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That One Part Was Awesome

Some movies only need one scene to be legendary.

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My nomination for one legendary scene: Kick ass: The Hit Girl Rescue

Reasons
1. Nic Cage screaming out instructions while on fire: "Now switch to Kryptoniiiiiiiiite!" is my new battle-cry.

2. The reworking of John Murphy's Surface of the Sun theme. Best of use of it in a film or TV.

3. The combination of said theme in tune to the pulse of Hit Girl's strobe, it hits all the emotional cues needed make a shlub like me go "Oh Hell Yeah!"

4. "I can wait! I solemnly vow to save myself for her." This line is a good dose levity at the end of the scene.

Stargate (the film) is another one. The film was pretty poor, despite the workable concept of wormholes and that if you had advanced civilisation you could be worshipped as a God, etc. The only thing I can actually remember is a pyramid blowing up...

Looks pretty damn creepy but I feel the majority will dismiss Black Swan as a "girly movie" what with the ballet and all but from the review it shows that it really isnt. I know I shouldnt waver on my decision to see it but I have alot of other movies through December to get through aswell as go through my back log.

What can I say I love movies but I dont have alot of time to see them, I havent been to the cinema since I saw Inception. I need to catch up on The Social Network, Unstoppable, Harry Potter, Machete and I hate to say it: Jackass 3D and The Expendables (Yeah I want to see it, im not letting a disembodied voice on the internet question my tastes in bad action movies).

(I would also like to see London Bolevard and The Tourist.)

Oh and in the spirit of the previous 2 posts Shoot Em Up is also a movie you need to see just because it is what I like to call a specticle movie it is all fun to watch with that one scene that blurs the line between sex and gunplay.

Dam it! I've only seen one of these movies all the way through (Jurasic Park) and I've only seen pits of Superman 3 and 2001. To Netflix!

P.S. Don't worry Bob, I won't include the Expenebles since everyone and their mother has already seen the 'Together at last' scene from the promos.

I suppose I should just say it.

"I'M SICK OF THESE MOTHER-FUCKING SNAKES, ON THIS MOTHER-FUCKING PLANE!

And its TV incarnation: "I'M SICK OF THESE MONKEY-FIGHTING SNAKES, ON THIS MONDAY-TO-FRIDAY PLANE!"

Ninja Assassin: the opening scene. The rest of the movie is meh, but the opening scene blew me away and then that one girl from Pirates of the Caribean showed up and wore down the movie like the British guy in Faster.

I was hyped to see Snakes On a Plane but I heard it was s terrible waste of time from everyone that I know that actually saw it. Does the line make watching the rest of the film bearable?

tyriless:
I was hyped to see Snakes On a Plane but I heard it was s terrible waste of time from everyone that I know that actually saw it. Does the line make watching the rest of the film bearable?

It all depends on if you can turn your brain off for 2 hours and just sit back and watch the silliness. It is cheesy right down to the part where

Samuel L. Jackson does his best and the line will make you smile. I love the guy as an actor, in Shaft without him it would of been horrible he turns it into a great B movie.

I would say watch it, dont let anyone question your watching habits. (Unless you have a popped collar and your favorite movie is Transformers for the sole reason of Megan Fox's ass.)

I don't know. Probably the conclusion of The Usual Suspects. The annoying thing is I guessed it early on, then dismissed it and then it turned out I was right at the end. Made me jump out of my chair and shout "HOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHIT!!!"

I'm a Cyborg But That's Okay.

It's a crazy Korean rom com set in a mental institute, about a girl who thinks she's an android killing machine. Despite some early destressing scenes, the movie was still sorta family friendly, cuddle your girl-freind whilst you watch stuff.

And then this happens.

That comes out of nowhere. Did I mention it was by that same director who had a guy eat live octopuses?

Hey, that one part from 2001: A Space Odessey showed up! Which is awesome, given that I'm a sucker for the piece used in that bit (Atmosphéres by Ligeti, if you guys are wondering.). Apparently, though, Ligeti wasn't too happy about Kubrick's use of his music in 2001...

But yeah, cool list.

tyriless:
I was hyped to see Snakes On a Plane but I heard it was s terrible waste of time from everyone that I know that actually saw it. Does the line make watching the rest of the film bearable?

It was a bit of a letdown from the hype. If they had just gone with being a silly movie it might have been more enjoyable, but it seemed to try and keep one foot in "serious thriller" territory.

That said, I did appreciate some breaks with usual thriller convention. My favourite: The scientific snake expert they bring in is a bit weird (hey, he's a PhD), but once informed of the situation immediately takes over, telling the police exactly what they're dealing with and what response they need to take, and points them in the right direction for their case, all in plain language. It's a small bit, but it was nice to see a scientist in a movie be heroic and smart for being a scientist without being portrayed as a wizard or an action hero.

HankMan:
P.S. Don't worry Bob, I won't include the Expenebles since everyone and their mother has already seen the 'Together at last' scene from the promos.

I did like that scene, but maybe we should refer to it as "The meeting of the Planet Hollywood Board of Directors".

tyriless:
I was hyped to see Snakes On a Plane but I heard it was s terrible waste of time from everyone that I know that actually saw it. Does the line make watching the rest of the film bearable?

no

just look up that seen on youtube

In my opinion, you really missed out on one of the 'that one part was awesome's that everyone who watches films should be familiar with. The utterly epic "Children of Men" long take.

Still, the rest of your picks were great, especially "The Protector". I'll be showing my girlfriend that when she gets back! So I'll forgive you, this time. :D

I guess I'd go with a quality movie trumping a movie with a memorable scene. That's what single scenes are for me - memorable. Saw was a bland movie but <that one scene> got people talking enough to make 6 sequels. I'd almost call it a gimmick.

Basic Instinct
The seen where she uncrosses her legs the the first thing that popped into my head.

The part about The Lost World is so true

Very cool list, but...

The Lost World: This is the moment, in my mind, that Spielberg stopped being a can't-miss guy. I really enjoyed both books, and was a little irritated that the filmmaker decided that he would completely chunk Crichton's story for the sequel, but I sat through most of it. The doghouse hanging from the T-Rex's teeth, though, became the first time I ever walked out of the theater mid-movie.

The Protector (one-take fight): This is much more impressive to movie nerds than other people. Sometimes appreciating why a scene is SOOOO awesome requires at least a cursory understanding of the craft of movie making, but if appreciating that a scene is awesome forces you to be aware of the film-making process, most people aren't going to get it. This scene is slow-paced and plodding, even by 70's kung fu standards. Because of the way my brain has been trained by modern cinema, rather than thinking "holy crap, they're doing all this in one take", when they didn't cut as he went up the stairs, my first thought was "What the hell is going on? I can't see anything from this angle".

2001: This scene is definitely... different. While I love this movie and I LOVE Kubrick, I've always thought that the only reason this scene exists is because he didn't really know how to make a coherent and satisfying ending to this movie. So rather than just saying, "Ta Da!" and sending the audience home, he just put a bunch of weird imagery on the screen and hoped nobody noticed he never bothered to end it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XuPHlX0Di4

At 1:49 you get the BEST scene or The Expendables.
Terry Crews rocks... but was it worth paying for the movie?
Or just suffering the movies for that 1 sec scene?
Absolutely NOT.

Plus the scene with Bruce/Arnie/Sly is so blend.
They might crack jokes at each other, but there's no chemestry going on between the 3 of them.
Yes it's kinda of big moment in cinema, but wrapped in an horrible movie.
You want to talk about a scene that made History?

Pacino vs DeNiro in Heat.

The tragic thing about The Lost World was if you read the book it was practically a great screen play. It was writen for the movie. Bah.

I remember Mrs Storm's rack from Swordfish, but the scene that stuck with me in that movie was "This is what a home-made claymore does to a bunch of dumb asses." at the opening. Also liked Travola's opening monologue over a cigar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2EZK-YQHZo&feature=related

I think my personal favorite though is the very end of Smoking Aces, which is about the best "F-you, the world, and everything in it" moment I've ever seen.

The opening and ending bits of Wanted where the camera follows the one single shot backwards, from target back into the gun. "What the fuck have you done lately?"

Also the keyboard-smashing scene where keys, blood and, a tooth spell out 'Fuck You'. Both are kinda juvenile I guess but I still thought they were really cool parts of an over-all good movie.

I saw the fight between bruce lee and chuck norris, and it sucked. What I hate is when things are staged, and that is one of the worst fights in movie history that I've seen for a while, he clearly stops before hitting him almost every single time, oh, and the protector sucked, the one camera shot was cool until I realized I couldn't suspend my disbelief any longer when he was taking down people by throwing them once, or by not dieing in the final part of the movie, if you've seen it you'd now which part(s) I mean. Also, "goofy" is not to be confused with "stupid", as in "strapping elephant bones to your arms and making it so that you can't possibly use either in a real combat scenario is stupid."

I suspect that the German film Downfall would be nowhere near as well known without the scene where Hitler realises the war is lost and has a big rant at his generals.
Of course, it's a minor internet phenomenon because of that scene, but with the subtitles changed to something funnier.
(For example - Hitler gets banned form Xbox Live, Hitler finds out his car has been vandalised)

"the (onscreen) romantic entanglement of the two female leads."

...And my interest in this film has completely evaporated. Not every guy thinks "lesbians r hawt."

My thoughts on "that one legendary scene" in general are, if that's all a movie has going for it, it's going to fall prey to YouTube before too long.

For me, the "ultimate trip" in 2001 was the low point of the movie. It's the one scene that I would be happy to see cut out entirely. It's just . . . colours. I've seen those before. Rest of the film makes up for it, though. Really, I'd consider every scene apart from that scene to be "that one scene", if that makes any sense. Which it doesn't. Oh well. I just really love 2001, OK?

I hated that sequence in 2001. It was such a waste of time for anyone who wasn't high out of their minds.

I would have to nominate the original Gone in 60 Seconds for that EPIC car chase; it really was the ONLY redeeming part of that flick.

PhiMed:
Very cool list, but...

The Protector (one-take fight): This is much more impressive to movie nerds than other people. Sometimes appreciating why a scene is SOOOO awesome requires at least a cursory understanding of the craft of movie making, but if appreciating that a scene is awesome forces you to be aware of the film-making process, most people aren't going to get it. This scene is slow-paced and plodding, even by 70's kung fu standards. Because of the way my brain has been trained by modern cinema, rather than thinking "holy crap, they're doing all this in one take", when they didn't cut as he went up the stairs, my first thought was "What the hell is going on? I can't see anything from this angle".

My Brother is an extra in this scene (tall white guy #2, the asshole that runs by and looks at the camera at one part) and he told me they only filmed it twice, which makes it more impressive. The first time they got part way through, then when that guy gets thrown over the balcony and smashes that pagoda thing it didn't break right, he got fucked up and they had to do it again.

Similar to the Swordfish scene is Katie Holmes near the end of The Gift...I don't remember anything about the plot of the movie, but I remember one scene...It's made funnier because they reference it in Harold and Kumar.

Remember all those titles Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris won away from movie martial arts, in the real world of competative fighting? What, niehter ever won any? Not one competition, title, or tournament? Not a single one? Wow, you mean it was all fake?

Is it just me, or did that Protector fight scene just look like one long version of that test at the police academy? Don't hit the lady! Don't hit the guy in the suit! Hit the dudes in leather! Bang Bang Bang!

Still very entertaining though.

TaboriHK:
I hated that sequence in 2001. It was such a waste of time for anyone who wasn't high out of their minds.

Same could be said for most scenes of the damn movie. Why do we need to see ten minutes of space ships floating around to the Blue Danube waltz? Couldn't they have established as much in 20 seconds?

Oh, yeah, who could forget this memorable scene from the house of wax remake?

The new Predators film is full of these... Sort of a mash up between seeing a Predator on Predator fight or the Sword duel with the Predator.

PhiMed:
Very cool list, but...

The Protector (one-take fight): This is much more impressive to movie nerds than other people. Sometimes appreciating why a scene is SOOOO awesome requires at least a cursory understanding of the craft of movie making, but if appreciating that a scene is awesome forces you to be aware of the film-making process, most people aren't going to get it. This scene is slow-paced and plodding, even by 70's kung fu standards. Because of the way my brain has been trained by modern cinema, rather than thinking "holy crap, they're doing all this in one take", when they didn't cut as he went up the stairs, my first thought was "What the hell is going on? I can't see anything from this angle".

Try watching that as a film student, amateur director and a martial artist (who also studies Muay Thai (or Muy Thai as Bob spells it)) that scene has been put on my top ten for best ever scenes filmed... I watched that and I almost drooled. Takes more talent than people would realise to pull that off, not just having the camera in the perfect positions at the perfect time. No, the choreography, the timing of the actors had to be perfect in order to pull that off, not one goof, not one mistake... missing a move or anything... Had to be perfect and it was.

Though sadly, to my friends who aren't media savvy... They don't really see the big deal.

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