Tossin’ It Out There: What are YOUR favorite movie “Moments”?

So, I know I may have mentioned having “movies you’re embarrassed you haven’t seen yet” as this week’s tossin’ it out there, but hopefully we’ll have a lot of new friends checking in this week after the Great Lebowski Fest of 2011. And thus, for the same reason I’ve been putting off “Guilty Pleasures”, I decided to go with something a little less… embarrassing.

Instead, let me ask you this. What are your favorite movie “Moments”?

Now, NOT scenes mind you. We’ll do that later at some point. Moments. A second, a couple seconds tops. Something sudden happens, someone realizes something, there’s a plot twist or a character change… there’s a moment.

I’m sure most of you know I usually hold of on posting mine til later in the thread, but I figure with this one I’ll go first to help clarify. Last week while I was watching “Unforgiven” to do the MTESS for the week, I watched Clint Eastwood take a slug off of the kid’s whiskey bottle right before riding into town at the end of the movie. And I realized… that is one of my favorite movie moments EVER. I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking “Oh shit! IT IS ON NOW!!” LOL.

So what are yours? Do you have any? If not… maybe this will be a good excuse to think about your favorite movies as you try to come up with one!! πŸ˜€

Let me hear it!


68 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What are YOUR favorite movie “Moments”?

  1. Raiders the Lost Ark: Shooting the swordsman.

    Ocean’s Eleven (2001): The moment the trick to the heist is revealed. Or, more precisely, the moment right before that, because that’s when I figured it out. I think most people probably do right then if they’re paying attention.

    The Count of Monte Cristo (2002): Fernand Mondego finding the chess king. Right then, in that one moment, he finally knows what’s going on, who’s messing with him, and why, and he also knows that he is utterly screwed.

    There are plenty, plenty more (and I look forward to seeing what other people suggest), but for me, those are the moments that get me thinking about “movie moments” in general.

      • Then I’m glad I left the description of the moment fairly simple, so as not to spoil it. The 2002 version of CMC is a great rendition of the story, though very different from the book. I’ll probably do a version comparison of them some time.

  2. The Usual Suspects (Spoilers): The moment at the end once everything is revealed and Kevin Spacey switches from his limp to regular walk.

    The Tree of Life: The moment where Brad Pitt looks at his child’s foot and is just blown away and encapsulated by it’s existence:

    Terminator 2: The thumbs-up as the T-800 lowers himself into the lava.

    The Social Network: *glare* “Did that adequately answer your condescending question?” *glare*. Seriously, that one line is a culmination of everything that is great about that film, and films in general. It’s the perfect combination of the writer, director, composer, and actor all being the absolute best they can be.

  3. Yoda hobbling along to the rescue of Obi Wan and Anakin will always be a big moment for me in a truly, truly terrible movie. For long-time fans of Star Wars, there’s an incalculable electricity in the air when he enters the room; we’ve always heard about what a huge badass Yoda is with a light saber, but we’ve never seen it, and come to that we’ve really only seen him do so much with the Force. And here he is, kicking Christopher Lee’s ass. Fantastic.

    Willem Dafoe running out of the jungle always gets me in Platoon. It never feels less horrifying or tragic.

    All I got for the time being, but there are definitely more.

      • The prequels are awful. But that moment is golden.

        Oldboy is something I try to avoid dropping in little discussions like this. It’s too easy. But the film’s big ending reveal always tenses me up even though I know what’s coming.

  4. First ones I thought of were:

    The end of Sixth Sense.
    The end of Usual Suspects.
    Wooderson, Pink & Mitch entering the Emporium.
    Wooderson, Pink, Mitch and Dawson watching the girl walk by outside the Emporium.
    Pretty much every few seconds of Dazed & Confused.
    Passing the beer in Fight Club. Both times.
    “Good, Bad, I’m the guy with the gun.” in Army of Darkness.
    Pretty much ever few seconds in Army of Darkness.
    “I kick ass for the LORD!” in Dead/Alive.
    Horse, Morningstar, Caved in skull in Braveheart.
    I was cured all right.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the definitive best… but I love them all, and thought of them just now.

    • Wow. And I thought this would be a stumper. πŸ˜€

      So… You like Dazed and Confused eh? That’s going to earn a Sunday post soon.

      I got to meet Bruce Campbell and get his autograph at NYCC last year. That was awesome…

  5. Here’s some of my very random favourites.

    1. The end of Inception, where you just stare at the spinning top.
    2. Warriors – “Warriors – come out to plaaaaayyyyy”
    3. TrollHunter – watching Hans walk away.
    4. Office Space – kicking the printer (who doesnt relate to that scene!)

      • Totally and utterly worthy. There’s a lot of Norwegian folklore embedded in the film, but you don’t miss out at all if you’re not quite up to scratch. It’s a fantastic film!

      • Awesome. I was hoping as much.

        I’m going to watch it this week, and if it’s as good as I hope, it’ll be an “Under the Radar” post next week.

        I only put very good movies in those, seeing as people may have to go out of their way to find them…


  6. Karate Kid — when Daniel goes into the whole crane kick kata in his final match. You can tell he’s in the zone and Johnny’s got a humiliating whoopin’ coming.

    • If done properly, none can defense.

      Which could apply to every kick or punch ever. If you get it through someone’s defenses, it was done properly. If not, your timing or technique was off, etc etc.

      Cause we used to teach that kick to yellow belts. If you step into it, it’s a pretty easy kick to get head high. LOL.

      but I do love that moment. πŸ˜€

  7. A lot of great little moments

    Se7en (spoilers): When the cops find the victim for Sloth, and there’s that one breath. Also, during the ending, when Mills is trying to hold his gun on John Doe, and keeps lowering it fighting back tears.

    Die Hard: When the camera shows the gun taped to Mclane’s back.

    The Silence of the Lambs: That sound Lector makes (you know the one).

    Shaun of the Dead: “I said leave him alone” (Makes sense if you’ve seen the movie).

    The Departed: Silent phone call.

    Terminator 2: The hug at the end.

    Psycho: The secret of the Bates is revealed.

    The Shawshank Redemption (spoilers): When the rock goes through the poster.

    Taxi Driver: When they reveal Bickle after he’s got the mohawk.

    Fight Club: Tyler’s small cameos spread across the beginning.

    Clerks: Salsa shark.

    Blade Runner: The dove.

    Just off the top of my head. I did my best to distinguish moments from complete scenes.

    • “The Silence of the Lambs: That sound Lector makes (you know the one).”

      Yes I do. Kind of sick. LOL.

      Glad you’ve seen psycho now man!! But I checked your blog and there’s still no Hitchock marathon story up… I’m waiting, I’m tellin’ you.

      I’d counter you with this one on Blade Runner. The origami unicorn that Gaff leaves for Deckard. BLEW MY MIND the first time I saw it. So awesome.

  8. Pulp Fiction – when John Travolta turns around in the car and shoots the dude in the head. So unexpected…the first time anyways!

    • Yeah. There’s a ton of them in that movie for me. When they open the briefcase and all you see is the glow. When they stab Uma in the chest with the adrenaline shot, the pop tarts popping up.

      I love that movie like crazy and there’s so many many many great things about it, including memorable “moments”

      Thanks Sew Sew!

  9. Ok.

    Here’s a few of mine.

    “Slow ahead. I can go slow ahead, come on down here and chum some of this shit” – JAWS

    The moment Michael sees Apollonia. – The Godfather

    Gondorff lays down quads on Lonnegan – The Sting

    “#%$& it. Let’s play some cards…” – Rounders

    The origami unicorn – Blade Runner

    Keyser Soyze walks – The Usual Suspects

    Will Munny swigs off the whiskey bottle – Unforgiven

    Phoebe Cates coming out of the pool. – Fast Times

    Regan MacNeil’s head spins clear around – The Excorcist

    That’s probably enough for now. πŸ˜€

  10. Wow. This’ll take some thought. OK, top of my head:

    ESB: “No Luke, I am your Father” – Matching ‘handicaps’

    Tombstone: “I’m your Huckleberry”

    Maltese Falcon: “The, ah, stuff that dreams are made of”

    Wizard of Oz: Flying Monkeys

    Pulp Fiction: Jules quotes scripture

    Blazing Saddles: Bart’s first appearance on the horse in the suede suit, with the theme song.

    Animal House: The Black death mobile emerges from the “Eat Me” cake. Also Bluto on the ladder outside the window.

    2001: A Space Oddity. The Proto-human’s bone becomes a spaceship

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – The triangular showdown

    Blade Runner – The pigeon/tears in the rain

    LotR-FotR – Battle of Weathertop/Arwen defies the ringwraiths

    that’s enough for now.

    • They’re like potato chips… no one can eat just one. πŸ˜€

      I thought about “Scuze me while I whip this out”, but wound up not going with it for whatever reason. I’m easily distracted.

      “RAMMING SPEED!!!”

      I hadn’t even thought of Animal House, but now that you’ve brought it up, I have to add, “See if you can guess what I am now”. LOL

  11. Last Samurai: the Emperor, who cannot modernize at the expense of losing his country’s culture, seizes war profiteer Omura’s wealth then offers him the sword to commit sepuku if his shame is too much to bear, Omura bows his head and skulks away like a scolded dog with his tail between his legs.

    • Havent seen it in a long time… and even then, only once.

      I should revisit it soon, I suppose, huh?

      I do remember very much liking watching Cruise fall in love with ancient Japan. But I also remember hating the end. I wont spoil it, lets just say it was total Hollywood.

      Still… I’d like to go back to it.

  12. Tough question because, well, there is so many to choose from. Off the top of my head…

    Mulholland Dr. Dude goes behind Twinkies,the monster appears from behind the wall. Dude collapses dead from fear.

    Twilight Samurai: Seibei is about to do his duty as a samurai and go fight a rogue clan warrior. He calls on Tomoe, his childhood friend, to help him in the rituals that are customary of summary before battle. The two have had feelings for each other but he won’t accept marrying her because of his lower social status (she comes from a wealthy family). The moment is charged and he finally asks her if she will marry him if he returns alive. She regretfully tell him she just accepted another man’s proposal.

    Maybe more later… πŸ˜€

  13. I can also think of a couple of moments from films that haven’t released yet that belong among my all time favourites, namely from Snowtown, God Bless America, and Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. WIsh I could talk about them without spoiling the films for everyone!

    • I’m a little apprehensive about Comic-Con: The Morgan Spurlock Version for a few reasons.

      But I’ve heard it’s respectful at least?

      I hate that he mimicked the Star Wars name… seriously. Star Wars is like 1/50th of Comic-Con. So I’m irritated from square one.

      • I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it comes out! My review of the film: Don’t think my review quite does the film justice, was a little overhwhelmed when I wrote it, but it is quite honestly one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a very long time.

  14. I’m just gonna say it- The Godfather- Michael dropping the gun and walking out of the restaurant- the look on his face, the pause, the drop and out- hands down best moment-

    • Nah nah nah.

      That movie is WAY too chock full of moments for any moment to win “Hands Down”.

      How about Michael’s steady hands on the Hospital steps. Or Vito hearing the news Sonny was shot? Or Sonny BEING shot? Or Luca’s eyes bugging out of his head when he’s being strangled.

      BADA BING!!

      That movie is LOADED with moments.

      Michael getting the ring kissed. Apollonia dropping her gown. The horses head!!

      Not that I disagree with the moment you chose. That whole scene is great. I just could go on and on and on and pick dozens. It’s like its my favorite movie or something!

  15. Yes, all good, but your definition of moment includes the notion of a momentous change for the character- That is THE MOMENT when MIchael truly enters the world of the family- its him making his bones and its full steam ahead from there!

  16. I am surprised no one said when The Wizard of Oz went from b/w to color!

    It a Wonderful Life….the very end when they are all singing around the Christmas tree

    The Patriot: When Susan, the daughter who refuses to speak, runs after her father (Mel Gibson) as he leaves again for war, “Papa, don’t go, I’ll say anything you want, just don’t go. (Makes me cry every time!)

    Field of Dreams (when Ray realizes it’s his Dad)

    Grand Torino–when Clint Eastwood turns and looks at the Asian gang as they drive by and pretends to slowly and methodically shoot them with his hand.

    The Notebook, the moment she realizes the story is about them.

    The moment the boxer dies in The Champ (the Ricky Schroder version)

    One of my personal favorites (I think I have posted this before):
    Ferris Bueller The point where Sloane turns to the camera and says “He’s gonna marry me.”
    (My now husband made me sit through the movie because he said there was a message for me.)

    I am not really sure if this is an actual movie moment….but in the original Ten Little Indians (the b/w version) the movie pauses and gives you a chance to guess who the killer is.

    Do cartoons count? The Fox and the Hound, when Copper shields Tod when Amos wants to shoot him.

    • Sure Cartoons count! (It helps if you refer to them by their “grown up” term though, animated films. LOL)

      I love animated movies! Kung Fu Panda is coming soon in my Sunday Series.

      You’ve got a lot of good ones there. The Wizard of Oz is another movie that you can pull dozens from. That’s probably the biggest though.

      In Gran Torino, I’d “counter” with the
      Moment we realize he’s unarmed. Sick!

      I’ve never seen “The Notebook”, but I probably should. Romances are my Achilles heel. That and tearjerkers. I should start a series where I accept the recommendations of female readers on which chick flicks I need to add to my film vocabulary.

      Don’t think I won’t. I’m crazy.

      • I’ll try to use my big girl words from now on… πŸ™‚ hahaha

        RE: GT… a good counter!

        The Notebook, if your not a romance movie lover… may be bored to tears before being moved to them. It is a loooong movie. I still like it, but I’m a chick.

  17. One more Blade Runner moment: The reflection of the city in the eyeball with the flame gouts. Just as pure imagery, a staggering moment.


  18. Three others…

    A Clockwork Orange ‘aversion therapy’ in the theater.
    Reservoir Dogs pan away during the ‘ear cutting’ scene.
    The movie ‘Brazil’ scene where Sam Lowry is in bed with the woman and you think the movie is ending with a happy ending, but he then wakes up.

    • All good… the first thing that comes to mind is that I felt like Alex getting “Aversion Therapy” this weekend when I subjected myself to “Little Fockers”. LOL. πŸ˜€

      Classic flick

  19. I gotta say of just recently seeing movies the favorite moments:

    Up in the Air, when George Clooney finally realizes the woman he has been messing around with is married. My fiancee actually didn’t like the movie because of that part, he’s a romantic.

    Moneyball, where they show the replay of the baseball player who hit a home run but didn’t know he did that and fell on top of the base.

    Oh, and though it’s not new, the end of Sixth Sense always gets me. I’m sure there are more though!

    • I love “Up in the Air”, but as a single male, it cuts a little too close to home at times. You dont have to be a romantic to have that part bother you.

      I love the sequence where he breezes through security like a zen master LOL. Not really a “moment”, but, as long we’re mentioning that movie.

      That is a cool clip from Moneyball. I wonder if they staged that? Is that a real clip? I would have thought I would have run across it… seems genuine, right?

      And yeah. The rolling ring. Awesome, no? I still am so amazed he “got me”. What a twist!!

  20. Ok kids, let do this:

    The expression on Michael’s face when he realizes that Fredo is the one who betrayed him.
    Then the expression on his face when Fredo takes one in the back of the head.
    The death at the end of Into the Wild – sorry, had no knowledge of the story when I watched the movie. I was so pissed that kid died.
    Seeing the bottom of the coffee cup in “The Usual Suspects” and realizing who Kabayashi really was.
    When White Goodman “bleeds his own blood”.
    When Christopher Walken notices the painting but doesn’t notice Vince Vaughn is tied to the bed in Wedding Crashers.
    Laurence Fishburne’s laugh in King of New York.
    When Willard actually kills Kurtz.
    Hell, speaking of Apocalypse, when Willard asks if that guy knows who’s in charge. Yeah….
    I’m gonna show her my “O” face.
    The end of Shutter Island when you realize that DiCaprio would rather have his brain scrambled because he will never be able to forgive himself for what happened to his family.
    Nino using the kid as a shield in New Jack.
    I know it’s supposed to be moments, but the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.

    I will come back with more, but I have to do some graphic work for someone I know……..

    • LOL. Those bastards. Making you work for them….

      Hell, speaking of Apocalypse, when Willard asks if that guy knows who’s in charge. Yeah….

      We got a lot of mileage out of that at UCONN. Pretty sure that’s one of Jeff’s favorites…

      You mentioning DiCaprio made me think of the elevator opening in the departed. You know the moment. BAM! I didn’t see that coming! LOL…

      Now you’re bringing up II. Garner and I are gonna wind up getting into it all over again. πŸ˜€ Oh well… I can’t help it. Here’s my two moments.

      The “I know it was you Fredo” kiss.
      The SLAP
      The way he closes the door on Kaye as if she weren’t even there. Ooops. Someone left teh door open. I’ll just shut it.
      The hand gesture duvall makes to go with this line “It’ll be as if she never existed”

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