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Why I Love Movies - Chapter VI

04.18.2014

Why do I love movies? Well, that is a loaded question. How much time do you have? I could go into a long-winded diatribe about the art of film-making or the magic of the movies, but all of that has been said countless times before. Not every movie is a masterpiece, but every film has touched me in one way or another. Every other week, we will look at a handful of reasons why movies are so damn great..

CHAPTER VI

I love movies...because of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

Because of Tom Hanks in ROAD TO PERDITION

Because of THE BIG LEBOWSKI. All of it.

Because of Anthony Hopkins in MEET JOE BLACK

Because of the space dance in WALL-E

Because of the shootout in HEAT

Because of Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman facing off in THE PRESTIGE

Because of Arnold Schwarzenegger passing the torch to Dwayne Johnson in THE RUNDOWN.

Because of the final explanation of the story in LIFE OF PI

Because of the ambiguous ending of INCEPTION

Because of the cease fire at the end of CHILDREN OF MEN

Because BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM had a theatrical release

Because of Jim Carrey peeing like he just had sex in ME, MYSELF AND IRENE

Because of both the animated G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS movies

Because of the Singing in the Rain scene from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Because of the Singing in the Rain performance from SINGING IN THE RAIN

Because of the mattress man conversation in PUNCH DRUNK LOVE

Because of Jennifer Connelly in LABYRINTH

Because of Jennifer Connelly singing Sway in DARK CITY

Because of Woody waving to Andy at the end of TOY STORY 3

Stay tuned every other week for more reasons Why I Love Movies! In the meantime, we WANT TO HEAR YOUR OWN REASONS below!!

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7:10PM on 04/18/2014

I love movies because ...

A shark that made swimming in any body of water terrifying.
Spielberg and Tom Hanks showing us a piece of how traumatizing storming that beach really was.
Batman flipping over a certain "calling card" and promising that "I'll look into it."
A psychopathic Clown making a pencil disappear.
Batman interrogating that Clown.
Feeling like I was 10 years old again watching the Hulk Smash.
The Ninja Turtles vs. Shredder on the rooftops of New York City.
That first glimpse of a Tyrannosaurus
A shark that made swimming in any body of water terrifying.
Spielberg and Tom Hanks showing us a piece of how traumatizing storming that beach really was.
Batman flipping over a certain "calling card" and promising that "I'll look into it."
A psychopathic Clown making a pencil disappear.
Batman interrogating that Clown.
Feeling like I was 10 years old again watching the Hulk Smash.
The Ninja Turtles vs. Shredder on the rooftops of New York City.
That first glimpse of a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping out from the trees and into the mud and rain.
Forrest finding Bubba.
The death of Mad Dog.
The Winter Soldier catching that shield.
Jason putting on the hockey mask.
Freddy taking Tina to the ceiling.
Any time Chucky flips someone off.
Michael half hiding behind the bushes.
Watching Craig as Bond getting into fisticuffs.
Robert Downey Jr IS Iron Man.
Blade meeting the Blood Pack.
Blade interrupting a particularly bloody rave.
Nemo touching the Butt.
The first 8 minutes of UP.
To Infinity and Beyond!
Aladdin meets the Genie.
Patrick having to return some videotapes.
Any speech by King Leonidas.
The werewolf transformation in American Werewolf in London.
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5:19PM on 04/18/2014

Conrad Hall's Swan Song

That scene from Road To Perdition was one of the few times I've ever heard an audience gasp at a shot. From the time Paul Newman and his bodyguards leave the restaurant, to the final part of the sequence where you see all of the people who witnessed the slaughter , Conrad Hall's genius as a DOP is on full display. Yes, its an Epic sequence, and yes, its staged almost to the point of being ridiculous, but Hall pulls it off. Everything from the dropping of the live soundtrack so you can hear
That scene from Road To Perdition was one of the few times I've ever heard an audience gasp at a shot. From the time Paul Newman and his bodyguards leave the restaurant, to the final part of the sequence where you see all of the people who witnessed the slaughter , Conrad Hall's genius as a DOP is on full display. Yes, its an Epic sequence, and yes, its staged almost to the point of being ridiculous, but Hall pulls it off. Everything from the dropping of the live soundtrack so you can hear Thomas Newton's eerie score, to when Tom Hanks comes out of the shadows like Ghost...Paul Newman saying the only line in the scene, and the emotion on Hank's face as he has to kill the man he considered a father as a point of honour. Big themes, indeed. What a way to finish up, Conrad Hall...this movie is stunning from beginning to end, but this scene will be talked about in 30 years like we talk about scenes from older movies now.
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1:35PM on 04/18/2014

Why I Love Movies Because...

Of the ending of "Before Sunset"

"Baby, you are gonna miss
that
plane"
"I know."
Of the ending of "Before Sunset"

"Baby, you are gonna miss
that
plane"
"I know."
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11:52AM on 04/18/2014

I love movies because...

I saw a delorean blast off to the past after doing 88mph.
I got see dinosaurs brought back to life and wreak havoc.
I saw a shape shifting liquid metal terminator give an older model serious beat down.
Seeing Forest Gump 'personally' meet famous figures from the past was priceless.
Aliens blew up the White house in a spectacular explosion.
I saw the Titanic sink in frightenly graphic detail.
Seeing Neo break the laws of (computer) physics was amazing.
- I got a dizzying experience being
I saw a delorean blast off to the past after doing 88mph.
I got see dinosaurs brought back to life and wreak havoc.
I saw a shape shifting liquid metal terminator give an older model serious beat down.
Seeing Forest Gump 'personally' meet famous figures from the past was priceless.
Aliens blew up the White house in a spectacular explosion.
I saw the Titanic sink in frightenly graphic detail.
Seeing Neo break the laws of (computer) physics was amazing.
- I got a dizzying experience being in the middle of a choatic robot fight between autobots and decepticons.
- I took in the awesome scenery as I joined Frodo and company in their adventurous quest
- I saw aliens live among us in a slum but soon to be evicted.

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10:34AM on 04/18/2014
I love movies because of the night club scene shootout in [link] of the elevator fight scene in The Winter Soldier......because of Gregory Peck's brilliant performance in How to Kill a [link] of all of the musical numbers in Grease....because of how Loki desperately screams "Tell Me!" at Odin in Thor...because of Brian Cox's ending monologue in 25th Hour.....because of the brilliant score and the brilliant film for The Place Beyond the Pines....because of the Final Dance Contest scene in Silver
I love movies because of the night club scene shootout in [link] of the elevator fight scene in The Winter Soldier......because of Gregory Peck's brilliant performance in How to Kill a [link] of all of the musical numbers in Grease....because of how Loki desperately screams "Tell Me!" at Odin in Thor...because of Brian Cox's ending monologue in 25th Hour.....because of the brilliant score and the brilliant film for The Place Beyond the Pines....because of the Final Dance Contest scene in Silver Linings Playbook....because of how upset I was when Julian dies in Less Than Zero.....because when Hector says "You already have" in Troy.....because DiCaprio's brilliant performance in Blood Diamond....because the whole cemetery shootout fantasy sequence in Seven Psychopaths.
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9:53AM on 04/18/2014
Mask of Phantasm was rushed into theatres and that might account for why it wasn't a success at the box office but man, that's an excellent, powerful even, movie.
Mask of Phantasm was rushed into theatres and that might account for why it wasn't a success at the box office but man, that's an excellent, powerful even, movie.
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10:01AM on 04/18/2014
It really is a good movie, isn't it? It proves to us Batman has a heart and I really love the ending, particularly where Alfred consoled Batman and he later found the locket. Aside from Batman the animated series in 1992/1993, "Mask of the Phantasm" is my favorite Batman cartoon. Coming in close second is Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero.
It really is a good movie, isn't it? It proves to us Batman has a heart and I really love the ending, particularly where Alfred consoled Batman and he later found the locket. Aside from Batman the animated series in 1992/1993, "Mask of the Phantasm" is my favorite Batman cartoon. Coming in close second is Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero.
9:39AM on 04/18/2014
I love movies because:
RoboCop vs RoboCop 2 in RoboCop 2.
The mountain climbing scene in The Guns of Navarone.
Because Renee Zellweger said to Tom Cruise "You had me at 'Hello'.".
Hot Rod transform into Rodimus Prime in Transformers The Movie.
Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and other casts holding their breath before the bomb goes off to water the fire in The Towering Inferno.
Sandra Bullock vs. space in Gravity.
I, too, love Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The entire movie, in fact, but
I love movies because:
RoboCop vs RoboCop 2 in RoboCop 2.
The mountain climbing scene in The Guns of Navarone.
Because Renee Zellweger said to Tom Cruise "You had me at 'Hello'.".
Hot Rod transform into Rodimus Prime in Transformers The Movie.
Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and other casts holding their breath before the bomb goes off to water the fire in The Towering Inferno.
Sandra Bullock vs. space in Gravity.
I, too, love Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The entire movie, in fact, but particularly the ending where Batman rushed to see the locket hidden inside Bat Cave and he held on to it dearly. That's just heartbreaking.
Hugh Grant and the gang rushed to hotel to stop Julia Roberts from leaving in Notting Hill.
What Rae Dawn Chong confessed to what she really was in Tales From The Darkside: The Movie.
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9:33AM on 04/18/2014
Where did I see this exact same article before? [link]
Where did I see this exact same article before? [link]
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9:52AM on 04/18/2014
That article was absolutely the inspiration for this column. A lot of sites have run similar stories over the years.
That article was absolutely the inspiration for this column. A lot of sites have run similar stories over the years.
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