Monday, July 08, 2013

Movies That Dare Not Speak Their Names

As we've discussed before, I'm a connoisseur of movies that put their titles in the dialogue. (Remember when Jack Nickolson says, "What if this is as good as it gets?" in "As Good as It Gets." He nailed it!)

On the flip side, I'm always disappointed when a film seems like it's going to say its name and then doesn't.


We watched "Silver Linings Playbook" on cable the other night. Weren't we all waiting for Bradley Cooper to bust out some dog-eared notepad and have the following exchange?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE
What's that?

BRADLEY COOPER
Why, it's my Silver Linings Playbook.

Likewise, there's no mention of "World War Z" in "World War Z." Some script doctor should have noticed this flaw and made a quick fix.

NAVY SEAL COMMANDER
Zombie starts with the letter "Z," and they're all over the world.

BRAD PITT
It's like...World War Z.

Boom, done.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" was similarly disappointing. This is all it would take.

SPOCK
We will take a grave risk if we venture into Klingon territory, Captain.

KIRK
I'm afraid we have no choice, Spock, but to Star Trek Into Darkness.

See, it's not so hard.