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Dr. DVD 10-26-09 04:24 PM

Impressive Moments in Lackluster Movies
 
I've seen many movies that I consider quite lackluster, but have a moment or two that are quite impressive; sometimes to the point you feel it doesn't belong in that movie.

Some that spring to mind for me :

-Ali-boring for the most part, but the whole Rumble in the Jungle sequence at the end is great.

-Godzilla' 98- the helicopters chasing Zilla through New York

-Transformers 2- any of the scenes with Prime kicking ass

-Revenge of the Sith - opening battle and Obi Wan vs. Anakin

BullGooseLoony 10-26-09 05:11 PM

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-The freeway chase in The Matrix Reloaded
-The birth of the Sandman in Spider-Man 3
-The airplane save in Superman Returns
-The last shot of Gangs of New York
-The T-Rexes attacking the mobile command center in The Lost World

Mondo Kane 10-26-09 05:16 PM

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The Pearl Harbor attack seems to always appear in this sort of question.

Solid Snake 10-26-09 05:17 PM

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what about the 1st 15 mins of Day-Lewis and Neeson awesomeness? Totally better than the last shot in Gangs of New York.

dugan 10-26-09 05:18 PM

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Empire Strikes Back skit in Reign of Fire
Space battle in Return of the Jedi

Robert 10-26-09 05:47 PM

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The Maelstrom sequence in POTC: At Worlds End; just barely redeems the movie.

Rockmjd23 10-26-09 05:49 PM

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There were some good special effects in Judge Dredd, but it sucked.

Aegean2007 10-26-09 05:58 PM

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From this year: the shootout in The International.

Drexl 10-26-09 06:02 PM

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There are going to be a bunch of action movie scenes mentioned, like the aliens attacking in Independence Day or the asteroids hitting in Armageddon.

Rockmjd23 10-26-09 06:04 PM

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Action scenes from Roland Emmerich films, probably including 2012.

Ash Ketchum 10-26-09 06:19 PM

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The Bohemian Lodge shootout in PUBLIC ENEMIES. Also the final stalking of Dillinger at the end.

CONSPIRACY THEORY - the one with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts.
I liked the scene where she examines all the paranoid stuff on the wall in Mel's apartment. The look on her face tells us everything we need to know without dialogue.

The opening musical number in HAIRSPRAY.

The final musical number in CHICAGO (the Zellweger/Zeta Jones duet).

And I'm speculating that there will be an impressive moment or two in what I'm speculating will be an otherwise lackluster production from James Cameron...AVATAR.

Dr. DVD 10-26-09 06:35 PM

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Snake Eyes vs. Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe

Logan taking out the helicopter on a motorbike in Wolverine

The storm sequence in White Squall

RichC2 10-26-09 07:05 PM

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Quite a few Martial Art flicks play out like this, Ong Bak always comes to mind.

Also, Porn.

Luther Heggs 10-26-09 07:34 PM

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Clark Kent vs Bastard Superman in Superman III

Matthew Chmiel 10-26-09 07:40 PM

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Transformers 2 may rank as one of the shittiest films I have ever witnessed, but goddamn, that whole chase sequence through the college, the streets, the warehouse and the woods is the only decent portion of that film.

Dr. DVD 10-26-09 08:23 PM

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I have always thought the sacrificial sequence in the 1976 King Kong was very well done in the way it builds to his appearance with the trees falling and slight flashes of his face.

Hokeyboy 10-26-09 08:50 PM

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Any time Wolverine (or young Wolverine) was cradling the dead body of a loved one, he would extend his claws, turn his face to the sky, and scream "NOOOOO!!!!!" like Homer Simpson. This was so awesome, they did it TWICE!!! What classic moviemaking.

Giles 10-26-09 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel (Post 9798465)
Transformers 2 may rank as one of the shittiest films I have ever witnessed, but goddamn, that whole chase sequence through the college, the streets, the warehouse and the woods is the only decent portion of that film.

as most of this film was dog caca - I thought the opening battle and forest battle were impressive.

the dance party body bisection scene in Ghost Ship was very cool - the rest of the movie - meh!

Giles 10-26-09 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by BullGooseLoony (Post 9798166)
-The freeway chase in The Matrix Reloaded
-The birth of the Sandman in Spider-Man 3
-The airplane save in Superman Returns
-The last shot of Gangs of New York
-The T-Rexes attacking the mobile command center in The Lost World

I agree completely - I tried recently to rewatch this on home video and the movie was just ordinary when it's not projected (and that scene in particular) in IMAX.

PopcornTreeCt 10-26-09 09:54 PM

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-The bank shootout in Heat
-The opening credits of Watchmen
-"Is there no one else?!" in Troy
-The samurai attack in the fog in The Last Samurai
-"Duel of the Fates" of Star Wars The Phantom Menace

jmu878 10-26-09 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt (Post 9798690)
-The bank shootout in Heat
-The opening credits of Watchmen
-"Is there no one else?!" in Troy
-The samurai attack in the fog in The Last Samurai
-"Duel of the Fates" of Star Wars The Phantom Menace

No way Heat is a lackluster film. I'd also argue that Watchmen and the Last Samurai don't deserve that title either.

Dr. DVD 10-26-09 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by jmu878 (Post 9798705)
No way Heat is a lackluster film. I'd also argue that Watchmen and the Last Samurai don't deserve that title either.

While I agree with you, this thread will rely upon what constitutes a lackluster movie in other people's minds. I know some people might not consider Ali lackluster, but I do. I almost agree on Last Samurai if it weren't for the fog scene and the final battle.

PopcornTreeCt 10-26-09 10:38 PM

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In my opinion, Heat is a lackluster film. Granted it's not Transformers 2, but it ain't Citizen Kane either.

Jam Master Jay 10-26-09 10:39 PM

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The explosion/hostage scene at the beginning of Swordfish was pretty cool, rest of the movie was pretty eh.

EdTheRipper 10-26-09 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Giles (Post 9798601)
the dance party body bisection scene in Ghost Ship was very cool - the rest of the movie - meh!

Agreed. I watched this again last night and that opening never fails to amaze me. The rest of the movie is okay but it pales in comparison to the opening.


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