Another installment of some of my favourite scenes of all time. Includes Spielberg, Kubrick and after seeing Twilight the other week, I thought I should include a scene from a proper vampire film…
Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind (1977) – UFOs Surround The House
The stand-out scene in a great film. This is Spielberg at his best. The lighting and sound are amazing and that chimney shot is fantastic. Unfortunately the video below ends before the household appliances start to go nuts. Spielberg has created a few great scenes in his day and this is right up there.
Let The Right One In (2008) – Swimming Pool
The shifts of atmosphere in this scene are incredible. Fun, threatening, violent and then warm all in under 5 minutes. The underwater shot of the limbs being dragged through the water is inspired, leaving the violence (partly) to your imagination. I love everything about this film.
The Shining (1980) – Are You Concerned About Me?
In a film full of iconic scenes, this is my favourite. I love the way it moves through the room, cutting between them. The section from Wendy discovering Jacks ‘all work and no play….’ papers through to the bat swinging on the stairway is one of my top 5 scenes of all time. Jack Nicholson having a blast, that terrifying soundtrack and some amazing camerawork. “As soon as possible!”
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Mulholland Drive (2001) – Club Silencio
Probably the best scene i’ve seen all year, and definitely the best film i’ve seen all year. Wonderfully eerie music that i had stuck in my head for days, and that gradual realisation that maybe all is not what it seems in this David Lynch masterpiece.
“There is no band….this is all a tape recording”
The Dark Knight (2008) – The Joker’s Magic Trick
This scene became an instant classic back in 2008 when The Dark Knight exploded onto our screens. That laugh as he enters the room is one of my favourite moments in film history.
“If you’re good at something, never do it for free”
Braveheart (1995) – One Chance, Just One Chance!
I’m Scottish, and i don’t care about any historical innacuracies, i love this film. There are two parts that i can’t watch without shedding a tear. The final shot of Robert The Bruce pointing his sword down the battlefield with his crazy eyes, and this speech. Magic.
“Home! The English are too many!”
That’s 15 scenes in this section now, what do you think of them and what are your favourite scenes of all time?
Scarface (1983) – Tony Montana’s Last Stand
Tony Montana pumped up on coke going absolutely berserk in the face of a heavily armed hit-squad. Fuck yeah.
“Say hello to my little friend!”
No Country For Old Men (2008) – The Final Scene
Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men, probably my all time favourite performance, and this is a beautiful ending.
“I knew that he was going on ahead, he was fixing to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold…and I knew that whenever I got there he’d be there”
Love Actually (2003) – The Art of Gift Wrapping
Rowan Atkinsons cameo in Love Actually is a chunk of solid gold in what is otherwise a bit of a mess of a film.
More of my favourite scenes.
Alien (1979) – Alien Eggs
This single scene encapsulates everything i love about Alien. It’s very atmospheric, the set’s incredible, it’s not rushed and of course, it’s scary.
The Big Lebowski (1998) – Scattering Donny
A truly great comedy moment. Walter and the Dude scattering Donny’s ashes on a windy day.
“Good night sweet prince”
Pulp Fiction (1994) – Ezekiel 25:17
This single scene contains more great lines than a lot of films have. “The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast!” “Oh i’m sorry did I break your concentration” “Say what again!”. And that’s before you get to Ezekiel 25:17.
There Will Be Blood (2008) – The Baptism
The tension between Eli Sunday and Daniel Plainview is taken to another level in this riveting scene. Daniel Plainview, initially going through the motions, is pushed to the limit by Eli. The scene marks a real turning point in the film, Thereafter Plainview no longer makes any attempt to please Eli or co-operate with the church, becoming far more hostile and ruthless.
The Exorcist (1973) – The exorcism
Probably the best single scene of all time. The lighting is superb, it’s intense and it just builds and builds. 15 minutes of pure cinema. Not much more i can say really… Unfortunately the clip below is just a snippet of the full scene.
28 Days Later (2002) – Vacant London
28 Days Later has one of the best opening sequences to a film i’ve ever seen. The shots of an empty London are beautiful and spectacular. “HELLO!!”
This is the first part of a list of some of my favourite scenes and moments from films i’ve seen over the past few years. Whether it’s the acting, script, cinematography or music some film moments are just so brilliant they deserve their own mention.
I’ll start with my favourite scene of all time.
True Romance (1993) – Mob Boss Interrogation
The slow build-up of tension and of course that ‘sicilians’ speech make this a truly great scene. Great dialogue and the classical music gives Hoppers speech an added dimension. How far does he dare push the mobster? And how will he react? Hopper and Walken in fantastic form.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – HAL disobeys orders
Hal refuses to obey an order from Bowman, responding in that sinister monotone voice “Sorry Dave, i’m afraid i can’t do that”.
Oldboy (2003) – Corridor fight
17 takes to perfect, with the finished shot filmed in one continuous take. The side on view gives it the feel of an early 90s video game. The glare, drip of blood and smile as the lift door opens at the end make me smile every time. Great fight sequence.