All the references, lovingly collated


Posts in 4/07: Infinite Game
You're my Michael Clayton... (2.17)

Chuck: Why did you call me?

Larry Brogan: You're my Michael Clayton.

Chuck: I'm the Attorney General of the State of... Cops come yet?

Larry Brogan: I'm hoping anyone around who heard the shot, they thought it was thunder… Who's that?

Chuck: The cops. You know, they don't call.

Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy and starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, and Sydney Pollack. The film chronicles the attempts by attorney Michael Clayton to cope with a colleague's apparent mental breakdownand the corruption and intrigue surrounding a major client of his law firm being sued in a class action case over the effects of toxic agrochemicals. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplayfor Gilroy, Best Actor for Clooney, and Best Supporting Actor for Wilkinson, with Swinton winning the award for Best Supporting Actress.

Big fucking drop... (6.44)

Bobby: I'm not gonna lie to you. The developer behind this tech is Douglas Mason.

Wendy: Taylor's father.

Rebecca: Big fucking drop.

Wendy: But it's a solid play. It's been vetted.

Rebecca: Vetted for making money or for making Taylor's head explode like in Scanners?

Bobby: Bit of both.

Scanners is a 1981 Canadian science-fiction horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. In the film, "scanners" are people with unusual telepathic and telekinetic powers. ConSec, a purveyor of weaponry and security systems, searches out scanners to use them for its own purposes. The film's plot concerns the attempt by Darryl Revok (Ironside), a renegade scanner, to wage a war against ConSec. Another scanner, Cameron Vale (Lack), is dispatched by ConSec to stop Revok.

Most folks think that's a love song... (7.45)

Brian Dana: This Rebecca Cantu is clearly a very smart woman. She's buying your idea, she's buying you, right?

Douglas: It's a good point.

Brian Dana: So you'll sit with her as soon as we close. I imagine the moment she sits with you, she'll realize how crucial you are.

Taylor: "Imagine me and you. I do. Happy together. " Most folks think that's a love song, but if you listen closely, you'll hear it's about a relationship that never actually happened. The key to unlocking it is that word, "imagine.”

"Happy Together" is a song by American rock band the Turtles from their third studio album Happy Together (1967). The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, arranged by Chip Douglas, and produced by Joe Wissert. Released as a single in February 1967, the song knocked the Beatles' "Penny Lane" out of the number one slot on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained atop the chart for three weeks.[1] It was the group's only chart-topper in the United States. "Happy Together" also reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1967 and number 2 on the Canadian Top Singles chart in Canada.

I guess it's catching... (19.15)

Douglas: Reunited and it feels so good.

Taylor: Dad, did you just quote a pop song?

Douglas: I guess it's catching.

"Reunited" is a hit song for R&B vocal duo Peaches & Herb. As the second single release from their 1978 album, 2 Hot, the song was a huge crossover smash, topping both the pop and soul charts. It spent four weeks at number one on both the R&B singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100singles chart in 1979 and sold over 2 million copies. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1979. In Canada, "Reunited" likewise reached number one and was the No. 9 song for the year. The song was written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren, and was the sequel song to the duo's 1968 hit "(We'll Be) United", which was itself a cover of The Intruders' original 1966 hit.

Shall we prick our thumbs..? (20.08)

Todd Krakow: Shall we prick our thumbs and bleed them together like Tom and Huck? You know, to become blood brothers?

Bobby: I feel we already have.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. It is set in the 1840s in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived as a boy. In the novel Tom Sawyer has several adventures, often with his friend, Huckleberry Finn. Originally a commercial failure, the book ended up being the best selling of any of Twain's works during his lifetime. Although The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is sometimes overshadowed by its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the book is considered a masterpiece of American literature, and was one of the first novels to be written on a typewriter.

By gentlemen, for gentlemen... (23.29)

Charles Snr: Banks used to be set up by gentlemen, for gentlemen. But a couple of Keatings and Madoffs behave unscrupulously, and now the personal touch, the respect, is gone. Banks have become businesses without souls.

Chuck: I'm pretty sure banks never had souls, Dad.

Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr. (December 4, 1923 – March 31, 2014) was an American athlete, lawyer, real estate developer, banker, financier, and activist best known for his role in the savings and loan scandal of the late 1980s. Keating was a champion swimmer for the University of Cincinnati in the 1940s. From the late 1950s through the 1970s, he was a noted anti-pornography activist, founding the organization Citizens for Decent Literature and serving as a member on the 1969 President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. In the 1980s, Keating ran American Continental Corporation and the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, and took advantage of loosened restrictions on banking investments. His enterprises began to suffer financial problems and were investigated by federal regulators. His financial contributions to, and requests for regulatory intervention from five sitting U.S. senators led to those legislators being dubbed the "Keating Five". When Lincoln failed in 1989 it cost the federal government over $3 billion and about 23,000 customers were left with worthless bonds. In the early 1990s, Keating was convicted in both federal and state courts of many counts of fraud, racketeering and conspiracy. He served four and a half years in prison before those convictions were overturned in 1996. In 1999, he pleaded guilty to a more limited set of wire fraud and bankruptcy fraudcounts, and was sentenced to the time he had already served. Keating spent his final years in low-profile real estate activities until his death in 2014.

Bernard Lawrence Madoff (born April 29, 1938) is an American former market maker, investment advisor, financier, fraudster, and convicted felon, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, the confessed operator of the largest Ponzi scheme in world history, and the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Prosecutors estimated the fraud to be worth $64.8 billion based on the amounts in the accounts of Madoff's 4,800 clients as of November 30, 2008.

I spun like Katarina Witt... (31.40)

Taylor: Can we win?

Sara: She says maybe.

Taylor: How long will it take?

Sara: Two and a half, three years.

Lauren: I spun like Katarina Witt in Sarajevo but there's nothing new out there ready to come on board.

Katarina Witt (born 3 December 1965) is a retired German figure skater. Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. She is a four-time World Champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and two-time World silver medalist (1982, 1986). A feat only equalled by Sonja Henie among female skaters, Witt won six consecutive European Championships (1983–1988). Between 1984 and 1988 Witt won ten golds from eleven major international events; two Olympics, four out of five World championships and six European championships. Her competitive record makes her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time. Since retirement from skating, Witt has worked in film and television.

It gets hard to be around... (38.10)

Wendy: He's so far gone with negativity. Annihilation. Annihilating you, in particular. I've never seen such single-mindedness. It's toxic. Corrosive. I went to work for a financial genius, not Shiva the Destroyer. It gets hard to be around.

Shiva also known as Mahadeva ( lit. the great god is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is one of the supreme beings within Shaivism, one of the major traditions within contemporary Hinduism. Shiva is known as "The Destroyer" within the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma and Vishnu. In Shaivism tradition, Shiva is one of the supreme beings who creates, protects and transforms the universe. In the tradition of Hinduism called Shaktism, the Goddess, or Devi, is described as one of the supreme, yet Shiva is revered along with Vishnu and Brahma. A goddess is stated to be the energy and creative power (Shakti) of each, with Parvati (Sati) the equal complementary partner of Shiva. He is one of the five equivalent deities in Panchayatana puja of the Smarta tradition of Hinduism.

Bring it, asshole!... (48.35)

Dollar Bill: I am gonna kick your ass!

Mafee: Bring it, asshole!

Dollar Bill: Let it happen. We both want it.

Security guy: No fighting where Mr. Axelrod is liable.

Mafee: I'll sign whatever!

Dollar Bill: That's two of us!

Bobby: Get him outta here!

Mafee: Let's do it in the ring then, fucknut!

Dollar Bill: Any time, any place, motherfucker!

Spyros: Rumble in the Jungle! Thrilla in Manila! Zaire!

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974 (at 4 am). Held at the 20th of May Stadium (now the Stade Tata Raphaël), it pitted the undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion; the attendance was 60,000. Ali won by knockout, putting Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round. It has been called "arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century". It was a major upset victory, with Ali coming in as a 4–1 underdog against the unbeaten, heavy-hitting Foreman. The fight is famous for Ali's introduction of the rope-a-dope tactic. The fight was watched by a record estimated television audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide, becoming the world's most-watched live television broadcast at the time. This included a record estimated 50 million viewers watching the fight pay-per-view on closed-circuit theatre TV. The fight grossed an estimated $100 million (inflation-adjusted $510 million) in worldwide revenue.

The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested in 1975 for the heavyweight championship of the world at the Philippine Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on Wednesday, October 1. The venue was renamed from Araneta Coliseum, specifically for the match.[2] Ali won by technical knockout (TKO) after Frazier's chief second, Eddie Futch, conceded the fight prior to the 15th round. The contest's name is derived from Ali's rhyming boast that the fight would be “a killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila." The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport's history and was the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two fighters that Ali won, 2–1. The fight was watched by a record global television audience of 1 billion viewers, including 100 million viewers watching the fight pay-per-view on closed-circuit theatre television and 500,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO home cable television.