Happy Birthday to me again. Today I will be showing you my top 10 personal favorite scenes in all of cinema. This is a list I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. This list is also filled with SPOILERS so be warned and these choices are based on my personal opinion.
Leaving stones on Schindler’s grave (Schindler’s List)
Two Worlds (Tarzan)
I Need A Hero (Shrek 2)
Heads exploding (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Leap of Faith (Spider Man: into the Spider-Verse)
10. Smile you Son of a… (Jaws):
I don’t know why but there’s just something so funny about the way Roy Scheider yells those five words and then blows up the shark. You can feel the relief and satisfaction in Roy’s laugh afterwards. There’s also that beautiful and eerie shot of the shark sinking to the bottom of the ocean symbolizing the end of his reign of terror.
9. Han Solo’s death (Star Wars: The Force Awakens):
Han tries to talk to Kylo Ren to come home but is killed by him instead. There are great little touches like how everything becomes darker once the sun is gone and the preceding quietness and unsureness gives Han’s death much more of a punch. The use of red from those lights and Kylo’s lightsaber give this scene a sense of dread.
8. The Snap (Avengers: Infinity War):
This is one of the most depressing cliffhangers I’ve ever seen. The idea of seeing all these Marvel characters you’ve come to love disintegrate is hard to swallow and we had to wait a whole year to see them return. The lack of music brilliantly gives this scene such a sense of emptiness and the sound use for the disintegration is makes it even more disturbing.
7. The Shrieking Shack (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban):
I was debating whether to choose between this or the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. This scene is full of great performances from Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and David Thewlis as Remus Lupin. There are also great twists such as Sirius Black being good and Peter Pettigrew being Ron’s rat and the one who sold out Harry’s parents.
6. Po Finds the Truth (Kung Fu Panda 2):
This scene has some of the best use of animation I’ve ever seen. I also love how the animation changes from 2d to 3d when Po finds out his mother save him from Shen. The 2d flashbacks brilliantly contrast with the present day 3d animation and the tonal shift in the music and color scheme change to red when Lord Shen attacks is incredibly powerful.
5. Another Day of Sun (La La Land):
This is how you make traffic fun. Another Day of Sun is such a catchy and upbeat opening song full of wonderful choreography, vibrant colors and all done in just one shot that helps establish what type of musical this is going to be. I still stand by that this should have been nominated and won the Academy Award for best song.
4. Bilbo’s birthday Party (The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring):
As much as I’m not a fan of the Lord of the Rings series I do think the Shire is a beautiful setting especially during Bilbo’s party. There are many great moments like Sam getting the courage to dance and Pippin and Merry fooling around with fireworks. It makes you really want to go to this party and mingle with everyone.
3. A tie “sort of” between Married Life and the last shot (Up):
I had to give my favorite movie special treatment. The montage of Carl and Ellie’s life is full of so much heart, humor and especially heartbreak all with just beautiful music and no dialogue. Heck it could be its own short. I also want to give shout out to the last shot with Carl’s house sitting on Paradise Falls in front of the sunset which is probably the most perfect note for a movie to end on.
2. A Million Miles Away (Belle):
You recently heard me gush over this movie and how this scene brought me to tears. I love how Suzu sings to the Beast in her true identity in order to earn his trust and how everyone in U showed her support when she almost lost her voice by singing with her. The song gives me goosebumps and the animation is beautiful. There’s a recent great article on cbr.com that explains why this is a great scene.
1. Dorothy enters Oz (The Wizard of Oz):
There’s so much I love about this scene. The transition from brown to technicolor with the opening of the door is so brilliant and the fact that no music plays until Dorothy opens the door is a great touch. My favorite thing has to the long wide shot of Munchkinland. Most of my favorite movies let you breath in and immerse yourself into these new worlds and I think The Wizard of Oz does it the best which is why this scene is my favorite scene in all of cinema.
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