Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Few of my Favorite Movie Scenes

An excellent horror movie blogger, Final Girl, has inspired many of us bloggers to write a positive piece about films rather than being negative and ripping a film apart. So as part of the Hey, Internet, Stop Being Such Cynical Effing Douchbags Blog-A-Thon I've decided to concentrate on certain movie scenes that I always wish I was in. Some arouse feelings of nostalgia, fantasy, or they just look so damn cool. I’ve always wanted to actually experience these scenes first hand rather than just passively watch them.

In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Kirk Douglas thinks the Nautilus is a sea creature and is about to throw a harpoon at it. The Nautilus was mysterious and it evoked intensity and suspense. The sub, even though it was an extension of Captain Nemo, seemed to have a life of it’s own. Later on we get to see the lush decor on board and I never thought the inside of a submarine could be this cool.
In the 1966 Batman movie, I was seduced by the idea of having poles to slide down into the bat cave. To have an "instant costume change lever" that was actually labelled with its title would be even more awesome. Shit I just used my basement as a low rent bat cave.
Obviously, Labyrinth has a ton of classic scenes and shots. This one really captured the first moment where we see a full view of the Labyrinth and what's in store for Sarah. When I saw this movie for the first time I don’t think I was old enough to even define the word labyrinth so seeing that Sarah was about to head into a whole adventurous world of mazes and creatures made me want to jump into the screen and join her in the search for her brother Toby.
What I would’ve gave to ride my big wheel around the deserted Overlook hotel while horrifying spectacles are haunting every corner just like Danny Torrance in The Shining.
I take a lot of flak for always referencing Sleeping Beauty as one of my favorite films. The exciting finale featuring Maleficent’s fire breathing dragon (GREEN fire by the way) vividly sticks out in my mind.
The documentary within the movie Boogie Nights is classic. Dirk Diggler’s speech touches on subjects like Napoleon, jealousy, and how he’s “gonna keep rockin' on.” It's some of the most eloquent stuff I’ve ever heard! DIRK: “Like my shoes? They’re like this patchwork reptilian pattern design.” I can’t leave out the recording session where they record “Feel My Heat” and “You’ve Got the Touch” which frequently come up in my iPod shuffles.
This scene in Love Actually perfectly captures how every guy feels about a girl at one time or another. You know when there's a girl you like and she’s with someone else and you desperately want to show her that you could make her happier than the guy she's with? This guy goes into Bob Dylan mode and knocks on aptly named Juliet's door. He shows her notes he wrote on poster board expressing romantic sentiments while her boyfriend is sitting on the couch inside. Even though it's apparent he's got zero chance, he gave it his best shot. He settled for letting her know truly how he feels. She gave him a consolation kiss. It doesn’t hurt that Keira Knightley looks hot as hell either.
Return to Oz depicts a very different, more realistic Oz than the glistening green skyline we're used to seeing in the 1939 version. As a kid it was pretty scary after realizing that the whole sparkling city was turned to stone and the wheelers vandalized it. If you’re an adult and you still haven't experienced Return to Oz, then GET ON IT!
The finale of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, shows Jack Sparrow once again taking the helm as Captain of the Black Pearl: “drink up me hardy’s Yo Ho!” Then Klaus Badelt's "He's a Pirate" kicks in to pump you up.After the kick ass water slide scene, The Goonies kids discover the cou de gras…The Inferno, (One Eyed Willie’s Pirate Ship)…with TONS of rich stuff aboard.
I must have a million more, but for now...what are some of your favorite movie scenes?

7 comments:

RS3 said...

you are gay, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Jay Amabile said...

what a dick! lol

Media Kitten said...

Yes to all of the above! Yeah for Return to Oz and Goonies!

My favorite scene in The Shining is where you get just that glimpse of the guy in a bear/dog suit. So much said in such a second.

Another of my favorites - the scene in Alien where the big bad boy peers down over the cat in the carrier. Meow!

Greg said...

Man, I haven't thought about "Return to Oz" since I was like 9 years old. That was a pretty dark kids movie. I remember being creeped out by the wheelers and the gnome king. I thought the robot, Tic-Tock was pretty cool. And I alway wanted to have a tree that grew lunch pails.

Fox said...

You are so correct about that green fire in *Sleeping Beauty* being lodged in your childhood memory (meaning, it's vividly lodged in mine too...)!

Other cartoon dragon related imagery that's been imprinted on me:

1. Dragon's Lair in the Arcade (I was always too nervous to actually play the game... I just watched others play and marveled.)

2. Pete's Dragon (I started crying when the hillbillies were being mean to Pete.)

Stacie Ponder said...

There's something about the SOUND dring the scenes in The Shining where Danny's tooling around on the Big Wheel- the loud wheels-on-wood and then the muffled wheels-on-carpet- that somehow adds to the suspense. It's such a big, beautiful, terrifying mess of a movie.

Jay Amabile said...

hey thanks to everyone for the comments!

GREG - you're right..those lunch pails trees were kick-ass!

Media Kitten - I love that bear suit scene also...very unexpected and random. It just added to the creepiness!

Fox - Dragon's Lair was awesome! I have the games you can actually play on the DVD player! lol.

Stacie - Thank you for commenting...you did a great job spurring all of your minions into "nice" mode! lol. The sounds in the Shining and the score definitely did add to the suspense!

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