Photo from Warner Bros. Pictures"Release the Kraken!"
Thanks to the new remake of Clash Of The Titans, this phrase is popular again, which is nice for all you newcomers, but I've been saying it for almost 30 years now, so don't get too excited. There's nothing new under the sun, friends.
I wasn't the first one to say it, either. When I was in college, you couldn't use any dorm or bar restroom without some dude stumbling in and saying, "Release the Kraken!" as he unzipped his fly to take a giant beer leak. Then he'd chuckle loudly, as if were the first guy who ever said it.
It wasn't long until guys everywhere were releasing the Kraken, which made me a little sad for all those weasels and lizards and main veins no longer being drained or bled or squeezed.
This got me thinking about some of the other movie lines that have wormed their way into our culture. Not that I am complaining -- I love a well-timed movie quote used in everyday life.
Just the other day, when my child came home from school as grumpy as I've ever seen her, I told my wife, "Fasten your seatbelt. It's gonna be a bumpy night," with a nod to the classic line from All About Eve. My wife herself has been known to say, "Sometimes I get the menstrual cramps real hard," quoting Raising Arizona to explain a foul mood.
Others that you will hear often:
"I'll be back." (The Terminator)
"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." (The Godfather)
"E.T. phone home." (E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial)
"Yippee-kay-yay, motherf**ker!" (Die Hard)
"Wax on, wax off." (The Karate Kid)
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille." (Sunset Boulevard, misquoted. The actual line is "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.")
"Go ahead, make my day" (Sudden Impact)
"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti." (The Silence Of The Lambs)
"Tomorrow is another day." (Gone With The Wind)
"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto." (The Wizard Of Oz)
"Here's looking at you, kid." (Casablanca)
"I coulda been a contender." (On The Waterfront)
"Heeeeeere's Johnny!" (The Shining)
"May the Force be with you." (Star Wars)
"Luke, I am your father." (The Empire Strikes Back)
"You talkin' to me?" (Taxi Driver)
"Show me the money!" (Jerry Maguire)
How about you? What movie lines do you find yourself saying in everyday life?