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31-05-2002, 14:03
You know when your watching something and one scene or image just blows you away, pulls you in or just plain sets your thoughts on fire!!!!
Lets hear 'em...
What Movie?
What Scene?
What Director/Actor (depending on who you feel made the most impact)
What did it do for you?
Movie: Full Metal Jacket
Image: Throughout the second half of the movie,Jokers peace pin is slowly eclipsed as his experience with the war increases. In the last seen, as the sniper is shot, a shadow moves across the pin fully covering the emblem. (His faith in humanity is gone)
Director: Kubrick
What it did for me:I'm not sure, but I just think it was brilliant

The Neoracle
31-05-2002, 18:58
[quote]Originally posted by Krandle:
You know when your watching something and one scene or image just blows you away, pulls you in or just plain sets your thoughts on fire!!!!
Lets hear 'em...
What Movie?
What Scene?
What Director/Actor (depending on who you feel made the most impact)
What did it do for you?
Movie: Full Metal Jacket
Image: Throughout the second half of the movie,Jokers peace pin is slowly eclipsed as his experience with the war increases. In the last seen, as the sniper is shot, a shadow moves across the pin fully covering the emblem. (His faith in humanity is gone)
Director: Kubrick
What it did for me:I'm not sure, but I just think it was brilliant
I was seriously going to say the same thing when I read the topic title. That's hell of weird.

31-05-2002, 19:39
the second vignette in kurosawa's dreams (the peach orchard) is perhaps the most beautiful moment ever captured on film.

31-05-2002, 23:52
Movie: Fight Club
Image: "Jack" (or "narrator" depending on who you talk to) is beating the holy hell out of "Pretty Boy" Jared Leto. His gives his monologue about his feelings of rejection and how he wants so much to destroy something beautiful ("I wanted to open up the valves on oil tankers and smother all those French beaches I'd never see...I wanted to put a bullet between the eyes of every panda that wouldn't fuck to save it's species. I wanted to breathe smoke."). The violence is bad enough, but the reactions on the faces of the people watching in slow-mo are what makes the scene truly horrifying. And in it's own twisted way, beautiful. I truly think that Fight Club is an absolute cinematic masterpiece, and it was tough picking just one scene out of the movie when there are so many. I'd say a close second is the car crash scene.
Director: David Fichner
What it did for me: The movie as a whole opened my eyes to a way of existance that had already lurked inside of me, but was too afraid to peek out. An existance without boundries, without rules. And it helped me realize that enilightenment is the ablility to let that which truly does not matter, slide.

01-06-2002, 20:30
The slow overhead pan of the hotel room when the cops storm in at the end of Taxi driver. Slow, silent and terrible... back when graphic violence was rare. Martin Scorcese directs; cinematography by Michael Chapman.

Nexus One
04-06-2002, 11:16
Wow. I was about to pick a David Fincher movie too :) He's just that good eh?
Mine's by no means a life changing scene, just one that I think was an awe inspiring scene
Movie: Panic Room
Scene: The break in scene, where the camera moves around the house in one long take, going anywhere and everywhere Fincher wants to take it. Into a key-hole. Through the bannister. Through the kettle handle. Back up 3 storeys to the skylight, watching the burglars at every stop. I loved it.
Director: David Fincher
What it did for me: Made me grin my stoned little ass from ear to ear :)

05-06-2002, 06:41
Movie: Session 9
Scene: It didn't change my prospective on life or anything. It was just awesome cinamatography
Director: Brad Anderson
What it did for me: Just put so many thoughts and words into my head from on single shot. It put so many different senarios and different situation in my mind. Just a damn good shot.
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Pander Bear
05-06-2002, 06:55
I hate to mention such a well known, new film, but I'm having the damndest time thinking of anything else. This scene really grabbed me by the balls in a way I can't compare to anything else. I think I'll come back with a *best by cinematography* later in the thread
Film: Requiem For A Dream
Scene: Country Jailhouse/ "requiem"
Director/Actor: Darren Aronofsky directing jared leto and the Wayens boy
What did it do for you? It made me leave a theatre uterly without words, shaking and stumbling, unable to rationalize what I just saw, for the first time in my life. When I got back to my dorm room, I called my mother to tell her I loved her. Then Icalled my friends and told them to FIND a theater that was still running the film. As the film looks as though it's lost its horizontal hold, and is about to slide off, as the guys both scream about their withdrawl pains, and as their voices are garbled in audio noise, I had my ego blown away without the use of a psychedelic.

05-06-2002, 07:48
right on to atlas for choosing a scene from requiem for a dream... that's where mine comes from too, but mine is a different scene.
Movie: Requiem For a Dream
Image: when sara goldfarb walks out of the hospital with her hair chopped and her lips chapped looking like hell and you can just TELL that she went through some MAJOR problems, the look on her face leads you to believe she'd be better off dead, and her friends waiting for her at the table... they cry, then they hug while they look at her in her moment of despair, at her lowest low.
Director: Darren Aranofsky
What did it do for me: it gave me goosebumps and made all my hairs stand on end. kinda gave me chills.

05-06-2002, 18:17
This might be seen as too blatant or obvious for the more educated film buffs, but it sure worked for me:
Movie Schindler's List.
Scene The little girl with the red coat (in a black and white movie).
Director Steven Spielberg
What it did for me Focused my emotions on this one beautiful, innocent, and doomed child.

06-06-2002, 15:55
Movie: Blade Runner
Scene:"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
It's in the end of the film, when Roy Batty is Dying in the arms of Deckard. It shows a broken man, who's done everything he can (Even confronted and killed his own god.) But still cannot change what is to be.
Director: Ridley Scott
What it did for me:Showed that you should use your time wisely on this earth. You're only here for a limited time, and nothing you do will change that. So live, love, and cherish what you have seen and done, rather then squander it away looking towards things you haven't done.
(And thats only one scene from one of the greatest movies ever made :) )

07-06-2002, 00:03
I didn't want to pick it because it seemed too obvious--Apocalypse Now: The Wagner/helicopter sequence.

07-06-2002, 01:03
Movie: Magnolia
Image: One of the final scenes....when it inexplicably rains bullfrogs.
Director: Paul thomas Anderson
What it did for me: I'll never forget it.
Damn!!! I'm sorry I have to pick one more!
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Image: When Andy puts on Mozarts 'Marriage of figaro' and the prisoners are mezmerized.
Director: Frank Darabont
What did it for me: Same as above, that song is etched in my memory.
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07-06-2002, 04:59
that's exactly what i was going to say.

07-06-2002, 06:23
Power drill to the head.
Darren Aronofsky, director
Sean Gullette, actor
What did it do for you?
It made me wonder if I were ever to go insane, would I have the stones to free myself in a similar way?
When Kenny walks out of the convience store and asks the horse, "Hey girl, you hungry?", and a big black chick who's walking by yells at him, "FUCK YOU, NIGGA!"
Tamra Davis, director
Harland Williams, actor
What did it do for you?
That line just came out of leftfield. You know Kenny's just talking to the horse, but out of nowhere this big black chick calls this skinny white guy a nigga. Too funny.
[ 07 June 2002: Message edited by: Furnace ]

07-06-2002, 17:11
Hey there furnace, I was going to say Pi too!! Well here we go.
I love that movie
when he is on the bench staring up to the trees and the birds. He does alot of thinking and thinks he gets it, but throws it away..
Darren Aronofsky, director
Sean Gullette, actor
What did it do for you?
I love just sitting outside and thinking. When you finally figure it out, it is a totally different feeling. I knew exactly what his emotions were

08-06-2002, 20:04
[quote]Originally posted by Furnace:
When Kenny walks out of the convience store and asks the horse, "Hey girl, you hungry?", and a big black chick who's walking by yells at him, "FUCK YOU, NIGGA!"

Funny sstory, Furnace...I have this compulsion now where if anyone says, "Are ya hungry girl?" I have to say, "Fuck you niggah!" My friends know this and they'll ask me that at the most inopportune moments, like when we're walking through a crowd of black people in downtown Denver. :(

Pander Bear
12-06-2002, 04:48
This is my favorite V&PA thread in recent memory, so I want it kept fresh. Hopefully, a new enrty will spur on more of you guys to post some fine scenes.
For my second, I'm drawing from The Big Lebowski. I've arrived here after shaming myslef for picking two recent films, when I should be delving back into Eisenstien and Uzo. However, the Cohen Bros. movies are very accessible, and very entertaining. Besides, this is the only scene I'm ready to bestow my "greatest scene" seal to. Here goes nothing:
What Movie? The Big Lebowski
What Scene? The Jesus scene
What director/actor? Joel and Ethan Cohen directing, john Turturo acting, and Roger Deakins acting as cinematographer
What did it do for you?
It totally blew me away to see John Turturo bowl that strick to a spanish version of Hotel California. As soon as the chorus starts, the camera reels around Jesus quickly, then pans slowly over the dude, walter, and donny. That shot in particular has an excellent spaghetti western feel to it. Jesus' declaration to Walter about his gun is powerful as hell. Then to top it all off, we get the flashback or Jesus going door to door telling his neighbors that hes a pederast: "Whats a pederast, Walter? Shut the fuck up Donny."
Every shot, every frame goes together brilliantly. I watch it again and again, and I still can't find anything wrong...not a single thing. Costuming, acting, editing, cinematography, it all sings perfection; And although there's no real message or substance to it, it's awe inspiring and powerfull, in a bent, comic way.

12-06-2002, 17:41
What Movie?
Dead Man
What Scene?
The final scene
What Director/Actor
Jim Jarmusch (director and writer), I'd credit him more for the writing than the directing tho...
Johnny Depp - amazing as always
Neil Young - The soundtrack is just him playing along with the film on an electric guitar and it fits perfectly.
What did it do for you?
Its one of those scenes where you've enjoyed an entire movie loads and THEN on the final scene you realise what it was actually all about. All the symbolism resolves and finally makes sense.
I can't really describe the scene because I don't want to spoil it for anybody, but if you've seen it, I'm sure you'll know what I mean. If you haven't seen it... GO GET IT :)

12-06-2002, 22:19
Movie: The Exorcist
Image: Max von Sydow is driven up to the house in a taxi, gets out and is eclipsed by the beam of light coming from the bedroom out onto the street.
Director: William Friedkin
What it did: Gave an errie but realistic view of good entering the domain of evil. Fucking perfect.
It's a famous scene, but there is no better.

19-06-2002, 09:12
Schindler's List
Scene: While some officer guy was trying to justify killing the man with one arm to Oscar Schindler, a shot of the man lying in the snow with blood flowing from his head, onto the snow while the camera slowly pans down to follow it. The expression on his face, the way he was going on about being feeling like he was an important part of the factory, while the solders where laughing at him, the way the blood looked on the snow, the beautiful black and white and the way the officer was talking about him, like he was worthless all got to me.
Scene: It's been a while but I remember the scene where Julianne Moore was at the pharmacy trying to get the medication for her husband, and the clerk guy got all suspicious and went to talk to the manager. She then has this huge breakdown. I remember the raw emotion and feeling she got across in that scene being very powerful.
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19-06-2002, 18:17
Two PTA ones....
Boogie Nights: When PTA films Dirk up-close when they are selling the drugs to that outlandish hollywood figure...he has the camera on his face for a good minute while playing Jesse's Girl..I don't know I just love it...
Magnolia: The scene where all the diff. characters sing verses of Aimee Mann's "Save Me"..also, Frank's (Tom Cruise) interaction with the interviewer

20-09-2002, 07:39
You guys are all totally right
Quentin Tarantino's opening to Pulp Fiction gets my vote every time though.
Holy shit, he drops you off in this little coffee shop, a nice couple is chit chatting, next thing you realize... something isn't quite right... they're talking about knocking over liquor stores... they're talking about knocking over a coffee shop... holy shit, they're going to hold up this coffee shop...
"Everbody be cool, this is a robbery!"
"Any of you fuckin pricks move, I'll shoot every motherfucking last one of ya"
DAMN that was hot! You knew to buckle up and get ready for that ride from that second foreward.
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20-09-2002, 08:05
Film: Paris, Texas
Director: Wim Wenders
Scene: Towards the end when the main character confronts his estranged wife stripping inside a "viewing booth" at a porn house. A haunting reunion after having disappeared years ago, apparently leaving her out of the blue.
Travis and his ex-wife engage in an emotional discussion in this porn booth that is one of the most powerful and affecting exchanges of dialouge in all of film. The pain and sadness of the world is channeled through those two people on to film. It's absolutley amazing...
This film is truly groundbreaking cinema, if you've grown with films like Requiem or Fight Club you might find it mind-numbingly slow paced. But in it's patience is it's virtue, and is what makes it a million times more emotionally impacting to the viewer, should they give it the chance...

20-09-2002, 09:49
When bruce Willis and the other dude were arguing in the hall or their marks over whether a foot massage constituted sex. In the movie Pulp fiction.
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20-09-2002, 10:11
Movie - American Beauty
Scene - Kevin Spacey's slow, slow smile as he realises he is fine, just fine, and the camera's achingly slow turn around him to reveal the gun pointed at the back of his head.
Impact - I smiled slowly, ever so slowly along with Lester in that scene, and as soon as the gun went off I began to sob.
Movie - Baraka
Scene - The initial shot of the monkey sitting in the steam pool.
Impact - I have never been so fascinated by the simple actions of an animal. Dragged my girlfriend to the zoo the next week, where I spent fifteen minutes watching and being watched by a orangutan.
Movie - Labyrinth
Scene - Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) chasing her baby brother through an M. C. Escher-esque maze, all the while being stalked by a crooning, evil Jareth (David Bowie).
Impact - I saw this for the first time on the big screen. Yeah, back in 1987. Blew my mind then and every time since. Chase scene through an Esher drawing! With David Bowie singing! Genius!

20-09-2002, 17:37
I'm going on about Amelie alot today...
Movie: Amelie
Scene(s): Amelie is looking at the clouds, they are formed in the shape of animals and she is photographing them. The other is where she is holding the thermometer to the chest of the little monster thing and shakes her head sadly, imitating her father.
Impact:Just reminded me of being a kid and of seeing wonderful things in the mundane.

22-09-2002, 05:10
What Movie?: 12 Angry Men
What Scene?: Juror #8 sticks the knife in the table
What Director/Actor (depending on who you feel made the most impact): Henry Fonda directed by Sidney Lumet
What did it do for you?: Gives me goosebumps every single time

29-09-2002, 10:24
[quote]Originally posted by PottedMeat:
When bruce Willis and the other dude were arguing in the hall or their marks over whether a foot massage constituted sex. In the movie Pulp fiction.
[ 20 September 2002: Message edited by: PottedMeat ]
That was Samuel L Jackson & John Travolta. sorry just couldn't let that slide!

01-10-2002, 22:35
Film: Requiem For A Dream
Scene: Flipping between sex scene/electroshock scene/prison work scene
Director/Actor: Aronofsky with Leto, Wayens, and Bursten
What did it do for you? Scared the shit out of me to the point that I cried, and couldn't speak to my girlfriend for about 15 minutes because I realized that this could happen to any of us, and I myself may have narrowly escaped ending up this way. In fact watching this movie cut my drug use significantly, and I started eating normally again.

06-10-2002, 05:35
Film: American Beauty
Scene: The repeat of the gunshot from the point of view's of each character while Lester reflected about his life
What it did for me: Helped me realize that we overlook the really important things in life and how we each impact one another.

06-10-2002, 08:33
Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Scene: When the ape like man throws the bone that he killed the boar with and it cuts away to a space ship. Its just an incredible leap from the first step patriarchal evolution (the weapon) to the peak of it in 2001 (the space shuttle). In my opinion its one of Kubricks most brilliant moments.
Director: Kubrick
btw, i know exactly what you'r talking about with Dead Man, FunkyAlfonzo. Great flick.

06-10-2002, 11:52
MOVIE: Big Night
ACTORS: Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub
DIRECTORS: Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott
SCENE: Final Scene - The morning after the two brothers failed in their valient effort to save their restaurant with a lavish feast, Tucci's character (Secundo) prepares a simple breakfast of eggs for himself, his brother, Primo (Shalhoub) and the dishwasher.
Not one word was spoken in the entire scene.
It was a beautiful scene.
I cry every time I see it.

06-10-2002, 13:55
^^^We may not agree about Wide Receivers, but that was really a touching scene. Every time I make eggs and toast I think about it.

06-10-2002, 14:32

14-10-2002, 18:22
Brainrape – I was going to post that one myself. Couldn’t agree more. A great scene from a truly marvellous film (Paris, Texas).
Ok, here’s one – this movie is real old and hardly ever gets shown anywhere. I saw it on tv when I was a kid and it’s stuck with me forever. Last saw it about 10 years ago as a cinema re-release.
Movie: The Wages of Fear (1953) Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot.
Background: it’s set in South America somewhere. An oil company needs nitroglycerene delivering to a distant oil field in order to avert a fire disaster. The nitro’s highly explosive and the company pays four guys to drive 2 trucks up through some almost impossible terrain. This isn't a buddy movie! These guys are not friends but in fact are brutal desperados who’ll go to any lengths to get the job done and get their pay-off. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the following scene…
[It’s been a long time since I saw this, so this isn’t totally accurate, but it’s close enough]
Scene: One truck has already blown up. The 2 remaining guys have to get their truck through some heavy forrestation, and at one point they come to what looks like a swamp. In fact, it is a deep pool of oil, caused by a broken pipeline. The only way for them is to go through it. They inch the truck forward but half way through it gets stuck. One of them gets out and goes to see if he can unlodge the back wheel. He’s up to his neck in oil, but before he can get out the way, the driver starts the truck up and drives over the guy, forcing him completely under the oil. The camera shows the agony on his face as he goes under, while the truck drives out of the oil pool. The driver stops and goes back for the other guy, who’s still alive, but has a broken leg, plus a lungful of oil. He puts him in the cab and they leave, but the guy dies later on.
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16-10-2002, 23:23
movie:Office Space
Director:Mike Judge
Scene: when michael bolton says "Whats up G" to peter.
How it affected me:it just brought humor to my life and also made me realize... that computer nerds also want to be Snoop.

17-10-2002, 01:55
Movie: L.A. Confidential (1997)
Director: Curtis Hanson (http://www.ifilm.com/ifilm/people/people_index/0,4128,201864,00.html)
Scene: Capt. Smith asks Lieutenant Exley about an alleged associate of Seargent Vincennes named "Rollo Tomasi". Scary and engrossing, you feel like your whole world is dialating as Exley finally pieces the whole thing together, yet the director keeps it from going over the top. Good scoring and camerawork in this scene. Great cinematic device as well.

13-02-2003, 14:49
well, another bump for me.
this is a great thread, and i'd love to echo quite a few of these (so i will :) - particularly the opening coffee shop scene of pulp fiction, all of the magnolia ones, and lester's discovery of happiness in pulp fictions. all awesome movies, and awesome scenes.
my own though...
movie: mulholland drive
scene: rebecca del rio delivers a harrowing performance, singing orbison's crying in spanish (llorando), in the theatre, as watts and harring look on.
director: david lynch (perfectly directed)
actress: rebecca del rio (it's her scene, though obviously more as a singer than an actress)
what did it do for you: made me realise that a) david lynch is the god of all directors, b) the entire movie could be summed up by the lyrics to this song c) the human voice is a beautiful thing, no matter which language.

18-02-2003, 22:02
[quote]Movie: The Exorcist
Image: Max von Sydow is driven up to the house in a taxi, gets out and is eclipsed by the beam of light coming from the bedroom out onto the street.
Director: William Friedkin
What it did: Gave an errie but realistic view of good entering the domain of evil. Fucking perfect.
It's a famous scene, but there is no better.
Good pick. Widely regarded as one of the finest shots in the history of cinema.
Movie: Old Yeller (1957)
Scene: Old Yeller has contracted rabies while defending a family member from a rabid hog. The oldest son, Travis, accepts his responsibility - and shoots his best friend.
Actor: Tommy Kirk
Director: Robert Stevenson
While the rest of the movie is fairly typical Disney, with lots of cutesy animal stuff and little real menace, the sequence leading to the death of Old Yeller is brilliant.
The single gunshot, with all of its finality, strikes me very deeply.

18-02-2003, 23:44
What movie: Donnie Darko
What Scene: When Donnie and Frank are sitting in the movie theatre, after Donnie has just burned down Patrick Swayze's character's house.
What happened: Donnie is sitting in the theatre, and he turns to frank and asks "Why do you wear that silly rabbit suit?"
Frank turned to Donnie and said "Why do you wera that silly human suit?"
what it did for me: MAde me think for hours, I thought that was one of the most brilliant movie scenes ever....

Brown Acid
27-02-2003, 02:27
In the Bedroom
The scene where Frank is trying to stop the fight between Richard and Natalie. Natalie is upstairs screaming to get the kids to stay and you hear loud arguing silenced by a loud pop. She runs downstairs, sees Frank dead and screams "Nooo", the camera pans out slightly to show the Frank's mangled face; Richard sitting at the table facing away with a gun in hand.
Todd Field
Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, William Mapother
What it did for me:
The movie was somewhat slow but the whole thing was so realistic it scared me. The image of Frank's face really shocked me to where I felt sick. I've never felt sick from seeing any violence in movies. It really portrayed how shocking and sudden death of a loved one can be especially when witnessed. The gunshot wound on Frank's face just seemed different and more realistic than any other movie I've seen.
--I have another one that I just had to add
Larry Clark
A bunch of teenagers and kids are hanging out in the park smoking, drinking, etc. Casper skates off and the camera follows. He does a couple tricks and runs into a black guy.
"Hey, watch where you fucking skating!"
"Watch where you walk, yo."
"What the fuck'd you say"
"What I said"..dialogue goes on
The black guy's pissed off and says "You wanna get fucked up!" they go on talking shit and a couple kids come up behind him and smack him in the head with their skateboards and all the kids just swarm him with kicking, punching, smacking him with skateboards. A strange version of "Casper the friendly ghost" is playing. They hold the black guy up, Casper takes one last swing with the skateboard right in his face and he drops to the pavement covered in blood not even moving. Telly looks down on and spits on his head.
What it did for me: At first it really excited me to see the initial fight and all the kids overpowering an adult. Made me feel powerful as a teenager. After seeing the poor guy covered in blood and not moving it was kinda disturbing but that's typical with Larry Clark films.
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27-02-2003, 03:05
Movie: Gangs Of New York
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Daniel Day Lewis, Leonardo Di Caprio
Scene: Bill The Butcher (Daniel Day Lewis) explains to the Sheriff how its been quiet the last 3 months and trouble arises as the death of a rabbit causes the old dead rabbit gang to reappear. He starts of by staring for lengthy moments at the Sheriff (John C Reily), then tells him that only he has to go and find who killed this rabbit laid out in front of him. Slowly he starts to cry and make it out as if he cares about the poor little rabbit with "BRILLIANCE", he then suddenly stops crying and looks into the Sheriif's eye once again like he doesn't give hoot about the dead rabbit, but really is dying to know who did it.
Impact: Basically shows what acting is all about and fully admits and shows the character of William Cutting (Bill The Butcher) in the film.

27-02-2003, 22:51
like onetwothreefour i'll go without hesitation for
mulholland drive
david lynch
the whole silencio scene
pure beauty, pure emotion, incredible aesthetic
lynch is a genius

28-02-2003, 00:37
What Movie? Natural Born Killers
What Scene? Scagnetti is walking through the federal prison with the guards, talking about the career and whatnot, and then he starts talking about the day his mother was murdered in a shooting spree. There is really creepy music building up, he says "boom", and all of a sudden, the sound from the scene cuts out, only his mouth is still moving, the music continues to build, and out of nowhere, it cuts to a shot of two butterflies mating....
What director/actor? Oliver Stone
What did it do for you?
I don't know why that scene affects me so much, but everytime I watch it, it sends major chills down my neck. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful/amazing things I could think of...that film is amazing!

01-03-2003, 18:18
Holy shit, I forgot that I even started this thread! I don't think there is a single post that I disagree with. I'm gonna have to think of another scene, image or movie that I can post...

04-03-2003, 16:23
Movie - 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY
Director- Stanley Kubrick (aka "God")
Scene the finale, the appearance of The Starchild. This scene has a deep dramatic & emotional impact if you see the film in a theatre (Roger Ebert once said that seeing "2001" in a theatre is like being at The Grand Canyon wheras seeing it on TV--any TV--is like looking at a postcard of the Grand Canyon).
Runner ups: "2001"--the famous "flash forward" where the monkey throws the bone/first weapon into the air which turns into the spaceship thousands of years later.
MULHOLLAND DRIVE, directed by David Lynch. The scene with the alternating fantasy & desperate maturbating by Diane. One of the most stunning portrayals of lonliness & depair in film.

04-03-2003, 21:47
What Movie?
The Matrix
What Scene?
The final scene when Neo finally sees the world as green flowing numbers.
What did it do for you?
I normally don't like action movies, but this one was so smart, and this was the moment when you finally knew Neo was going to kick some fucking ass. What a rush. Brilliant music, color, everything.
What Movie?
Blazing Saddles
What Scene?
The first scene, when the Chinese immigrant workers passes out, and the cowboy boss says "Drop that chink a day's pay for napping on the job."
What did it do for you?
My jaw dropped, the whole movie is so funny, but at first it's shocking, like "is it ok to laugh at this?" But as the movie progresses, you realize it is an exquisite critique of racism.
What Movie?
What Scene?
The second to last scene, when Bogart turns the gun on the French policeman, and you realize he's staying in Casablanca.
What did it do for you?
In a movie full of wonderful twists, complex characters, and moral uncertainty, you finally discover the outcome, and understand Bogart's character in full, finishing with the now classic line, "We'll always have Paris." Wow.

Frosty da snowman
07-03-2003, 05:02
WOW a lot of good pics in this thread. Off the top of my head heres one of mine.
Movie: Donnie Darko
The scene: At the very end, that shot of donnie sitting on his bed laughing his ass off.
What it did for me: It was a look at some one who has come to accpet there fate and is ok with it. More then that the can even get on last laugh in before the curtin falls. My hope when my time comes, I can finally get the joke.

Morrison's Lament
11-03-2003, 16:12
Movie: Pulp Fiction
Scene: "Oh, man... I shot Marvin in the face..."
What it did for you: That was just so fucking unexpected! Sort of philosophical in a way, because they were in the middle of a conversation about destiny and divine intervention and without warning one of them suddenly dies violently at the worst moment. Too often in Hollywood movies you can see deaths coming from a mile away, or people waiting to die at a particularly poetic moment. In reality, death can come knocking at the least expected time, and there's nothing poetic or predictable about it.
[ 11 March 2003: Message edited by: Morrison's Lament ]