Thursday, December 3, 2009

Random Thunderstorms...(Great Cinematic Moments)

Fellow blogger Don issued a friendly challenge for me to list my all time favorite unforgettable on screen moments. I absolutely love movies, everything about them from the opening sequence to the choice of how the credits roll. These are my all-time favorite moments...(this was not an easy list to compile) in no particular order:

Gone With The Wind...Scarlett O'Hara asking Rhett Butler to stay with her after years of being selfish and she asks "Where will I go? What will I do?" Rhett looks at her while standing in the open doorway and says "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." and walks out. Classic cinema. It doesn't get much better than that.

The Usual Suspects...The last scene of the movie when Kevin Spacey has told his entire story and he explains that Kaiser will disappear "And like that" (he blows his lips and makes a gesture with his hand) "He's gone." The film fades to black and the credits roll. One of the best mystery/thriller scenes ever put on film.

Runaway Bride...Richard Gere explains how he should have proposed to his wife. "I promise that there will be bad times. I promise that one or both of us will want to get out of this thing. But I also promise that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life." No explanation needed.

Renaissance Man...Khalil Kain having a conversation with his teacher (Danny DeVito) and he tells him "He who increases knowledge increases sorrow." DeVito looks at him puzzled and asks him if Shakespeare wrote it. He nods his head and says "The Bible. Even Shakespeare has his superior." Great movie, great cast. Greatly overlooked.

Love Jones...Larenz Tate and Isaiah Washington are talking about love. Washington says to Tate "Everybody keeps talking about falling in love. Falling in love ain't shit. Somebody tell me how to stay there." One of my absolute favorite movies.

The Perfect Murder...I know it's a remake but when Paltrow says to Douglas "What's the matter honey? You don't seem happy to see me." Classic.

Notting Hill...Julia Roberts is standing in front of Hugh Grant and says "I'm just a girl. Standing in front of a boy. Asking him to love her." A classic moment in love stories. This movie also has one of the best montages of time change I have ever seen. It is innovative, packed full of detail yet so simplistic it can easily be overlooked.

I watch a lot of movies. These were just a few 'great cinematic scenes' from the top of my head. I'm sure if I took my time and really thought about it, I would have a totally different list...well, The Usual Suspects will always be there ;-)

Peace & Blessings...


  1. This is a good list. I adore romantic movies... but I haven't seen any that you listed... oh other than Love Jones.

    I can fully understand The Perfect Murder. Took me forever but I finally saw it this year.

  2. That line from Renassiance Man is classic! Classic! I might do some Shakespeare reading this weekend myself.

    I still have yet to watch Notting Hill. Been saying I was going to do it for years.

  3. MsKnowitAll...If you were going to start on my list with the Romance movies, I would say start with Notting Hill. It is light and not too heavy for a weekend flick.

    Ms. Insatiable...Renaissance Man has many subtle classic moments. You have to see Noting Hill, not Oscar worthy but a good film. It is often shown on cable channels on the weekends.