Talos. This scene, taken from the incredible 1963 film ‘Jason & the Argonauts’, is my all time favourite monster moment. Being only eighteen years old, the early introductions to monster moments for me were from films such as ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Independence Day’ which are all heralded as some of the greatest special effects seen on film. However, watching this particular scene, I sat there as a five year old boy, clutching for cushions to hide behind, placing my hands over my ears to deafen the horrifying metal screeching, shouting at the screen for the crew of the Argonaut to get out of there before Talos delivered them an inevitable doom. As the crew feel like they have defeated Talos by rowing away to a point that they believe is unreachable by the bronze colossus, their plans are thwarted as he appears from behind the mountains and places his feet either side of the passage to freedom, signalling to everybody on board that they are going nowhere. This scene is something special, something revolutionary; something so incredible to behold as a child (and as an adult) that it deserves its place amongst my personal favourite film moments of all time.
Helm’s Deep. This scene, taken from the epic adaptation of the Tolkien series, was personally the greatest battle sequence ever created. I had never seen something like this before and was one of the only moments in my cinema life in which I was truly left with my mouth wide open and my body shaking with awe at the sheer amazement on show. Jackson’s direction of the scene is perfect, and sadly is overlooked today due to his next instalment. Thankfully, some people still appreciate that it is one of the breakthrough battle scenes of cinema, and personally is one of the greatest moments I’ve ever witnessed on film.
Reservoir Dogs - Opening Scene - The best video clips are here
Reservoir Dogs. This is Tarantino at his absolute best. Perfect flowing direction, incredible writing that has you in stitches whilst also sympathising at all times with the fact that the point he’s making is so poignant. There’s something about this scene which just entertains me, watch after watch, and I just don’t get bored of it. A collection of some of the world’s best actors delivering some of the world’s greatest lines just continues to put a smile on my face. Dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
Pure Imagination. There’s always one film that you can watch over and over again. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is that movie for me. This scene in particular is just the pinnacle of everything that makes this film nigh-on perfect. Gene Wilder portraying Wonka in, personally, my all time favourite movie character, sings the ever so catchy tune as he wanders through the beautiful candy land. The charm of the scene is what gets to me, and no other scene on earth makes me smile so much.
This is bound to cause some controversy. This is disregarded by some as an atrocious and pointless scene. Whereas, this is the only scene from a movie to genuinely bring me to tears. The music is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. Every word that he speaks makes total sense and highlights some things which really hit home when you’re in the so involved in the film. American Beauty is the only film I can genuinely rate as my all time favourite movie, and this scene is what makes it stand out from a crowd of the world’s greatest films.
Remember, this is just my list of personal favourite movie moments. Anybody got any scenes that they love to bits?