Marge Simpson: Gosh I thought he’d be happier in his own habitat. Wildlife refuge guy: Oh I think he is Marge Simpson: Then why is he attacking all those other elephants? Willife refuge guy: Well, animals are a lot like people, Mrs. Simpson. Some of them act badly because they’ve had a hard life or have been mistreated. But, like people, some of them are just jerks. Stop that, Mr. Simpson.
I’ve quoted the show about a dozen times but it really has made me laugh so much. Still running despite starting in 1989, its a show that has provided so many great scenes, especially in its earliest years.
There was a track star from Pasadena in the 1930s named Matthew Robinson. Matthew Robinson shattered the Olympic record in the two-hundred at the Berlin Games in 1936. Absolutely shattered the Olympic record…and came in second. The man who came in first was Jesse Owens. Owens went on to be a legend. Matthew Robinson went on to be a janitor at a whites-only school in Pasadena. The difference was two-hundreths of a second. As if that wasn’t enough, Matthew Robinson had a little brother who was also an athlete. His name was Jack but everyone called him Jackie.
Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) in the poker-based film Molly’s Game (2017). Based on the book of the same name, it tells of an elite skier from a high-achieving family who ends up running a high-stakes poker game before inevitable complications arise.
As said by Howard Hogarth in children’s classic The Iron Man (1968) by British Poet Laurette Ted Hughes. Known as The Iron Giant in the United States (along with the wonderful film based on the book), it tells of a giant “metal man” who appears from out of nowhere and eats all the metal before being efriended by a young boy.
The dreadfully sad news that gifted actor Chadwick Boseman has passed away through cancer at the tragically early age of 43. Born in South Carolina in 1976, he wrote plays, acted and directed in theatre and had small roles in television, before landing his breakthrough role as iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson in 2013’s movie 42. His talent was obvious and he was soon dazzling audiences, with highlights including starring as James Brown in Get on Up (2014) and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).
But it was as T’Challa, the king of the African nation of Wakanda in Black Panther (2018), that he is most associated. It wasn’t just anyone who could have played such an iconic figure, one who represented so much and to so many. Known for his kindness, his sensitivity, his dedication to the craft as well as his natural warmth, grace and presence on camera, Chadwick Boseman was perfect for the role of such a respected leader. The fact Boseman was privately battling cancer for the final four years of his life while working as hard as ever and still continuing to inspire everyone around him, showed what a superhero he really was. Wakanda forever.
If I am King, where is my power? Can I form a government? Levy a tax? Declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority because they think that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can’t speak.
George VI (Colin Firth) in historical drama The King’s Speech (2013). Winner of Best Picture, it tells of how the future king used the unorthodox treatment of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue to help him overcome his stammer.
Nicole: Do you secretly want to bang Chandry? Alan: Thank you. She has a boyfriend. Nicole: Who you threw out of the window! Alan: By accident!
Mackenzie Davis and Daniel Radcliffe in the 2013 indie romcom The F Word (What If? in some countries). The film centres on whether you can be friends with someone you wish to date but who is already in a serious relationship.
Nick Wilde: Flash is the fastest guy in there. If you need something done, he’s on it. Judy Hopps: I hope so. We are really fighting the clock and every minute counts… Wait. They’re all SLOTHS? You said this was going to be quick! Nick Wilde: [in mock surprise] Are you saying that because he’s a sloth he can’t be fast? I thought in Zootopia, anyone could be anything.
Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin in the animated Walt Disney film Zootopia (2016)(Zootropolis in the UK). You can see the delightful scene in full here. I really recommend it.
The opening lines of Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve, taken from their masterful third studio album Urban Hymns (1997). Starting with a gorgeous orchestra sound, it was a huge smash and one of the defining Britpop songs of the 1990s.
So you wanna play with magic Boy, you should know whatcha falling for
Taken from the song Dark Horse by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, from her fourth studio album Prism (2013). Perry has had an array of smashes since her breakthrough in 2008, including Roar and Firework.