100 Reasons Why I Love Movies: Part 3

Part 3 of this Ken-Burnsian epic of me trying to show people just why I spent so much of my free time watching movies. Featuring (in no particular order) some stellar lines, moments, and subtleties that have stuck out to me as the cream of the crop (at least of the crop I can remember).

I only have three “rules” that I’m trying to follow with this list and they are there just to make it have more variety:
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.

Fair warning: There are spoilers in my description paragraphs and the videos themselves but I will try to keep the bold titles spoiler free so you can easily skip one where you think I might spoil something.

Also, Nicolas Cage missed the cut this time…I’m as devastated as all of you.

In case you missed them: Part 1, Part 2

Scott Pilgrim vs. The Katayanagi Twins – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I remember sitting in the theater last year being absolutely charmed by this film. Then this scene happened and right when it was over it was one of those life affirming, “Yes! This is why I love movies” moments. The music is amazing (BECK did the Sex Bob-Omb songs), the style was brilliant, and he crammed an epic fight in less than 3:30 minutes. Whenever I watch this scene I get this feeling in my gut that’s almost like I’m overwhelmed with emotion, and that emotion is pure bliss. Edgar Wright you are the best.

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Donald O’Connor in Singin’ In the Rain
Musicals are ridiculous. I find it impossible to get absorbed in them because every time a song and dance number happens I get taken out of the movie and say, “This would never happen in real life.” That being said, if I were ever transported into a musical I would have to be Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain. He’s the third billed comedic relief. He’s not going to get the girl or the last song but he gets a few memorable numbers. This is not a bad thing. I dare you to try and watch the make ’em laugh video here and not at least crack a smile. It can’t be done, and anyone who says they can is either a liar or a fascist.

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Luke vs. Vader vs. The Emporer – Return of the Jedi
This is my least favorite movie of the original and (as far as as I’m concerned) only trilogy, but it’s my favorite moment of the entire canon. Luke intends to sacrifice himself so the Rebels on Endor can knock out the shield to the new death star, and he ends up fighting his personal demons, the dark side, Vader, and then the emperor. Vader makes his big turn, showing he wasn’t completely lost, and that wrinkly bastard Emperor Palpatine gets his comeuppance. The perfect ending to a few brilliantly crafted storylines. A few of which were almost ruined by the bullshit know as the prequels.

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Choke On Them! – Day of the Dead
Capt. Rhodes was a gigantic asshole in this movie and the whole film is just some grand anticipation of his death. When it’s happening you are thinking to yourself, “This cheesy shit can’t be the way he dies” and then we get perhaps the greatest actual death scene ever. It’s worth the wait to the end my friends. Unless you don’t like gory stuff…then I’d skip to the next category.

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Opening Credits – Watchman
A severely underrated movie that was doomed to be hated by ultra nerds before it was even made. I thought Zack Snyder did as good of a job as he could considering how hard the property was to adapt. Regardless, it seems the opening credits is the only thing that is unanimously enjoyed. It basically gives the history of heroes as outlined in the graphic novel in 5 minutes while “The Times They Are A-Changin'” plays in the background. It’s pretty great. Watch it here.

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Awesome Monsters
Predator, Alien, Godzilla, King Kong, Frankenstein, Swamp Thing, Jaws, The Thing, Cloverfield Monster, The Fly, Rancor, Sarlacc Pit, Gremlins, The Bugs in Starship Troopers, Wolfman, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors, and of course no monster list would be complete unless we…..

UNLEASHED THE KRAKEN!!!

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Jake LaMotta Beating the Wall – Raging Bull
One of the most emotionally charged scenes I’ve ever seen. We see the complete build up and then the epic collapse of this character and we feel every punch and headbutt he throws at the prison wall. It took me almost a whole day to digest this movie the first time I saw it, and that had a lot to do with this scene. I’ll leave a link to the Youtube video for this here, but I can’t stress enough that it’s best to watch this scene in the context of the movie.

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Mall Car Chase – The Blues Brothers
It’s a pretty incredible scene, and their calm discussion of the mall is damn hilarious. This is by far the best SNL movie ever made, and one that my dad and I have been known to quote to each other from time to time…because we are so very cool.

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Filibuster Scene – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
I like to think that there may be a politician or two in Washington D.C. who is as pure as Jimmy Stewart is in this movie. I’m probably wrong, but this is an amazing climax to a movie that shows what American politics is really supposed to represent (it just doesn’t).

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The Beerfest Scenes – Beerfest
A few people know of my absolute love for this movie. I can watch it almost any time, and I think it’s supremely underrated as a comedy. I tried to find the Beerfest scenes because they are hilarious and awesome, but I couldn’t find any decent ones on Youtube. Frankly I found the lack of videos very frustrating

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