I rented "The Fly" (1986) this weekend for the purpose of recording some samples from it. One sample that I've been meaning to get is the dialogue between Geena Davis's character, Veronica Quaife, and Jeff Goldblum's character, Seth Brundle:
Quaife: "You're getting worse."
Brundle: "I'm getting better."
I watched the film twice through without encountering this vocal intercourse. After quite a bit of searching, I've concluded that this dialogue is not in "The Fly" but is, after all, in "The Fly II". But here's the funny thing. Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum aren't even in "The Fly II". The original characters aren't even in it. But I specifically remember this dialogue being between Davis and Goldblum.
Here's my theory about what has happened here. "The Fly" is a classic; probably my favorite Cronenberg flick. It's not perfect, of course. No movie is perfect, except "Requiem for a Dream" or maybe a Kubrick movie or two. Of particular mention of the imperfections is the computer technology used. Sidenote: If I ever make a movie don't put computers in it. In ten years the attempt will be mocked. "The Fly II" pales in comparison to "The Fly" in terms of vision, character development, and plot. It's definitely not what I'd call a "bad" movie; I've seen much worse. But when placed sidewise with the first movie, "The Fly II" falls short in alot of areas. In fact, the dialogue I'm discussing is probably the only memorable part of "II". My brain has taken this 4-second gem from "II" and merged/associated it with the characters and plot of the first film because of my obvious preference of the first. And it has done so in such an intricate and detailed way that it has convinced me, for ten years, that this exchange took place between entirely different people.
The moral of this story is twofold:
Don't trust your perceptions
Write down the things that intrigue and touch you daily so you have a reference.