Daily Dialogue — June 26, 2016

June 26th, 2016 by

George Bailey: I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m comin’ back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I’m gonna build things. I’m gonna build airfields, I’m gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I’m gonna build bridges a mile long…

Mary picks up a rock.

George Bailey: What, are you gonna throw a rock?

Mary flings a rock toward the old house, breaking a window.

George Bailey: Hey, that’s pretty good. What’d you wish, Mary?

She gives him a look, then starts to sing, and walk away.

Mary Hatch: “Buffalo gals can’t you come out tonight…”

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett and Frank Capra, additional scenes by Jo Swerling, story by Philip Van Doren Stern, uncredited Michael Wilson

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: First Date.

Trivia: For the scene that required Donna Reed to throw a rock into the window of the Granville House, Frank Capra hired a marksman to shoot it out for her on cue. To everyone’s amazement, Donna Reed broke the window with true aim and heft without the assistance of the hired marksman. Reed had played baseball in high school and had a strong throwing arm.

Dialogue On Dialogue: This is a great scene in that we hear quite clearly what George wants — “To see the world” — yet also learn what Mary wants — a fellow named George Bailey. Quite a first date!

Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Rant

June 25th, 2016 by

The Daily Dialogue theme next week: Rant.

Network (1976)

There are some epic movie rants. Let’s see if we can come up with 7 great ones for the upcoming week.

The usual drill:

* Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.

* Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to lay that wisdom on us.

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July 4-July 10: Apology

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Daily Dialogue — June 25, 2016

June 25th, 2016 by

Rita: It’s beautiful. I don’t know what to say.
Phil: I do. Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now… because I love you.

Groundhog Day (1994), screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, story by Danny Rubin

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: First Date.

Trivia: In the original version of the script by Danny Rubin, Phil Connors was already trapped inside Groundhog Day at the start of the story. We joined him on a typical day, with the audience wondering how he knew everything that was going to happen. Harold Ramis promised not to change this aspect of the script, but ultimately decided to do so.

Dialogue On Dialogue: This is an unusual first date in that it’s their last first date. What a terrific movie!

Daily Dialogue — June 24, 2016

June 24th, 2016 by

Ramona: Dude, I’m changing.
Scott: Ah. I’m just cold.

She moves close to him.

Ramona: Does that help?
Scott: Hm, that’s warm.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright, graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: First Dates.

Trivia: Mary Elizabeth Winstead actually memorized ALL of the kinds of tea that her character rambles. Some crew members kept offering for her to just read it from a piece of paper, but she insisted on learning it all.

Dialogue On Dialogue: There’s the “meet cute” trope. Then there’s the “oops, I stumbled in on you while getting dressed” trope.

Daily Dialogue — June 23, 2016

June 23rd, 2016 by

GOOFY: You’re doing the right thing, son.
MAX: Yeah, I know, but she’ll probably never talk to me again.
GOOFY: Well, if she doesn’t, maybe she’s just not the one for you.
MAX: That’s what I’m afraid of.

Max walks to the door of the house and rings the bell. Roxanne’s father answers the door.

MAX: Uh, hi. Remember me?

The door slams in Max’s face.

ROXANNE: (Inside) Daddy! (She opens the door.) Max? I saw you on TV. You were great!
MAX: Yeah? I…I mean no…no. I mean I…Roxanne, I lied to you. I don’t even know Powerline.
ROXANNE: What are you talking about? A billion people saw you dance with him.
MAX: Yeah, well, I…I never met him before…the concert, that is.
ROXANNE: You mean that story about Powerline and you dad…? Why would you make up something like that?
MAX: I don’t know. I guess I just wanted you to like me.
ROXANNE: I already liked you, Max. From the very first time I heard you laugh. The “hyuk.” So, you want to do something tonight?
MAX: Definitely. Oh…oh no, I can’t. I can’t.
ROXANNE: What?
MAX: Well, uh, I’m kinda doing something with my dad. Honest! How about tomorrow?
ROXANNE: Deal.

She holds out her hand. Max kisses her.

A Goofy Movie (1995), screenplay by Jymn Magon, Chris Matheson and Brian Pimental, story by Jymn Magon, story supervisor Brian Pimental, additional material by Curtis Armstrong and John Doolittle

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: First Dates. Today’s suggestion by Will King.

Trivia: Early drafts of the script had different destinations for Goofy and Max to drive cross-country to including getting to Hawaii and getting on a game show called America’s Funniest Gladiators.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Will: “The entire premise of this movie is an elaborate prank by Max to win a date with the girl of his dreams: Roxanne. Max is sure she would never date him, so he makes up a story that his father knows one of the greatest entertainers on earth, Powerline (a Michael Jackson clone), and scrambles to make the lie a reality while trying to keep his father in the dark during a summer road trip. The ruse becomes the truth when Max and Goofy actually do end up on stage with the performer, but now Max must return to the beginning and admit to his falsehood.”

Daily Dialogue — June 22, 2016

June 22nd, 2016 by

Jonah: I think he’s doing the dice thing too much.
Jay: That’s really all he’s got.

Knocked Up (2007), written by Judd Apatow

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: First Dates.

Trivia: Since “knocked up” doesn’t mean anything in most languages, the film’s translation in Russia is “A little bit pregnant.” In Brazil it’s “Slightly Pregnant”. In Italy it’s ‘Very Pregnant’ (‘Molto Incinta’).

Dialogue On Dialogue: Dice thing too much or not, Seth goes home with Alison. One things leads to another and… somebody is pregnant. A first date gone awry.

Daily Dialogue — June 21, 2016

June 21st, 2016 by

LUCY: Hi. Takeout for Lucy.
HOST: Sure, just a sec.

While awaiting the return of the host, Lucy notes Gru in the restaurant and begins to eavesdrop on his conversation with a strange woman.

SHANNON: Your accent is so exotic!
GRU: Ah, well, thank you very much. I was—
SHANNON: I know someone who can fix that for you, and you’ll be talking normal in no time.
GRU: (laughs nervously) Whooo! Is it hot in here? (Rubs forehead, shifting his wig.) Whooo! How’s the food?
SHANNON: (In shock) Wait a minute, wait a minute. Are you wearing a wig?
GRU: What? Ah! (Readjusts wig.) I don’t think so.
SHANNON: I knew it! You’re a phoney. I hate phoneys!
GRU: Oh, what? No, these locks are all mine.
SHANNON: No they’re not. You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to rip that thing off your head and show everyone what a bald-headed phoney you are. LUCY: I don’t think so, Miss Lady.

Lucy shoots Shannon with tranquilizer dart and she noses over into her food.

GRU: Hello? Hello? Are you—
LUCY: Hey, Gru!
GRU: (Whips wig off) Hello, Lucy, how you doing?
LUCY: Wow, looks like your date’s out for the count. It’s like she’s been shot with a mild moose tranquilizer.

Shannon moos. Lucy winks.

LUCY: Yeah, I’m winking ‘cause that’s what actually happened.
WAITER: Escusé, what’s a happenin’ here? She no like?
LUCY: Oh, she’s just, ah… (Lucy mimics having too much to drink.)
WAITER: Oh, ha ha! Sì, sì! LUCY: Shall we take her home?

Gru and Lucy take Shannon out of the restaurant and return her to her home.

LUCY: Well, I think you did it. You just officially had the worst date ever.
GRU: Huh, tell me about it.
LUCY: Don’t worry, it can only get better from here, right? But if it doesn’t you can always borrow my dart gun. Had to use it on one or two dates myself.
GRU: Yeah, you know, as far as dates go, I think I’m good with just the one.
LUCY: Well, good night, partner. This was fun.
GRU: Yes, surprisingly, it was.
LUCY: Oh, and, uh, just between you and me, you look much better bald.

Despicable Me 2 (2013), screenplay by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: First Dates. Today’s suggestion by Will King.

Trivia: The first Illumination Entertainment sequel.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Will: “Gru goes out on one date set up by his neighbor, only to end up in another awkward date of sorts with his crime-solving partner. This scene actually turns the story between Gru and Lucy, when Gru, after he returns home, discovers he actually does have fond feelings for Lucy.”

Daily Dialogue — June 20, 2016

June 20th, 2016 by

Mrs. Robinson enters Ben’s car.

Mrs. Robinson: Drive down the block.
Ben: Mrs. Robinson, I have a date with Elaine.
Mrs. Robinson: Do exactly as I say.

Ben drives.

Mrs. Robinson: Listen very carefully to me, Benjamin. You are not to see Elaine again, ever. Those are my orders. Is that clear?
Ben: Mrs. Robinson–
Mrs. Robinson: I could make things quite unpleasant for you.
Ben: How?
Mrs. Robinson: In order to keep you away from her, I am prepared to tell her everything.

The Graduate (1967), screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, novel by Charles Webb

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: First Dates.

Trivia: Mike Nichols said that the use of images to suggest Ben is “underwater” and out of his depth in life –e.g., the fish tank, the pool, the scuba outfit–was deliberate, although he didn’t care if anyone noted this or not. He also emphasized the use of glass as barriers with people cut off from each other and the life around them.

Dialogue On Dialogue: I looked for the first date video, but couldn’t find it, so decided to focus on this scene in which Mrs. Robinson lays down the law on Ben… or at least tries to.

Daily Dialogue — June 19, 2016

June 19th, 2016 by

“Listen to me, Luke. I may not always be here for you. I gotta get all this out, you know. Never trust anyone who doesn’t smoke pot or listen to Bob Dylan, you hear me? Never trust anyone who doesn’t like the beach. And never… ever… EVER… trust ANYONE who says they don’t like dogs. You meet someone who doesn’t like dogs, you alert the authorities immediately. Sure as shit don’t marry them.”

The Wackness (2008), written by Jonathan Levine

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Stoned.

Trivia: The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Black List.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Sometimes stoners function as Mentor figures as in the case of the Ben Kingsley character Dr. Squires.

Daily Dialogue theme for next week: First Date

June 18th, 2016 by

The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: First Date.

“God, I hope he doesn’t turn out to be a shmuck like the others.”

Annie Hall (1977)

First dates. Unintended dates. Good dates. Bad dates.

Ha-ha! See what I did there? Bad dates? In my house, we call that an example of “Dad trying to be funny again” accompanied by eye rolls. Anyway…

The usual drill:

* Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.

* Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to lay that wisdom on us.

Consecutive days of Daily Dialogue posts: 2,956. We’ve got 3,000 in our sights! About a month away!

Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, make a suggestion, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

June 27-July 3: Rant
July 4-July 10: Apology

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: First Date.