100 Reasons Why I Love Movies: Part 1

Part 1 of 10 of a list of scenes, trends, lines, moments, or anything involved in movies that have, over the years, shaped my ever-growing love of cinema. The list is in no particular order and I will try to add as many youtube clips as I can. If not I’ll probably add a picture or the trailer or something (although you should probably just watch the films in there entirety to get the full effect of the scenes). Although I didn’t want to restrict myself to much I did have a few very lax rules:
1. Try not to repeat a movie more than once.
2. Try to have two listings that aren’t individual scenes per post.
3. Try to include 1 guilty pleasure per post.

There will probably end up being spoilers eventually, but I’ll try to leave them out of the bold titles (when I say what the scene is and what the movie is). Then you can just skip over them if you want to watch the movie first. I hope you enjoy reading this list as much as I enjoyed watching/remembering the moments that lie in it.

Chase Scene – Raising Arizona:
This movie blew my mind when I saw it. I was a relatively young age (11 or so) where I hadn’t seen much besides kids/sports/dumb comedy movies. Movies that aren’t necessarily bad, but are basically the same thing churned out it slightly different ways to be consumed by the huddled masses. This movie blew every convention I had about films out of the water, and showed me how deep movies could really be. I would have never been able to articulate it at the time, but I had a love for this movie ever since the first time I saw it that couldn’t be explained until much later. I still love everything about it and it probably ranks within the Top 10 of my favorite movies. It’s probably also why I’m such a staunch Nicolas Cage defender despite how hard he makes it for me sometimes. I selected this particular scene because it embodies the craziness of the entire film, has two of my favorite lines in the whole movie, and is my favorite chase scene ever. I love the Coen Brothers and you should too.

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Because Girls Can Be Badasses Too:
Females generally get the shaft in movies (not a pornographic pun you sick bastards). They are often there to be the male protagonists love interest that bases every emotion they have on how much attention the man is giving them, or they are the leads in really formulaic, terribly written movies that seem to only be made to reinforce to the women in the audience that their lives are wasted unless they find a good man and a good pair of shoes. Every once in awhile there are strong female characters and sometimes they get to kick a little ass, while maintaining their femininity. When it works, it’s amazing.

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Final Scene – Bicycle Thieves:
I believe Italian Neorealism was a film movement that was practiced in the 40s to depress the rest of the world for the rest of time. I saw this movie in a film class and I did all I could to hide my (very masculine) tears. To put it unpoetically, you watch a father and very young son go through a major amount of shit to try to find the father’s bicycle so he can keep his job in a depression. Anytime the movie gives you a glimmer of hope it cuts your legs out from under you with a new low that’s even lower than the last one. Once you’ve given up hope for our heroes you get smacked with one last terrible moment: the father tries to steal a bike, gets caught by a crowd and shamed in front of his son and as he is embarrassingly walking away his tear stained son grabs his hand in a poignant and beautiful gesture. Fucking heart-wrenching. That’s probably the worst description ever to try to get people to watch a film, but I know most of the people who read this wouldn’t have watched it anyway.

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The Awesome Vehicles:
Off the top of my head: X-Wing, AT-AT, Tie Fighters, The Millennium Falcon (and all the other Star Wars ships), Ecto-1, The Griswold, Back to the Future’s Delorian and hover boards, all of James Bond’s tricked out cars, the Batmobiles, The Blues Brothers’ cop car, and of course the greatest of them all…

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Timothy Treadwell punching a grizzly bear in the snout – Grizzly Man
This is probably the craziest documentary I’ve ever seen. It’s about a guy who lived with Grizzly bears for most of the year while filming his own personal documentaries about them. He lived with them for 13 summers, and was eventually eaten by one when he stayed past the time he normally does. Werner Herzog used Treadwell’s footage and interviews with the people who knew him best and made a documentary about him. While at times he looked somewhat crazy, he definitely loved the animals, and any fellow animal lover would be entranced by this film. It’s a shame I couldn’t find the scene I listed on youtube, but it’s just as the title says. He has to show some dominance over a bear that’s getting slightly aggressive at him as he’s filming and he punches it in the snout. It’s incredible to see. I think this picture is around when the scene is.

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Indiana Jones shooting the Swordsman – Raiders of the Lost Ark
This moment in cinema is the definition of cool. I don’t give a damn if he shattered what the general public thinks archaeology actually is, Indiana Jones is one of the biggest badasses in the history of badasses (side note: I’ve used the word badasses 4 times in this post, and it’s not a word according to spell check. I bet Indiana Jones would whip the shit out of spell check).

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Bullshit Monologue – Network
It’s not the most famous monologue from this movie (“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore” wins that), but it’s definitely my favorite. It’s by far the funniest, and the last one he gets to do before he goes insane. If you haven’t seen this movie you are missing out. I’m not allowed to embed this one but you can watch it here.

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Billy Batts Scene – Goodfellas
I bet when Donovan wrote the song Atlantis they weren’t expecting it to be used as the background music to a scene where someone gets beat to death. That’s the glory of Scorsese though. Horrible exaggerated violence, but with a bit of humor to it. No one does it better than him in that regard, and the only person who comes close is probably Tarantino.

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All the Dinosaurs – Jurassic Park
I was one of those boys who grew up loving dinosaurs, and very luckily for me Jurassic Park came out when my love was at it’s peak. We even saw it at the drive-in (double bill with Free Willy) and shortly after the T-Rex scene my brain exploded inside my head. It was quite disgusting and we never visited the drive-in again. I still love this movie, and it’s pretty amazing that the effects are still some of the best there has ever been even though it came out in 1993.

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Johnny Cage vs. Goro – Mortal Kombat
This is for all the assholes who have ever called me a movie elitist. I love Mortal Kombat. I know this movie isn’t “good” but it’s fun as hell. I really thought they did a good job with Goro looks wise. He was going to be one of the toughest parts about the film, and because of his popularity he was going to be highly anticipated and they nailed it. This fight scene made Johnny Cage my favorite character of the series. Who else would have the arrogance to challenge a yoked, 7+ ft tall, 4 armed behemoth? (Side question: Greatest original song in a movie ever?) (Side Answer: Yes.) (Side Note to the Side Answer: I learned to play it on the keyboard once, but have since forgotten).

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