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Two bits of movie dialog

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 by Dave Winer.

For some reason there are two bits of movie dialog stuck in my head. Permalink to this paragraph

1. In Fargo, there's a scene where a random cop is talking to a bar owner who's shoveling his sidewalk, telling the story of the "funny lookin guy" played by Steve Buscemi. At the end of the story, which he just told in a beautful midwestern "you know you betcha" way, when he runs out of story, he says "That's it. (Big pause.) End of story." The moment wasn't awkward at all, quite dignified, beautifully done. Permalink to this paragraph

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2. The big "my sister" moment in Chinatown with Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson. That might be the most perfect bit of dialog in all moviedom. I don't want to spoil the plot by saying why, but... Wow. Permalink to this paragraph

The video of the scene is on YouTube. But don't click the link if you haven't seen the movie yet. Permalink to this paragraph

Some movies you can only watch once, these movies never get old. For some reason Fargo works really well on mobile computers like the iPhone or Droid. Permalink to this paragraph

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