I noticed that AFI's television programming, which began with such gravitas, with shows like "The AFI Awards," and the defensible "100 Greatest Movies," now is issuing forth great gaseous poots like, "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines." Greatest to whom? Doesn't that totally eliminate some of the greatest films made, i.e., silent films? What's next, "The 100 Greatest Movie Dogs," with London bookies making odds between Rin-Tin-Tin and that dog that kept mauling James Belushi in the K-9 series? Hail to the Chimp? But I digress.
In that tradition, I commence my own series of highly personal "Great Movie Lines", which will not be limited to lines that are either great or from movies, or in some cases lines. Deal with it. In addition, I make no claim to accuracy. This is a list of those moments recorded in the semi-permeable, fluid membrane of memory that become in-jokes, personal talismans. Without further ado:
1. "Pork away, pal! Fuck her blue!" -- Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda
And, because this is a two-for-Wednesday, and I feel like it:
2. "Gay? I wish! If I were gay there'd be no problem!" -- Troy McClure (Phil Hartman), The Simpsons (episode where he marries Selma)
OK, readers (all mainland 48 of you): what links these two quotes? A little work with Google and you'll have it.