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Movie Quote of the Day – Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, 1996 (dir. Paris Barclay)


Ashtray: It hurt me to wake up and see my beautiful black people suffer, victimized by the oppressive, harsh realities of the hood. I guess, even though we were free, we were still slaves… in the mind.
Mailman: Message.

Movie Quote of the Day – Nénette et Boni, 1996 (dir. Claire Denis)


La boulangère: Anything else?
Boni: A nice, long French stick.
La boulangère: They’re all the same length.

Movie Quote of the Day – Sudden Manhattan, 1996 (dir. Adrienne Shelly)


Dominga: You feel that you are not being loved the way you would like to be loved.
Donna: Who is?

Movie Quote of the Day – The Portrait of a Lady, 1996 (dir. Jane Campion)


Mr. Touchett: You’re in love with her, then? I should think you would be. It’s as if she came over on purpose.
Ralph Touchett: No, I’m not in love with her, but I should be, if certain things were different.
Mr. Touchett: Things are always different from what they might be.

Movie Quote of the Day – Harriet the Spy, 1996 (dir. Bronwen Hughes)


Harriet M. Welsch: It’s too hard. It’s not worth it.
Ole Golly: Aw, never say that, Harriet. You’re worth it. You’re an individual, and you know something? That makes people nervous. And it’s going to keep making people nervous your whole life.
Harriet M. Welsch: My whole life?
Ole Golly: Yep.
Harriet M. Welsch: What do I do?
Ole Golly: You stay true to Harriet and you accept the cost.

Movie Quote of the Day – Bound, 1996 (dir. Lana & Lilly Wachowski)


Violet: You made certain choices in your life that you paid for. You said you made them because you were good at something and it was easy. Do you think you’re the only one that’s good at something? We make our own choices and we pay our own prices. I think we’re more alike than you want to admit.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Watermelon Woman, 1996 (dir. Cheryl Dunye)


Cheryl: Hi, I’m Cheryl and I’m a filmmaker. Uh, no, I’m not really a filmmaker, but I have a videotaping business with my friend Tamara and I work at a video store, so I’m working on being a filmmaker. The problem is I don’t know what I want to make a film on. I know it has to be about black women because our stories have never been told, so I’ve been renting movies — no, I haven’t been renting movies, but I get movies from the video store I work at and I’ve taken out all these films from the 30s and 40s with black actresses in them, like, um Hattie McDaniel and Louise Beavers and um, in these films, in some of these films, the black actresses aren’t even listed in the credits and I was just totally shocked by that.

Movie Quote of the Day – Black Sheep, 1996 (dir. Penelope Spheeris)


Steve: Buddy, are you okay?
Drake: I’m not far from dragging you out of the car and beating you to dust.
Steve: You should work up to that, kinda leaves you nowhere to go.

Female Filmmaker Friday: The Preacher’s Wife, 1996 (dir. Penny Marshall)

I’m not sure if I saw this first or the first film adaptation of Robert Nathan’s book, 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife (with one of my favorite Cary Grant performances!), but I did watch this movie A LOT in the late-90s when it was on TV all the time (I think TBS?) I did, however, have no idea that Penny Marshall directed it until I noticed it was on Netflix last week. I decided it was time I revisited this film (not the least of which because Denzel Washington is so goddamn charming as Dudley!)


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Movie Quote of the Day – The Ghost and the Darkness, 1996 (dir. Stephen Hopkins)


John Patterson: Have you ever failed?
Charles Remington: Only at life.