I just finished watching Terminator 2 for the first time.
And I finally understand the context of Arnie’s “Hasta la vista, baby.”
Yes, I know it may seem crazy that I am 29 years old and had never seen the Terminator movies up until now. And while I’m here, I may as well confess that up until recently, I had never seen iconic films like Aliens, the Indiana Jones series, the original Star Wars and Pulp Fiction.
There are a few reasons for this — I’ve never been a massive film buff, my parents never exposed me to these films as a kid, and, going to an all-girls school, movie nights with my friends were all about teenage rom coms (Clueless, anyone?).
It’s never really bothered me that much, but I’ve never been able to fully understand the cultural references when people drop lines from these must-watch movies in day-to-day conversations.
And then this morning…
Someone at Crossfit was dawdling with picking up their bar and I heard one of the guys yell: “Get down!” with the full Arnie accent.
Ah hah, I thought. Terminator! I totally get it!
Doesn’t seem like a bit deal, but I now feel like I’m part of this secret club of movie quoters, instead of kinda sorta knowing what people are talking about…but not feeling fully confident to join in.
Anyway, here’s a list of famous movie lines I had always known…but had never seen the movie:
“I’ll be back” – every single Terminator movie
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat” – Jaws
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.” – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The entire pottery scene from Ghost.
“I am Groot” – Guardians of the Galaxy
“I am your father” – The Empire Strikes Back
“Get away from her, you bitch!” – Aliens
“If it bleeds, we can kill it” – Predator
“It’s not a tumour!” – Kindergarten Cop
“You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special.” – The Lego Movie
“Come with me if you want to live” – every single Terminator movie
“Snakes…why did it have to be snakes?” – Raiders of the Lost Arc
“I’ve got a bad feeling about this…” – every Indiana Jones movie
“Correctamundo” – Pulp Fiction
“We can’t stop here. This is bat country.” – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
“Nobody’s gonna hurt anybody. We’re gonna be like three little Fonzies here” – Pulp Fiction
If you’re in the same position as me and am also lacking the movie experience department, do yourself a favour and download a bunch and get watching. You’ll soon be quoting every single Terminator line like a pro :)