Daily Dialogue — November 24, 2014

November 24th, 2014 by

Andrew Paxton: We’ll tell my family about our engagement when I want and how I want. Now, ask me nicely.
Margaret Tate: Ask you nicely what?
Andrew Paxton: Ask me nicely to marry you… Margaret.
Margaret Tate: What does that mean?
Andrew Paxton: You heard me. On your knee.
Margaret Tate: [she kneels] Fine. Does this work for you?
Andrew Paxton: Oh, I like this. Yeah.
Margaret Tate: Here you go. Will you marry me?
Andrew Paxton: No. Say it like you mean it.
Margaret Tate: Andrew.
Andrew Paxton: Yes, Margaret.
Margaret Tate: Sweet Andrew.
Andrew Paxton: I’m listening.
Margaret Tate: Would you please, with cherries on top, marry me?
Andrew Paxton: Ok. I don’t appreciate the sarcasm, but I’ll do it. See you at the airport tomorrow.

The Proposal (2009), written by Pete Chiarelli

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Proposal, suggested by Aamir Mirza. Today’s suggestion by uncgym44.

Trivia: Sandra Bullock plays a Canadian who wants to marry her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. In real life, Reynolds is from Canada and Bullock is American.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Nothing like a faux relationship to inspire a comedic proposal.

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Daily Dialogue — November 23, 2014

November 23rd, 2014 by

“Oh, you’re the best friends anybody ever had.”

The Wizard of Oz (1939), screenplay by Noel Langley & Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, adaptation by Noel Langley, based on a novel by L. Frank Baum

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Friendship.

Trivia: In 1898, Dorothy Louise Gage was born to the brother and sister-in-law of Maud Gage Baum, wife of author L. Frank Baum. When little Dorothy died exactly five months later, Maud was heartbroken. Baum was just finishing “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and, to comfort his wife, named his heroine after Dorothy, changing her last name to Gale in his second book. Dorothy Gage was buried in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois, where her grave was forgotten until 1996 when it was rediscovered. When Mickey Carroll, one of the last existing Munchkins from the movie, learned of the discovery, he was eager to replace her deteriorated grave marker with a new one created by his own monument company. The new stone was dedicated in 1997 and the children’s section of the cemetery renamed the Dorothy L. Gage Memorial Garden, in the hope that bereaved families would be comforted in thinking of their lost children as being with Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz”.

Dialogue On Dialogue: The friendship Dorothy develops with Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion serves as a bridge for her to feel a connection to the farm in Kansas. When she returns, her home now feels a home. A real one.

Daily Dialogue — November 22, 2014

November 22nd, 2014 by

“Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.”

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and Frank Capra, story by Philip Van Doren Stern

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Friendship.

Trivia: Frank Capra filmed a number of sequences that were later cut; the only remnants are rare stills that have been unearthed. A number of alternative endings were considered, with Capra’s first script having George fall to his knees saying The Lord’s Prayer (the script called for an opening scene with the townspeople in prayer). Feeling an overly religious tone didn’t have the emotional impact of family and friends coming to George’s rescue, the closing scenes were rewritten.

Dialogue On Dialogue: George bereft of wealth… but rich with friends.

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Daily Dialogue — November 21, 2014

November 21st, 2014 by

“Wow, my own giant robot! I am now the luckiest kid in America! This must be the biggest discovery since, I don’t know, television or something!”

The Iron Giant (1999), screenplay by Tim McCanlies, screen story by Brad Bird, book by Ted Hughes

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Friendship.

Trivia: Was originally meant to be a musical. Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff developed it as a stage musical, using songs from Pete Townshend’s concept album “The Iron Man” (much like the stage version of The Who’s Tommy (1975)). Des McAnuff decided it would work better as an animated feature and pitched it to Warner Bros.

Dialogue On Dialogue: A kid and his robot friend. Like a kid and his alien friend (E.T.).

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Daily Dialogue — November 19, 2014

November 19th, 2014 by

George: Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They ain’t got no family and they don’t belong no place. They got nothin’ to look ahead to…
Lennie: But not us, George. Tell about us.
George: …well, we ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody cares.
Lennie: But not us, George, because I… see, I got you to look after me, but you got me to look after you.

Of Mice and Men (1992), screenplay by Horton Foote, novel by John Steinbeck

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Friendship. Today’s suggestion by Ellen Musikant.

Trivia: In total, there were 15 differences from the novel and the film, including the ending in both of them.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Ellen: “A harrowing look at the lengths a friend might go to save another.”

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Daily Dialogue — November 18, 2014

November 18th, 2014 by

Renault: It might be a good idea for you to disappear from Casablanca for a while. There’s a Free French garrison over at Brazzaville. I could be induced to arrange a passage.
Rick: My letter of transit? I could use a trip. But it doesn’t change our bet. You still owe me 10,000 francs.
Renault: That 10,000 francs should pay our expenses.
Rick: “Our” expenses?
Renault: Mm-hm.
Rick: Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Casablanca (1942), screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch, play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Friendship.

Trivia: Casey Robinson, who re-wrote the romantic scenes between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, was offered screen credit but turned it down because at the time he was only taking credit for scripts he wrote entirely by himself. By declining credit, he did himself out of an Academy Award.

Dialogue On Dialogue: The subplot between Rick and Renault is one of best treats of this film, Renault a classic Trickster figure who in the end turns ally… and proves worthy of their friendship.

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Daily Dialogue — November 17, 2014

November 17th, 2014 by

Gillespie: You know Virgil, you are among the chosen few.
Tibbs: How’s that?
Gillespie: Well, I think that you’re the first human being that’s ever been in here.
Tibbs: You can’t be too careful man.
Gillespie: You know a lot of things don’t you? Well, just what do you know about insomnia?
Tibbs: Bourbon can’t cure it.
Gillespie: Well, that’s for sure. Now look, I got no wife, I got no kids. I got a town …don’t want me. I got an air conditioner that I have to oil myself, I got a desk with a busted leg and on top of that I got this place. Now don’t you think that would drive a man to taking a few drinks? I’ll tell you a secret, nobody comes here. Never. You married?
Tibbs: No
Gillespie: Ever been?
Tibbs: No
Gillespie: Ever been close to it?
Tibbs: Close to it.
Gillespie: Don’t you get just a little lonely?
Tibbs: No lonelier than you, man.
Gillespie: Oh now, don’t get smart, black boy. I don’t need it. No pity thank-you. No thank-you.

In the Heat of the Night (1967), screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, novel by John Ball

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Friendship. Today’s suggestion by James Schramm.

Trivia: Sidney Poitier insisted that the movie be filmed in the north because an incident in which he and Harry Belafonte were almost killed by Ku Klux Klansman during a visit to Mississippi. Hence the selection of Sparta, Illinois for the location filming. Nevertheless, the filmmakers and actors did venture briefly into Tennessee for the outdoor scenes at the cotton plantation, because there was no similar cotton plantation in Illinois that could be used. Poitier slept with a gun under his pillow during production in Tennessee. Poitier did receive threats from local racist thugs so the shoot was cut short and production returned to Illinois.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by James: “Friendship isn’t always about someone you grew up with or have known for 30 years. Sometimes a friend is the only person who has your back at that time. And, as this movie so fantastically shows, we also go into relationships with our prejudices and beliefs but we can overcome them to do the right thing even when everyone else is trying to stop us.”

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Daily Dialogue — November 16, 2014

November 16th, 2014 by

Grandma Helen: Oh Sam, let me look at you. Fred, she’s gotten her boobies.
Grandpa Fred: [chuckles] I better go get my magnifying glass.
Grandma Helen: Oh, and they are so perky.

Grandma Helen reaches to cup them.

Samantha: [cut to Sam's bedroom] I can’t believe my Grandmother actually felt me up.

Sixteen Candles (1984), written by John Hughes

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Embarrassing Moment.

Trivia: The license plate on Jake’s car reads “21850”, which is director John Hughes’s birthday (2/18/50).

Dialogue On Dialogue: Grandma cupping her “boobies”? Awkward!

Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Friendship

November 15th, 2014 by

The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Friendship.


“I found out what the secret to life is–friends. Best friends.”

Fried Green Tomatoes

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Here is our lineup for upcoming Daily Dialogue themes:

November 24-November 30: Proposal [Aamir Mirza]
December 1-December 7: Leadership
December 8-December 14: Quitting
December 15-December 21: Negotiation [Michael Waters]

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Daily Dialogue — November 15, 2014

November 15th, 2014 by

It’s 2:32am, and Mike decides to call Nikki, a girl he met just a few hours ago.

Nikki’s machine picks up: Hi, this is Nikki. Leave a message.

Mike: Hi, uh, Nikki, this is Mike. I met you at the, um, at the Dresden tonight. I just called to say that I had a great time… and you should call me tomorrow, or in two days, whatever. Anyway, my number is 213-555-4679 –

The machine beeps.

Mike: [Mike calls back, the machine picks up] Hi, Nikki, this is Mike again. I just called cuz it sounded like your machine might’ve cut me off when I, before I finished leaving my number. Anyway, uh, and, y’know, and also, sorry to call so late, but you were still at the Dresden when I left so I knew I’d get your machine. Anyhow, uh, my number’s 21 –

The machine beeps.

Mike: [Mike calls back; the machine picks up again] 213-555-4679. That’s it. I just wanna leave my number. I didn’t want you to think I was weird or desperate, or… we should just hang out and see where it goes cuz it’s nice and, y’know, no expectations. Ok? Thanks a lot. Bye bye.

Hangs up.

Mike: [Mike walks away from the phone... then walks back and calls again; once again, the machine picks up] I just got out of a 6-year relationship, Ok? That should help explain why I’m acting so weird. I just wanted you to know that. It’s not you, it’s me. I’m sorry… This is Mike.

Hangs up.

Mike: [Mike calls back, the machine picks up again] Hi, Nikki, this is Mike. Could you just call me when you get in? I’m gonna be up for awhile and I’d just rather speak to you in person instead of trying to fit it all into –

The machine beeps.

Mike: Fuck!

Mike calls back, gets the machine again.

Mike: Uh, Nikki? Mike. It’s uh, uh, it’s just, uh, this just isn’t working out. I think you’re great, but maybe we should just take some time off from each other. It’s not you, it’s me. It’s what I’m going through, alright? It’s uh… it’s only been 6 months …
Nikki: [picks up] Mike?
Mike: [very cheerful] Nikki? Great! Did you just walk in or were you listening all along?
Nikki: Don’t ever call me again.

She hangs up.

Mike: Wow. I guess you’re home.

Swingers (1996), written by Jon Favreau

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Embarrassing Moment.

Trivia: The movie is loosely based on the experiences writer Jon Favreau had when he first moved to LA. He had just broken up with a long term girlfriend and counted on his friends Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston to cheer him up. The characters they play in the film are based on themselves.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Such a great scene where Mike cycles through an entire potential relationship with Nikki without talking to her… and when he finally does, she blows him off. Embarrassing, yes. Insightful into his character as well.

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