This film follows the crew of a downed helicopter in Somalia.

Training Day – It always seems somewhat not right (at least on the surface) that Denzel won his Best Actor Oscar for this movie and not for Malcom X or Hurricane (kind of like how Russell Crowe won for Gladiator and not for The Insider or A Beautiful Mind), but maybe it is actually more fitting that Denzel did win for this role as the crookedest of crooked cops since it played so against his usual type and his performance completely elevates this movie.

Taken – Liam Neeson has a specific set of skills and he will not hesitate to use them if you don’t hand over Shannon from Lost, bitches!

What were your favorite action movies/thrillers of the past ten years?

Also-Ran Movies of the Aughts – Difficult Dramas

Many bloggers and critics (my husband included) have been posting their lists of the best films of the 00s.  This is not one of those lists.  The following is one in a series of posts dedicated to the overlooked/underrated/hidden gem films of the Aughts.  I have handily included Netflix links with each film in case you want to add it to your queue.  And you should.  All of them.  For further inspiration, see the lists of romances, comedies, and dramas.

Some movies, no matter how banal, are so easy to watch that you can get sucked into a Saturday afternoon TBS marathon in five seconds (Hello there, Down to Earth).  Other movies, no matter how great, always seem like a chore to watch because the topic at hand is so heavy (Nice to see you, American History X).  The following are some of the movies of the 00s for which it was worth having your guts ripped out.

United 93 – This movie, deservedly, made some Top 10 lists, but it still remains one of those films that people are reluctant to see because of the sensitive 9/11 subject matter.  I say even though the ending is ultimately depressing, the story itself is one of triumph and heroism.  This film is not at all sappy or manipulative.  It’s just about what happened.

In America –  Jim Sheridan’s fine film  is about the difficulties of immigration and features brilliant acting by both Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine.

Dear Zachary – This documentary that a friend put together for his murdered friend’s son is going to set you back about three to seven boxes of Kleenex.  So wretchedly sad, but so worth watching.

House of Sand and Fog – This is one of the few movies that ended up being better than the book (another such movie makes my Top 10 Also-Ran All-Stars, but that remains a secret for now).  Ben Kingsley is heartbreaking and, in my opinion, should’ve won the Oscar over Sean Penn (jeebus, I hate the movie Mystic River so very, very much).

Hotel Rwanda – Like Children of Men and Big Fish, this is one movie that left me speechless for a long time afterwards because I knew the second I opened my mouth I would start bawling.  Don Cheadle, you are my hero.

The Machinist – Is there nothing Christian Bale won’t do for a role?  Here he shrinks down to Kate Moss size to play the role of a man who is living his nightmare.

Dancer in the Dark – It’s because of this movie that Bjork was invited to the Academy Awards and wore her infamous swan dress, so immediately, there’s that.  But there’s also the beautiful music and the poignant story of a mother trying to find the American dream and a more hopeful future for her son.

Little Children – Child molesters, adultery, and first date masterbation.  Oh, my!

What movies were worth all the hankies and the discomfort to you?

Also-Ran Movies of the Aughts – Dramas

Many bloggers and critics (my husband included) have been posting their lists of the best films of the 00s.  This is not one of those lists.  The following is one in a series of posts dedicated to the overlooked/underrated/hidden gem films of the Aughts.  I have handily included Netflix links with each film in case you want to add it to your queue.  And you should.  All of them.  For further inspiration, see the lists of romances and comedies.

The Upside of Anger – This is probably one of my favorite movie finds of the Aughts.  Joan Allen stars as a woman whose husband has up and left her without a trace.  She befriends her friendly neighborhood ex-baseball player who lives down the street (played by Kevin Coster, who should at this point ONLY play ex-baseball players).

Cinderella Man – I saw this movie in a pre-screening a few weeks before it came out.  Everyone in my group loved this Rocky-esque tale starring Russell Crowe.  It went on to make -$14.

In Good Company – Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace star in this story about growing old in the business world.

The Prestige – Christopher Nolan became known this decade mostly for Memento and the Batman movies (all brilliant), but this film about dueling magicians staring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman is fun and surprising.

Hustle & Flow – Years later, I still love that this movie won the Academy Award for Best Song (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp).  The movie itself is the story of a pimp who makes good, played with aplomb by Terrence Howard.

You Can Count on Me – This movie was all the rage back in 2001 when it debuted.  If you missed it then, rent it now and see the lovely little film that made stars out of Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo.

State of Play – This movie is like the film version of Season 5 of The Wire starring Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, and Rachel McAdams.  That should be enough for you.

25th Hour – Spike Lee and Edward Norton were at their absolute best when they made this film about how one man spends his final free day before serving a seven-year stint in prison.

Match Point – I am not a big Woody Allen fan, and this is pretty much not a Woody Allen movie.  Suspenseful, sexy, and British – I love it.

The Visitor – This brilliant little film (featuring an Oscar-nominated performance from Richard Jenkins AKA the dad from Six Feet Under) about a man who strikes up an unlikely friendship with his apartment’s squatters is not to be missed.

Honorable Mention: Collateral, Almost Famous, Insomnia, Friday Night Lights, Shattered Glass, Changing Lanes, Far From Heaven, Frost/Nixon, 8 Mile, Big Fish, The Queen

Which dramas did you love over the past 10 years?

The Also-Ran Movies of the Aughts – Comedies

Many bloggers and critics (my husband included) have been posting their lists of the best films of the 00s.  This is not one of those lists.  The following is one in a series of posts dedicated to the overlooked/underrated/hidden gem films of the Aughts.  I have handily included Netflix links with each film in case you want to add it to your queue.  And you should.  All of them.  Check out my list of Romances for further filmic inspiration.

The following is a list of comedies that slipped through the cracks critically and/or commercially, but are most definitely worth a rental (especially since January is such a cold, dreary wasteland of horrendous theatrical releases).

Team America: World Police – Marionettes! Catchy tunes! Satire!  This movie may not have caught on as much as its predecessor (South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut), but it is just as entertaining.  F*ck yeah!

Roger Dodger – The great Campbell Scott plays a womanizing cad who takes his teenage nephew out on the town to get laid, and he plays the role brilliantly.

The Girl Next Door – This movie is worthwhile just for the inclusion three of the best young actors out there today – Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano, and Chris Marquette (Where have you been, man?).  However, the film itself is smart, funny, and one of the best send-ups of an ‘80s-style teen comedy to be seen since, well, the ‘80s.

Sex Drive – Ah, James Marsden.  Is there nothing you can’t do?  He takes on the Bill Paxton-esque jerk of an older brother role in this funny road trip sex comedy.

I Love You, Man – In a perfect world, Paul Rudd would be nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his brilliant performance in the movie, Joban.

Idiocracy – FOX had absolutely no faith in this film and released it with very little fanfare.  However, despite faltering a bit at the end, this film is prescient and hilarious and features a great acting turn by Maya Rudolph.

Just Friends – One would think that Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit and braces lip-synching to “I Swear” to himself in a mirror would be a recipe for disaster, but it’s so not.  Reynolds proves his comedic chops in this movie along side Anna Faris and the aforementioned Chris Marquette.

Burn After ReadingBurn After Reading was the Coen brothers’ follow-up to the Oscar winning No Country for Old Men, and was mostly overlooked during the awards season.  Brad Pitt, who always manages to shine in small roles in quirky movies (see: Snatch, 12 Monkeys), steals the show here.

Best in Show – Dogs! My personal introduction to both Jane Lynch and John Michael Higgins! Talking! Not talking! Snow peas!

High Fidelity – This film about falling in and out of love while Jack Black serenades you and questions your musical choices makes the list with a bullet.

Punch-Drunk Love – This was Adam Sandler’s first foray into real, serious acting and he fares well under the tutelage of Paul Thomas Anderson.  Of course, he had help from Philip Seymour Hoffman (NSFW – language).

The Also-Ran Movies of the Aughts – Romances

Many bloggers and critics (my husband included) have been posting their lists of the best films of the 00s.  This is not one of those lists.  The following is one in a series of posts dedicated to the overlooked/underrated/hidden gem films of the Aughts.  I have handily included Netflix links with each film in case you want to add it to your queue.  And you should.  All of them.

The first list in this series is near and dear to my heart.  I love a good action movie or horror flick, but I’m a romance gal.  These are the rom coms and rom drams that made me smile/laugh/cry over the past ten years.  Some of them are legitimately brilliant films.  Some of them are a tad bit embarrassing.  All of them are worthy of a look-see.

In no particular order:

Moulin Rouge! – Baz Luhrmann’s magnum opus has been featured on many a Top 10 list (including my husband’s), but the fact that it’s a musical and the fact that the first twenty minutes are a little frenetic tend to turn people off.  Don’t let them.  If you make it past the first half hour, I guarantee you will be spellbound.

Love Actually – This has slowly turned into both my favorite rom com and my favorite Christmas movie.  It has something for everyone, regardless of where you are in your life and love.

Once – Simply, perfectly the most beautiful story of unrequited love ever told.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – This one has also made a bunch of Top 10 lists, deservedly; but, much like Moulin Rouge!, the strangeness of the storytelling/Kate Winslet’s hair may have kept some people from seeing this brilliant and heartbreaking film.

Bend It Like Beckham – This film is an absolute delight, and Keira Knightly has never been more enjoyable on screen.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – A lot of movies take place over the course of one night, but this one is whimsical and lovely.  Michael Cera is at his George Michael best and Kat Dennings is infinitely likeable.

Music & Lyrics – I went into seeing this film with few expectations, but I changed my tune the minute the “Pop! Goes My Heart” music video started at the very beginning of the movie.  Hugh Grant is a delight, and Drew Barrymore is not annoying (glowing praise indeed).  Sure, the story is predictable and ridiculous, but Hugh Grant makes it more than palatable.

He’s Just Not That Into You – Critics were not kind to this film.  It only received a 44% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  While it’s not the caliber of Love Actually, the actors are entertaining (particularly Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long) and the stories are relatable.

Enchanted – While compiling my list of also-ran movies, I could’ve made a list of just James Marsden movies.  He steals the show in this frothy musical.

Before Sunset – Here’s what happens when one-night-stands reconnect after a decade has passed.  Before Sunset is a near-perfect example of a sequel that deepens and enriches the ideas of the first film, with an ambiguous ending that will leave you begging for more.

Honorable Pathetic (Wardrobe-Related) Mention:

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days – I know.  This movie is not good.  But Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are at their personal best (plus the yellow dress at the end of the movie is to die for).

Dr. T and the Women – I actually don’t think this movie is that bad (as long as you press “stop” on the DVD player once the tornado starts up (seriously)).  But most importantly, this movie features the absolute most covet-worthy wedding dress of all time.

27 Dresses – It’s right there in the title.  There are dresses and there are 27 of them.  And there is James Marsden.  Enough said.

Which romantic movies did I miss?

Flowery Language – TV/Movie Quotes That Have Found Their Way Into My Vernacular

I’ve said it before.  I watch a lot of TV and I down a lot of donuts (Ha! There’s another paraphrased TV quote!), so it should be no surprise that sometimes a memorable (or not so memorable) quote or two will find their way into my everyday jive.

Here are the TV/Movie quotes I’ve caught myself uttering in conversation over the last week.

“Good job,” Randy Travis on Idol. When Randy Travis creepily said this to Kris Allen on last season’s Idol, I knew it was gold, Jerry (see below).

Usage: When someone does a “good job.”  N.B. Creepy eyebrows are a necessary accompaniment to this quote

“That’s gold, Jerry!” Banya on Seinfeld

Usage: When something is just brilliant (see above).

The following (NSFW, language-wise) clip from Magnolia (AKA the best movie of the last 15 years), boasts no fewer than four quotes I find myself using often in everyday conversation: “OK.  I’m not askin’,” “I don’t even know no ‘loud crash,'” “That ain’t mine!” and “Fo’ what, fo’ what, fo’ what?”

Usages: Usually just exclamations or whenever the quote happens to fit the situation.  Another acceptable random exclamatory quote from this movie is “Let me tell you ’bout the worm.”

“Whoops…” from The Office. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip of this one because it’s just too, too slight a moment.  It’s from the Season 3 finale, “The Job,” and it’s what Jim says right after Michael asks him if he and Karen are going to be doing it.

Usage: When someone puts a foot in their mouth.  Also acceptable is Adam Sandler’s “Whaaaat?” from The Wedding Singer

“And what they are is just stone cold gay,” from Parks and Recreation. Same thing for this Parks and Recreation quote.  This one is from the episode where Leslie inadvertently marries two male penguins at the zoo and as a result becomes a gay icon in Pawnee.  She goes to the town’s gay club and is impressed by how everyone is just being themselves and dancing and having a good time.

Usage: An addendum to any personal description.  i.e. “Mary is funny and she loves puppies and what she is, is just stone cold gay.”

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