I decided yesterday that I've been posting FAR too many comedies, and that it was time to blog about a movie that is spectacularly unfunny, but still amazing. Apparently I am a masochist. If I ever come to this decision again, please come round and knock some sense into me, 'kay??
ANYWAY. I love this movie like whoa, but I can only watch it every couple of years, because I end up a snot covered hot mess by the end of it.
Reasons why Dead Poets Society is awesome:
1. Robin Williams. He was nominated for an Oscar for this role, and he completely deserved the nomination.
2. Phone calls from God.
4. The final scene. Oh my God, so much ugly crying. (Also? Has anyone else ever secretly wished they had a teacher so awesome that it warranted doing this??)
6. The scene where Todd finds out about Neil. They did it in a single take, and it's completely heartbreaking.
7. Knox Overstreet (played by Josh Charles). Any time I see Josh Charles in anything, I inevitably squeal "KNOX OVERSTREET!!!!" at the television. Knox is such a completely adorkable character.
8. Meeks and Pitts dancing on the roof when they finally get their homemade radio to work.
10. Flying desksets.
11. The scene where Mr Keating is trying to teach them individuality through walking.
12. Amazing cinematography.
13. I will never be able to think of poor Walt Whitman as anything but a sweaty toothed madman.
14. Knox's "WTF??" face when Mr Keating is giving his 'Carpe Diem' speech.
16. Ripping out the terrible introduction by J. Evans Pritchard, PhD, and Cameron using a ruler to ensure his is ripped neatly.
17. The scene where Charlie plays the saxophone. It always reminds me of Ferris Bueller.
19. Reading poetry during soccer training.
20. Charlie quoting Shakespeare and Byron to the girls in the cave, and claiming that he'd just made it up especially for them.
21. The scene where Keating takes the Dead Poets Society book out of Neil's desk at the end. Anyone who thinks Robin Williams is a comedic actor should watch this scene.
23. Whistling the 1812 Overture.
Plus, the following quotes:
- "'O Captain, my Captain.' Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It's from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr Abraham Lincoln. Now, in this class, you can either call me Mr Keating, or if you're slightly more daring, O Captain, my Captain."
- "Dead Poets honour."
- "Exercising the right not to walk!"
- "From now on, call me Nuwanda."
- "I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world."
- "I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."
- "We're not laughing at you. We're laughing near you."
- "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race."
- "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
- "Carpe... Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your life extraordinary."
- "Sucking the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone."
- "You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all."
- "Welton Academy, hello. Yes he is, just a moment. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton."
- "Language was developed for one endeavor, and that is - Mr. Anderson? Come on, are you a man or an amoeba? [pause] Mr. Perry?" "To communicate." "No! To woo women!"
- "Close your eyes, close your eyes! Close 'em! Now, describe what you see." "Uh, I-I close my eyes." "Yes." "Uh, and this image floats beside me." "A sweaty-toothed madman." "A sweaty-toothed madman with a stare that pounds my brain." "Oh, that's *excellent*! Now, give him action - make him do something!" "H-His hands reach out and choke me." "That's it! Wonderful, wonderful!" And all the time he's mumbling." "What's he mumbling?" "Mumbling truth." "Yeah, yes." "Truth like-like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold." "[some of the class start to laugh] Forget them, forget them! Stay with the blanket. Tell me about that blanket!" "Y-Y-You push it, stretch it, it'll never be enough. You kick at it, beat it, it'll never cover any of us. From the moment we enter crying t-to the moment we leave dying, it'll just cover your face as you wail and cry and scream." [long pause then class applauds] "Don't you forget this."
- "Todd, I think you're underestimating the value of this desk set. I mean, who would want a football or a baseball or..." "Or a car." "Or a car, if they could have a desk set as wonderful as this one? I mean, if-if I were ever going to buy a desk set, twice, I would probably buy this one. Both times! In fact, its shape is... it's rather aerodynamic, isn't it? You can feel it. This desk set wants to fly! Todd? The world's first unmanned flying desk set. [Todd throws it off the roof - papers fly everywhere and things crash and clatter to the ground] Oh my! Well, I wouldn't worry. You'll get another one next year."
- "Excrement! That's what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard! We're not laying pipe! We're talking about poetry. How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? "I like Byron, I give him a 42 but I can't dance to it!""
- "It'll help you get Chris!" "Yeah? How?" "Women swoon!" "But why do they swoon? Charlie, tell me why they swoon!"
Seriously, you guys. Please tell me you cry like a baby in this movie too?? And if you haven't seen it, GET ON THAT RIGHT NOW. Because of all the reasons.