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Movie Quote of the Day – The Year of Living Dangerously, 1982 (dir. Peter Weir)


Guy Hamilton: Billy, you’re a professional. Is that pornography or art?
Billy Kwan: If it’s in focus, it’s pornography, if it’s out of focus, it’s art.

Oscar Vault Monday – Dead Poets Society, 1989 (dir. Peter Weir)

I’m trying to remember the first time I saw this film and I have a vague recollection of seeing it on TBS when I was in middle school. I do know that when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school one of my teachers showed it and we had an in-depth discussion of the film’s themes (well, as in-depth as you can in a podunk small town high school class filled with asshole 14 years old – I include myself in that description). A lot of what I’ll write about here is based on that discussion of the film, actually. I guess it was sophomore year because I think it was the class where the teacher who normally taught geography/history had to take over our English class, so mostly instead of reading books we watched films and discussed them. It was kind of a wonderful class if memory serves. At least, for me it was, because, well, movies. Dead Poets Society was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one: Best Original Screenplay (won), Best Actor Robin Williams, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were Born on the Fourth of JulyField of DreamsMy Left Foot and winner Driving Miss Daisy.


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Movie Quote of the Day – Witness, 1985 (dir. Peter Weir)

Eli Lapp: You never had your hands on a teat before?
John Book: Not one this big.

Movie Quote of the Day – Dead Poets Society, 1989 (dir. by Peter Weir)

Todd Anderson: O Captain, my Captain!
Mr. Nolan: Sit down, Mr. Anderson. Do you hear me? Sit down, sit down!
Knox Overstreet: O Captain, my Captain!
Mr. Nolan: Mr. Overstreet, I warned you, sit down!
[rest of class joins in]
John Keating: Thank you boys, thank you.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Truman Show, 1998 (dir. Peter Weir)

Christof: Say something, goddammit, you’re on television! You’re live to the whole world!
Truman Burbank: In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night.