Contributor's Corner: Personal Favorite Scene In A Film
During the dawn of Viddy Well, we asked each interested contributor to fill out the same questionnaire. The questions spanned from grave to goofy, but the replies were nearly always unexpected. This week we'll take a look at the following question:
What's your personal favorite scene in a film?
This is tough... I'd have to pick the coke deal scene from Boogie Nights. Specifically, when they're all getting really paranoid, and they do a close up on Dirk Diggler's face. It's such an awkward and real moment, and it makes so much fucking sense; it's so beautiful. That feeling of "how the FUCK do I get out of this mess!?" Is portrayed perfectly.
Ed Tom visits Uncle Ellis in No Country For Old Men. I think a case can be made that this is probably one of the best scenes in film history, the depth of their conversation and its significance to both Ed Tom's life and the themes of the story cannot be understated. The line, "Whatcha got ain't nothin new. This country's hard on people, you can't stop what's coming, it ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity." is essentially the thesis statement of the film. Also: outlaw cats.
The Rahad Jackson scene in Boogie Nights is up there too, but that one is more impressive on a directorial and acting level. Out of context the scene is not as impressive, whereas the scene from No Country still carries significance out of context.
One of my favorite scenes of all time is the expectations vs reality scene from 500 Days of Summer. I think we’ve all experienced something like this in our everyday life. Seeing it translated on screen really hit close to home. I was also going through something at that time relationship-wise that made me connect to it on a deeper level.
The ending of El Topo pretty much takes the cake. In my opinion, it's the most perfect ending of any movie ever. It's cheeky, sarcastic, engaging, somewhat emotional, and leaves you with some great questions and conversations after the two hour artsy mind-fuck-fest.
Dead or Alive’s opening because it opens up with a three minute montage that is absolutely batshit crazy. You have guys snorting warehouse length lines of coke; there’s strippers, noodle gut explosions, bloody revenge on a rapist, explosions, bodies falling from the sky, and lots of guns. The only thing more crazy than the first three minutes of this film is its the last 30 seconds.
The Sicilian scene in True Romance. It speaks for itself.
This is difficult because there are so many great scenes from films that I love, but whenever this question gets posed, I tend to favor the diaper robbery and chase scene from Raising Arizona. It's a perfect blend of comedy and tension, and the direction is so full of fun moments and movement. I love how the Coens' use the dogs to ratchet the tension, which also fuels right into the comedy. There are so many funny lines of dialogue throughout the scene too, from Holly Hunter muttering "That sum bitch" to the old man saying "Son, you got a panty on your head." Everything comes full circle in a very hilarious way. Plus, H.I. even gets the Huggies in the end.
What's your personal favorite scene? Did one of our contributor's pick yours? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and as always, remember to viddy well!