A personal note before I go – today is the last day at my internship and I’m very excited to get a break between work and school but just beware I’m probably going to be posting more on here since I’ll have more free time.
Ah yes, let’s talk about my favorite movie scenes. I’m not going to rank them because that is just going to be a little too difficult for me to decide – it would be like picking a favorite child. But I do have quite a list of movie scenes I really enjoy so here are some of them!
“Help me help you” Jerry Maguire
This is one of the best Tom Cruise performances – which is saying a lot because out of the forty-some movies Cruise has been in throughout his career, the majority of his work is actually quite good. But damn, this particular scene in Jerry Maguire is true unhinged Tom Cruise at his best. From the way he yells “fine, fine, fine!” and kicks the bathroom wall to the way he clenches his fist before uttering the iconic “God, help me” to Rod, Cruise is off the walls in this scene. “It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, OK?” is one of my favorite lines in a movie ever (so much so that sometimes I just say it out loud unprompted for no reason) and honestly, one of the most impressive things about the delivery is that Cruise somehow makes his left eye twitch while talking to Rod. It’s crazy… people (including me) obsess over Tom Cruise’s ability to do stunts and stuff but the fact that the man can make his eye twitch because he’s so in character is so much more impressive to me. God, I love this scene.
“It won’t match” “It doesn’t have to match” The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E is one of my favorite movies – it has pretty much all the things I love (spies, the Cold War, vintage cars, dumb names like “Napoleon”, and Henry Cavill). This is one of my favorite scenes in the movie – Ilya and Napoleon are picking out some lovely new clothes for Gaby (Alicia Vikander has my heart), and as she’s trying on some stylish 60s over-the-top outfits Napoleon makes a pretty solid comment on something that Ilya has pulled together – “It won’t match”, and Ilya responds with a generally valid response – “It doesn’t have to match”. It’s a simple scene and a very small interaction between the characters, but for some reason to me it is so indicative of the relationships and character traits that are being developed throughout the movie. Henry Cavill’s Napoleon, who some critics of the movie say stray too far from the original character from the show, makes the very comment you’d expect him to – they’re international spies during a tense time in the world and this guy cares about the fashion? And Armie Hammer’s Ilya responds the way you want Ilya to respond – “it doesn’t have to match” aka “dude who gives a fuck?”. I just love that this scene builds up the rapport between them which ends up being one of the best parts of the movie. Another amazing thing is that it also characterizes the relationship between them and Gaby, who amidst all this is suffering through trying on all the clothes, which definitely is not fun. The movie is such a blast and this is one of those scenes that just had me excited for the rest.
“Ta-dah” The Dark Knight
So, Heath Ledger as the Joker is the most iconic thing to grace the DC universe and he has countless memorable scenes and moments throughout the Dark Knight that I could talk about but there is one scene that really sticks out to me and it is that of “the pencil trick”. The Joker is in a seedy room talking to some thugs about and during the conversation he says “And I thought my jokes were bad” resulting in a threat from one of the other men in the room to which he responds “How about a magic trick?” and he tells them he will make a pencil disappear – of course, he does this by taking the man next to him, slamming his head against the pencil, which goes directly into his head, killing him and the Joker says, in the way only the Joker can, “Ta-dah, it’s gone!” This scene really shows you just how psychotic and ruthless the Joker is and, pardon my choice of words, that he is no joke.
“Dear Mr. Vernon” The Breakfast Club
The starting and ending scenes of The Breakfast Club. Both scenes have same song playing – Don’t You Forget About Me, which perfectly sets the mood of the film. Also both the scene have the same dialogues. Having so much in common, yet, both scenes are miles apart in what they portray.
“Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…
…and an athlete…
…and a basket case…
…and a criminal…
Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”
I don’t have much to say about this scene other than it was really important to me personally while growing up. Breaking stereotypes and avoiding judging people is vital to understanding others and yourself better, and this movie teaches you that in such a lovely way.
“… – .- -.–” Interstellar
I’ll try to be brief since I could probably talk about Interstellar for about ten years but this movie is quite literally my favorite thing to ever exist. Picking one scene to be a favorite was inexplicably difficult but I don’t think anything will quite top the scene where Cooper is hanging in the black hole, realizing he is the ghost from his daughter’s childhood, and communicating to her via sand in her bookcase. He spells out the word “stay” in morse code to let his daughter know that he is going to come back and that everything will be okay. It is emotional and kills me to see how cause and effect are time inverted here and it is one of the most visually stimulating scenes in a sci-fi movie to this day. The tesseract he is trapped in coupled with the familial longing he has for his daughter tugs at your heartstrings and makes for one of the best cinematic sequences to exist. All while being accompanied by one of the most incredible movie scores in history. Interstellar is a masterpiece.
“Just pick up the phone, and start dialing” The Wolf of Wall Street
To this day, I stand by my opinion that DiCaprio should have won an Oscar for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street. It is one of his most raw and unhinged performances to date, and the movie blows me away every time I see it. The scene that gives me goosebumps each watch is where is motivating his employees and he says “Just pick up the phone and start dialing”. There is only one simple solution to each and every problem in the world , Work your ass off and everything will come in line sooner or later. Get up and do something, work for the things you want. He’s the ultimate hype man and even though he does some pretty shitty things in the movie (as Jordan Belfort, of course) you can see how this man got to where he did. Amazing.
I only went through about six scenes, and let me assure you there are hundreds more that I would love to talk about, these are just some of the ones I’ve been thinking about lately. Please tell me about some of your favorite movie scenes! I could talk about this shit all day.