My friends and I quote movies to each other all the time. Lately it's begun to annoy some of my family members and classmates, but I love it so much! Should I keep this up?
-Chris from Toronto
Adam: It’s my time… my time down here! That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.
Mike: You call this…going straight?
Adam: As someone who quotes movies all the time (especially to my best friends), I can tell you with supreme confidence DON'T STOP. The best thing about this approach to life is that if you quote things enough, they take on a life of their own to the point that they no longer resemble the original quote and they start to become yours. The example I’ll use is a throwaway line from Goodfellas, when Karen (Lorraine Bracco) says, “Not without your car keys you’re not.” It’s a very forgettable line, yet Mike and I have taken that and used it so many times that it's morphed into this screeching, yelling impression of a Brooklyn cat lady. So go for it! See how long you can keep these little inside jokes going with your pals. As far as the people you annoy, who cares? “The line must be drawn HERE!”
Mike: Shit, Adam and I can have entire conversations in movie quotes! We can also sing any song in the style of Green Day or Metallica and make ourselves laugh every time. What I’m trying to say is that it’s a miracle anyone talks to us.
But back to quoting: hell YES you should keep doing it. It’s fun and it doesn’t require you to have to...I don’t know...think up your own words and stuff. That can be EXHAUSTING. And Adam is right about us exaggerating movie quotes to the point of ridiculousness. You have not lived until you’ve heard us do Worf and Picard’s heated exchange on the bridge in Star Trek: First Contact. Have I mentioned it’s a miracle anyone talks to us?
All the kids at school make fun of me because my favorite super hero is Green Lantern. I told them they should watch the movie, but that didn't help. What do I do?
-Coast City Eric
Mike: I think I’ll let Adam handle this one.
Adam: First off, it’s clear to anyone with half a brain that the Green Lantern is the greatest superhero ever! A ring that allows whatever you think of to materialize? You don’t get much better than that. I’m sure my counterpart will tell you a guy running around like a bat is the best, but he clearly has no idea what he’s talking about.
Mike: Two words for you: Vicki Vale. I rest my case. Please continue.
we did a podcast on it
Back to your question: it’s very difficult to point to one Green Lantern story that defines the character, especially since Geoff Johns nearly 10-year run on the book will go down as the stuff of legend. However, if you are looking for some really great Green Lantern stories that show you what the character is, I would go with: Blackest Night from 2009, Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn I from 1989 and Emerald Dawn II from 1991, or my personal favorite Emerald Twilight (and a few extra), which covers Green Lantern Volume 3 #46-53. I would also recommend Zero Hour: Crisis in Time and The Final Night.
Also, if you are into animated stuff I would find a copy of Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, or just watch a few episodes of the animated series that were on the Cartoon Network. Whatever you decide, please, for the love of all that is good, stay AWAY from that movie. It makes me sad to think about it.
Mike: Is there a way that we can get The Rock to play all of the parts? Because then I’d be onboard.
Longtime fan of the column. My family just got a dog. I want to give it a really kick ass dog name and I'm looking for suggestions. Please help!
Mike: What a great question! I’ve never actually owned a dog, but I have given some thought as to what I would name one should I ever take that plunge. If it were up to me, and honestly it would never be up to me – my wife and daughters would see to that – but I’d have to go with something nerdy, because Growing Up Nerdy. While I could easily find a cool name from the comic books I love or my favorite TV shows and movies, I’d have to narrow it down to picking a name from The Lord of the Rings. I feel like most names Tolkien comes up with sound like pet names anyway. I could picture it now: “Here, Frodo!” “Put that down, Strider!” “Don’t pee on that, Thorin son of Thrain!”
If you are looking for a cute dog name, I’d go with Speck from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. If it is a big dog and you’re looking for something tough, I’d go with Thor. For a small dog in need of an ironic nickname, Hulk or Conan would rock. If you’re looking for funny, my vote is a celebrity name: “Want to go for a walk Julia Roberts?” or “Will Smith, stop humping that guys leg!” Seriously, the comedy writes itself here.
Mike: I’m pretty sure you just grabbed those names from this years Oscar nominees, which must have been the last thing you watched. If we’re going by that criteria, I’ll have to name my dog Magnum P.I. Which is reason enough to get a dog.