Logic’s Last Stand

August 5, 2008

Five Favourite Movie Scenes

Filed under: Movies — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Zurahn @ 12:07 am

Obviously given the nature of the list, there are spoilers ahead. So if you don’t want them, stop at the title of the movie.

5. Network – This Tube

To put this in perspective, Network was released in 1976. Over thirty years later, this rant affirms the moniker of “the mad prophet” of Howard Beale. One of the greatest rants ever seen on film, Beale expresses the frustrations and corruption that plague American media to this day.

4. Collateral – Free Ride (5 minutes in)

It’s all in the execution, and the sheer style that is seen throughout Collateral is set in motion by the poignant early scene introducing both Max and Annie. I remain almost mesmerized by the captivation of such a relatively menial encounter.

3. Jackie Chan vs Benny the Jet – Wheels on Meals

Where great writing and subtle delivery may work as a device for good filmmaking, you could also choose to set up a fight between two masterful martial artists. I don’t really need to see every other fight scene to reach the conclusion that this is at least tied for the single best fight scene ever, because it just can’t get any better. The dexterity is almost hypnotic.

2. Princess Mononoke – Wolf Princess infiltrates Iron Town

To use, to a degree, the clash of three different tragic heroes in one scene is quite the feat unto itself. Belaying the action of the scene with such a masterful sense of tension having a situation where there are three characters involved and the viewer is made to want none of them harmed is truly special.

1. Hot Fuzz – Taking back the town
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=6xVmKEycyUg

There is simply one thing that is evident in this climax scene to Hot Fuzz: Its only goal is to be as enjoyable as absolutely possible. It has just about everything packaged in one excellent fight scene, particularly considering it’s also placed in the context of a comedy. Hot Fuzz: It’s not just good–it’s jumping through the air firing two guns good.

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2 Comments »

  1. I was going to say “How many of these videos do you think will be removed by the end of the week”, but the Hot Fuzz clip is already down XD

    Personally I like the “80s montage” building up scenes:

    The scarface one isn’t on Youtube.

    LOTR didn’t make the cut? 😦 You make Frodo sad.
    Opening Gandalf scene, “One step further”, 2 monologues (“I wish the ring had never come to me” /”Samwise the Brave”)

    Comment by Yarcofin — August 5, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  2. The Hot Fuzz scene was just a problem with embedding that one on WordPress; I’ve placed the link there instead.

    There’s no one scene that really stands out enough from Lord of the Rings as opposed to the composition of the whole movies.

    I forgot a scene, though, that might have actually made it. It’s from My Cousin Vinny:
    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZrpIgutwY

    Comment by zurahn — August 5, 2008 @ 12:18 pm


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