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Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ©brad on March 05, 2003, 05:22:24 AM
Magnolia has a lot of em, but would like to hear about other specific scenes or sequences in any film that really hit you hard. Magnolia is really an emotionally exhausting film (don't mean that in a negative way).

One that comes to mind is during Requiem after the 3-minute finale when Sara's friends come and see her in the hospital and the look on their face- then it cuts to them outside on the bench crying as the camera pulls back- MAN, I lose it everytime.

Any other scenes that really give you chills? make you cry, sad, angry?
Title: Re: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Dirk on March 05, 2003, 06:01:40 AM
Quote from: cbrad4d
One that comes to mind is during Requiem after the 3-minute finale when Sara's friends come and see her in the hospital and the look on their face- then it cuts to them outside on the bench crying as the camera pulls back- MAN, I lose it everytime.


I was thinking Requiem too but when Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly are talking for the last time over the phone. Very sad  :cry:
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Ghostboy on March 05, 2003, 07:34:43 AM
When E.T. dies.

When Travis Bickle wreaks his vengeance in 'Taxi Driver.'

When the two sisters finally break down and hug each other in 'Cries And Whispers' and their words a replaced with a string sonata.

Pretty much of all 'The Piano Teacher' is one horribly harrowing scene after another...but I'll single out the final act of onscreen violence, which functions as a sort of release.

But especially when E.T. dies.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ©brad on March 05, 2003, 08:15:23 AM
This was mentioned in another thread, but the Llorando scene in Mulholland Dr. is amazing.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: phil marlowe on March 05, 2003, 09:43:52 AM
totally agree with the Llorando/blue box scene even though as if the scene is most shocking when the blue box appears and the caracters react.

There must be alot, but I can't seem to remember any for the moment.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Pubrick on March 05, 2003, 10:11:10 AM
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when marge forgives bart at the end of "Marge Be Not Proud."
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: SHAFTR on March 05, 2003, 10:19:38 AM
How about Odessa Step sequence in Battleship Potemkin?
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Cecil on March 05, 2003, 10:23:06 AM
ear scene (reservoir dogs/ blue velvet)
yelling out "penis" to his mother (born on the 4th of july)
daffoe killed (platoon)
"show me how you suck a guys cock" (bad lieutenant)

just to name a few...
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Newtron on March 05, 2003, 10:23:53 AM
Quote from: SHAFTR
How about Odessa Step sequence in Battleship Potemkin?

Yeah sure thing grampa.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Raikus on March 05, 2003, 10:39:07 AM
The bathroom scene in Full Metal Jacket and the dive scene in Das Boot.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: SHAFTR on March 05, 2003, 10:42:18 AM
Quote

SHAFTR wrote:
How about Odessa Step sequence in Battleship Potemkin?

Yeah sure thing grampa.


fine than....the steps scene in The Untouchables.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ©brad on March 05, 2003, 10:43:42 AM
Al Pacino's speech in the locker room towards the end of Any Given Sunday.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: MacGuffin on March 05, 2003, 12:15:29 PM
*Shower scene in Psycho
*The entire Sunday May 11th, 1980 sequence in GoodFellas.
*Christ carrying the cross in slo-mo in Last Temptation Of Christ.
*All of Natural Born Killers, but specifically the Drug Zone scene and the riot sequence.
*The entire court trail in JFK.
* The On The Prowl sequence in Boogie Nights.
*Ending of Se7en.
*Perfect Day sequence in Trainspotting.
*When Derek kills the intruders (teeth on the sidewalk) in American History X.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ©brad on March 05, 2003, 12:34:51 PM
Good list. Also, the opening title sequence of JFK is pretty remarkable. (love John William's score)
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Satcho9 on March 05, 2003, 01:05:42 PM
When Joe Pesci is killed in Casino. Fucking brutal.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: life_boy on March 05, 2003, 02:36:29 PM
* Frank's death: In the Bedroom.
Todd Field doesn't try to make this an 'emotional peak scene' by slowly cueing the music or by using any slow-motion, he goes against all that and only let's us hear the gun shot and the aftermath while building tension the whole time.  It's a great scene and one that I still can't quite say exactly when the shot comes.

* Quiz kid Donnie Smith in the bar: Magnolia.
There are many sequences in Magnolia that are very emotional points, but it wasn't until looking at this film way after the fact that I really "got" William H. Macy's Donnie Smith.  Until then he had just been a kind of wierd character that I didn't really understand; it was a good performance, but nothing I would write home about.  But then, I watched the film again and it was this scene that shook me more than even Mackey's bedside tears, "Wise Up", Phil's 'scene of the movie', or even the frogs.  It was somehow after seeing the movie numerous times that I caught every nuance in Macy's portayal.  The words spoken are so poetic, but I didn't doubt their sincerity because the performances were so flawless.

* Alvin and Lyle meet again: The Straight Story.
The scene is almost silent.  The emotional weight carried only in the looks of Harry Dean Stanton and Richard Farnsworth as the estranged brothers finally meet after Alvin's long journey.  The whole film was slowly building up to this, but the moment is not ruined by throwing in too much dialogue or even spoken forgiveness.  We know what they said in the looks on their faces, and that's what makes the scene so beautiful.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: BonBon85 on March 05, 2003, 02:45:56 PM
400 Blows: Carnival ride and run to the beach
Magnolia: Wise Up, Save Me and Stanley has to go to the bathroom
Amelie: End (moped ride)
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: oakmanc234 on March 06, 2003, 12:33:10 AM
Powerful scenes/sequences:

D-Day invasion-SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Opening murder-SCREAM
'Stuck in the middle with you'-RESERVIOR DOGS
Opening shark attack-JAWS
Shower scene-PSYCHO
Cornfield murder-CASINO
At the dinner table-TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
'Don't go away you f***ing asshole'-MAGNOLIA
Crying problem-PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE
'Cook the man some f***ing eggs!'-ONCE WERE WARRIORS
Michael in the corner-THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
Final moments-REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
'Smile'-ROAD TO PERDITION

I could think of more but I'm feeling kind of down from thinking of all these......
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: snaporaz on March 06, 2003, 12:50:42 AM
the very last scene of the ice storm.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ProgWRX on March 07, 2003, 08:40:25 AM
Off the top of my head :

Amélie : The sequence when she is bouncing rocks on the stream while crouching on a bridge. I dont know, but the mixture of the camera work and the music on this scene just gets to me every time I see it.

Being a Cameron Crowe fanboy, there are various moments in his movies that also get to me, some might consider these cheesy but oh well :

Jerry Maguire : When Ray (the kid) hugs and kisses Jerry on the kitchen while Renee watches.

Vanilla Sky : Many scenes, but mainly when we are shown David's wake, and Sofia's reaction to seeing the things in his apartment, the memories of what could have been. Also the end sequence, when David jumps and we see the montage of images of his "life flashing before his eyes" to Sigur Ros's music.

Almost Famous : The Tiny Dancer scene (yes its cheesy but i love it) , the scene where William is about to lose his virginity, when you see the tight shot on William's eyes, and in them you can see the reflection of the girls moving around in front around him. Also, the scene where William tells Penny she was sold for $50 and a case of beer, I just love her reaction.

Too many to list...
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: children with angels on March 07, 2003, 09:19:14 AM
Fuckin' A on the end of The Ice Storm: I love that movie so much. Also Mikey's death sequence in that film.

Also, surely I have to say:
                                       the end of Vertigo
                                       the end of 8 1/2
                                       the end of The Sweet Hereafter
                                       the end of Buffalo 66
                                       the end of Fight Club
                                       the end of 2001
                                       the end of Before Sunrise
                                       the end of Barton Fink
                                       the end of Dancer in the Dark

...Endings are so important to how you feel about a film: they are the moments that affect you most deeply, and have the greatest potential to change you. I guess it's partly because endings in general are kind of a false construct that only appear in art, not really in life.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: polkablues on March 07, 2003, 03:03:56 PM
Quote from: children with angels

                                       the end of 8 1/2
                                       the end of The Sweet Hereafter
                                       the end of Fight Club
                                       the end of Before Sunrise
                                       the end of Barton Fink
                                       the end of Dancer in the Dark


Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

The explosion in "The End of the Affair"
The end of "Waking the Dead"
The end of "The Vanishing"
Title: Dancer in the Dark
Post by: Dekadetia on March 19, 2003, 12:45:19 AM
For me in Dancer in the Dark, it's not even the end itself but one brief moment -- Catherine Deneuve handing the glasses to Bjork -- in which I find my emotions overwhelmed every time.

Also I would add the end of Salo, which, through a simple optical device, perpetrates a sort of attack on the audience by the director, the effect of which... well, you see it and you know.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: lamas on March 19, 2003, 11:31:26 PM
Unforgiven - slo-mo of William Munny taking a drink after learning of Ned's death and then the shoot-out in Greely's

Star Wars Ep. II - when Yoda uses the lightsaber (you know you had chills too)
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ProgWRX on March 20, 2003, 11:44:18 AM
yeah chills of feeling sick because Lucas had just desecrated Yoda and made him comic relief...

 :evil:
Title: Scenes
Post by: CollinBullock on March 20, 2003, 02:49:32 PM
A few of my favorite scenes:

-  The end of Brazil.  What I believe is the european ending.  When it pulls back on him and he just hums and the credits go up, FUCKING BRILLIANT!

-  The opening scene of 8 1/2, is great.  A perfect summing up of the film, and Fellini's continual obsession with reality and fantasy and their push and pull.

-  The scene in Requiem For A Dream when Harry and Marion talk to each other on the bed.  The screen is split in half, and we keep going from profile shots to extreme closeups.  A great technique to add intinmacy and beauty.

-  The first scene in the art museum in Vertigo is great, because it shows how Hitchcock was completely in charge of the mood of the scene, no matter what was actually being shown.

That's all for now.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: joke08 on March 20, 2003, 09:56:25 PM
the hotel fight scene between patricia arquette and james gandolfini in True Romance - by far one of the most violent things ever, mostly because it's a nice, sweet girl.

the dinner, pass the asparagus, in American Beauty.

can i say the butt sex scene in Pulp Fiction?

the end of Usual Suspects.

the diner scene in Easy Rider

The end of Godfather I - ok, just this once you can ask me about my business...ha, lie to her mikey.

all of Memento and the end of Following.

so much more.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: oakmanc234 on March 20, 2003, 11:41:25 PM
I can't believe I forgot about the Arquette/Gandolfini fight in 'True Romance'. That scene was so f***ing brutal. Horrible. This big guy bashing the heck out of this little girl before she eventually stabs/flames/shoots/beats him.

Ugh. Maybe that scene was better left forgotten...
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Pedro on March 20, 2003, 11:47:14 PM
End of The Godfather Part II
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: KingBlackDeath on March 27, 2003, 02:06:49 AM
What about the scene in Requiem that makes it impossible for me to take it off my top ten because it was one of only about 5 scenes ever to make me cry: The scene when Harry comes to visit his mom and she is talking about her lonely life, etc..etc..

another of my cry scenes: Amelie in the kitchen near the end when she starts fantasizing and then cries... that's exactly how I feel about my life in relationships so far: you're too afraid so you're destined to be alone. but the ending is great and makes it all alright.

The dream sequence in "The Celebration (festen)"

The last shot/ending of "Being There"
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: bonanzataz on March 27, 2003, 12:13:56 PM
Quote from: BigBadDeath
The last shot/ending of "Being There"


 :-D
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: fulty on March 27, 2003, 11:22:45 PM
"Joy-Luck-Club" when the cart breaks.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: jonas on April 10, 2003, 12:53:59 AM
HAL's shutdown in 2001: A Space Odyssey -
"I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it."

Amelie - the sweeping over-the-head shot of Amelie skipping rocks in the canal. Great cinematography and great music.

Goodfellas - Layla sequence

Requiem For a Dream - when Sara is drugged out in the hospital and her eyes are wide open and tears start coming out.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: cowboykurtis on April 10, 2003, 01:10:19 AM
IM MAD AS HELL AND IM NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE sequence from Network.

Russian Roulette sequence in Deer Hunter

Montage Sequence in Graduate with the transitions from the pool to the bed.

Opening shot of Touch of Evil

the Parallel Climax Sequence of D W Griffith's Intolerance

Baptism sequence from Godfather

Make Em' Laugh -- Singing in the Rain

the end of Its A Wonderful Life
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: SHAFTR on April 10, 2003, 02:40:05 AM
Quote

Opening shot of Touch of Evil


YES!!!  I agree.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: SoNowThen on April 10, 2003, 11:48:39 AM
Last sequence of Red: "7 survivors..."

Band Of Outsiders: the Madison in the Cafe
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Sleuth on April 10, 2003, 02:10:34 PM
Requiem for a Dream:  Harry calls Marion (near the end)
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ShanghaiOrange on April 10, 2003, 04:52:00 PM
The Ludovico Method in A Clockwork Orange.
The walk down the trench and the sing along in The Paths of Glory
The release of Mordicai in The Royal Tenenbaums
Dignan's run for it in Bottle Rocket.

All of Apocalypse Now. My personal favorite is the scene at the bridge when Willard tries to find a commanding officer.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: -dazza- on April 22, 2003, 11:08:55 AM
Apocalypse Now - Kilgore striding across the sand

Leon - Leon getting shot at the end

Shawshank Redemption - Tommy Williams' shooting

Bangkok Dangerous - Closing Scene

Se7en - Closing Scene

The Godfather - Don Corleone's shooting on the street


There's probably loads more, but I can't think of them.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Cecil on April 22, 2003, 09:09:24 PM
you like it when people get murdered, dont you?
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Post by: chainsmoking insomniac on April 23, 2003, 07:43:48 AM
1) Don Corleone's murder scene
2) Spaghetti and Helicopters sequence (Goodfellas)
3) "Frogs are raining from the sky!" Phil Hoffman, Magnolia
4) The attack sequence (Flight of the Valkries) in Apocolypse Now/"I order you to go surfing!" (Kilgore after the attack)
5) The library scene in Se7en (with Bach's "Air" playing, the long dollies and slow cuts as Morgan walks through the steeped aisles of books)
6) The music video sequence (Wise Up) in Magnolia...whew....
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Redlum on April 28, 2003, 06:07:07 PM
I dunno why but there's this scene In Forest Gump, when he's just driving along on his sit on mower before Jenny returns briefly. It sounds almost comical given the character but I think its a beautiful character moment. Its hard to describe.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: chainsmoking insomniac on April 28, 2003, 07:53:23 PM
Great quote redlum :)
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Post by: Recce on April 28, 2003, 10:02:33 PM
Sequence at the end of Requiem for a dream, when Jared Leto has his arm cut off and everyone goes into the fetus position. That hit me harder then anything I can remember. The music played a huge role in that.

The head drilling sequence in Pie as well. I love Aronofski.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Pedro on April 28, 2003, 10:25:56 PM
Quote from: Recce


The head drilling sequence in Pi  as well. I love Aronofsky.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Stringstroker on April 29, 2003, 01:11:17 AM
Royal Tenenbaums - Margot stepping out of the bus
Made - The Little girl hugging Jon Favreau in the end
Punch Drunk Love - Barry and Lena's first kiss
Anything in Amelie
Anything in Magnolia

And a couple of Guilty Pleasure ones that I am sure I will get crap about:
Moulin Rouge - the Duet on the Elephant
Notting Hill - The Season change sequence.  Seriously, that is the only redeemable thing about that movie.  I love that shot.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: dufresne on April 30, 2003, 02:47:17 AM
fuck there are so many to choose from.

the one in my mind right now [Immortal Beloved] is the young Beethoven running through the forrest under a starlit sky, laying in the still lake with the stars reflecting off the water.  all while to "Ode to Joy" is pounding in the background.

fucking moves me to tears.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Grand Epic on May 08, 2003, 04:53:39 PM
Has anybody mentioned these three sequences from Andrei Rublvg yet?
1. The pagan festival.
2. The Tartar invasion.
3. The last part of the film, the bell-making sequence.

These three are absolutely brilliant.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: ratsorizzo on May 08, 2003, 09:58:13 PM
1.Drugstore Cowboy-Epeileptic Seizure
2.The Graduate-Entire wedding till end sequence.
3.Apocalypse Now-Death of Col.Kurtz (Marlon Brando) while The Doors   play in the background.
4.Heat-Final bank robbery.
5.Raging Bull-Entire film plays like a masterpeice.
6.Barry Lyndon-When hes walking toward the women he loves the Shuberts theme plays. The whole film is like one huge painting.
And theres thousands of more.......
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: godardian on May 08, 2003, 10:54:24 PM
Husbands and Wives - Several scenes... the May-December's lover's quarrel between Sydney Pollack and Lysette Anthony is just brutal, as is the ensuing husband/wife spat between Pollack and Judy Davis. This is my favorite Woody Allen film.

I've been discussing Safe on some of the other boards, and I think the "sharing circle" scene towards the end of the film, as well as the final shot, are devastating. The sharing circle bit, especially- each of these lost souls details why they've come to live at the retreat and seek answers from the New Age guru, and the guru gives them the most glib, irresponsible, almost cruel answers... and they accept it, because it's at least an answer. It's so true and so heartbreaking...

The transition from coat-room to wash-room in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and her Lover, with the changing colors, are also emblazoned forever on my cinematic memory.

Probably more later... those are right off the top of my head.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: USTopGun47 on May 24, 2003, 10:24:42 AM
Quote from: Satcho9
When Joe Pesci is killed in Casino. Fucking brutal.
When Joe Pesci is killed in Goodfellas.   :-D
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Sleuth on May 24, 2003, 10:40:19 AM
Almost Famous when Zooey Deschanel's character is leaving home and the camera is attached on the side of the car, and she leans out the window waving goodbye
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: USTopGun47 on May 24, 2003, 11:18:08 AM
The window scene - The Hours
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Fernando on May 24, 2003, 03:42:10 PM
A scene that has stayed a lot in my mind is from Monster's Ball, when Sonny (Heath Ledger) tells Hank (Thornton) that he most admit he has always hated him.

It goes like this.

Sonny Grotowski: You hate me. You hate me, don't you? Answer me! You hate me don't you!
Hank Grotowski: Yes, I hate you. Always have.
Sonny Grotowski: Well I've always loved you.

And he kills himself.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: godardian on May 24, 2003, 03:43:51 PM
Quote from: Fernando
A scene that has stayed a lot in my mind is from Monster's Ball, when Sonny (Heath Ledger) tells Hank (Thornton) that he most admit he has always hated him.

It goes like this.

Sonny Grotowski: You hate me. You hate me, don't you? Answer me! You hate me don't you!
Hank Grotowski: Yes, I hate you. Always have.
Sonny Grotowski: Well I've always loved you.

And he kills himself.

 
I thought the movie overall was uneven, but this part really got me, too.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Fernando on May 24, 2003, 04:05:45 PM
Quote from: godardian
Quote from: Fernando
A scene that has stayed a lot in my mind is from Monster's Ball, when Sonny (Heath Ledger) tells Hank (Thornton) that he most admit he has always hated him.

It goes like this.

Sonny Grotowski: You hate me. You hate me, don't you? Answer me! You hate me don't you!
Hank Grotowski: Yes, I hate you. Always have.
Sonny Grotowski: Well I've always loved you.

And he kills himself.

 
I thought the movie overall was uneven, but this part really got me, too.



It was the most memorable scene of this film, isn't it?
 
The obvious answer would be Berry's reaction when seeing his kid in the hospital, but I wonder which mother wouldn't react like that? She lost her son obviously she'll be completely devastated.

OTOH, while I don't have brothers I just couldn't imagine that I would be so cold to say that to my brother and just watch how he kills himself.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Xixax on May 24, 2003, 05:47:36 PM
There were a lot of great things in Monsters Ball that you guys are overlooking.

One of the most powerful scenes to me was when Halle Berry started beating the shit out of her kid for being fat. Maybe because it hit close to home for me. I could identify with that kid a lot. When problems came up as a kid, my drug of choice was also food. It's clear that this kid's weight problems have nothing whatsoever to do with him just overeating. His problems go extremely deep, and here's his mom, the one person he has left in his life to love him, and she's verbally and physically abusing him over it.

That scene was tough.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: godardian on May 24, 2003, 06:03:25 PM
Quote from: Xixax
There were a lot of great things in Monsters Ball that you guys are overlooking.

One of the most powerful scenes to me was when Halle Berry started beating the shit out of her kid for being fat. Maybe because it hit close to home for me. I could identify with that kid a lot. When problems came up as a kid, my drug of choice was also food. It's clear that this kid's weight problems have nothing whatsoever to do with him just overeating. His problems go extremely deep, and here's his mom, the one person he has left in his life to love him, and she's verbally and physically abusing him over it.

That scene was tough.


I thought that kid was fantastic. I think it was the Berry/Thornton stuff- especially the ending- that I felt sort of didn't go deep enough (and please keep your minds out of the gutter with that little comment).

That kid though... that was another excellent part of the film. I saw it as a horrible chain/cycle of being beat down. The world beats his mom down, the mom beats her kid down... (even though it comes from her wanting him not to be like his father). Very sad, very moving.

I wonder if that kid has been in anything else?
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: USTopGun47 on June 18, 2003, 08:45:43 PM
Quote from: dufresne
fuck there are so many to choose from.

the one in my mind right now [Immortal Beloved] is the young Beethoven running through the forrest under a starlit sky, laying in the still lake with the stars reflecting off the water.  all while to "Ode to Joy" is pounding in the background.

fucking moves me to tears.

I adore that scene, begining at the concert and going into that flashback.  Man what a great and liberating shot, so much behind it.  Also, the suicide scene in Royal Tenenbaums.
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Post by: AlguienEstolamiPantalones on June 18, 2003, 08:48:29 PM
the kid in monsters ball breaks my heart

i really feel so sad when i see that section of the film
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Post by: filmcritic on July 29, 2003, 03:21:50 PM
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Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: freakerdude on October 10, 2003, 01:25:56 AM
some that have and have not been mentioned:

Platoon - when Elias (Willem Dafoe) is left behind for dead but emerges from the brush being chased by the enemy. His final shot with his hands raised high in the air as he was on his knees being shot evoked an impression of complete helplessness and abandonment....very moving.

Apocolypse Now - the entire part of Kurtz's slaughter from where Sheen raises up with a sword....to the Doors' "The End". The early morning helicopter raid just as they take off is heavy too.

Scarface - the final showdown

Blue Velvet - from the time Frank Booth (Hopper) meets Jeffery (Kyle M)

Pulp Fiction - store basement rape scene

True Romance - Arquette's motel room brawl and the ending

The Professional - Leon's death but not without vengeance for Matilda.

Full Metal Jacket - Pyle's death is heavy!

Jaws - first attack with no doubt!

Tora! Tora! Tora! - it all builds up to the final attack.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: luctruff on October 10, 2003, 03:48:54 AM
mine picks are two scenes dealing with dead wives

brando talking to his dead wife in 'last tango in paris'
tom hanks talking to his dead wife in 'forrest gump'
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: luctruff on October 10, 2003, 03:49:44 AM
damn, i forgot to mention every single scene in 'umberto d.'
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Post by: eward on October 10, 2003, 07:51:09 AM
Quote from: freakerdude

Pulp Fiction - store basement rape scene


you disgust me.





joke....
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Post by: pookiethecat on October 10, 2003, 03:45:32 PM
spoilers for heavenly creatures, kissing jessica stein, magnolia, and the piano teacher

murder scene in heavenly creatures.  

actually better: the conversation between pauline, juliet, and mrs. rieper BEFORE the murder scene while they're eating desserts.  "go ahead mum, take another..."  wow.

'coming-out' scene with tovah feldshuh and jennifer westfeldt.  

the "did you touch her" scene from magnolia.

the final shot of the piano teacher when huppert's character flings the knife into her chest with that obscene terrifying look on her face.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Alexandro on October 10, 2003, 04:31:12 PM
the helicopter's sequence in APOCALYPSE NOW
(pretty much all of that movies is one amazing sequence after another but that one's the best)
the final sequence in CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, it just makes me cry
the corn fields sequence in CASINO
the astronauts hanguing out and spending time on 2001, with that music...is just beautiful
Tom Cruise's breakdown in MAGNOLIA
The final sequence in SCARFACE
Tom Hank's crying in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
David being abandoned in the woods in A.I.
"Perfect Day" sequence in TRAINSPOTTING
the father and son confrontation at the end of HAPPINESS
that long take in LENNY
Pacino crying at the end of GODFATHER III
Mufasa's murder in THE LION KING
the guetto killings sequence in SCHINDLER'S LIST
the riots in DO THE RIGHT THING
the asa nisi nasa moment in 8 1/2
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: anakin_e on October 10, 2003, 09:34:46 PM
Star Wars: ESB - "I am your father" speech
Being There - last scene
2001 - last scene
Barry Lyndon - last duel
Reservoir Dogs - the ear
Apocalypse Now - Helicopter attack
Gandhi - the stree shooting
The Great Escape - the death of 'the mole' (Steve McQueen is such a badass)
Bridge on the River Kwai - every scene with Alec Guinness (especially "what the hell have i done")
Lawrence of Arabia - when Lawrence returns with the lost arab, and the later scene where he must execute the man he saved
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - last shot
Clockwork Orange - the opening shot in the milk bar
Title: Re: re
Post by: godardian on October 10, 2003, 09:39:46 PM
Quote from: pookiethecat


the final shot of the piano teacher when huppert's character flings the knife into her chest with that obscene terrifying look on her face.


Yes, that is absolutely wrenching. I loved that movie.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: pookiethecat on October 10, 2003, 11:59:31 PM
me too godardian.  

haneke never really let you like huppert's character as an anti-hero because her acts were just so descipable. but b/c she was simply acting according to her very twisted nature, a new dimension comes into play. she never had a chance ...a decision was never made to make her evil, and in that regard, she never had the same opportunity most of us have to be decent human beings (heightened by her incredible opportunity as a brilliant musician).  and thus it becomes tragic.    

i suppose your enjoyment of the film depends on how you view criminals and the depraved.  i have gotten into discussions with my parents on whether or not pedophiles or murderers are bad or evil.  and my parents take the position that they are...they would have hated the piano teacher.  because you have to accept the character as a product of something sick and a character with more depth than the 'evil' label gives credit to.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: coffeebeetle on October 11, 2003, 11:32:21 AM
My brother and I got into an argument about whether John Doe in Se7en was in fact evil.  When I hear the words "good" or "evil" I automatically associate them with deification/religion/whatever.  And as much as alot of us wish to think, people like John Doe (in real life) are just human.   I think people use these labels because they don't want to really study the nature of depravity...in other words, explaining things that are completely fucked-up is an easy out, and far too dismissive.

But I suppose this is for another thread.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Vile5 on October 12, 2003, 12:40:26 PM
Helicopter/Wagner's sequence - Apocalypse Now!!!!!!!!
Torture sequence - Audition  :shock:
The chicken's sequence (opening' scene) - City of God
Donnie Smith's speech in the bar - Magnolia
Llorando - Mulholland Drive

 
and i don't remember more....
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Squawks on October 19, 2003, 06:52:45 PM
Swimming out as adults in Gattaca
The end of Gattaca
The car accident in Signs
Reading the letter from the nun in About Schmidt
Laura Brown in the flooding hotel room in The Hours
The opening ceremony of the orgy in Eyes Wide Shut
Bringing out the dead in Bringing out the Dead
Cutting the patio railing in Bringing out the Dead
Claudia cutting her hair in Interview with the Vampire
"I had to kill a lot of people" mono in American Psycho
The end of Of Mice and Men
Sam swiming out to Fordo in Fellowship of the Ring
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: eward on October 19, 2003, 08:39:54 PM
Quote from: Squawks

The end of Of Mice and Men


gary sinise or the other one?
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Squawks on October 19, 2003, 09:00:27 PM
I've only seen the one with Sinise and Malkovich.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: eward on October 19, 2003, 10:46:03 PM
me too
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Spike on October 20, 2003, 07:44:51 AM
The very last shot of "Once Upon A Time in America", where Bobby De Niro smiles and this sad music starts.

The scene in "Magnolia", where Bill Macy is sitting together with Henry Gibson in the bar and the Supertramp-song "When I was young..." starts.

The scene in "Boogie Nights", in which Jack is walking through this kind of factory right before the Amber at court-scene. The music was simply amazing! Where can I find that music?
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: MacGuffin on October 20, 2003, 10:29:32 AM
Quote from: Spike
The scene in "Boogie Nights", in which Jack is walking through this kind of factory right before the Amber at court-scene. The music was simply amazing! Where can I find that music?


It's Michael Penn's "The Big Top" on "Boogie Nights Soundtrack 1"
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Spike on October 20, 2003, 12:12:51 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: Spike
The scene in "Boogie Nights", in which Jack is walking through this kind of factory right before the Amber at court-scene. The music was simply amazing! Where can I find that music?


It's Michael Penn's "The Big Top" on "Boogie Nights Soundtrack 1"


Thanks! I'll check it out as soon as possible!
Michael Penn and Jon Brion are really fucking geniuses!
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: nineteenseventyseven on January 24, 2005, 10:11:32 PM
Hopefully this thread will be resurrect...
This is more therapeutic for me so:

Lost In Translation--Bob leaving Tokyo
The Kid Stays In the Picture--Ali McGraw leaving with Steve McQueen
Magnolia--whole movie; the last half specifically
Boogie Nights--the whole downward spiral sequence and everything after
Kill Bill vol.2--Beatrix and Bill confrontation
American Movie--Uncle Bill's end monologue
Adaptation--Donald Kaufman's death
La Dolce Vita--monster on the beach ending
Buffalo '66--the last few minutes
Rushmore--"Oh La La" slo-mo dance
Royal Tenenbaums--"Fairest of the Seasons" ending
Sideways--Miles' light cry when talking to his ex-wife
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind--so many
American Beauty--after Kevin Spacey's murder
Annie Hall--Los Angeles goodbye; memories
The Godfather Part II--Fredo's murder
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: matt35mm on January 24, 2005, 10:48:40 PM
Bloody Sunday--from when the first real bullet is fired to the end of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2 (goes on for 4 minutes after the end credits or so).

Y'know, a single (or a few) onscreen guns freak me out.  Once they fire, I'm cool.  The scenes where the gun never fires drive me crazy with tension.  When the gun is on the BRINK of going off... or when there is a gun that might accidentally go off.

Scenes where a whole bunch of guns are firing are quite soothing, actually.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: aalixjr on January 25, 2005, 12:15:14 AM
for me it's the scene in whale rider where the girl is kissing the whale...
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: cine on January 25, 2005, 12:22:24 AM
yeah thats pretty hot, huh.. whale-on-girl action...

you sicken me.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: MacGuffin on January 25, 2005, 12:33:11 AM
Quote from: cinephile
whale-on-girl action...


Mmmmmm...humpback style.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Two Lane Blacktop on January 25, 2005, 09:46:47 AM
The whole "Mad World" montage at the end of Donnie Darko, with everyone waking up and their various reactions.

When Robin Williams is following Amanda Plummer through Grand Central Station in The Fisher King, and everyone but them starts a waltz...  and then, on cue, everybody stops at the same moment and the dream is over.  That gives me chills (in a good way).  

Alec Baldwin's entire scene in Glengarry Glen Ross...  that'll peel the paint right off your living room walls.  

The first murder scene in Dario Argento's Suspiria, when a disembodied arm smashes through a window, grabs a woman standing there, and then pulls her face into the glass.  It makes no sense whatsoever, but it is incredibly freaky to behold.

2LB
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: eward on January 25, 2005, 10:50:58 AM
Quote from: Two Lane Blacktop
...  that'll peel the paint right off your living room walls.  


i don't know why, but that really made me laugh.
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: kotte on May 10, 2005, 11:36:27 AM
A scene I've been thinking about for weeks now...

Lars von Triers The Kingdom
Stig Helmer talks to the mother of the child he brain damaged during surgery.
"I've opened a few skulls in my time. That snot-nosed kid wasn't the first."

Ice-cold,  horrible and fantastic...
Title: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: Myxo on May 10, 2005, 12:33:03 PM
Sixth Sense..

There is a moment in the film when a father watches the video of his wife poisoning their daughter. The slow push-in on his face and the music to match is flawless.
Title: Re: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: jenkins on November 08, 2019, 02:41:43 AM
what do you mean
Title: Re: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: polkablues on November 08, 2019, 11:02:15 AM
What do you mean, what do you mean
Title: Re: Powerful scenes/sequences
Post by: jenkins on November 08, 2019, 12:50:43 PM
not how i was thinking about it