Strong year for strong lines I say. Some stick in your head because they shocked you, some no doubt amused, confused and titillated you. Some perhaps inspired you. Here’s my top five of the year.
‘My mother used to say something that drove me nuts. There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.’
Reese Witherspoon here plays Cheryl Strayed, a woman who walked 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself again. An inspiring film and underrated performance.
‘I come here for a proper shootout. A shootout, right, is a shootout, like a Western.’
Tom Hardy plays unhinged Ronnie Kray in a scene where he undermines a gangster who’s armed himself with a bat rather than a gun for a brawl.
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
‘Oh what a lovely day!’
Nicholas Hoult’s War Boy cries through grinned teeth as he chases Charlize Theron’s Furiousa into a life-threatening storm with Tom Hardy’s ‘blood bag’ Max strapped to his car.
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service
‘Manners maketh man’
Uttered by Colin Firth’s suave spy as he teaches his young protégé Eggsy what being a Kingsman is all about, doling out justice to some local pikeys with his clever umbrella.
‘Not quite my tempo’
Somewhat of an understatement given J.K. Simmonds’ highly strung jazz teacher would be as likely to throw a cymbal at your head moments after, as he would to praise your talent.