Yeah, yeah, movies on the brain, I hear you all groaning. It's summer time. The beautiful people have the beaches at St. Tropez, I have the inside of a cinema or a video playing. To each their own seasonal pleasures. :p
I was an English major, and most folk think the great soliloquys came from the British playwrights. Yep, there were a few good ones, no question, but I'd challenge anyone to beat some of the ones in recent movies.
The best one? Oh, there are many contenders. I'm particularly fond of Michael Douglas' "greed is good" speech from "Wall Street." And you can't get more pungent than DeNiro's "one day, a big rain's gonna come and wash the streets clean" monologue from "Taxi Driver." Liam Neeson's "I could've done more" from "Schindler's List" still makes me cry.
But the greatest, in my humble opinion
, comes from "Blade Runner." Rutger Hauer's replicant character just kicked the living s**t out of Harrison Ford's, and when he could've thrown Harrison from the roof they were fighting on, he instead pulls him up on the roof. Rutger, you see, has only four years to live (genetic programming), and rather than spend his last few minutes killing, he chooses to share his views with Harrison. It helps to picture two guys, looking like utter dogs**t, sprawled on a roof in the seedy, eternal-night rain of a future Los Angeles. Rutger (can't remember the character's name), totally spent and dying, turns to speak....
"I've seen things you people can only imagine. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've seen c-beams glitter in the sun orbiting Jupiter's moons.
"These things will be lost, gone, in the passage of time. Like tears in the rain.
"Time to die."
What gets me the most is the "tears in the rain" line. Everything will be lost like this, so we better enjoy what we have now.