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June 30, 2008


IM movie clips

Sidney Pollack in Tootsie

A new service called PopTok allows users to insert video one-liners of movies into instant messages and email. Creator Illi Edry describes the inspiration for his service:

"Everybody quotes films. We produce one hour of television broadcasting for prime time at a cost of millions and at the end of the day, people quote one sentence. I came to the realization if the one hour is supporting that sentence, let's keep the sentence."

Of course, it's this mentality that led to the whole world repeating "You're so money!" and "Yeah baby!" over and over again in 1997, but I see his point. (Damn, my references are old. I just can't think of any annoying catchphrases from Iron Man.)

The service is being tested now, but they say they already have 2,000 snippets licensed from studios that you can drag into your IM conversations. Neat!

The site offers a few examples of their available clips, which are mostly famous 2-3 second bits from movies like Austin Powers, American Psycho, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Borat, Scarface, some Bugs Bunny, and a Kanye video.

I thought I'd suggest a few clips I'd like to see:


categories: Media, Movies, Technology
posted by amy at 3:20 PM | #

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"You're such a super lady. And I'm so lonely!" - Fargo

Posted by: Matt Saunders at June 30, 2008 11:07 PM

Nice one. Here's the clip:

Posted by: amy at July 1, 2008 9:18 AM

Well, Casablanca and Pulp Fiction are also quote machines. As is Arnold Schwarzengger's entire oeuvre, my favorite of which is from Commando:

"You're a funny man, Sully, I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last."

Some other ones:

"Get away from her, you bitch!" - Aliens
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL" - 2001
"I'm afraid I'm going to have to pull rank on you. I'm with the mattress police. There are no tags on these mattesses." - Fletch

Oh, Fletch is so quotable. Every time I have coffee with other people I want to ask them "Sugar, Mr Poon?" but they never know to say "No, no never."

Posted by: T-Rock at July 1, 2008 11:00 AM

"we thought you was a toad" has my vote.

Posted by: Ari Moore at July 3, 2008 10:21 AM

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