Discovering the Relevance of Words
I’ve made a realization recently. Doc Holiday, as portrayed by Val Kilmer in the 1993 film ‘Tombstone’, is probably the coolest dude ever.
There, I said it.
I’ve also realized that ‘Tombstone’ is a pretty great movie. This probably isn’t a controversial statement, but there it is. That movie has everything. It’s got guns, Kurt Russell, chicks on opium, horses, Billy Bob Thornton, old-timey playing cards and gay Billy Zane. Everything.
I used to watch the hell out of that movie. Yet, somehow, I haven’t watched it in a long time. Why?
I think I know why. Its called over-quoting, and it’s a phenomenon which I am making up right now but for which I see evidence everyday.
Well, maybe not everyday. Not anymore. But when I was younger I could have whole conversations with my friends that consisted of nothing but quotes from movies that we deemed “classic”. Movies like ‘Goodfellas’, ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Anchorman’, ‘Friday’ and the aforementioned ‘Tombstone’ were watched by us so often that we’d sprinkle quotes throughout our conversations in ways both indecipherable and irritating to anyone outside our little group.
You remember how everyone ruined the Austin Powers movies back in the nineties by saying “Yeah, Baby!” constantly? Or when idiots even before that made a big show of inhaling sharply before delivering a room-silencing “All-Righty then!” in the style of Ace Ventura while other people in the restaurant are just trying to live their lives? The rule of threes says I should have a third example, and I was all loaded up to use Borat, but I admit I do still find it funny to say “My Wife!” occasionally and for no reason. It must be the exception that proves the rule.
I think this is similar to the over-quoting phenomenon I was talking about earlier. Both take something that worked originally and repeat it until, stripped of context, it loses all meaning. I suspect that’s how cliches were born, but I might have to flesh out that thought a little more before drawing a conclusion on it. Anyway.
So, why has it been so long since I watched this movie?
I’m not sure. But I’m learning something about my own mind, I think, and the hypocrisy that must live there, seeing as I hate it when people quote Mike Meyers but am sure I will spend the next couple of days referring to myself as ‘your huckleberry.’
It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.
What have you liked so much you ruined it? By quoting it to death, or in some other way beating it into ground?
Be honest, we won’t judge you here.