Favourite Movie Moments!

From The Shining:

Shelly Duval and Jack, starting from when Jack finds Wendy leafing through his “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” book.

[quote] How do you like it?
How do you like it?
What are you doing down here?
l just. . .
. . .wanted. . .
. . .to talk to you.
Let’s talk.
What do you want to talk about?
l can’t really remember.
You can’t remember.
No. . .
. . .l can’t.
Maybe it was about Danny?
Maybe it was about him.
I think we should discuss Danny.
I think…
… we should discuss what should be done with him.
What should be done with him?
l don’t know.
l don’t think that’s true.
l think you have some very definite ideas. . .
. . .about what should be done with Danny.
And l’d like to know what they are.
Well, l. . .
. . .l think maybe he should be taken to a doctor.
You think “maybe” he should be taken to a doctor?
When do you think “maybe” he should be taken to a doctor?
As soon as possible?
“As soon as possible?”
You believe his health might be at stake.
And you are concerned about him.
And are you concerned about me?
Of course l am.
Of course you are!
Have you ever thought about my responsibilities?
What are you talking about?
Have you ever had a single moment’s thought about my responsibilities?
Have you ever thought for a single moment. . .
. . .about my responsibilities to my employers?
Has is ever occurred to you. . .
. . .that l have agreed to look after the hotel until May st?
Does it matter to you at all. . .
. . .that the owners have placed their complete confidence in me. . .
. . .and that l have signed a letter of agreement. . .
. . .in which l’ve accepted that responsibility?
Do you have the slightest idea. . .
. . .what a moral and ethical principal is? Do you?
Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future. . .
. . .if l fail to live up to my responsibilities?
Has it ever occurred to you? Has it?
Stay away from me!
l just want to go back to my room.
Well. . .
. . .l’m very confused.
And l just need a chance to think things over.
You’ve had your whole fucking life to think things over!
What good’s a few minutes more going to do you now?
Stay away from me!
Don’t hurt me.
l’m not going to hurt you.
Stay away from me!
Stay away!
Darling. . .
. . .light of my life.
l’m not going to hurt you.
You didn’t let me finish my sentence.
l said, "l’m not going to hurt you. "
l’m just going to bash your brains in.
l’m going to bash them right the fuck in.
Stay away from me!
Don’t hurt me!
l’m not going to hurt you.
Stay away from me!
Stay away!
Stop swinging the bat.
Stay away from me.
Put that bat down, Wendy.
Stop it!
Give me the bat.
-Stay away! -Give me the bat.
Stop it!
Give me the bat.
-Stay away from me. -Stop swinging the bat.
Please stop!
Give me the bat.
Stay away from me.
-Stop it! -Give me the bat.

Bat to the head. Fade out.


:bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

That was a great scene, JD.


The ending of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid as the house they’re hiding out in is totally surrounded by the Bolivian army and they come out guns blazing.

Ditto for the ending of Scarface, with Tony Montana at the top of the stairs with his “leetle friend.”

And lest you think I only get turned on by guns. . .

  • train scene from Risky Business

  • food sex scene w Kim Bassinger in 9 1/2 weeks

  • girl “laying” an egg in Realm of the Senses

  • butter/anal sex scene in Last Tango in Paris

and of course this unforgettable scene of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct

My favorite scenes in no particular order:

1.) “And you will know My name is the Lord…when I lay My hands on thee…” Samuel L. opening a can of whoop-ass in Pulp Fiction.

2.) The Club Silencio scene in Mulholland Drive.

3.) The mime tennis scene at the end of Blow-up.

4.) The baby-in-one-hand knife-ready-to-be-plunged-in-her-throat-in-the-other-hand scene in The Sweet Hereafter.

5.) “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Casablanca.

6.) Zhang Ziyi trying to find her hair braid in The Road Home.

7.) Adam Sandler and Emily Watson rushing up to kiss each other in Punch-Drunk Love.

8.) “Get away from her, YOU BITCH!” Ripley suiting up and laying down the law in Aliens.

9.) The open shot to Apocalypse Now, with the napalm explosion and Jim Morrison softly singing, “This is the end…”

10.) The freeze-frame shots of Catherine laughing in Jules et Jim.

11.) The porn scene at the end of Tsai Ming-Liang’s The Wayward Cloud.

12.) The opening shot of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Millenium Mambo where you see Shu Qi bounding down a crosswalk at night in Keelung in slow motion.

13.) Atsushi Watanabe singing softly on a swing after realizing he’s finally done something meaningful with his life in Kurosawa’s Ikiru.

More to come when I can think of them.

The scene in Tsai Ming Liang’s 《蔡明亮》 The Hole 《洞》 when the chap living upstairs comes home with a bag of Taiwan beers and falls into the hole a plumber’s created to stop the leak into the flat below.

Oh so Taiwan.


old man’s letter from shawshank redemption

art film:

Seventh Sign: Strawberries and milk - a moment of peace before Death returns.

foreign film:

Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress - the festival of fire dance scene

Kingpin - paying the landlady. simply unforgettable. no matter how hard I try.

science fiction:
Star wars - tatooine, sunset of two suns, john williams music playing, still gives me the chills

You talkin’ to me?

You talkin’ to me?

You talkin’ to me?

Then who the hell else are you talkin’ to?

You talkin’ to me?

Well, I’m the only one here.

Who do the fuck do you think you’re talkin’ to?

Oh, yeah?


–Bob DeNiro, Taxi Driver

Seven Samurai. The dueling scene when the one samurai says “See, I told I won.” Hardcore dude’s like “Nope, you lost.” (they were using twigs.) Weak dude gets upset and is like “Let’s use swords then BITCH!” Hardcore dude’s like “OK, your funeral.” Bald monk dude’s like “This shit was over before it started.”

They battle and then…

HAL: 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. I can feel it. I can feel it. I’m a… fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.

Dave Bowman: Yes, I’d like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.

HAL: It’s called “Daisy.”
sings while slowing down
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage, I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.

From 2001: A Space Odyssey

A supremely eerie moment in a superbly eerie film. :bravo:

i had the pleasure of watching “the passenger” last week (Antonioni)…finally got to see the legendary final climactic sequence (often copied never bettered it is said). a 7 minute single camera shot that starts from jack’s hotel room and then moves out into the plaza while everythings going on off camera…remarkable effect created just through the power of suggestion and surmise

So many great scenes in The Jerk but my favorite may be where the sniper’s trying to kill him, but starts hitting oil cans, so he starts jumping around shouting, “Be careful. Someone’s trying to kill the cans. He must hate the cans. Stay away from the cans.”

Either that or “The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity that makes people. I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.”

Barton Fink, new writer in Hollywood, talking to the studio head in a hugely important meeting, Mr Lipnick, after Barton discovers that somehow his GF was murdered in bed next to him; needless to say he shaken, and Lipnick is PERFECT!

[quote]Can I be honest, Mr. Lipnick?

Can you?
Jesus, you damn well better be!

If I wasn’t honest
in my business dealings…

Well, you can’t always be honest,

not with the sharks
swimming around this town.

If I’d been totally honest,

I wouldn’t be near this pool

unless I was cleaning it.

But that’s no reason
for you not to be.

Honest, I mean.
Not cleaning the pool.



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Best “Scrape me off the back wall”:
Tiger scene in Apocalypse Now.

Best “Sick Memory”:
Jack Burton nailed it with the landlady in Kingpin. You gotta stay thru the credits to know which scene I am talking about though.

Best Fight:
Sorry, not a movie. Deadwood Season 3. If you saw it, you know what I am talking about.

Best “Win the girl.”:
Crouching Tiger seduction sequence.

Best Plot Twist:
Fight Club

Best Puppet Porn:
Team America

Best Use of Mousse:
There’s Something About Mary

Best Soundtrack:

Best Simplicity:
The Strait Story, David Lynch

Best Clouds:
Ran, Akira Kurasawa

I always loved the scene from “Unforgiven” where Eastwood’s character finally decided to get his revenge. He starts drinking right from the bottle and turns into this dark, avenging executioner. Not much dialogue, but what a mood. Gives me chills. That whole movie gives me chills. So good.

I also like the scene in “Leaving Las Vegas” where Cage flips out while gambling. Also where he’s burning all his ex-wifes stuff.

Yessireee, I like my characters dark, screwed up and gnarly!

Memento was good when the main character had a gun to john G’s head and you knew he couldn’t tell if it was the right john G or not. BLAM!

The montage of of kissing scenes at the end of Cinema Paradiso.

Nicholas Cage picking up some Huggies in Raising Arizona.

Every scene with George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove.

Inego Montoya fighting the six-fingered man in The Princess Bride.

Steve Martin as the singing dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.

Two from the Godfather: Sonny at the tollbooth and Kate watching Micheal being called “Don Corleone” as the door is being shut in the final scene (redone hiraliously in the Showtime series, “Weeds”)

Forrest trying to ask if his son is stupid in Forrest Gump.

Christopher Walken recounting the history of the watch in Pulp Fiction

When the boy has to shoot Old Yeller

Ned Beatty’s pig scene in Deliverance

Walter Matthau and George Burns reuniting in The Sunshine Boys

Dumbo’s mother caressing him with her trunk from inside her cage

Matthew’s reading of Auden’s poetry for his dead boyfriend in Four Weddings and a Funeral

Steve Martin giving his opinions on a piece of art in LA Story

Two from Breaking Away - when Dave breaks down and cries to his father, his dad replies, “I didn’t want you to be this miserable. A little bit’s all I asked for.”, and the scene where Dave’s mother shows him her passport, explaining how he needs to keep dreaming and trying. A truly wonderful film.

The chest-waxing scene from The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Madeline Kahn explaining to Tatum O’Neal why she should sit in the front seat in Paper Moon

Forget about the shower scene in Psycho - the best shower scene ever filmed was in Scarface

The “Sister Christian” scene set at the coke dealer’s house in Boogie Nights


Superb list, merge.


that dog no hero! that dog shithead!

Best bad-guy death: When Ernest ‘Stick’ Stickley (Burt Reynolds) pushed the albino hit-man Moke (Dar Robinson) off the balcony. And the Bstd shoots up at him as he falls to his death. That’s dedication to killing.


Chow Yun-Fat shooting up a restaurant in slow-mo in A Better Tomorrow.

“I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and got egg noodles and ketchup.” Henry Hill unrepentant at the end of GoodFellas.

Jimmy Stewart helpless in his wheelchair as the murderer comes up to kill him at the end of Rear Window.

The montage at the end of Annie Hall.