1. “America’s not a country – it’s a business. Now fucking pay me.” - Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) - Killing Them Softly (Dir. Andrew Dominik) (Screenwriter: Andrew Dominik)
Pitt’s slick hitman Jackie Cogan ends the politically-minded Killing Them Softly with a punch, demanding he gets what he’s owed for services rendered because, hey, that’s capitalism.
2. “Big things have small beginnings.” - David (Michael Fassbender) - Prometheus (Dir. Ridley Scott) (Screenwriter: Jon Spaihts/Damon Lindelof)
Michael Fassbender’s morally ambiguous android ponders the origins of life – and knowingly reminds audiences that the tiny speck on the end of his finger might one day grow up to be something terrifying. Like, say, a Xenomorph.
3. “What a lovely, lovely voice!” – Bane (Tom Hardy) - The Dark Knight Rises (Dir. Christopher Nolan) (Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan/Jonathan Nolan)
Summing up the invariably mixed impression that Bane made upon audiences this year, this bizarre off-the-cuff comment from The Dark Knight Rises‘ idiosyncratic menace perfectly encapsulates what made the villain so equally unique and ripe for mockery.
4. ”I’ve been surrounded my entire life by black faces. I only have one question: Why don’t they just rise up and kill the whites?” - Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) - Django Unchained (Dir. Quentin Tarantino) (Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino)
Quentin Tarantino’s candid approach to making a spaghetti western set in America’s slavery times is perfectly outlined here by Calvin Candie, who exemplifies the no-holds-barred attitude of the movie’s writer/director – and soon enough, Django himself.
5. “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?” - Suzy (Kara Hayward) - Moonrise Kingdom (Dir. Wes Anderson) (Screenwriter: Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola)
12-year-old Suzy breaks down her feelings with heart-aching simplicity, making a case for young love that no adult could easily rebute.
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