Thursday, 18 March 2010

2009 in Review: Line Readings

I don’t want to spend too much time on this, because it’s not really a category that I put much thought into. It’s not about the brilliance of the line (though sometimes, it helps). It has all to do with how an actor takes a few words and makes a character in those words only Some are funny, some are poignant, some are just weird. They’re also quite random. Here are ten line readings I remember vividly from the last year, in (more or less) ascending order.
“For goodness sakes, smile woman. People would think we’ve quarrelled” The Young Victoria (Rupert Friend)
“Jim wasn’t a substitute for anything, and there is no substitute for Jim anywhere.” A Single Man (Colin Firth)
“You are an f, star, star, cunt.” In the Loop (Peter Capaldi)
“You dare…disobey…your mother?” Coraline (Teri Hatcher)

“We die…unless you change.” The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Meryl Streep)
“You’re not a woman” An Education (Emma Thompson)
“Guido. Everybody knows about me. Why? Why won’t you let me near you?” Nine (Penelope Cruz)
“The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to shore but to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sense of water.” Bright Star (Ben Whishaw)
“You think to create is to forgive yourself in public. Fine. But don’t think I can forgive you in private, because I can’t. Ever.” Nine (Marion Cotillard)
“So you’re telling me to be bored, and then bored, and then finally bored again, only this time for the rest of my life.” An Education (Carey Mulligan)
Only ten are here, so remind me: which did I miss?


joe burns said...

A line from Up In The Air and Precious! But I know you didn't like either so I'm not surprised.

Robert said...

I really didn't love Up in the Air or Anna Kendrick in it, but I do remember when she says something like "If I had that many miles I'd look at the destination board, pick a place, and go" it was really inspiring and beautiful. I love your choices, especially Peter Capaldi's. haha There are so many lines from that movie I could list here.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Love that In the Loop line. And Streep in Mr. Fox, of course, though my favorite is, "I love you. But I shouldn't have married you."

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

joe hmmm...i really liked the reading of the "i love you" line from paula patton. not a great line, but it was well said.

robert that movie is just epic.

walter meryl is just amazing in that movie. if it was liveaction she would definitely be top three in my actress list.