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Movie Haiku



Edited by William Thomas


I have been living in a virtual world for years! I am responding to 3D magic lantern shows at 24 frames-per-second. And why not? It's all the same to the brain, even though a vision of perfectly prepared food won't satisfy the stomach.

We like watching movies so much because in their speech and actions, people onscreen are always totally in the moment. If they're buttering toast, they're buttering toast. Thanks to the scriptwriter and the actor’s own improvisation, snappy quips and obersvations are as spontaneous as breath. The following quotations are taken from movie dialogue transcrtibed on the fly, as well as DVD amd Blu-ray commentaries. 


“Sometimes you get. And sometimes you get gotten.” -TEXAS KILLING FIELDS

“Sometimes a man may meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” -THE INTERNAITONAL

“Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.” -THE INTERNAITONAL

“Adversity is the stage at which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.”   


“It's never too late to make a better choice.” -AVATAR

“The sound of the violin is the sound of Eastern Europe, the sound of everything that was lost.” -DEFIANCE

“If you're first out of the door, that's not panicking.” -MARGIN CALL

“We'll bring you something else to make you feel better.” -21 GRAMS

“It was so awful... Everybody figured someone else surely would call the cops after all that screaming. Everybody just thought the same thing That somebody else was going to take care of it.” -INSIGHT


“You need a lean horse for a long ride.” -SURFER, DUDE

“If you can't do somethin' smart do somethin' right.” -SERENITY

“When did Noah build the ark? Before the rain. Before the rain.” -SPY GAME



“In the Middle Ages hell was thought to be a place without birds.” -THE BIG SEVEN

“There are many secrets known only to birds.” -EARTHFLIGHT



“Death comes for us all.”  -The International

"When a dame gets killed, she doesn't worry about how she looks.” -LAURA

“Some day you're gonna wake up and you're gonna be dead.” -WALL STREET 2

“People got wiped out. Who remembers?” -WALL STREET 2

“When our time comes, and it must come, it comes without warning or explanation. 

Thus we should “embrace every second we are allowed to remain on this vibrant planet.” -INSIGHT

“Did you notice how everybody seem to be dead lately?” -SPACE COWBOYS

“Death is no resolution.” -CONTEMPT



"We don't keep any money on the premises."

"I can come back.” -SERENTIY


"Give it a few days (submerged in a submarine) and you will wonder how they stand it out there.” -THE Black Sea


You go in the cage?

Cage goes in the water?

You go in the water?

Shark's in the water. -JAWS



“Many rare events are happening in sequence.” -CHASING ICE

“He knows where the waves come from. And why.” -BIG WEDNESDAY

“We're looking at an Extinction Level Event.” -BATTLESHIP

“I think we're there.” -CATCH 22



"Fascism is a lie told by bullies.” -HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN

“For fascism to survive, it must kill.” -VICTORY AT SEA



“In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.” -LAURA

“99% of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in danger of contagion.”    -SURFER DUDE

“Their money and their vast carelessness.” -GATSBY

“Surely, someone's going to put a stop to this.” -WEST OF MEMPHIS

“Search engines are a map of how people are thinking: Impulse. Response. Fluid. 

Imperfect, Patterned. Chaotic.” -EX MACHINA

“Ignorance brings chaos.” –LUCY

“I'm not feelin' it.” -SURFER, DUD

“How can there be a future when there is no honesty?” -TATIANA


“There's no fool like an old fool.” (who never learns). -TATIANA

"Sir, I think you have a problem with your brain being missing.” -FIREFLY



“God even knows when a single hair moves on your head.” -21 GRAMS

“When there are four Jews in a room there are 16 opinions.” -DEFIANCE

“The universe is the best possible design to maximize the production of not life-bearing worlds but black holes. It was designed to make black holes, not us. -CARRIER

“Why would God design such big brains that 1 in 5 mothers die giving birth without modern medicine. This brain is extremely vulnerable. Not something a God would create. We wouldn't need a brain. Just a soul.” –CARRIER

“Christian excuses are just pulled out of thin air. Very rarefied air. Philosophy is trying to understand yourself, the universe and your place in the universe. How do we decide what stories we're going to believe?” -CARRIER

"You're welcome on my boat. God ain't.” -FIREFLY

“They were expecting music from heaven and bright shining lights.” -DISTRICT 9

"When I talk about belief, why do you always assume that I'm talking about God?"           -SERENITY

"There's no such things as fuckin’ demons. Come on.” -JACOB’S LADDER

"I ain't lookin' for help from on high. That's a long wait for a train don't come.” -SERENITY

“Sin is outmoded. Archaic. It's just what people are. Sin - we ought to rethink it.”            -SERENITY


“On TV it looks so real.” -THE NIGHTCRAWLER

“It's on TV. That means it's real.” -SUPER 8

“TV is insidious. Everything is being televised. Everything is being manipulated... TV watches you as you watch it.” -Josh Wheldon, SERENITY commentary

“There's what people want to hear. There's what people want to believe. There’s 

everything else. Then there's the truth.” -THE INTERNATIONAL


“Seems like everything people ought to know, they just don't wanna hear.” -Q


“The difference between truth and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.” -THE INTERNATIONAL

"If you tell the truth nobody believes you.” -DARK PASSAGE

“Sometimes I even have trouble imagining that I'm me.” -CATCH 22

“There's philosophy and there's you know, life, man.” -SURFER, DUDE

“Texting more than talking, tweeting more than they're meeting.” -PARANOOID

“I always had a problem with reality. I never let it get in the way.” -WAKING THE DEAD

“He doesn't want to hurt you. He just wants to eat you.” –JAWS (Peter Benchley)

“We're just passing through and everything's an illusion.” -THE DOORS

“It's never that complicated.” -INSIGHT



USA (Turtle Island)

“It's your thing. You're out there doin' it. That's what it's all about.” -AMERICAN BIKER


“American culture – MTV, Wal-Mart, McDonalds.” -RESTREPO


“There goes the neighborhood. Thank fuck for that.” -ABOVE THE CLOUD (Dusty)


“Sometimes bigger isn't better. Sometimes bigger is too much.” –JAWS (Steven Spielberg)


“Spend enough time on an island, you begin to forget there's a whole world out there.” –Black Sails


“So the spirit of America is a gangster spirit? Definitely. That's America.”  -THE Manchurian candidate


“Millions of what young people are looking at, which is a bleak job future and little hope of of a meaningful long-term career. -THE NIGHTCRAWLER


“The Americans seem like such a scared crowd.” -FAIL SAFE



“We all had to kill. We couldn't help it. That's what we’re here for.” -ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

"Traditionally, Americans loved to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”           -PATTON


“You still think it’s beautiful and sweet to due for your country. It's dirty and painful to die for your county. When it comes to dying for your country, it's better not to die at all.” -ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

“If you're crazy you can't fly any more missions. You'd have to be crazy to fly more combat missions. But if you ask to be relieved of that duty you're obviously sane. So it can't be granted.” -CATCH 22

“The Alliance is largely a benevolent force. It's just out of its depth in these tiny planets with their own cultures it doesn't know how to control and shouldn't be trying.”                -SERENITY

“When you're in command, command.” -MIDWAY

"Ready for more action? Things are heating up." -typical USA movie ad


“I won't be a cripple. I won’t live like that. 'll kill myself the first chance I get.” -ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

“What the fuck? We were all so goddamn confused about why people get shot and hurt and killed.” -RESTREPO


"I don't got no quarrel with no Viet Cong.” -ALI


“C'est la guerre Le terrible guerre.” -ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT


 “Guns don't want options.’ -TATIANA



”You have to go back to the beginning, when there were no names. Things don't have names.” -THE END OF TIME

“He speaks of reciprocity, bros. Balance in the energy that binds us. There are no separate deeds, man. You know. Read Heisenberg, man. By looking at that tree, you affect that tree, you make it real, man.”  -SURFER, DUDE

“This whole purpose of life is to pass on what was learned. There is no higher purpose.”    -LUCY

“There will be no case against the banks. Not ever. The system they finance guarantees it.”  -THE INTERNATIONAL

“The balance of your life is who do you love and who loves you.” -Oliver Stone commenting on Wall Street 2

“Sometimes there are no answers.” -LIGHT OF THE WORLD

“What's the story? There is no story.” -THE JUDGE

“All I seem to be getting is older.” -Q



"If you don't do anything, you're not worth anything.” –CRUDE (Native Eduadorian wisdom)


“Habits are your old ignorance.” –AMONG WHITE CLOUDS

“So many thoughts. Always thinking. All those things. Should I? Shouldn't I? You can't stop it.”  –AMONG WHITE CLOUDS


“The mind is what the brain does.” -LETTING GO OF GOD

“Ultimately who you are is created by your brain.” –LUCY

“None of us will have true happiness until we learn to deal with our mind. Because the mind is the starting point of all entrenched views, closed hearts and prejudice.” -WORDS OF MY PERFECT TEACHER



“Luckily there are women who like every conceivable kind of guy.” -CATCH 22

“No more women till we get waves.” -SURFER DUDE

“Wanna get drunk and fool around?” -JAWS






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