Saturday, March 2, 2019

Brett's Monthly / Movie Quotes


Brett's Monthly:

As usual, Brett has sent his list of the month's special days for March, thanks Brett . . .

Click on the blue ones to expand.

  • Irish American Month
  • Music in Our Schools Month
  • National Celery Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
  • National Irish American Heritage Month- designated by Congress in 1995.
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Women's History Month
  • Red Cross Month
  • Social Workers Month
Did you Know? March was named for the Roman God "Mars"
Week Celebrations:
  • 2nd Week National Bubble Week
  • 2nd Week Crochet Week
March, 2019 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
Employee Appreciation Day first Friday in March
National Salesperson Day - first Friday in the month
World Day of Prayer - First Friday of the month
Mardi Gras  / Fat Tuesday - date varies
Ash Wednesday - date varies
10 Daylight Savings begins at 2:a.m. - date varies
11 Worship of Tools Day - guys, you can relate
14 National Pi Day- Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.
14 Popcorn Lover's Day second Thursday
16 International Sports Car Racing Day - third Saturday of month
16 National Quilting Day - third Saturday of month
17 Submarine Day - the hero sandwich or the boat??
19 Tea for Two Tuesday - third Tuesday in March
20 National Agriculture Day - date varies
21 Absolutely Incredible Kid Day - third Thursday of month
21 Purim - begins at sundown, date varies


Top Movie Quotes Countdown, continued: 75 – 73:

Continuing the countdown of the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie lines (2005), on their own at first to enable you to see if you can identify the film and the actor speaking the line, then followed by an identification and some trivia.

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75. "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." 

74. "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." 

73. "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" 

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75. "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." 

A Streetcar named Desire (1951)
Spoken by Vivien leigh as Blanche Dubois


The story of a southern belle, Blanche DuBois, who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background seeking refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated New Orleans tenement.

As the film progresses, the set of the Kowalski apartment actually gets smaller to heighten the suggestion of Blanche's increasing claustrophobia.

Vivien Leigh, who suffered from bipolar disorder in real life, later had difficulties in distinguishing her real life from that of Blanche DuBois.

That Marlon Brando was passed over for an Academy Award in the one performance that almost singlehandedly started the Method Acting movement and is considered one of the best performances ever on film is considered one of the great travesties in the history of Hollywood.

There really was a streetcar in New Orleans that carried the word "Desire" as its destination (Desire Street), and another that went to "Cemeteries". When Tennessee Williams was living in New Orleans in 1946, and was working on A Streetcar Named Desire he was struck by the names of these two streetcars. When she first arrives at the Kowalskis’, Blanche says she rode a streetcar named Desire, then transferred to a streetcar named Cemeteries, which brought her to a street named Elysian Fields.

This is a film I have never watched or been tempted to watch.



74. "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."

Chinatown (1974)
Spoken by Joe Mantell as Walsh


The film was inspired by the California Water Wars, a series of disputes over southern California water at the beginning of the 20th century, by which Los Angeles interests secured water rights in the Owens Valley.

At the time of filming, Jack Nicholson had just embarked on his longstanding relationship with Anjelica Huston. This made his scenes with her father, John Huston, rather uncomfortable, especially as the only time Anjelica was on-set, was the day they were filming the scene where Noah Cross interrogates Nicholson's character with "Mr. you sleep with my daughter?

This was the final film that Roman Polanski made in the United States, as he fled to France in February 1978, shortly before he was due to be sentenced for unlawful sexual intercourse with a thirteen-year-old girl. He has avoided visiting any country likely to extradite him to the U.S. since then.

After several takes that never looked quite right, Faye Dunaway got annoyed and told Jack Nicholson to actually slap her. He did and felt very guilty for it, despite it being Dunaway's decision. The shot made it into the movie.

The Van der Lip Dam disaster is a reference to the collapse of the St. Francis Dam in 1928, forty miles northwest of Los Angeles, which had been designed by self-educated engineer William Mulholland. The consequent flooding killed at least four hundred fifty people, a loss of life that remains second only to that from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire in California's history.



73. "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" 

Little Caesar (1930)
Spoken by Edward G Robinson as Caesar Enrico Bandello


The film tells the story of a hoodlum who ascends the ranks of organized crime until he reaches its upper echelons.

Little Caesar was Edward G Robinson's breakthrough role and immediately made him a major film star.

Speculation has it that a federal anti-organized crime law--The Racketeering Influence Corrupt Organization Act, or RICO--got its acronym from Edward G. Robinson's character.

Although The Doorway to Hell (1930), a gangster film released by Warner Bros. in 1930, was a big hit at the time, most sources consider this film to be the one that started a brief craze for the genre in the early 1930s.

The character of Cesare Enrico Bandello is not, as widely believed, based on Al Capone. Instead, he is based on Salvatore "Sam" Cardinella, a violent Chicago gangster who operated in the early years of Prohibition.

There were two versions of Rico's final words filmed, "Mother of God, is this the end of Rico?" and "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" Although "Mother of God" was taken directly from W.R. Burnett's novel, it was decided the line was potentially blasphemous coming from a murderous gangster and "mother of mercy" was used instead.


Nice coat (I sound like Marv in Sin City).

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