Author Topic: Invasive scenes  (Read 1144 times)

Invasive scenes
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:59:43 PM »
Nobody can and I don't think anybody should recollect a film in it's entirety; but certain scenes do have a tendency to stay with us and play a subjective role in our overall critique of the whole. When thinking about a film in retrospect, a scene strikes to mind and - for me - remains there; I'd like to think that it's a kind of a fine art thing in terms of having a taste or value distinction towards the viewing experience and mind set involved. This argument plays well when the film in question is either ill-received critically or is generally obscure commercially.

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Upon re-watching The fifth Element recently, I was struck not by the crude oil that drips from Oldman's character's plastic bonce-cap signaling the end of act 3, nor by the Bruce Willis cigarette scenes. It was the fridge scene that I had really taken to heart for some reason, and reconfirmed. It is a superb image but I think of the below still as an artificial archetype - it's a manufactured non-invasive example of the film I had wanted to see.
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In Woody Allen's Sleeper it's not the mutated vegitable nor orgasmatron scenes that are chiefly memorable. [spoiler]I think of the lack of Woody's VW Beetle  & Keaton's tits that played no further role.
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In The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, [spoiler]not the kill,the smug but well acted Pitt in his rocking chair, mincing his chops while beheading the snakes. [/spoiler]

In Bruges, The pub scene with the pint glasses, [spoiler]not the heroic suicide jump.[/spoiler]



« Last Edit: January 28, 2010, 02:32:17 PM by copylight »

Re: Invasive scenes
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010, 02:17:41 PM »
A semiotic device with a Freudian filter that plays such significance in the opening and ending arc of the film.

I do not know what this means.

Anyhow, Agent Smith standing on a tomato is the only thing I remember from any film I've seen the past 12 years. It helpfully signals a jumping off point at which you can stop watching the films since they're shite.

Re: Invasive scenes
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010, 02:25:38 PM »
Nobody can and I don't think anybody should recollect a film in it's entirety
You've never watched Withnail and I with some students?

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Re: Invasive scenes
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010, 11:55:28 PM »
I've never understood why people rave about the 'Funny How?' scene in 'Goodfellas'. It's not even Joe Pesci's best scene in the movie - the Billy Batts bar sequence makes hairs stand up on the back of my neck, for example. But the finest thirty seconds of the movie for me are Robert De Niro sitting at the bar, smoking, and deciding to kill the hapless Morrie.

And it seems I'm not alone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmF_Phk6eIE

Re: Invasive scenes
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010, 12:04:41 AM »
The 'Up In The Air' scene between George Clooney and J. K. Simmons is the last thing I've seen where I automatically think of that when I think of the film.

Re: Invasive scenes
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 11:45:40 AM »
the finest thirty seconds of the movie for me are Robert De Niro sitting at the bar, smoking, and deciding to kill the hapless Morrie.

Yep that is good. I'd rank the drug induced tomato sauce scenes as favorites because it signals the collapse of Liotta and is almost Eastenders-like if it weren't for the amazing soundtrack.

Re: Invasive scenes
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010, 12:45:25 PM »
So...am I right in thinking the question posed in this thread is basically an extremely pretentious way of saying "Scenes from movies which stand out in your mind but aren't the most famous ones that everyone always talks about"? Or is it more specific than that?

Re: Invasive scenes
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2010, 01:37:01 PM »
So... "Scenes from movies which stand out in your mind but aren't the most famous ones that everyone always talks about"

Yes but that title is pretentiously long.

I agree with what you're saying. Yes. I have a disclaimer - I was somewhat stoned and it made sense at the time.