I’ve been thinking about this idea for a post. Ten memorable scenes from some of my favourite movies of all time, or simply great moments that make a particular movie going experience stick in my head. This may become a continuing series as I recall other great moments…but for now, here are ten stand out moments from great movies: Minor spoilers.
Teddy bears & hallucinations.
As a telepathic Kaneda post-brush with an infected child of the Akira experiment, recovers in hospital, he begins to experience terrifying hallucinations where teddy bears and toys comes to life as his powers start to manifest in horrifying ways. One of the defining moments of this complex and ground-breaking Anime.
An America Werewolf In London
Stick to the road
Two back packers after stumbling into local watering hole The Slaughtered Lamb are ushered back out into the night, with simply the warning of ‘stay on the road, keep clear of the moores’ – which they subsequently ignore and are soon stalked by a blood thirsty werewolf in John Landis’ still superb 1984 horror classic.
Amateur detective Kyle MacLachlan gets a little too close to nut-job mobster Dennis Hopper who takes him for a visit to his cross-dressing neighbourhood friend Dean Stockwell, who lip-syncs to Roy Orbinson’s timeless classic in possibly one of David Lynch’s most freaky and brilliant scenes.
As former nobody Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) rises to infamy in the seventies porn movie industry, we are treated to this fabulous disco montage, cut seamlessly with various shots of Dirk ‘in action’ or receiving awards and culminating in a wonderfully choreographed dance number with fellow stars Reed Rothchild (John C Reilly) and Roller-girl (Heather Graham).
Eyes Wide Shut
The secret sex party
Only in a Stanley Kubrick movie can a high society sex orgy come across as creepy and surreal. The master film maker in probably his most misunderstood work, presents the viewer with a secret society that Tom Cruise manages to sneak inside of and witness the debauchery of most-likely high profile dignitaries with various high class call girls. All to a haunting, incredibly eerie score.
Paranoia, drugs and guns
In the final act of the movie an increasingly paranoid Ray Liotta, struggles to juggle family responsibilities with fencing guns for Robert DeNiro and avoiding what he thinks is an FBI helicopter during the day from hell. Expertly edited for maximum tension and intensity by the grand master Martin Scorsese.
A chase through the doors
After discovering the main villain’s evil scheme, Billy Crystal’s motor-mouthed Mike and John Goodman’s lovable Sully are chased by Steve Buscemi’s dastardly Randall into the inner workings of the Monsters Inc. facility and through a plethora of doors into the human world. Exciting, inventive and visually stunning.
Jack Rabbit Slims
In a mob movie with pop-culture quoting wise guys and a soundtrack to die for, who’d have thought one of the best scenes would be a night out between John Travolta’s mob hitman and gangsters-mol Uma Thurman? Culminating in the world famous Twist Contest. Sharp dialogue, a highly memorable setting, and an after-math that segway’s into probably the other best scene in this movie.
Saving Private Ryan
Omaha Beach Landing
After visiting the final resting place of hundreds of soldiers, an elderly veteran recalls his experience with tears in his eyes – switch to the shocking beach onslaught in Omaha in 1944 as thousands of troops fight against impossible odds. A stunning opening to one of the greatest WWII movies ever made, with star (Tom Hanks) and director (Steven Spielberg) on blistering form.
Clubbing to Blondie.
Taking a break from ripping people off and doing drugs, Ewan McGregor’s Renton finds himself on a night out with friends, hitting the clubs and listening to Heaven 17 and Blondie (or Sleeper doing a marvellous version of Atomic), where he meets Diane (Kelly MacDonald) and leads to a montage of sex, alcohol and pulse-pounding music in Danny Boyle’s break-out gem.
Do you agree with my list? Have favourite scenes of your own? Leave your comments below or link to your own lists…
Great list Craig! Akira, Saving Private Ryan and Pulp Fiction are pretty memorable, and the Monsters Inc chase is just wonderful.
I’ve started a series about great combination of music and interesting/cool scenes, you can check it out here:
Thanks. I’ll check it out.
What an excellent and varied list!
Some of my favorites:
Con Air: John Malkevitch saying, “Don’t move or the bunny gets it.”
Memento: Kate Moss manipulating Guy Pierce into hitting her in order to claim that she was beaten by someone else, and then hiding all of the pens so that he couldn’t write it down and remember what really happened.
The Rock: Ed Harris’ speech during his showdown with his minions: “You’ve been ordered by a superior officer. You’ve been asked by an old friend. Now you’re being given your last chance by a man with a gun.”
Big Trouble In Little China: Ken Russell’s opening and closing monologues (I consider that one scene broken into two.)
Wonderfully varied list. The Monsters Inc one is inspired. So imaginative and fun. I’d have to hve the cameo from Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glenn Ross.
Excellent list. I also would have Alex Baldwin’s cameo! You should definitely make a series. It’s a great way to reflect on some great moments from great movies!
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