My Top 10 Favourite Film Scenes
This scene is a freaking classic. Quentin Tarantino wrote the script, and has even said it's the greatest thing he's ever put on-screen - very true!
I mean, you have acting giants Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper going at it. Both are extremely fine thespians, and here they are, at the top of their game, exhibiting their amazing skills with a top-notch script to support them.
Not only is the dialogue rich in wit, pretty much everything Hopper says is true. I just love Hopper's thinking in this scene: he knows that he's about to be killed by the Sicilian mafia regardless of his cooperation, and he knows that his son will also be killed if he gives him up. So instead of just being tortured and killed, he decides to troll the absolute fuck out of the Sicilians, really hitting them hard. It angers them into killing him quicker, and it means he dies with a big troll smirk on his face.
And hey, Tony Scott's direction and camerawork is top-notch, with superb framing and lighting. Add to this the perfectly-judged score and the oodles of tension, and this scene is fucking perfect. I love it. I could watch it every day until I die.
No matter how many times I see it, this scene gives me goosebumps all the way through to my core. Of course, it's far more rewarding to watch the scene in the context of the movie, especially if it's capping off a marathon, but this scene itself is absolutely amazing.
Most digital effects these days look too glossy with their digital photography, but the Lord of the Rings movies with their gorgeously textured film stock look...well, they look real. There's grit that's added by film grain that no amount of colour grading can bestow to digital photography. The CGI in this scene is photorealistic, and the epicness of Howard Shore's score really adds another dimension to the scene. There's so much emotion.
The Lord of the Rings movies are my favourite thing ever, and this scene really stands out.
Pixar owns my soul. Up makes me cry more tears than I'm willing to admit, and this opening segment is perfection.
In ten minutes, through showing rather than telling, the movie conveys a rich, emotionally devastating story about Carl and Ellie's life together. The ups, the downs, and the outright tragedies. You grow completely and utterly invested in their relationship as they're just so good together, and you feel every low with resounding force.
It's perfect: the scripting, the animation, the pacing, the music... Oh man, the music.
The opening segment could stand as its own short silent movie, it's that nuanced. And I cry every damn time.
This one needs no introduction. Steven Spielberg's war opus is one of my all-time favourites, and the Omaha Beach sequence is iconic. It's interesting to look back on it in 2015, and see that it still holds up.
The filmmaking is sensational. The violence and gore is perfectly-judged, the multi-layered sound mixing is out of this world, the period detail is spot-on, the acting is incredible, and the cinematography is shaky without being irritating. You truly feel that you are fucking there. You feel as if Spielberg and his camera crew got in a time capsule and went around Omaha Beach filming the horror.
I can't just watch a few minutes of this sequence. It draws me in and before I know it, twenty minutes have passed.
I have been through army recruit training, and believe me when I say that this scene is pretty fucking spot-on. Whether it's because that's just how the army is, or if recruit instructors just idolise this movie and strive to copy it, is beside the point. Me and some of the other dudes once watched this on a lazy afternoon in the barracks, and we were in fits of laughter because of how accurate it is.
This opening monologue is just perfect, and the delivery is spot-on. That's probably because R. Lee Ermey was actually in the freaking army, and was well-versed in the art of one-liners and hilarious insults. His passionate delivery is great enough, but he just spews line after line of quotable dialogue.
I could watch this scene over and over again forever.
Sylvester Stallone is a good filmmaker. Say what you will about his acting skills, but when he's on his game, he can make one hell of a cracking movie. And he learned from the best. Back in the '80s, it is said that he ghost directed multiple movies like First Blood Part 2 and Cobra, so he was ready to tackle this fourth instalment in the Rambo franchise. Thankfully, the result is phenomenal.
This final battle represents the most amazing ten minutes in contemporary action cinema. I love seeing Rambo pop up behind that dude and chopping his freaking head off before making mince meat of his companion. Rambo on the .50 Cal gives me fucking orgasms no matter how many times I see it. Stallone never baulks from gore. The .50 Cal bullets absolutely shred their victims, tearing bodies apart. A sniper rifle blows a dude's head off. This is war. And it's delivered in a hugely effective fashion.
In an age characterised by pussy PG-13 action movies, this action scene is a real standout. It has balls. I love it.
I love this classic movie, and the final scene is tremendously impactful. It's richly satisfying and emotionally devastating. It makes you feeling warm and fuzzy inside, with damp eyes and a smile on your face. It's amazing.
Everything in this scene works, from the acting to the music. It's perfection.
Well, this is one of the best fucking things ever committed to celluloid. A helicopter full of these huge behemoths is something to behold, and it definitely helps that the script is so razor-sharp.
Literally, every line here is fucking gold. Hawkins trying to make Billy laugh with his pussy joke. Blain chewing tobacco and chastising his companions for turning the stuff down, saying it'll turn them into a "goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus". And Poncho retorting "Yeah, strap this on your "sore ass", Blain." And what about all the manly stuff they're doing? Mac is fucking dry-shaving.
And it's all set to the song "Long Tall Sally." Fucking legendary.
I love this scene. So does my dad. Once when I wasn't home, my father literally came into my room to seek out my DVD just so he could watch this scene.
It's not high art or amazing cinema, but it's just so perfectly-pitched. Ray Charles' "Mess Around" is a wonderful tune, and I love seeing John Candy doing his thing in this scene.
I love everything that comes after it, as well. With the almost-accident and the car going alight. Holy crap, this movie is full of hilarity.
Another army recruit-related scene, this one involving the iconic Clint Eastwood.
There are enough one-liners in this great movie to sink a battleship, and this scene is eye-wateringly hilarious. Clint vs. these undisciplined piss-ants is a sight to behold. The dialogue is razor-sharp, and Clint's delivery is fucking sensational.