To that end, we thought we'd create a new, pre-Oscar tradition on the site. Each Friday before the Oscars, the staff would compile what we thought were the ten best quotes of the previous year (if the Oscars can do it in March, so can we). And so, below, we give you Pajiba's 1st Annual Quote Appreciation Awards. These are what we consider to be not just the ten best quotes of 2009, but the ten quotes most likely to be repeated in years to come, called back, or used as shorthand among movie quote friends.
There was one rule, however, and that was one quote per movie, otherwise In the Loop, Zombieland and Black Dynamite could've supplied enough quotes for three lists. And with that, here's what the staff came up with, keeping in mind, also, that the brilliance of some of these rely heavily on the context of the movie, a context that we unfortunately cannot provide.
"Hotbox." -- Fantastic Mr. Fox
"Private Space!" -- The Cove
"Which leads me to my second rule, the double tap. In those moments when you're not sure the undead are really dead-dead, don't get all stingy with your bullets. I mean, one more clean shot to the head ... and this lady could've avoided becoming a human happy meal. Woulda, coulda, shoulda." -- Zombieland
"I think we'll be okay now." -- Paranormal Activity
"Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left." -- Up in the Air
"I don't want your cat, you dirty pork queen!" -- Drag Me to Hell
"I love my babies. Why would I want to PUSH them away from me? -- Away We Go
"Y'know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I'll sort that out. You are a boring F, star, star, CUNT!" -- In The Loop
"Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!" -- Black Dynamite