Gr8at: #TheTigerKing

Tiger King

The Tiger King has been the record-breaking documentary of the summer, focusing in the world of big cats conservation and the eccentric characters within it. Pivotal to the Netflix series is the role between Joe Exotic the self-confessed “gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet” and Carole Baskin, described by her husband as the “Mother Teresa of cats”. Here are eight quotes that help sum up the madness and mayhem with the seven part series.

You can see how they go from being so sweet to tearing your face off, just like that, and it’s amazing to have that range.” – Carole Baskin

People don’t come to see the tigers; they come to see me.” – Joe Exotic

“I don’t watch news on television, unless there’s a cat involved.” – Carole Baskin

I can assure you’re going to get closer to tigers and lions here than you would anywhere in the world. Matter of fact, you’re gonna get so close I can almost promise you some of you will be urinated on. – Joe Exotic

“This is my little town. I’m the mayor, the prosecutor, the cop, and executioner.” – Joe Exotic

“Ladies and gentlemen, before you hear it on the news, I’m gonna tell you myself. About an hour ago, we had an incident where one of the employees stuck their arm through the cage and a tiger tore her arm off. I can give you your money back, or I can give you a rain check. Why don’t you come back at another day?” – Joe Exotic

“People Every Day Are Like, ‘You Must Have The Most Incredible Life To Live With 187 Big Cats.'” – Joe Exotic

“I really appreciate the fact that none of these people like me.” – Carole Baskin

Line(s) of the Day #TheGoldfinch

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“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.”

As said by the highly reflective Theodore Decker in The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013). The Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells of a 13 year’s old struggle to recover after a tragic incident, and his long-running connection with a painting by Carel Fabritius. You can find my review of The Secret History, Tartt’s debut novel here.

Line(s) of the Day #Joker

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For my whole life, I didn’t know if I even really existed. But I do, and people are starting to notice.

I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realise, it’s a comedy.

Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?

Arthur Fleck / The Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) in the brilliantly dark and layered Joker (2019), that tells of a struggling comedian’s spiral and how it brings out his alter-ego. With its minimal use of CGI and standalone story, it is big departure from recent superhero films. I just had to have more than one quote.

Line(s) of the Day #Widows

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Veronica Rawlings: We got to start thinking like professionals. We’re in business together. There’s not going to be some cosy reunion. After this job, we’re done. We have three days to look and move like a team of men. The best thing we have going for us is being who we are.
Alice Gunner: Why?
Veronica Rawlings: Because no one thinks we have the balls to pull this off.

Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki in the super impressive heist film Widows (2018). Helmed by Steve McQueen, it features a tour-de-force ensemble cast and a sharp script based on a 1983 TV series by Lynda La Plante.

Line(s) of the Day #Narcos

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Despite his threats, many brave men defied him. And true to form, when the pen failed… Pablo was always ready with the sword.

Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) in the brillant Netflix series Narcos (2015 – )

Line(s) of the Day #Westworld

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You can’t play God without being acquainted with the devil.

Dr Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) in the multi-genre hit show Westworld (2016 -). With elements of sci-fi, western, drama and psychological thriller, it tells of a Wild West style theme park filled with droids but controlled by humans.

Line(s) of the Day #Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.
Han Solo: Never tell me the odds.

Anthony Daniels and Harrison Ford in one of cinema’s most loved films, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens today, so am totally in a Star Wars frame of mind. You can find my favourite quote from the original film here.