When 1 Scene is More Than Enough.
1321 7.3 7.51. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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!
573 6.9 6.32. 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...
1674 7.2 7.73. 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.
It sucks the viewer INTO the character/movie (it's impossible to separate the two things here), after hearing this you HAVE to stay 'till it's finished, no matter what.
280 8.1 8.14. 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!
1097 8.6 8.55. M (1931)
This movie is one of the greatest masterpiece of all time, all of it, no doubts about that.
It's 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...
2766 6.5 7.26. 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; no accident: the thing becomes funny pretty soon, with Randy screaming like a lunatic and all the customers looking at him speechless. So it feels like a big joke and like he's only pretending not to know that his life actually IS a movie.
Then, when the all 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!
234 8 87. 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.
1084 8.6 8.68. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Norma Desmond's final close-up
This is Billy Wilder's masterpiece, and I think the all thing is just great and basically flawless...but...man, that final glimpse!
3216 7.3 7.69. American Psycho (2000)
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's", speeches, tons of blood and people screaming.
I always liked that a lot, maybe it sounds 'extreme' but, without this few seconds, I would have liked this less.
(Anyway, the other three would have been also fine.)
127 6.8 6.210. Calvaire (2004)
The dance scene is obviously the most iconic moment of this movie; it probably says about the villagers more 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.
649 5.3 5.511. Cabin Fever (2002)
"What's the rifle for?" "that's for niggers!"
I guess I'm one of the few persons who actually appreciate this movie.
It was fun, sure it's not a 'great' movie, it could have been way better, but, still, it's quite funny in a trashy way.
For sure there are some quotable, nice, funny 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 is the more obviously funny one: the old guy and the niggers joke!
"'ssupp my nigga!"
these are not quite the case...but I want 'em on my list.
5996 7.8 8.512. Back to the Future (1985)
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...
260 7.8 813. The Conformist (1970)
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?
because I don't really think that would be fair. 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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