I decided it was time to make a movie where people felt better coming out of the theater than when they went in. It had become depressing to go to the movies.

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By: George Lucas
Genres: Drama

Context:
George Lucas said this as part of a speech at the time he made the film American Graffiti. Journalist Maureen Dowd used the quote as an example of how filmmakers of the 1970's and 80's rebelled against the heavy themes of movies made during the 1960's with lighter, grander cinema.

source: www.nytimes.com,  

I don’t have to leave the theater whistling, but would it kill you once in a while to make a movie that doesn’t make me want to take a bath with the toaster. Academy nominations used to say, 'Look what great movies we make.' Now they say, 'Look what good people we are.' It’s not about entertainment, it’s about suffering, specifically yours.

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By: Bill Maher
From: Real Time with Bill Maher
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Parody

Context:
Bill Maher made the point on his show Real Time with Bill Maher, that we could use more escapism in movies during this year of plague and tumult. The statement was discussed in an article about cultural shifts in the art of moviemaking and the shrinking audience of The Academy Awards by Maureen Dowd.

source: www.nytimes.com,  

If our lives are indeed the sum total of the choices we've made, then we cannot change who we are. But with every new choice we're given, we can change who we're going to be.

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By: Kevin Conway
Characters: Control Voice (Narrator)
From: The Outer Limits
Genres: Cult Television | Drama | Fantasy | Science Fiction | Television

Context:
From the Season 4, Episode 4 episode "In Another Life," which originally aired on February 16, 1998.

Before we allow ourselves to be consumed by our regrets, we should remember the mistakes we make in life are not so important as the lessons we draw from them.

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By: Kevin Conway
Characters: Control Voice (Narrator)
From: The Outer Limits
Genres: Drama | Fantasy | Science Fiction

Context:
Season 3, Episode 4, "Last Supper," which originally aired on January 31, 1997. This was the ending quote by the show's Narrator (Kevin Conway), after an episode that centered on the girlfriend (Sandrine Holt) of a young man in college (Fred Savage). When the student brings his new love interest home to meet his parents, his father (Peter Onorati) recognizes her as the same woman he rescued from cruel experiments when he was a private in the army 20 years prior. He also had an affair with the woman after the rescue.

May 10th. Thank God for the rain which has helped wash away the garbage and trash off the sidewalks. I'm workin' long hours now, six in the afternoon to six in the morning. Sometimes even eight in the morning, six days a week. Sometimes seven days a week. It's a long hustle but it keeps me real busy. I can take in three, three fifty a week. Sometimes even more when I do it off the meter. All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take 'em to Harlem. I don't care. Don't make no difference to me. It does to some. Some won't even take spooks. Don't make no difference to me.

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By: Robert De Niro
Characters: Travis Bickle
From: Taxi Driver
Genres: Crime | Cult Cinema | Drama | Suspense

June twenty-ninth. I gotta get in shape. Too much sitting has ruined my body. Too much abuse has gone on for too long. From now on there will be 50 pushups each morning, 50 pullups. There will be no more pills, no more bad food, no more destroyers of my body. From now on will be total organization. Every muscle must be tight.

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By: Robert De Niro
Characters: Travis Bickle
From: Taxi Driver
Genres: Crime | Cult Cinema | Drama | Suspense

All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take 'em to Harlem. I don't care. Don't make no difference to me. It does to some. Some won't even take spooks. Don't make no difference to me.

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By: Robert De Niro
Characters: Travis Bickle
From: Taxi Driver
Genres: Crime | Cult Cinema | Drama | Suspense