Friday, April 22, 2016

Favorite Scene Friday! The Revenant: What's your favorite scene?

I'll just come right out and say this - I'm feeling pretty lazy this week. Hence, this FSF where I'm essentially asking you to do the work for me. In my defense, however, it's not just that I'm lazy this week, I'm on vacation. That's right - while you're reading this, I may very well be laying poolside. Or I could be shut up inside my hotel room...one of those. Also in my defense, there is a precedent for this type of FSF - way back in February of 2014 when we asked you for your favorite scenes from Gravity.

BAFTA via DigitalArts

So yeah, The Revenant - the flick that finally won Leo an Oscar - just came out on home video this week. So, now that we've all had ample opportunity to watch the film (I just saw it for the first time a couple weeks back), what's your favorite scene? Here's the trailer to jog your memory.


What's your favorite scene from The Revenant?

When's Leo finally gonna get that second Oscar?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Favorite Scene Friday: Big: Playtime at FAO Schwarz

Movies can do many things. They can show you worlds beyond your wildest imagination, delve into a past long gone by and take you inside the perspective of someone completely alien to yourself. But for me, the most important thing a movie can do is make you smile. There are days when I'll get a scene stuck in my head, and all I'll think about that whole day is my need to get home, hunt for the DVD, pop it into the player and watch that scene, sometimes multiple times. This has included the opening to Saving Private Ryan, Mr. Orange's flashback in Reservoir Dogs, and the space dance between Wall-E and EVE, but the scene I find myself drawn to and needing to watch more than any other is today's, from Penny Marshall's Big, because it never, ever fails to plaster a massive grin across my face.


Big sees 12-year old Josh getting tired of being small, and wishing on a carnival fortune machine to be "big". The next morning he wakes up to find he is 30 years old and looks remarkably like Tom Hanks. Adult Josh flees his understandably terrified mother and heads to New York, where he starts working in the admin department of a toy company. One day, whilst wandering around FAO Schwarz, Josh runs into his boss, Mr. MacMillan (Robert Loggia), and then this happens:


It's a pretty famous scene, and I think it pretty much speaks for itself. It's just so much fun. There's something about Hanks childish glee and curiosity at the giant light-up keyboard on the floor. I love how he flings his bag away to play with it - he never goes back for that bag - because whatever toys are in there, they cannot possibly compare to this giant musical instrument. Loggia too is great here, his grunt and celebratory "Heh-hey!" are exactly what you'd expect from a man his age and position experiencing something like this.

This scene makes me smile so much that I keep having to stop writing this just to watch it again. I've watched it five times since I started writing this post, and you know what? Now that I've finished I'm going to go and watch it again, and it'll still make me smile.

What scenes always make you smile?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Favorite Scene Friday! A Serbian Film

Hear me out. A Serbian Film, a 2010 movie from, yep, Serbia, is actually really good, despite the film's graphic and controversial subject material. It may be grisly, but it's actually a really good exploration of censorship and what qualifies something as a film or even art in general.

The scene I've chosen is one of the more explicit parts of the movie (I can't believe they actually allow this on YouTube) and the thumbnail for the video is pretty shocking itself, so I decided to embed it way down below. You've been warned.

By Source, Fair use, Wikipedia

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April Fool's!