You ever go see a movie and have a scene from it blow your damn mind? Whether it is in the theater or at home, an old flick or a brand new one, here are a list of 10 scenes that gave me goosebumps.
Now, fair warning, if you haven’t seen any of these movies, there is going to be a bit of spoilage amidst, but think of this as an “if you haven’t seen this movie this is why you should!” situation.
Why these particular scenes make the list may differ per clip, but it’s mostly because the direction, score and cinematography came together to convey one powerful moment on the big screen. So this is for the nerds who love bad ass cinema. Lets get into it…
10. Hallway Fight Scene – “Repo Men”
This awesome scene hails from the 2010 film “Repo Men,” directed by Miguel Sapochnik. The plot is simple: a mega-corporation called The Union has perfected the production of bio-mechanical organs which are sold completely on a credit basis, if you don’t have the money upfront. If you fall behind or can’t make payments, though, the Repo men will be coming to repossess those organs, on the spot. Through certain events, Remy, played by Jude Law’ (“A.I.,” “Sherlock Holmes”), who is one of the top-notch Repo men, gets mortally wounded and wakes up in the hospital with a new set of organs. Irony and karma at its finest. Now, in this scene, the brutal combat, accompanied by Unkle’s “Burn My Shadow,: brings this no apologies fight scene to fruition. Jude Law finally gets to show off his chops as a badass, and it works. Not for the squeamish.
9. Milk Bar Intro – “A Clockwork Orange”
Anyone in the mood for the old Ultra Violence? No? Well, how about one of the best intros to a film I think I have ever seen. Director Stanley Kubrick (“The Shining,” “2001: A Space Odyssey”) set the damn tone for the entire movie in a little less than 1:30 seconds. The look on Alex’s face, the evil in his eyes, not to mention his three droogs all looking in different directions as the camera pulls back. And on top of all that, the synthetic score made me rewind this seen about twenty times when I first saw it. Perfection.
8. Worm Hole – “Interstellar”
If you have not seen “Interstellar,” sort your life out, bruv. Because this is one epic sci-fi film. With a heavy dose of Einstein’s special relativity playing a large factor in moving this story forward. Ultimately used as a tool to explain why father time is not to be taken lightly, this 2014 film by Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight” trilogy) has one of the most knuckle whitening scenes I have to say I have seen in recent years. Here we see Matthew McConaughey and crew going into a worm hole positioned right outside of Saturn. I love astronomy and the mysteries of the universe, because it’s both beautiful and terrifying alike. And them going through the worm whole with Hans Zimmer on the organs made me crap my pants. I will never forget this scene.
7. Darth Vader vs The Rebel Squad – “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
It’s been a long time since I have hemorrhaged in a movie theater because of the godlike awesomeness that was on-screen, but when Vader shows up in the at the end of 2016’s “Rogue One” with light saber in tow, OMG. The thing that made this scene in Gareth Edward’s “Star Wars” spinoff so powerful is that this movie was about the little people, the no names, the rebel forces that fought and died so there could be hope. So that meant no Jedi, no light saber battles and definitely no Vader going HAM at the end of the film. And we were ALL wrong about that last one!!
6. Elevator Scene – “Drive”
This movie came as a surprise to everyone. Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2016 crime thriller “Drive” is subtle, brutal, and wonderfully shot. Sometimes our unnamed lead Ryan Gosling (“La La Land,” “The Big Short”) and his co-star Carey Mulligan (“The Great Gatsby”) don’t speak for entire scenes, Refn just let his direction speak for them. And this scene speaks volumes, it shows the audience how deeply our hero loves Irene and that he is clearly psychotic. The elevator is darkened as he moves Irene out of harm’s way, knowing he is going to have to kill this guy in front of her. The kiss conveys so much to her and the audience, equally as much as the terrifying look in his eyes when he turns around. I will never forget the range of emotion that is fueled by this scene.
5. Rotating Hallway – “Inception”
“Inception” is by far one of the stand out science fiction movies of the 2000s. It brings an amazing, and for some, a very confusing, storyline to the big screen and gives new meaning to the saying “a dream within a dream”. In these dream sequences, whomever is the architect builds the dream and the deeper the dream, the more volatile the environment. In this scene, we see what happens to the dream when the dreamer is effected, and Joseph Gordon Levitt (“500 Days of Summer,” “Don Jon”) fights his way through with poise and proficiency. And with the powerful electric score by the great Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Gladiator”), this scene destroyed me in the theater.
4. Map Room – “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
I could have EASILY put this as my personal favorite scene. Ever since I was a boy, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” has been my ultimate, all-time favorite film, and Indiana Jones is my favorite fictional character of all time. Steven Spielberg’s (“Saving Private Ryan,” “E.T”) direction and a magnificent score by god composer John Williams (“Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Harry Potter”) delivers a scene that conveys that there is power in simplicity. Indy has the head piece of the staff of Ra as well as the staff, and at dawn, we are shown the true location of the Ark.
3. The Crash – “Death Proof”
2007’s “Death Proof” is by far Quentin Tarantino’s worst project, but not a terrible one. The latter of an outrageous double feature outfitted with its own fake previews brought the heat, but when we see the antagonist Kurt Russel’s (“Big Trouble in Little China,” “The Thing”) Death Proof vehicle in action… OMG indeed.
2. The “Layla” Scene – “Goodfellas”
“Goodfellas” is one of the greatest mob films to date, and arguably one of the best in cinema. Director Martin Scorsese (“The Departed,” “Taxi Driver”) made sure this movie is filled to the brim with scenes that are fueled by music, but after the big heist, he shows the collateral damage of being a part of the family. The scene stands out so much to me because of the feel good sound of “Layla” by Eric Clapton playng in the background while we are being shown dead bodies in cars, dumpsters and ice trucks, all because loose ends needed to be cut. That juxtaposition of the happy and horrid ALWAYS struck a chord with me and gives me chills every time I watch it.
1. Joker Chase – “The Dark Knight”
“The Dark Knight” is fantastic and probably one of the, if not the, best super hero film we will ever see. Heath Ledger’s (“A Knight’s Tale,” “Brokeback Mountain”) Joker will forever be praised, and will most likely never be topped. This scene perfectly shows off the writing and directing prowess of the Nolan brothers. I love the wide angle shots with Batman in hot pursuit, while the Joker begs Batman, “Hit ME!” It is film at its strongest, but the scene that I think OMG’d us all was the truck flip and Batbike turn. What a film!
Well guys, there you have it. Just a little fun way for me to nerd out with you and show you some, but definitely not all, of my favorite movies and scenes in my cinema collection. I implore you to check these movies out for more than just these scenes if you have not seen some of them already. And let me know what you think? Do my scenes make a good list? Do they make your list? Because I have more OMG scenes. Tons.