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Old 10-28-09, 03:28 PM
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My pick is the Godcomplex scene in Malice. I couldn't care less about the rest of the movie but that speech was great.
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Old 10-28-09, 03:44 PM
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That's half the movie! Hardly a "moment".
Fine, if I put vol.1 and vol. 2 together, is it closer to a "moment" now? You people and your damn "rules"...

OK then, just the scenes with Go-Go, shit all it takes me is a few moments anyway
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Old 10-28-09, 04:46 PM
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The attack on the atoll in Waterworld still stands as one of the best action sequences I have ever seen. There are a few small instances after it, but that's the only scene in that movie that made it worth seeing more than once.
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Originally Posted by RagingBull80 View Post
I'm surprised the opera sequence from Quantum of Solace hasn't been mentioned yet.
Actually I would think the opening scene. That scene was absolutely awesome and set the whole movie up to be one incredible true James Bond sequel. To bad it just turned out to be one incredible James Bond turd. The plot had already turned south way before the opera scene.
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I wasn't particularly thrilled with the movie, but that part was really awesome.

Ships-to-ship fighting in a giant whirlpool, how can one hate that?
Even though it was a really cool scene I couldn't help but be incredibly disappointed that it just turned out to be 2 ships fighting when they lined up 2 whole armadas.

So I guess it turned out to be one of the most incredible disappointing scenes in a movie for me.
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Probably because what follows the D-Day scene up to the final battle is heavy handed, uninspired, and cliched.
I don't see how you can describe a movie that deals with such a weighty topic of soldiers enduring WWII as heavy handed.

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Old 10-28-09, 08:29 PM
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I don't see how you can describe a movie that deals with such a weighty topic of soldiers enduring WWII as heavy handed.

It shouldn't be, but Spielberg made sure to make the characters your average band of war film cliches. The carnage ends up being the grim reminder of the hell the men endured.

Then again, when your screenwriter went on to write 'The Patriot,' in hindsight it shouldn't be shocking.

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Old 10-28-09, 09:27 PM
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Actually I would think the opening scene. That scene was absolutely awesome and set the whole movie up to be one incredible true James Bond sequel. To bad it just turned out to be one incredible James Bond turd. The plot had already turned south way before the opera scene.

I have to disagree about the movie being a "turd" so to say. I thought it was better than the Brosnan sequels.
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Old 10-28-09, 11:37 PM
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The first fifteen minutes or so of 28 Weeks Later, especially when he bails, then it kind of fizzles.
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I have to disagree about the movie being a "turd" so to say. I thought it was better than the Brosnan sequels.
And you'd be right. QoS gets way too much hate.
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And you'd be right. QoS gets way too much hate.
I don't want to turn this into a Bond thread but I thought the Casino Royale was pretty decent. I liked the new Bond (suprisingly) and the first 20 mins of QoS really got me excited. But then the plot just all fell apart. It went from being Bourne savvy to godawful cheesy in just half an hour. I don't think I've ever went from really liking a movie to hating it in that a short of time.
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Even though it was a really cool scene I couldn't help but be incredibly disappointed that it just turned out to be 2 ships fighting when they lined up 2 whole armadas.

So I guess it turned out to be one of the most incredible disappointing scenes in a movie for me.
I imagine that two armadas lined up and blasting away was a pretty awesome sight, I still think that two ships in close quarters blasting was probably more exciting. It just seems a bit more personal.

I never did quite understand how they aimed the cannons at such a high angle while in the whirlpool. I know cannons can be adjusted, but not *that* much.
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I imagine that two armadas lined up and blasting away was a pretty awesome sight, I still think that two ships in close quarters blasting was probably more exciting. It just seems a bit more personal.

I never did quite understand how they aimed the cannons at such a high angle while in the whirlpool. I know cannons can be adjusted, but not *that* much.


I too was disappointed that we didn't get to see two huge armadas engaged in naval battle. It would have been cool if they went at it while the two main ships were in the whirlpool.

To stay on topic, I thought both the Zion raid and Neo vs. Smith fight in Matrix Revolutions were quite good, so much that I overpraised the movie when I first saw it (IMAX makes you think more of a movie I guess).
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the Brad Pitt v Eric Bana fight scene in Troy was pretty cool
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the Brad Pitt v Eric Bana fight scene in Troy was pretty cool
If you haven't already, you should watch the Director's Cut which elevates Troy from lackluster to a damn good film.
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I'm shocked you'd be so impressed by an old guy walking through a cemetery, but to each their own!
nice.
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Old 10-29-09, 05:23 PM
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If you haven't already, you should watch the Director's Cut which elevates Troy from lackluster to a damn good film.
Add more to that. Cuz..to be honest. The only thing that I liked about Troy at my 1st and only viewing was Eric Bana.
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Also the DC of Troy adds more Diane Kruger nudity as well.
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'Snake Eyes' with Nic Cage isn't the best movie, but that opening sequence where the its one continuous shot is pretty cool.
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As much as I loathe Southland Tales, I've gotta admit I really dug the whole Justin Timberlake singing The Killers "All These Things That I've Done" complete with fluorescent lights and las vegas chorus line girls dream sequence.
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Clark Kent vs Bastard Superman in Superman III
that's a classic example.


Here's another one if anyone remembers it: Ultraviolet - Milla versus Asian gang on roof
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Because I just saw this a couple days ago:

When the dragon sits atop the castle in Reign of Fire. Thought that was a pretty cool illustration of just how freakin' big the dragon was.

Thought Brotherhood of the Wolf was just OK, but loved the martial arts scene in the rain with a masked Mark Dacascos versus...some other dude.
I thought that Brotherhood of the Wolf was pretty good. But if you really want to talk about a scene how about

Spoiler:
When Mani (Marc Dacascos) died and Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) went ape shit on the natives. I totally wasn't expecting him to kick that much ass. I was under the impression he was just a good hunter/taxidermist and had no real hand to hand combat skills.
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I thought that Brotherhood of the Wolf was pretty good. But if you really want to talk about a scene how about

Spoiler:
When Mani (Marc Dacascos) died and Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) went ape shit on the natives. I totally wasn't expecting him to kick that much ass. I was under the impression he was just a good hunter/taxidermist and had no real hand to hand combat skills.
This is why the theatrical cut is better than the director's cut.
Spoiler:
in the director's cut, they show Fronsac fight early on which shows that he can kick ass...in the theatrical version, it's more intense because it's such a surprise. It's better that way too.


A great film for me though!
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After that train station scene early on in BOURNE ULTIMATUM, the one where Bourne's trying to get that reporter out alive and talking to him on a cellphone that he'd slipped into his pocket, I thought it was going to be one of the greatest thrillers ever. But after he gets to Spain and starts doing Jackie Chan-type stunts, that feeling quickly faded. And by the time he gets to New York and starts surviving massive falls from parking garages and numerous car crashes with hardly a scratch, I just gave up.

(I think I meant to put this in the "Make or Break Moments" thread. Well, it's applicable either way. I think.)

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There are so many;

(1) CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932) - When Edmund Lowe escapes the death trap and goes to cofnront Bela Lugosi - "I have come from a coffin out of the depths of the Nile. My will brought me here and that will is stronger than yours!"


(2) SUPERMAN III (1983) - Not the previously quoted scene but the very cold Robert Vaughn - "I asked you to kill Superman and you couldn't do that one simple thing."


(3) THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956) - Broderick Crawford finally confronts Glenn Ford - "By what name are you called?"


(4) THE GHOUL (1933) - Boris Karloff's long, long death scene early in the film. All of the dialogue and the staging is perfect. It is a pity about the rest of the film. - "Are you afraid of me?" "I'm afraid FOR you." "If this should leave me, you will have reason to fear. For when the light of the full moon strikes the door of my tomb, I shall come back! Do you hear me?! I shall come back - to KILL!!


(5) I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978) - The second rape scene, the one with Camile Keaton bent over a rock.


(6) HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) - Onslow Stevens catches a cart ride into town. As the driver gradually gets more and more scared Stevens tells him that he is going to kill him.


(7) HOLLOW MAN TWO (2006) - The fight in the rain.


(8) RHODES OF AFRICA (1936) - Walter Huston's death scene.


(9) STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1983) - "Jim? Your name is Jim." Although I am also very fond of; "You Klingon bastard! You murdered my son! You Klingon bastard!"


(10) ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS (1940) - I know a lot of people like this, but I have always found it too preachy and static. It does however have one great scene. John Brown (played by the director of the film, John Cromwell) holds his dead son in his arms and confronts Robert E. Lee. It is a very brief scene played out in a couple of shots but is has a monumental impact. This gets my vote for best ever moment in an otherwise poor film.

"Are you John Brown?"
"I am Sir. Also my son John Brown."
"I place you under arrst for treason for bearing arms against the United States."
"I would like to ask who is making this arrest?"
"I am Colonel Robert. E. Lee of the Second Calavry acting under orders from President Buchanan."
"Very well Colonel Lee I submit to arrest knowing full well that I shall be hanged for this attempt to end the evil of slavery. But after I am dead the evil will remain and you and all other patriots will come to learn that evil can be purged from the world only with blood."



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