14 December 2009

Your new favourite scene

Some favourite scenes
  • Alphaville | Lemmy Caution and Natacha Von Braun discuss the meaning of love 

  • Blow-Up | Thomas watches a group of university students playing and watching a mimed tennis match.

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | I love this scene as they sing a duet in front of their unlikely audience. It's romantic in the sense that both are deeply in love with each other but somehow faintly deny their feelings.

  • Down By Law | by Jim Jarmusch where Jack, Zack and Roberto sing the hilarious "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream"!

  •  | Saraghina!  Saraghina!

  • The Great Dictator | Charlie Chaplin as Hitler, bouncing a globe around with his feet.  "Leave me, I want to be alone".

  • Rushmore | Where the supremely confident, 15-yr old Max Fischer goes out to dinner with his crush and her date, and he starts abusing him.  Hilarious.

  • Some Like It Hot | The tango scene, followed by the scne where he tells his best friend that he's engaged, to a man.

Honourable mentions...
  • Shawshank Redemption | obvious choice, but nothing beats the scene when the Warden, and we the audience, discover that Andy was tunneling the whole time.
  • American Beauty | most people love the drive-through scene, but I really love the montage of Lester transforming his life, backdropped by The Who's 'The Seeker'. Other great moments include standing up to his boss, and blackmailing him.
  • All That Jazz | Spectacular finale - the film's most outstanding dance/musical number - featured wild, imaginatively-surreal hallucinations that were experienced by near-death, drug-addicted, egotistical New York choreographer-director Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) after a heart-attack, as he underwent open-heart cardiac surgery. I don't want to spoil the film, but the last 5 seconds, if I recall correctly, are perfection.
  • Match point | When the ring doesn't fall in the river, and you think all is lost.
  • North by Northwest | When Cary Grant is stuck in the middle of the field, being gunned down by an airplane.  Classic Hitchcock, nowhere to run, and scares the hell out of me every time.