There are many pleasures in editing movies content for the Chicago Tribune, not the least of which is working with talented writers such as our critic, Michael Phillips, columnist Nina Metz, writers Chris Borrelli and Mark Caro and gifted colleagues at other Tribune papers.
(And seeing some movies early, and for free.)
Even more fun comes from readers who share their favorite movie quotes, the ones that run on the front of the A+E Movies section every Friday. The feature grew out of a 2008 pot-luck piece in which staffers offered their favorite quips, followed by readers eager to do the same. We decided to try it out as a regular feature, and the well has never run dry at email@example.com.
Some are testaments to the art of screenwriting, so frequently cited that they're unforgettable. Like that one in "Casablanca" (1942): "Round up the usual suspects." That "bigger boat" line from 1975's "Jaws" and "You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!" from "Dr. Strangelove" (1964).
And then there are the idiosyncratic treasures, plucking from films as varied as "Seven Days in May" (1964) and "What Happens in Vegas" (2008). Turn to today's section and you'll find a quote from "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," a film that won the Palme D'or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. I'll bet you don't hear that quoted every day.
As for the procedure: I do my best to verify the wording from sources that range from IMDB.com to YouTube to working scripts that get posted online.
And the only quotes that won't get in (besides repeats) contain profanity. Some of my favorite quotes are from 1977's "Slap Shot." They can't run in the paper.
So keep it clean and keep 'em coming!
-- Maureen Hart, Movies editor