Thursday, December 11, 2008


40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

(via) For some reason it seems like I've done nothing but post YouTube links all week. (Oh, you mean that is all I've been doing?)

That'll change shortly, I promise. I've got a few more entries to go in the Secret Services, and I've been thinking a lot about pulp heroes and such, too. But I've got a few more days' work to go on the last issue of Cinderella, so I'll be keeping my head down for a little while yet.

With that in mind, I give you what could well be a scene from the greatest movie ever made--if this was one scene and came from a single movie.

(Stick with it. There are some genius juxtapositions in here.)

My hat is off to Matthew Belinkie, who cut this together. Nicely done!

If you're interested, here's the complete "transcript" of the inspirational speech:
"Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won't go by in your life you won't regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I'm not going home. We've come too far! And I'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails... but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I'm not saying it's going to be easy. You're going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that's fine, we'll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That's how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you've got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You're like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death... that's the Chicago Way! Who's with me? Clap! Clap! Don't let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let's fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our Independence Day!"

That is awesome. But also depressing at how few women there are in there.
A fair point, Jen.
Best thing I saw this morning. I'd planned on blogging this, but you beat me to it.
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