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Top Ten Favorite Scenes in Movies….
1. Saving Private Ryan -- In the church when the Giovanni Ribisi character talks about how he used to pretend to sleep while his mother watched him. It’s so perfectly shot and so perfectly sad. And he doesn’t know why he did it and he wishes he could go back and do it differently. It’s all made more sad when he dies a few scenes later, crying for his mother.
2. Good Will Hunting – When Ben Affleck explains to Matt Damon that the best part of his day is the minute he walks between his car door and Matt’s front door when he thinks just maybe Matt might have come to his senses and made good on the opportunities available to him because of his intelligence. I like this scene (not just because of Matt and Ben) but because there’s this good bit of industry with the beer cans and the smokes on the hood of the truck. And it’s just a really revealing moment, perfectly acted.
3. Weekend At Bernies – Oh Bernie’s. There are just so many to choose from, but really it’s got to go to the scene when they staple the wig back on his head.
4. Forest Gump – The scene when Forest asks Jenny if their son “is like him.” It’s just a lesson in restraint – from the writing to the acting. It reveals so much, that Forest knows he’s different, that he’s scared. It’s just totally restrained and revealing.
5. Clue – Again. Impossible to decide. So many great scenes. But I have to go with Madeline Khan and the “Yes, I killed her. I hated her...SO much that, flames, flames, on the side of my face...heaving breath—“ scene. She was so perfect in that movie.
6. Crazy Stupid Love – again, there are a lot of scenes to love in this movie. Emma Stone was a total scene stealer. Her, “are those air brushed?” comment about his abs – is fantastic. But my favorite is that tiny moment before Ryan Gosling’s character (Jacob) joins the fight at the end and takes off his ring. Jacob and Cal are no longer friends, but when the guy that broke up Cal’s marriage shows up, he’s all in.
7. Wall-E – this movie took over my life for about three years. My son adored it and if there’s a movie you have to watch 700 times, this is a pretty great one to have to watch. The scene when EVE first lands and Wall-E is making eyes at her and she hauls out the arm cannon and starts blasting things. It’s just such a great reversal and surprise. Eve is so bad ass.
8. Streetcar Named Desire – Well, the opening scene is pretty amazing. Marlon Brando in perhaps the most perfect white tee shirt to ever grace the big screen. But his speech to his wife about Blanche… he’s angry, and confused and maybe as sad as he could be. “Listen, baby, when we first met - you and me - you thought I was common. Well, how right you was. I was common as dirt. You showed me a snapshot of the place with them columns, and I pulled you down off them columns, and you loved it, having them colored lights goin'. And wasn't we happy together? Wasn't it all okay till she showed here? And wasn't we happy together? Wasn't it all OK? Till she showed here. Hoity-toity, describin' me like a ape.” If you haven’t seen this movie – you need to.
9. Field of Dreams – I have two from this movie. The first is when Kevin Costner has gone to Boston to kidnap his favorite author and take him to a baseball game. The night has not gone well, and Kevin and James Earl Jones are saying goodbye and Kevin turns his VW bus around and catches James Earl Jones in the headlights. I love it. It’s so dramatically shot. Gives me chills everytime.
10. And the second scene – actually every scene with Amy Madigan. But it’s hard to beat the scene in the school gym when she’s speaking so passionately against banning books and get’s into it with Buella. “At least he wasn’t a book-burner, you Nazi Cow.” Amy Madigan was so perfect in that movie.
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