The Perfect Cinema Moment
Posted on Thursday November 24, 2011, 17:01 by Sanam Jehanfard in Empire States
You may be wondering who the heck this is and why I have hijacked the Empire blog. Well, my name is Sanam Jehanfard, and for my birthday (it was on Wednesday if anyone would like to send their belated wishes) my lovely friends here at Empire, the best movie magazine site in the world, have given me the opportunity to write a post for their prestigious blog [Ed: it was a moment of weakness!]. How amazing is that!? About anything I want.
Anything! Which suddenly becomes quite a lot harder than I first thought it would be. For one, I only have one shot at this and to be honest, there’s a whole host of things I want to write about. Things like: really, there aren’t enough films out there about the joys of cake; why the 4D cinema experience should be all about taste; why they should involve the fans in the casting process of the next Bond girl, etc. I realise that given my day job as a film publicist, this could easily become a PR exercise for something related to work, and that’s not really the point of this post. (Also, Empire won't allow me to do anything of the sort "on pain of death and dismemberment, not necessarily in that order").
So, after much deliberation, I finally decided on a list and an invitation. Films and lists just go hand in hand, don’t you think? My list today is a simple, non-judgemental one, discussing some of my all time favourite scenes on film. The invitation bit is for you to add to this list with some of your favourite scenes.
Here´s the thing. For me the brilliance of cinema isn’t always about the 4 or 5-star films with the great performances and the amazing script, or about the big blockbusters with those awesome CGI scenes. Sure, that´s all great and absolutely all part of why I love films. But sometimes, even in a film that isn’t all that, there might be one special scene where everything just seems to come together to create that perfect moment, where there's something that makes you laugh whenever you think about it, or lingers in your mind for months or years.
In a nutshell, this is a list of my favourite bits in movies, rather than my favourite movies. These are film segments that have lived on in my mind and which I relive with fondness whenever I think about them. I am aware that lists like these have been created time and time again by people with far more film knowledge than I, but the beauty about this is that it isn’t something you can compare. It´s all subjective and not about THE GREATEST, bestest, most awarded, but the most memorable (in this case, for me).
Right, so now that we have that cleared, here we go – in no particular order:
1. Point Break
The on-foot chase scene in Point Break is incredible – a bit over the top at times, but just brilliant, exciting and ending on that stare of mutual respect and the firing of the gun in the air. Perfect.
2. The Last Unicorn
OK, stop laughing in the back! As a kid, this works big time! The unicorns coming out of the ocean, with the waves turning into these beautiful, white, magical creatures after their spell was finally broken in this cartoon I watched over and over again as a kid. I cant describe in words the feeling I had watching this scene, and I don't want to watch it again as an adult in case it's not as awesome as I remember. Just incredible.
3. Kramer Vs Kramer
The second French toast scene in Kramer vs Kramer, or as I like to think of it, one of the best father / son moments on film ever, happens when towards the end of the film Billy is getting ready to go live with his mother and the father and the son are preparing breakfast together. It's heartbreaking and full of pride at the same time. From a disastrous first attempt in the beginning of the film, to this perfectly synchronised collaboration between the two of them, this makes it even harder to accept the custody ruling.
4. Black Sheep
Chris Farley was, for me, one of the funniest guys ever and I wish he were still around to make films as good as Black Sheep. There are so many scenes I could pick here, so I´m just going to go with the first one that comes to mind. The scene where he falls (and falls and keeps on rolling) down the hill whilst out delivering flyers for his brother’s campaign, and the way he flicks himself right back up and still manages to put the flyer in the postbox. Just genius.
5. Dirty Dancing
I'm not even gonna apologise about this one. The final dance scene in Dirty Dancing. The music, the cheesy dance moves (especially with Patrick Swayze dancing down one of the isles, towards the stage) and that lift. Amazing.
Watching Optimus Prime, and the rest of the Transformers from my favourite cartoon as a child, come to life on a massive screen was incredible, one of the cinematic highlights of my life (yes, really). Then watching them transform from one shape to another, fighting evil and being generally awesome, was beyond words. Even for me.
So there you have it, folks. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your version of the list…
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Posted on Friday December 2, 2011, 13:10
Okay. This is easy, this is easy because I have already done this. That's right ladies. I have already made a top 10 favourite scenes list. Hellooooo.
I'll do 5. Innit. Here they are:
1-Billy Madison - The scene in where Steve Buscemi gets a call from Adam Sandler who is apologising for being bad to him in school. It's what ELO's 'Telephone' was made for. And the lipstick. Genius.
2-There Will Be Blood - Eli's sermon. One shot. Insane acting. Beautiful photography. And then the cut to Daniel's reaction. That face. That jaw. That moustache.
3-Boogie Nights - 'drug bust'. Another PTA. This is maybe the greatest scene in a movie ever. That long long hold on Mark Walberg. Everything about this scene is amazing. So much going on. So tense. So funny. So great.
4-The Graduate - The whole hotel meeting scene. This movie is just flawless. And the whole section where Dustin goes to the hotel to meet his mistress is no exception. The acting is so brilliant, so funny and so awkward.
5-Serpico - 'I'm taking ballet' � When Al (as I call him) walks past a fellow police officer in the precinct he has a surreal conversation which descends quickly from banter to dancing. A hilarious and bizarre moment in a gorgeous picture.
Posted on Friday December 2, 2011, 13:13
Hey Empire! It's my birthday next year, can I get a guest slot on your blog?
If these are your most memorable movie moments you're not watching the right films me lad.
Bits that have stuck out at me for a long time are:
Die Hard 4.0, in the tunnel when the car whizzes over their heads as they try to escape and the surround sound really worked on this. It felt as though the car was flying over my head too.
Inception. I've never sat in a cinema and had the whole audience gasp/groan at that very end scene. Loved it.
Ghost World. Enid gets on a bus. Meant a lot to me because I was the only one in the cinema at the time, watching the last showing of the film. All my friends were about to go off to uni or travelling and I felt as alone as Enid.
Posted on Friday December 2, 2011, 13:34
My favourite part of Serpico (which is one of my favourite films, period) is the one shot where he comes into the station and, apropos of nothing, is dressed as a hassidic jew. The ballet scene is great though, "it's called a 'jetee'..."
Favourite scene ever? The rendition of 'Think' from The Blues Brothers.
Jade Blue Afterglow
Posted on Friday December 2, 2011, 18:03
My brother and I have a term for these scenes. We call them 'pimp moments'. We can't recall why though. Anyway...
The moment in the Statue of Liberty when Wolverine says to Sabretooth "Hey Bub, I aint finished with you yet!" finally displaying a glimpse of the Wolverine from the comic books.
2. The Incredible Hulk
"HULK SMASH!!!" Nuff said
3. Trick 'r' Treat
The movie ticks along as a nice semi-scary Halloween story then, all of a sudden... mutant Jack-o-Lantern, pumpkin, killer child... that climbs across ceilings!
4. Blade II
The first time one of the 'Reapers' fully opens it's mouth. (Blood-sucking killer vaginas! Blood-sucking killer vaginas!)
5. The Iron Giant.
"Sooopahmaaaaan". Makes me cry everytime. For me, it's right up there with E.T.'s "I'll be right here".
6. Final Destination
Death by barbed wire. It would never happen in real life but the entire screening in which I was sat laughed and applauded. Best Valentine's Day ever!
Posted on Friday December 2, 2011, 18:56
1. "Atonement" when Robbie hits the beach. It is one tracking shot going all along all the other soldiers waiting to be picked up before winding back up at Robbie. It was simply fantastic.
2. "Star Wars." The opening scene of, what you think is a large ship, until the Empire's Star Destroyer over takes the Alderaan ship. It sets the tone for the rest of the movie. I don't think I've seen such a simple, quiet scene set the stage for a film so well before.
3. "The Matrix." Not the Neo-dodging-bullets scene but after they have Morpheus and the helicopter is going down, Trinity is still piloting. She grabs the rope, shoots the latch, and Neo braces himself to pull her up. It's brilliant. She shatters the windows of the building and the music swells as Morpheus confirms "He's the One."
4. "Hot Fuzz." It's not just one scene... but every time Edgar Wright uses the quick shots (that usually accompany an action scene) to show Sgt. Angel doing paperwork. It is a great way to show what should be a boring job as what this character takes so seriously. Well done.
5. "Aliens." "Get away from her you Bitch!" Does anymore really need to be said. It was a perfect moment of a foreshadow coming to it's conclusion and allows an outlet for Ripley's anger over the loss of her first crew and her subsequent attachment to Newt.
Posted on Friday December 2, 2011, 23:35
I think most of mine are related to awesome 80s tunes by people no one has heard of since:
1. Ghostbusters - when they all arrive at Dana's apartment building ready to take on Gozer with all the crowds cheering and they play that awesome 80s song 'Savin' The Day' by the Alessi Brothers.
2. Teen Wolf - the final basketball game when Scott decides he's not going to turn into the wolf and they play that awesome 80s song 'Win In The End' by Mark Safan.
3. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure: When they arrive in the future and everyone starts playing air guitar... and they play that awesome 80s song 'In time' by Robbie Robb
4. Grosse Pointe Blank: When Martin and Felix have that awesome fight by the lockers whilst they play the equally awesome 80s song 'Mirror in the Bathroom' by The English Beat.
5. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade: Okay this one isn't by an 80s band but it's still awesome - John Williams score when Indy is riding next to the tank on the horse - it's bleeding epic and dead heroic, just like Indy.
6. Back to the Future: This one isn't music related, just a great scene - when Marty realises he's too late to stop Doc been shot again and breaks down crying - it gets me every time.
Posted on Saturday December 3, 2011, 10:44
In no particular order:
1) Pretty Woman - when Julia Roberts is in the bath and laughs -the exact second she became a superstar and when you knew it was going to be a fun, entertaining two hours in the cinema.
2) Silence of the Lambs - 'Dr Lecter? Dr. Lecter? as Lecter saunters off after his next victim - amazingly chilling and fun at the same time.
3) What's up Doc? - where the hotel detective has to stop the rich old lady from going back to her room and does so by sticking his leg out and tripping her up, then helping her to her feet and tripping her up again. Genius.
4) Jaws - on the boat, telling war stories as the shark gets closer. and closer.
5) The English Patient - the end where the truck drives off and the camera pans up to the trees and they disappear into whiteness. An amazing ending to an amazing film.
When is it my turn? 'Great performances in awful films' or 'great films that you hate'.
Posted on Saturday December 3, 2011, 13:02
For some reason this is all I can think of right now: Inception. The zero gravity hallway fight. When I saw that in the cinema the entire audience just couldn't believe it. I could only think of two things: 'That was so awesome' and 'how the hell did they do that?'.
Posted on Sunday December 4, 2011, 09:56
Everyone I know seems to have mixed feelings for Danny Boyle's Sunshine and I can't disagree that the film does have it's flaws...
...however the sequence of Capa struggling to crawl towards edge of the ship, fighting exhaustion, gravity and his own terror before finally making that terrifying slow motion jump to "the package" is one of the most beautiful, moving sequences of film I've ever seen. That short moment is a masterpiece of acting, directing and score that almost brings tears to my eyes in wonder when seen (as it should be) in absolute darkness, silence and on a giant screen. It's moments like this that cinema is made for.
Ditto the climax of The Fountain, and the opening montage of Up (which is like a wonderful, heartbreaking short film on it's own)
Posted on Sunday December 4, 2011, 10:04
Woops. I meant "the payload."
Posted on Sunday December 4, 2011, 10:13
those are your favourite scenes? Really? Oh well :)
Here are mine:
1. Kyuzo the swordsman killing the arrogant idiot in Seven Samurai. A perfect encapsulation of everything a samurai warrior is. The final battle scene is pretty good too :)
2. Ikiru, snow, swing.
3. Life of Brian - "What so funny about Biggus Dickus?" all the better because of Michael Palin trying desperately not to laugh.
4. Holy Grail - "It's just a flesh wound!"
5. The opening scene in Team America, where they manage to create more damage than any terrorist could hope to achieve.
6. The Way of the Dragon - Chuck Norris v Bruce Lee, best fight scene ever.
7. Warrior King - Tony Jaa v Pagoda of villains, second best fight scene ever, and all in one take just to prove how much of a double hard bastard he really is.
8. Kung Fu Panda 2 - Inner Peace v Cannon Balls. Beautifully animated and genuinely touching I feel.
9. Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in Doctor No. I'm a bloke, what can I say?
10. Terminator 2. "lower me into the steel" demonstrating that a robot can develop a better understanding of human nature than most humans.
11. Avatar's floating mountains. Looked unbelievable on the big screen and in 3D.
12. Toy Story 3 - "I hear your good with toys" enough to make a grown man cry.
13. Up - where he finds the completed book, also enough to make a grown man cry.
14. Casablanca - Play the Marseillaise - hair on back of neck time.
15. Cabaret - Tomorrow Belongs to me - beautiful song and then you see the Swastika. Chillingly effective.
16. Return of the Jedi - Darth Vader throws the evil emperor down the well.
17. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - That incredible final frozen shot.
18. Wild Bunch - "Why did you come back?"
19. Last Crusade - Indy vs Tanks full of Nazis and Sean Connery
20. Commando - "You know when I said I would kill you last?" "That's right Matrix you did!!" "I lied!!!"
Posted on Sunday December 4, 2011, 10:19
Sorry, 19 should read "Last Crusade - Indy vs Tank full of Nazis with Sean Connery" You know what I meant :D
Posted on Sunday December 4, 2011, 19:32
This year I loved the scene in Oscar Winning "The Secret in Their Eyes".
When Ricardo Morales, the victims' husband tells retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito
"sometimes four bullets is just not enough".
The realisation in Esposito's eyes of what Morales has done, and the atmospheric setting has had me thinking about that moment all year.
Posted on Sunday December 4, 2011, 20:02
Grosse Pointe Blank - Martin Blank holds Amy's baby and gets his 'shakabuku'. Soundtracked by Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure".
Posted on Wednesday December 7, 2011, 15:03
Come on people......... Shawshank, the final shots as Andy is on the beach sanding his boat and he turns to see the sight of Red walking towards him, trousers rolled up, hat on, all as Morgan Freeman's gentle narration rolls on, if that doesn't bring a lump to your throat you mustn't be alive.
Posted on Thursday December 8, 2011, 09:59
ok i love this post. it's what nerdy empire forums are basically made for. right? right? right?
1. The Graduate - I just love every scene, but the bit where Ben runs down to the kitchen as Mr Robinson walks through the door. Man. Epic. 1 take. pitch perfect performances.
"I wish I was that age again. Because, Ben" -. Ben : "Sir?" Mr. Robinson : You'll never be young again."
The look on Mrs Robinson's face at the end and the camera move in on her face is just flipping sublime.
2. Too many Coen scenes to choose from so I gotta have at least one. I'm going with the scene from "The man who wasn't there" with the widowed lady in a veil at the door.
I watched this movie again recently and this was just such a strong image. It's persisted to stay very strongly in my mind. It just stood out. So eerie and wonderfully weird and surreal.
But saying you like one coen movie scene over another coen movie is just silly.
3. The Shining. You can't leave a Kubrick movie scene out EVER. Just so many good ones basically. I'd like to pick 'The Shining'
The bit where she finds
'all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.'
'all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.'
'all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.'
'all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.'
Pretty epic. Pretty Classic. Can't go wrong with that scene buddy.
Posted on Thursday December 8, 2011, 10:02
4. I'm gonna put in the spike chamber scene from 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' for the nostalgia factor. It's never not tense. Always a good thrill. What the movies were made for really.
you want my number 5? You just got yo'self a deal buddy.
5. Finally. PTA. It’s gotta be. Paul Thomas Anderson, for me, is one of the best directors alive.
You can’t go wrong with any scene from any of his pictures, so you just have to go ahead and choose one. I’m going with ‘Magnolia’
The opening’s great but I personally love the moment where John C. Reilly’s policeman is on a date with a girl he just met.
“Do you wanna kiss me?”
“yes I do!”
Camera swooshes in and they kiss. Just flipping great.
And there you go buddy!
sorry to post in two parts but i've spent what feels like a large part of my life trying and failing to post this much text in this box and the site just wasn't having it.
thanks for reading.
Posted on Thursday December 8, 2011, 14:11
ooo exciting this is my 1st time 'adding a comment'
be gentle fellow empire peoples...
here are the scenes that gave me goosebumps:
1. Taken - Liam Neeson speaks to the kidnapper
"i will find you and i will kill you"
the meaty chunk of a film between 2 bloated bits of stale bread (ie the starting and dire ending)
Quints monologue - chilling and real
Brody "you're gonna need a bigger boat"
When the truck flips over - i swear my heart stopped
as above - amazing - such a defining moment - of what im not sure - but it was SICK!
Just to end off nicely, the 'see the light' song
made me feel like a kid watching Disney for the 1st time again
Posted on Thursday December 8, 2011, 20:27
Five off the top of my head:
The Birds-The scene in the cafe as everyone talks about the oncoming threat, followed by the attack.
Inception-The zero-gravity fight.
The Lord of the Rings-The shot that goes from Gandalf at the top of Isengard right down into the pits where the Uruk-Hai are being born.
The Orphanage-The knock on the wall scene-the most on edge I've been during a horror film.
Se7en-The gluttony victim, showing police work, establishing the characters we'll be following, and providing some great set-design.
Posted on Thursday December 8, 2011, 21:31
How to train your dragon
big dragon explosion at the end - and the heart stopping moment toothless goes after hiccup....
Posted on Saturday December 10, 2011, 11:39
1. The Return Of The King - The riders of Rohan charging into battle at Minas Tirith. My favourite moment of the trilogy (and there are a lot of great moments in those films). Stunning.
2. Final Destination - Girl meets bus. The timing is spot on and always gets a reaction.
3. Heat - De Niro and Pacino have coffee. As good as you think it should be.
4. Suspiria - The opening of the film up till the first murders. The combination of a stunning soundtrack, images and use of colour. Brilliant.
5. Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly dances in the rain. Totally joyous. They really don't make them like this anymore.
Posted on Monday December 12, 2011, 09:50
I could do a top 5 just from Apocalypse Now. So I will:
1. The opening hotel-room scene - the fan/helicopter sound design, the doors soundtrack, the voiceover, the sheen naked freakout, the real blood, the horror...
2. The flight of the valkyries and the attack on the village. Death From Above.
3. The last bridge: lance on Acid with his puppy, the guy with the grenade launcher using the force, "Who's in charge here?", "Ain't you?"
4. Kurtz explains will to power: The voice, the light and shadows, "like I was shot with a diamond bullet right through my forehead. The genius of that!"
5. The assassination/sacrifice: the doors soundtrack, Willard emerges from the river in camo, the intercut scenes of real cow-death, the horror...
Posted on Monday December 12, 2011, 10:20
and some non-apocalypse now related favourites (and yes I'm scanning through my alphabetised collection):
Aliens: Ripley gets tooled up with a pulse rifle and a flame-thrower and kicks alien ass - that cocked head look she gives the queen just before she torches the eggs
American Beauty: the plastic bag moment
Amelie: the world has an orgasm
Anchorman: Afternoon delight
Being John Malkovich: malkovich, malkovich, malkovich
Die Hard: Mclane jumps off the top of Nakatomi
Fight Club: Where is my mind?
Goodfellas: jimmy cleans house to the sound of Layla
Goonies: waterslides to the pirate ship
to be continued (after I've done some work)...
Posted on Monday December 12, 2011, 13:04
it's lunchtime - so here's some more:
La Haine: the opening shot as the crane pans out of the window across the estate. Woop Woop! That's the sound of the Police.
Time Bandits: The boat is a giant's hat! The most Gilliam.
Thelma and Louise: Oil tanker goes boom.
Mary Poppins: dancing with penguins
Platoon: Elias dies on his knees.
Star Wars: "Let's blow this thing and go home!"
Gladiator: "Are you not entertained?" Yes I bloody am!
Once Upon A Time in the West: Train leaves; Harmonica arrives.
Silence of the Lambs: CIA are raiding the suspect's house, doorbell rings, Starling is on her own standing on buffalo bill's doorstep. Chilling and genius editing.
Posted on Monday December 12, 2011, 17:09
Steve Martin in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Great movie anyway but by the time he snaps you're there with him (plus the fact i was a bit young when i saw it) and his expletive laden rant absolutely killed me. Can't remember all the rant, but selected favourite bits: -
"A fucking Datsun, a fucking Buick, 4 fucking wheels and a seat"
"across a fucking runway, with fucking keys, to a fucking car, that isn't fucking there"
"i want a fucking car, right fucking now"
"Oh boy. You're fucked"
Posted on Monday December 12, 2011, 17:37
I just couldnt read this without leaving some of my favourite scenes (of which there are many:) ) in no particular order:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Kirk seeing the refitted Enterprise for the first time
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: When Tuco finds Sandhill cemetary & starts running around looking for the grave. The music in this scene is probably my favourite of Morricone's.
Bullitt: The entire car chase
The Empire Strikes Back: The Asteroid Field Chase
The Untouchables: The scene where Nitti's man breaks into Malone's house to kill him. It's a brilliant first person view scene especially the part where we see Connery cheekily having a drink
Goodfellas: the camera follows Henry & Karen into the restaurant - all in one take - magic
Back to the Future: I love the car chase between the Libyans Volkswagen van & The Delorean especially when Marty says "Let's see if you ba****ds can do ninety"
The Great Escape: McQueen in the cooler with the Baseball
The Sting: The card game in the train - Doyle Lonegan slowly getting more pissed off with Henry Gondorf
From Russia with love: The fight between Bond & Grant in the train
The Godfather: Sonnys assassination
A Shot in the Dark: any of the scenes where Clouseau gets caught & you see the repeated image of a cop van driving down the street with something different hanging off the back of it each time (a dead crow, balloons etc)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Michael Caine's very painful attempts to make Steve Martin "walk" again
Thats all i can think of for now:)
Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2011, 19:56
Ok, I'm picking all the moments that affected me the most during a film
Lord of the rings:return of the king - The charge of the rohirim, i get goosebumps everytime, because that's the point in the film where you think they might acctually have a chance at winning
Up - Married life is just so emotional. How can an animated film do that in such a short time?
Spiderman 2- when MJ finally knows that Peter is spiderman, Or when he's being passed through the train after saving it.
Jurassic Park- When they first see the brachiosaurs "Welcome to Jurassic Park"
Cool Runnings- when everyone starts clapping as they walk to the finish line carrying their bobsliegh.
Posted on Thursday December 15, 2011, 21:23
Got some that I'd forgotten about after reading some of these comments so here goes:
1. The Dark Knight, the truck flipping over. Can watch that over and over.
2. The Rock, the car chase. Nuff said
3. My Best Friend's Wedding, in the restaurant when they all start singing. Hilarious.
4. Austin Powers, trying to turn that little truck round in the corridor at the end.
5. 28 Days, Alan Tudyks rant about forks in the road. Love it!!!!
Posted on Saturday December 17, 2011, 11:13
Great first blog, here's a few of mine:-
Grosse Pointe Blank:- The 'he's in love with that man's daughter, or he has a new found respect for life' moment, said by both akroyd and cusack.
Empire strikes back:- How noone has mentioned the 'luke I am your father' moment yet is beyond me.........
American Pie 2:- The moment when jim started a sentence with 'this one time at band camp....'
Point break:- The moment when they're out surfing and Johnny has the Deja Vu moment realising bodie and co are the guys he's looking for
Garden State:- Standing on top of the digger and screaming their hearts out
Lethal Weapon 2:- the bomb under the toilet moment
Gladiator :- 'my name is maximus decimus meridius......'
Last samurai:- 'do you believe a man can change his destiny.....'
Posted on Sunday December 18, 2011, 16:28
For me its the following:
Fellowship of the ring - Aragon tells Frodo I would have followed you to the end and then steps out to face the hoard of Uruk Hai. A scene that opitimises courage and hardness.
Heat - Gunfight after the bank heist, most amazing shootout in cinema.
Remember the Titans - When coach youst tells his team to blitz all night and remember "forever" the night they played the titans. Just gives me goose bumps.
Man on Fire - When Crecy gives himself up so that Peta can go free, it makes me shed a tear.
The Dark Night - "I'm gonna make this pencil disappear", just genius and hilarious.
A Bronx Tale - When the bikers go to smash up the bar and Sonny locks the door and says "Now you's can;'t leave", its just a great line and scene.
Enter the Dragon - Scene where Bruce Lee talks about a finger pointing to the moon. Reason - its Bruce Lee!
Posted on Monday December 19, 2011, 21:09
Toy story 3 - the incinerator scene.
watching with my nieces (2 & 3)
we all look around slowly at each other in shock...
Posted on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 13:54
Danny Boy from Miller's Crossing is such a stand out scene,
Robert De Niro on the rooftops and then killing Don Fanucci in the Godfather II
The Beach in Atonement
D-Day in Saving Private Ryan
Didn't Leave No Body But the Baby from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Posted on Friday December 30, 2011, 13:39
Hmmm, no easy task, but here are some of mine in no paticular order...
Highlander: With the Kurgen defeated, the atmosphere remains tense as the camera zooms in on Macleod's face. he then looks up at the viewer... "There can be only one..." BOOM!
Return of the King: At the siege of Minas Tirith, all seems lost. Then you here the rising sound of warhorns. The Rohirrim arrive, Theoden rallies his men, and they charge. Awesome.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A threeway Mexican stand-off in an amphitheatre of the dead? Genius.
Akira: That opening biker gang fight. Beautiful and brutal.
Anchorman: The all-out news team blood brawl. No matter how much I look forward to it now, It will never compare to the complete WTF sensation you get when you don't see it coming.
Posted on Monday January 2, 2012, 23:56
These are the ones I go back to after the end of the DVD to rewatch:
1. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers - Sam's speech, it's just so moving and perfectly timed with the music
2. Memoirs of a Gerisha - Sayuri's transformation into a Geisha, what can I say, I'm a sucker for montages
3. The Dark Knight - clowns robbing the bank, it was just so incredibly awesome
4. Tangled - the moment Rapunzel makes it out of the tower for the first time, beautifully done
5. V for Vendetta - the final scene with everyone marching in the masks, sends shivers down my spine
Posted on Wednesday January 4, 2012, 16:49
Wow - got so many to choose from:
Dumbo - when Dumbo visits his mum and Baby Of Mine is playing in the background. Water works every time.
Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back - Leia: I love you. Han: I know - killer!
Transformers - seeing Optimus Prime transform for the first time. Brilliant
Indiana Jones and Raiders Of The Lost Ark - fight scene with Indiana and man with big sword. Gun wins every time!
Batman Begins - quite a few to mention yet my favourite shot is when Batman is looking over Gotham for the first time. That aerial shot amazes me.
Weird Science - Lisa opens the door to the party. Sea of people saying hi!
The Incredibles - the little boy screaming "that was totally wicked!"
Toy Story 3 - when they all link hands thinking it's going to be their last moment together
LOTR:Return Of The King - when everyone in the kingdom bows down to the hobbits.
Good Will Hunting - when Sean says to Will "it's not your fault" and repeats until Will breaks down crying. Powerful.
Posted on Monday January 9, 2012, 17:02
Some of my favourite scenes in no particular order ;
When the one remaining Reaver appears on the ship after the crew's robbery.
"And you'll never have to."
The rotating corridor fight scene.
That one-shot where all of Stansfield's agents walk up to the apartment where Mathilda lives.