Over the weekend I viewed one of these spoof movies, and it brought back memories of a scene from the 2007 movie There will be Blood.
It made me realize how effective that scene was, and although it never entered language in SA, the salient metaphor of a milkshake was very
It's very much an Americanism, and people would not understand the reference in most other cultures.
But what does that metaphor actually mean?
Now I see that the phrase "I drink your milkshake" actually entered the US urban dictionary.
Are the characters referring to some real process here, or is it just a metaphor of general triumph?
Did the oil baron really make a pipe like a straw to secretly drink the riches from the fake preacher's land?
Have any other movie metaphors like that entered language?
Here is the original scene: "I drink your milkshake"!
edit on 10-1-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)
For it to be so funny, there must be some kind of undercurrent to that original scene.
I think we recognize that people like that exist in society, and because we couldn't stand up to them, perhaps we choose to laugh at it.
It's about power, but also how power can destroy itself.
This quote is actually derived from testimony from either Edward L Dohney or Senator Albert Fall (testimony and terminology — a #ing milk shake. I
get so happy every time I hear that word.(sources differ and I havent found the actual transcript) Screenwriter PT Anderson said the follwoing in an
interwiew in LA Weekly
“I think it was Albert Fall, who was asked to describe drainage before Congress,” Anderson continues. “And his way of describing it was, ‘If
you have a milk shake and I have a milk shake, and my straw reaches across the room…’ I’m sure I embellished it and changed it around and made
it more Plainview. But Fall used the word ‘milk shake,’ and I thought it was so great. It was mad to see that word among all this official
testimony and terminology — a #ing milk shake. I get so happy every time I hear that word.”
If I find the transcript I will give you the actual quote.
Here's a SNL skit about a travel show hosted by Daniel and H.W. Plainview about, you guessed it, Drinking milkshakes with a special guest Anton
edit on 27-1-2012 by Josephus because: added a video
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