Thursday, December 16, 2010

The DH's Thursday Thirteen - Top 13 Movie Scenes (Part Two)

As promised, here's Part Two of the DH's Top Thirteen Movie Scenes. Wait, that would make it the Top Twenty-six, right? :) Again, these are not in any particular order.

WARNING: There are most likely spoilers throughout this list. Avoid if you don't want to know significant events or plot points of some classic films from all eras of filmmaking.

Top Thirteen Movie Scenes, Part Two:

1. Impact tremors, Jurassic Park
The first time we hear the T-rex, and see the impact tremors in the puddle and the glass of water. Wow.

2. The rolling barrage, A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Early in the movie, when the Germans are entrenched in the trees, waiting for the British. The british walk the barrage right up to the tree line. Intense, feels very real.

3. Preacher tells Scout to stand, To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
As Atticus walks out of the courtroom, the courtroom spectators rise. Poignant.

4. Slim Pickens character is dying, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door" plays in the background as Katie Hurado looks on, tearing up.

5. The death scene, Ride the High Country
The dialogue between Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott is fantastic. Right up there with Shane for best ending to a western.

6. Burning of Atlanta, Gone With The Wind (1939)
Again, amazing special effects, particularly for the time period.

7. "That's a fact, Jack!" Stripes
Bill Murray leads his troupe in a drill routine at boot camp graduation. Funny.

8. Gunfight between Johnny Ringo and Doc Holliday, Tombstone
Val Kilmer's delivery is wonderful. He steals the movie.

9. Opening scene, The Godfather.
Transition of Don Corleone's office from dark to bright. Beautiful cinematography.

10. "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. deMille." Sunset Boulevard
Norma Desmond's descent into madness is chilling.

11. Captain Queeg's court martial, The Caine Mutiny
The mental instability of the Captain on the stand becomes clear, from the rolling of the steel balls in his hand to the unraveling of his testimony.

12. The final shootout, The Wild Bunch
Bloody, but beautifully choreographed.

13. Baby carriage down the steps, The Battleship Potemkin
Visually stunning, especially for 1925.

So that does it! The second 13 of the DH's favorite movie scenes. What do you think?


Natasha A. said...

I LOVE that scene in Jurassic Park! I think it's my fav!!!

Kate Davies said...

It's so subtle - and when you finally start paying attention to the water ripples, it's like "Oh, #)%%&!!" just hits you. :) I love it, too.