Friday, May 20, 2005

10 Cool, Awesome, And Rewindable Movie Moments off the Top of My Head

10. The Russian roulette scene with Robert DiNiro when he is a prisoner of war in The Deer Hunter. Holy Crap.

9. When Harry conjures a patronus to save Sirius from the Dementors in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

8. When it goes from black and white to color and Larry Mullen Jr. hits his drumsticks together to start "Where the Streets Have No Name" in Rattle and Hum.

7. When Rocky gets up before Apollo Creed. The music helps.

6. When Pippin lights the fires of alarm at Minas Tirith setting off a chain reaction across the land in Return of the King.

5. The end of The Usual Suspects when Kevin Spacey just walks away from his long interrogation and uncripples his hand and poof. Kaiser Sose is gone.

4. When Leon sends Mathilda down a little hole in The Professional and she realizes it's too small for him to fit down too. "I want to sleep in a bed. . .have roots! Go baby go." And then he single-handedly takes on "EVEREE--ONE!" Every time I see it I think Leon is going to make it. I take comfort in knowing that Leon had the presence of mind to take awful Gary Oldman out with him. P.S. I like Gary Oldman as Sirius, but not as that gross pill-without-water-swallowing corrupt cop.

3. When Leonardo DiCaprio is all "I'm on top of the world!" Just kidding.

2. When Michael Corleone has the heads of the other New York families murdered during his godson's baptism: "Do you renounce Satan. I do renounce him." Chilling.

1. When Darth Vader's mask goes on and he takes his first haunting breath. That's what I'm talkin' about. THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

19 comments:

  1. It's actually "I'm the King of the World". (Leonardo) Sorry, I still have a crush on him from "Romeo and Juliet" because I'm a geek. V.G. movie moments!

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  2. I knew some geek would correct me. (Just kidding. Don't go all Mueller ball on me.)

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  3. I was hoping to hear a little Star Wars today, considering that you saw it last night. The list was perfect.

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  4. #5 Usual Suspects... let's not forget the very handsome and amazing Benicio Del Toro - “I’ll flip ya... I’ll flip ya for real.” Grrrrrr I love the man.

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  5. The uncrippilation of Spacy’s hand was the closest I’ve ever come to rubbing my eyes in disbelief, if I had been holding a coffee mug at the time; I would have dropped it too. But let us not forget the chills that ran down our spines when Malcolm Crowe backs up against the wall, gripping his fresh bullet wound, or when David Dunn pulls back his betrayed hand from Mr. Glass, or when Grahm instructs Merril to go old-school on a vengeful, non-water-based alien. But then we can’t have M. Night hogging all the Movie Moments Top Ten Lists, can we?
    (Not to tell you how to write a Top Ten list or anything.)

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  6. Speaking of Benecio Del Toro, has anyone seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? I just read the book. I liked it a lot, but Hunter S. Thompson is nuts. Gonzo journalism, here I come, but without all the hard drugs.

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  7. Or what about in PeeWee's Big Adventure when PeeWee is reunited with his bike? That brings a tear every time.

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  8. I thought you might notice the glaring omission, Robbie. But I just couldn't decide which M. Night movie moment to use. That's why this list is just a "10" list, rather than a "Top 10" list. Swing away.

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  9. When Littlefoot's Mom dies in The Land before Time is pretty sad. But I'm sure that when I see Padme die, that will rank above that in my book.

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  10. I thought Padme's death was a little anticlimactic myself. [shrug]

    Good 10 list, Kacy. Even though I haven't seen most of those movies, it made me want to see them.

    Bruce Willis clutching his bullety back is a pretty good movie moment. Maybe better than Jack shouting that he's the king of the world, but that's just me...

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  11. You are a genious. I can never think of good lists. I know you mentioned Star Wars and all, but how could you leave out the scene in Epi. II when Yoda goes all crazy in the fight scene with Count Dooku? That was cinematic magic. I have never experienced that kind of joy and amazement in a movie. Everyone in the theater was clappign and laughing with genuine delight and a pleasant disbelief. And then he picks up his cane and hobbles out...classic.

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  12. I mention two great movie moments--
    When Legolas slides down the stairs on a shield while shooting arrows all the way,
    and borrowing from 'Princess Bride' in keeping track of the best kisses of all time, in 'It's a Wonderful Life' when George and Mary are close together talking on the phone and then suddenly notice each other--be still my heart--THAT'S a great kiss!

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  13. Check this out, Star Wars woman:

    http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=192027

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  14. I was going to post this picture directly into this comment, but alas, Blogger won't let me put images in comments. So you'll have to settle for the link.

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  15. Well I guess families can be together forever, so long as they don’t mind being semi-transpartent, blue, and kinda glowy.

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  16. How 'bout Tommy Boy when he is giving his sales pitch and lights everything on fire and describes the kids in the car yelling, "Daddy! I can't feel my legs." Or when he messes everything up and ends up saying, "No. I mean, it has to be YOUR bull." Am I slaughtering it? I love that movie.

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  17. Ok, one M. Night Shymalan moment that I love is when Ivy is standing on the porch, holding out her hand bravely, the redness creeping towards her, the music stops...and Lucius' hand grabs hers and pulls her inside to safety. The music, the slow motion, the angles...that is a good moment in movie making history.

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  18. Oh, the line that keeps coming back to me again and again is Sydney Pollack's character telling Dustin Hoffman's character (in Tootsie) "who gives a ---?" when Dustin tells him what a great tomato he made.

    Also, Susan Hayward telling the prison guard, "how the hell would you know?" when the guard tells her it's easier if she breathes deep when the gas hits (I want to live).

    Oh, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, "All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die."

    I HATE the line "love means never having to say you're sorry."

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  19. Hey, I've seen "I Want to Live." My mom was named after Susan Hayward.

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