Tuesday, March 04, 2008

curse the corpses, call in the futurists

41 stinking percent.

That was the voter turnout in yesterday's Alberta provincial election. And of those who bothered to vote, obviously most were complacent enough to be happy with keeping the same old shit. So we've got another four years of a majority Conservative government. Ralph Klein may not be darkening our doors any longer, but it would appear it's turning into a case of meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

And for you 59% who didn't bother to get off your asses, I had better not hear one peep out of you for the next four years. You have lost your right to complain. I, on the other hand, will be bitching vociferously the entire time.

To take our minds to happier times, sunnier places, I am stealing a meme idea that the spectacular Allison posted the other day, because it's just too much fun not to continue.

It's the Movie Quote Meme!

Here are quotations from 15 of my favourite movies. See if you can name the films from whence they were lifted. (no googling or imdbing, I'm trusting you on this). I'll post the film names as they are correctly identified.

It’s their place, Mac. They have a right to make of it what they can. Besides, you can’t eat scenery!

2. I’m being postmodern, before it’s fashionable. - 24 Hour Party People (Allison)

3. As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in pie. And there's an "I" in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team... I don't know what he was talking about. - Shaun of the Dead (Karen)

4. It's not who invented the gun, man. It's who pulls the trigger.
- The Edukators (John Mutford)

5. There's two ways to look at it: Billy wants the models and limousines, while I'm happy with hookers and taxicabs.

6. What do you mean there's no government? There's always a government, they're in a bunker or a plane somewhere! - 28 Days Later (John Mutford)

7. See, to me, England was nothing more then a big fucking American state like North Dakota or Canada.

8. Many girls want to be carnal with me... because I'm such a premium dancer! - Everything is Illuminated (John Mutford)

9. Oh, I just think I'm gonna barf... Well, that passed. Now I'm hungry again. - Fargo (Jim Dandy)

10. And the tiny hairs on your arm, you know when they stand up? That's them. When they get mad... it gets cold. - The Sixth Sense (Steffi)

11. He is not Judge Judy and Executioner! - Hot Fuzz (John Mutford)

12. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. - Trainspotting (Dr M)

13. Every time Catherine would turn on the microwave, I'd piss my pants and forget who I was for about half an hour. - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Allison)

14. The backwards way can’t be better, because the backwards way is wrong.

Some kind of instinct. Memory, of what they used to do. This was an important place in their lives. - Dawn of the Dead (Jim Dandy)

And I'm going to tag some folks too, because I haven't pestered anyone that way for a while.

I am reaching into my popcorn bag now and withdrawing some slightly greased-stained bits of paper bearing the names: Toccata, Mel, Karen, Jim Dandy, and Beth.

My apologies if any of you aforementioned folks are of the meme-hating school, I can never remember who belongs to what. And if you didn't get your name pulled and you'd like to play, I would be chuffed senseless to read your lists. More senselesser than usual.



Hey Barbara!

I think Great Minds think alike! ;) I just resurrected my blog this afternoon because I was so p'od about last nites election results and upon reading yours this evening I find you truly are a kindred spirit!

Hopefully I'll have another Zombie sighting again soon and we can bitch together.


Toccata said...

41%, unbelievable. I knew they were worried about a low turnout before hand but that is bloody ridiculous. I'm going to go look up some quotes now.

umbrellalady said...

Sad, I say truly sad that you are burdened with a conservative government. I still am greatly Miffed that my grandfather (since passed many years) sat me down at the age of 18 and told me that "The Parker's vote conservative!" No discussion simply "The Parker's vote conservative" - Imagine that! I quietly said I would look at all the parties and decide then. I think he was more than shocked. What did I expect in 1975? Equality? Yeesh. There is no excuse in this century, however, to vote conservative. You have my utmost sympathy.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

# 12 is from Trainspotting.

Allison said...

I get no credit, I can't even remember where I found it - but I'm glad you decided to play along.

Damn, I was going to say #12 is Trainspotting. Also 2...oh, that's going to bug me all day. I will be back.

Karen said...

#3 is Shaun of the Dead. I love how in that same speech he tells us Ash called in sick... ha ha ha. There's a connection....Bruce Campbell, best B-Movie actor ever.

jim dandy said...

Was #9. Fargo?
and #15, Dawn of the Dead?

and I'm tagged to do what? a similar list as this? or any ol' list?

jim dandy said...

oh wait, I'm a little thick this morning. I found the original instructions link.
I'm cool.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I guess this election had one good thing come of it, then, Blondie, another fine blogger adding her voice. I shall be right over to read your rant. (I'm assuming the election caused some ranting).
And we should really meet for a quick coffee sometime!

Awwww you're a good sport, Toccata!
It's insane, the level of complacency in this province.

There is no excuse in this century, however, to vote conservative - well said, Kathy. That's a shocking tale about your grandfather, it reminds me of those women who call themselves Mrs John Smith and such. Yoiks!

Ding, ding, ding, ding! First correct answer, Dr M! So many great lines in that film!

You know what it is, Al. And if you are anything like me, you will suddenly blurt out the answer in the queue at the bank or something.

100% correct, Karen! And I never caught that reference before - brilliant! Thanks for that. I love all the inside jokes in Shaun of the Dead, also in Hot Fuzz.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oops, missed you there as I was blathering on, Jim Dandy. Well done, two correct answers! You know your movies. And yes you are cool.

Anonymous said...

And the tiny hairs on your arm...Sixth Sense...

Oh, and I finally arrived where the cd's you sent me are, so I am finally going to get to listen to them :) Thanks so much :D


Allison said...

I heard Joy Division in passing this morning and remembered - number 2 is 24 Hour Party People! :)

Allison said...

I can't pin it but 13 is from a Vacation film.

Blast! I'm going to sit here all day guessing, I will leave now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yay! And yay, Steffi! You are correct on The Sixth Sense - well done.
And I am so glad that you have been united with your cds. Thanks for letting me know, I sure hope you enjoy them.

Bless Joy Division for the memory triggering, Al - 24 Hour Party People it is! Such a fun film! And I am going to give it to you on #13 - that's close enough for me. It was Christmas Vacation. Two correct, nicely done.

Gifted Typist said...

I'm useless on the quotes but feel your pain with apathy and conservative governments. Funny, I blog-ranted about our own little brand of conservative gov't today...

Beyotch away, m'dear.

Anonymous said...

I thought perhaps after yesterday our "games" would be coming to a close, but no, the go on, thankfully.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Politcal ranting is the new black, Gifted, and I am panting to read your take on things at your end of the nation. Shall be right over.

They go on and on, don't they, Leazwell. I find your political process perplexing but fascinating.

JustRun said...

That's a great meme. I am, of course, clueless... but nonetheless.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't even get a chance to put up a quote from Clueless, and that was a fun film. See? You are good at this, Justrun.

John Mutford said...

6. 28 Days Later (I knew you'd have to have a quote from that one!)

I think 11 is from Hot Fuzz. And I'll guess 4 is from The Edukators. I know the line is from something I saw recently, and you recommended it, so probably. By the way, enjoyed most of it, but I'm undecided about the ending.

John Mutford said...

Oh wait, I think 8 is from Borat.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Woof! John, you is smokin! Yes, indeed, #6 is from 28 Days Later (have to get my quota of zombie flicks in there), #11 is absolutely from Hot Fuzz, and #4 is from The Edukators.

#8 is not from Borat - sorry, but you are looking in the right geographical area.

Have you seen the German ending to The Edukators? Itwas apparently left off the English version because of time considerations for Cannes or some such, but it's considerably more satisfying. It's floating around YouTube somewhere. There are no subtitles, but you'll get the idea.

John Mutford said...

OOOH! I know it now, it's that one with Elijah Wood- (I'm trying to pull it out as I talk)...it's, "Everything is Illuminated" or something like that. Argggh, You're killing me.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

YES! You are really working those neurons, John. Everything is Illuminated it is. Those lines spoken of course by Alex, played by Gogol Bordello's own Eugene Hutz.

mellowlee said...

Oh, looks like fun! Thanks Barb. i will get on mine tomorrow night, cause that's my Friday :O) Looks like the quotes I know are all done.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awww you're a good sport, Mel! I'm looking forward to being stumped by your list. Hope you're feeling better.

Karen said...

I'm all done with mine Barb, head on over and see if you can recognize any of them :)

justacoolcat said...

I don't know what is up with you wacky Canadians.

You're really damaging my view that you're a bunch of Moosehead loving liberals.

BeckEye said...

I only knew a couple and they were already guessed. Ah well.

Stephanie said...

"As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in pie. And there's an "I" in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team... I don't know what he was talking about."

I think I might post this in my classroom... awesome

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You've got me stumped, except for the obvious one, Karen. Well done, you.

We ARE a bunch of Moosehead loving liberals, JustA. Well except for those of us who are Bigrock loving socialists. Oh yeah, and those conservatives, but we don't talk about them.

Damn people always scoop up the easy ones first, Beckeye. D Accchhh, don't sweat it, some of my choices are pretty esoteric.

You would be an inspiration to your students, Stephanie, especially if that was accompanied by a zombie photo.

Karen said...

The clips I just posted should help with the last few... although the first one might stump most people still.

mellowlee said...

There, I am all done my list. I think mine are too easy, but it was a lot of fun! Happy Almost Friday Barb!

Wandering Coyote said...

I might have guessed the Christmas Vacation one, but the others don't ring a bell. Karen tagged me for this one, so mine are up as well as a TV one I created, but no one's doing too well!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would never have guessed those ones, Karen. Thank god for Youtube.

They are NOT too easy, Mel. They are making my brain hurt! Which I try to avoid on Fridays.

I shall be over to test my skills, Wandering Coyote. These are fun, aren't they?

Coaster Punchman said...

I am so doing this.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh great! I will be over to do my best guessing, Puncher Coastman.