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12 Useful Movie Quotes to Get You By in a Recession

crystal skullPeople turn to the media when financial times are tough.  Movies are a great way to distract your mind from reality.  It is no coincidence that the top grossing movie of 1981 (the last recession) was Raiders of the Lost Ark, the ultimate escape film.  Back for the 2008 recession, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is scheduled for release on May 22.  Movie quotes can offer insight for tougher financial times.  Here are the top twelve movie quotes to “get you by” as our consumer-oriented economy recedes.

11 Quote Quiz #6 - Oscar Winners

gollumSince the first Academy Awards in 1928, less than 100 movies have been selected as Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  These Oscar winners have featured many memorable quotes, like “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn”, “Make him an offer he can’t refuse”, and Gollum's drool-laden, “My precious”.  All the top movies seem to have at least one quote that finds its way into our lexicon.  Can you name the eleven Best Picture films that are featured in this 11 Quote Quiz?   

The 8 Best Movie Quotes About Awards

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The Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Movie Quotes of 2007

knocked upA ‘guilty pleasure’ quote is one you like, even though it isn’t really smart or funny.  It is one of those quotes you think of for no reason – it makes you feel good or causes you to think more deeply.  These are the quotes you’re a little embarrassed to tell your friends about because they might lack ‘coolness’ or cache.  As long as you promise not to tell anyone, here are my top ten guilty pleasure movie quotes from 2007.

The Ten Smartest Movie Quotes of 2007

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The Top 10 Movie Quotes About Politics

politicsThe political heat is rising in America as both parties begin the long dance associated with choosing their candidates for the Presidency.  Two unlikely Iowa primary winners named Obama and Huckabee have pushed the front-runners back on their heels.  It should make for an interesting next couple of months.  Politics has always been a part of the movies, ever since Jimmy Stewart filibustered and won in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  Here are my favorite 10 film quotes about the blustery art of running for government.

12 Great Movie Quotes for Both Sides of the Writer’s Strike

writers strikeI feel certain that the striking writers and their TV/movie producing opponents each believes in the correctness of their contrary positions.  However, as Eddie Izzard’s character from Oceans Thirteen might say, "You're analog players in a digital world!"  Has anybody noticed the sea change unfolding in the nearby world of digital music?  Fortunately, those same striking writers wrote some helpful pearls of wisdom that were produced and distributed in 2007 films.  Here are 12 great movie quote tips from the movies that leaders from each side of the 07/08 Writer’s Strike would be wise to consider.

Reel Life Top Ten Movies of 2007

once2007 was a great year for the movies.  This year’s films featured many great stories of individuals dealing with the choices and uncertainties of life.  More than 20 titles could easily have ended up on our top ten list.  There are also films absent from our list because we simply haven’t seen them – films like There Will Be Blood, Juno, Sweeney Todd, and The Savages.  For this reason, we reserve the right to update our list in February.  However, based on the 70+ films we saw from this year, here are our favorite ten movies of 2007.

DREAMS: “Somewhere along the line we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don’t have our dreams, we have nothing.”

Movie quote from: The Astronaut Farmer (2007) - Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton)

astronautOur culture is not dreamer friendly.  We think dreamers are flaky or crazy until they are successful, then we think they’re great.  This is the case for Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) in the heart-warming film, The Astronaut Farmer.  He has built a rocket in his barn.  His plan is to fly it into space.  This has been his dream since he was a young boy.  We should honor those brave enough to pursue their dreams.  They make our world more interesting.

11 Quote Quiz #5: Christmas Movies

christmas vacationNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) was selected by Canadians as their favorite traditional Christmas movie, followed by A Christmas Story (1983) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).  As you snuggle into another round of those comfort movies you love to watch again and again, it’s probably worth finding out how well you really know those old films.  Do you recognize the source of these Christmas movie quotes?

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