When I’m not wasting time here, I’m often wasting time at one of the on-line writers’ forums. On one, there is currently an intense intellectual and artistic discussion of cinema as an art form.
Well, really, what it is, writers are listing their favorite movies. I joined the discussion — already in progress — with the following, which I post here in the fond hope that some of you will find the lines from Holy Grail as funny as I found them.
Several which have already been mentioned (high among them, Brazil and Blade Runner) but also My Favorite Year, and almost anything with Peter O’Toole; Z; Citizen Kane; and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Really, how can you resist a movie with lines like these:
- King Arthur: I am your king.
- Woman: Well I didn’t vote for you.
- King Arthur: You don’t vote for kings.
- Woman: Well how’d you become king then?
- King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
- Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony… if I went ’round sayin’ I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away.