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Added by Zenn on 23 Jun 2012 10:54
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When 1 Scene is More Than Enough.

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The lovely family dinner with grandpa!
I'm talking about the all sequence of course, but the two 'grandpa''s moments are the thing that gets me more, that's for sure.
First, the old, rotting, but somehow alive, cannibal gets to taste some of the blood of the poor lady, sucking it from her finger...then, finally, he got to kill her with an hammer...but...poor thing! He's not strong enough to do that kind of things anymore! It's an heart breaking moment!

Seriously, that's one of the sickest, most morbid, scenes ever! Definitely enough to made me love the all thing. Without this scene, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" would be just an old, nice, horror movie.


aww, look at him! Always falling asleep! U'r really something, grandpop!
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Gummo (1997)
Lunch in the filthy bath-thub
The thing with the monstrous little fella eating chocolate and spaghetti in the bath-thub.
That always get to my stomach...

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People who added this item 1989 Average listal rating (1195 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Adaptation (2002)
1 minute and a half of black screen.
I really like this movie, but I think that the initial speech is what really does the trick...

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White Heat (1949)
TOP OF THE WORLD!
Is there anything else to be said? Probably everybody knows what I'm talking about, anyway:
Cagney screams "Made it mom! Top of the world!" right before he dies in the final explosion...that gives me chills every single time!


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M (1931)
The Trial
"M" is obviously one of the greatest movies of all time and it got plenty of great sequences; above them all I'd say there are the long chase, and the trial; I personally find this last one to be the most amazing one, and it's definitely the key of the all film.

too bad I couldn't find a clip starting from the very beginning, this is pretty self-explainatory though...
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Scream (1996)
Everybody's a Suspect!
I love "Scream", it's great: it works as slasher, it works as a thriller, it works as a spoof, it just works on every level.
I think it's safe to say "Scream" is THE postmodern horror movie, and this little, funny, "meta-meta" crazy digression makes it perfectly clear:
it starts - of course - with an old horror movie, it then goes on Randy, the movie nerd working in a video-rental. He starts talking about what's happening, considering all the possibilities, explaining how everybody could be the killer.
He talks about his life like if it's a movie, claiming - of course - that IT IS NOT, but the speech is so obviously directly addressed to the viewer that it seems to us like he's joking. The thing ends up with Randy screaming like a lunatic and all the customers looking at him speechless.
Then, when the all meta-irony thing reaches its limit and can't possibly go on, Billy's arrive put the all movie back on track, still taking the trouble to give Randy's speech its logic conclusion.
Nice touch, always liked this scene.

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In Cold Blood (1967)
The Hanging Scene
And I literally mean the last 8 seconds of the movie.
"In Cold Blood" is a great, great movie, and it has one of the simplest, best endings ever.
No matter how much I liked the all film, when I think about it, the first thing coming in my mind is Perry's corpse hanging, bouncing 3 times, the 1st time being filmed from the side, the 2nd time in a frontal shot, the 3rd time, still on that frontal shot, but on the fade-out.
No-music or anything...that was a brave, strong, cold, extremely effective choice.

Unfortunately nobody put that on youtube, and I couldn't even find an image; anyway, if you saw this movie, you know what I'm talking about; if you didn't see it, do it now.
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Norma Desmond's final close-up
This is Billy Wilder's masterpiece and it's pretty damn flawless overall but...man, that final glimpse!

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This is a very nice movie; maybe it's a little overrated but, still, very nice, and also funny!
The charm of this movie is all about little scenes and ideas, so basically I had to choose between:

- Bateman's morning routine,
- Bateman talking about music
- Bateman going totally nuts, running after his last victims, screaming, laughing and throwing a chainsaw down the stairwell...

Obviously I chose...the business cards scene!
That's funny and neurotic in a totally different way, it definitely distinguishes itself from the rest of the movie and it's still very explainatory about the main character.
It's capable of being crazy as shit without recurring to long, Tarantino-esque, speeches, tons of blood and people screaming.

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Calvaire (2004)
The dance scene is obviously the most iconic moment of this movie; it probably says more about the villagers than anything else they'll say or do, and it also says a lot about the purposes and ideas of the author in doing this movie in terms of moods and settings.

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Cabin Fever (2002)
"What's the rifle for?" "that's for niggers!"
"Cabin Fever" is a little, funny, movie.
It is not, by any mean, great, and it could have been way better, but it'squite enjoyable in a trashy way.
It also got its quotable moments, characters and absurdities...for instance: the campfire scene; the rabid mad kid going kung fu on one of the idiotic main characters; the father of the aforementioned kid, his two friends, and their "kit"; the hideous, youngster, horny cop with his Lynchan presentation and his thing for 'parties'; the guy glad to be alive that get executed by the all police squad while celebrating life and laughing of his dead friends; the ending credits...
And then there's that 'niggers-joke'!


"'ssupp my nigga!"
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...also...

these are not quite the case...but I want 'em on my list.
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THE LIBYANS!

Why isn't this with all the others?
because I don't really think this scene is that important, peculiar or characterizing; sure, it's a classic quote, but that's it!
This is actually here only because I still remember the second time I was about to watch this movie, this scene was the only thing I remembered about it...this one and the one on the clock, in the end. But that's just because the first time I watched this I was 4 years old, I didn't know who the fuck these so called 'libyans' were and why in the hell they were shooting to the funny-looking old guy! I was very sad about it...

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This movie is beautifully shot, deep and conceptual. Extremely nice to watch...
...and than there's this scene featuring blind guys partying and fighting (well...at least trying to...) that just blew me away!
Too bad I couldn't find it on the internet.

Why isn't this with all the others?
Like with "The Libyans!", I don't really think this is that important or characterizing (it's peculiar though, that's for sure).
It wasn't even part of the original version of the movie, it was added in 1993.
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There are some sequences, scenes or, sometimes, just images, that perfectly summarize a movie and/or its mood; other scenes are so peculiar, characteristic or unique that, alone (or almost alone), save the rest of the movie from itself. There are movies that owe almost (sometimes literally) everything to those scenes.
So this are few memorable moments that, in my opinion, made the difference to, "enclosed", or were necessary to end, the movie they're in.

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Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jun 25 20:18
Some nice choices here, at least so far as the films I've seen (half of these). For me though, the scene where Bateman has Paul in his apartment is the best, most memorable moment. The business cards would probably be second.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jun 25 20:50
Nice choice including White Heat. I was completely blown away by that film.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jun 25 21:18
@the giraffe: "American Psycho" is full of nice moments, I think they're what really make the movie enjoyable, and those two are the most characteristic moments, it was hard to make a choice!

@Michael M: yep, I also love "White Heat", that sure is a great movie (and it features one of the most epic ending scenes ever!)
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jun 27 9:44
That scene in Gummo made my stomach turn as well.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jul 7 18:23
nice list - different

recently watched Uzumaki (Spiral or Vortex)

one gross scene where a guy gets run over yet he ends up twisted like a spiral around the wheel - beliveable but not believable - this film walks that tightrope nearly all the time
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jul 10 12:03
@xxixii I'll check that out!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Aug 14 0:02
Great list. I haven't met too many people who have seen Calvaire. That dance scene was the creepiest most surreal moment I can ever remember in a film. Also glad to see Scream get some love. It is one of my faves.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Aug 14 9:31
Hold on,Gummo is one of the coolest movies ever made.It's supposed to be an unusual movie.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Aug 14 9:54
I like "Gummo", but I wouldn't say is one of the coolest movie ever, point of views!
I always found Harmony Korine to be kind of juvenile and sometimes he tries to hard to 'shock' you, not always very effectively. I enjoyed the movie though, I should watch it again, it's been years!
Anyway, sure it's supposed to be unusual, and it is; I think that scene perfectly summarize the movie's goals and it's the one that manages to achieve those goals most of all the rest of the movie; whenever I think to "Gummo" that's the first scene that comes to my mind, it's an excellent one!

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