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Movie quote from: The Good Earth (1937) - Uncle (Walter Connolly)Good Earth

In The Good Earth, an excellent film from 70+ years ago, the lead characters Wang and O-Lan experience the ups and downs of a life tied to the land.  Although they share common values when they are poor, Wang changes when wealth gives him choice.  Whereas O-Lan draws her values from within, committed to hard work, family, and her husband, Wang looks to society to shape his decisions.  The film raises an important modern-day question, "What does a person consider when making vital life decisions - identity or image?

The 10 Best Movie Quotes About the High School Experience

cluelessMost Hollywood writers did not seem to enjoy high school.  At Hollywood High, teachers are boring morons, popular students are shallow and self-centered, and the popular unpopular students are clever cynics who seldom go to class.  If only life was so stereotypical.  Yet within all this redundant writing, there are some pearls of wisdom.  For most people, high school was a challenging time of personal change.  Here are the 10 film quotes that we believe best capture what high school was like for the majority of students. 

8 Wisest Movie Quotes About the Fuel Shortage

boomtownOil prices are now over $100 a barrel.  This can’t be good for Planet Earth.  With all our human ingenuity, why aren't the great majority of us driving vehicles fueled by some other more abundant and planet-friendly substance?  Can’t we invent a reasonably priced car that gets 200 miles to the gallon?  Oil has often been the topic of films over the ages.  Here are 8 wise comments from motion pictures about fuel and why our collective planetary fuel gauge is running low.

12 Useful Movie Quotes to Get You By in a Recession

crystal skullPeople turn to the media when financial times are tough.  Movies are a great way to distract your mind from reality.  It is no coincidence that the top grossing movie of 1981 (the last recession) was Raiders of the Lost Ark, the ultimate escape film.  Back for the 2008 recession, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is scheduled for release on May 22.  Movie quotes can offer insight for tougher financial times.  Here are the top twelve movie quotes to “get you by” as our consumer-oriented economy recedes.

11 Quote Quiz #6 - Oscar Winners

gollumSince the first Academy Awards in 1928, less than 100 movies have been selected as Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  These Oscar winners have featured many memorable quotes, like “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn”, “Make him an offer he can’t refuse”, and Gollum's drool-laden, “My precious”.  All the top movies seem to have at least one quote that finds its way into our lexicon.  Can you name the eleven Best Picture films that are featured in this 11 Quote Quiz?   

The 8 Best Movie Quotes About Awards

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The Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Movie Quotes of 2007

knocked upA ‘guilty pleasure’ quote is one you like, even though it isn’t really smart or funny.  It is one of those quotes you think of for no reason – it makes you feel good or causes you to think more deeply.  These are the quotes you’re a little embarrassed to tell your friends about because they might lack ‘coolness’ or cache.  As long as you promise not to tell anyone, here are my top ten guilty pleasure movie quotes from 2007.

The Ten Smartest Movie Quotes of 2007

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The Top 10 Movie Quotes About Politics

politicsThe political heat is rising in America as both parties begin the long dance associated with choosing their candidates for the Presidency.  Two unlikely Iowa primary winners named Obama and Huckabee have pushed the front-runners back on their heels.  It should make for an interesting next couple of months.  Politics has always been a part of the movies, ever since Jimmy Stewart filibustered and won in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  Here are my favorite 10 film quotes about the blustery art of running for government.

12 Great Movie Quotes for Both Sides of the Writer’s Strike

writers strikeI feel certain that the striking writers and their TV/movie producing opponents each believes in the correctness of their contrary positions.  However, as Eddie Izzard’s character from Oceans Thirteen might say, "You're analog players in a digital world!"  Has anybody noticed the sea change unfolding in the nearby world of digital music?  Fortunately, those same striking writers wrote some helpful pearls of wisdom that were produced and distributed in 2007 films.  Here are 12 great movie quote tips from the movies that leaders from each side of the 07/08 Writer’s Strike would be wise to consider.

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