Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shawn Hoelscher's 100 Favorite Movie Moments

What makes a movie good?

Honestly, there are tons of factors.

I see movies as almost a form of algorithm, and if most of a movie checks out, it works for me. Each movie has its own identity for me, its own unique DNA. So what makes me love a movie is different because each film is a different experience. I may love a movie because of how it makes me feel. I may love a movie because of what it says and how it says it. Sometimes I love a movie because its got a damn entertaining story. Maybe there's a performance so great, its addictive to watch. Whatever the case, sometimes I also love a movie because its full of so many good moments, that the cons slip by the wayside.

When I was a little boy and when I talked to my friends about movies, we would have long conversations of us going back and forth with sentences that started with "Remember the part when..." When we watch something we love, some people love to impersonate those scenes. Discuss a funny piece of dialogue or a memorable situation. Movies are made up of moments, and the iconic moments are those that live on with the audience forever. I thought I'd share my 100 favorite movie moments. Scenes that force a laugh, scenes that force a shock, scenes that...may not make a whole lot of sense out of context. But one thing is important, they moved me, they shaped me into the movie geek I am today. We can talk under the sun and argue until we're blue in the face, but how many times have we discussed our favorite moments in film? When I watch these movies, these are the things I anticipate the most.

Even though they are numbered, they are in no particular order.

100. Closing Credits (Inland Empire, 2006)

99. Opening Credits (Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

98. Skateboard Ghost (The House on Haunted Hill (1959)

97. Puttin On Your REEETZ (Young Frankenstein (1974)

96. Humphrey Bogart respects women (The Maltese Falcon (1941)

95. John Candy Loves Cheese (Uncle Buck (1989)

94. Peter Sellers Antics (Dr. Strangelove (1964)

93. Flying Grandma (Gremlins (1984)

92. Han Solo The Pimp (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)

91. So, Let's Dance! (Caddyshack, 1980)

90. Al Pacino Talks Asses (Heat, 1995)

89. Joker's Museum Party (Batman, 1989)

88. Movie Within The Movie (Strange Brew, 1983)

87. Fatherly Rant (Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke, 1978)

86. Who That Man? (A Day At The Races, 1937)

85. Crazy Mel versus Crazy Gary (Lethal Weapon, 1987)

84. Wise Up (Magnolia, 1999)

83. Awkward Date (Fargo, 1996)

82. I don't need your sympathy, man (The Big Lebowski, 1998)

81. Shark versus Zombie (Zombie 2, 1979)

80. Candy Colored Clown (Blue Velvet, 1986)

79. Trans Am Intro (Smokey and the Bandit, 1977)

78. Fight a Stranger montage (Fight Club, 1999)

77. Bill Murray's Epiphany (Scrooged, 1988)

76. Pimp visit (True Romance, 1993)

75. I'm trying hard to be the shephard (Pulp Fiction, 1994)

74. The Rant (Christmas Vacation, 1989)

73. The Assassination (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962)

72. The Intermission (Holy Motors, 2012)

71. Ee-oh, eleven! (Ocean's 11, 1960)

70. The Grapefruit (The Public Enemy, 1931)

69. Val Kilmer's Marlon Brando impression (The Island of Dr. Moreau, 1996)

68. Head Change (Sleeper, 1973)

67. In Heaven (Eraserhead, 1977)

66. The Ending (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)

65. The Ending (The Usual Suspects, 1995)

64. The Ending, (25th Hour, 2002)

63. Dentist Scene (Little Shop of Horrors, 1986)

62. Atticus' closing argument (To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962)

61. Bruce Lee versus Chuck Norris (Way of the Dragon, 1972)

60. I work for Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, 1974)

59. Funny How? (Goodfellas, 1990)

58. Diner Scene (The Blues Brothers, 1980)

57. Peeping Tom (Animal House, 1978)

56. Diarrhea (Dumb and Dumber, 1994)

55. Party at the Park (Dazed and Confused, 1993)

54. Klaatu (The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951)

53. Detective Death, (Psycho, 1960)

52. Winners Fuck The Prom Queen (The Rock, 1996)

51. John Malkovich's cartoonish death (Con Air, 1997)

50. Prank calling Ed Rooney (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986)

49. "My friend is going to stick his tongue out at that girl" (Scarface, 1983)

48. Witch Pit (Army of Darkness, 1993)

47. Pitch Black (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

46. "Wanna see something really scary?" (Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983)

45. "This man has no dick" (Ghostbusters, 1984)

44. Cap addresses SHIELD (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014)

43. Nick Nack Attack (The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974)

42. Bar fight (From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996)

41. Mexican Stand-off (Enemy of the State, 1998)

40. Going the wrong way (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987)

39. Nic Cage's wig-out (Deadfall, 1993)

38. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, 2008)

37. Alan Rickman (Die Hard, 1988)

36. Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, 1985)

35. Pre-game brawl (Slap Shot, 1977)

34. Dracula Rises (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948)

33. Jack Black (High Fidelity, 2000)

32. Tommy Wiseau: Best Worst Performance (The Room, 2003)

31. The Party (Trading Places, 1983)

30. "Can You Dig It?" (The Warriors, 1979)

29. The First Twenty Minutes (The Departed, 2006)

28. Opening Scene (Full Metal Jacket, 1987)

27. John Wick vs. Elrond (The Matrix, 1999)

26. Gas Station Destrution (Its A Mad Mad Mad World, 1963)

25. Easy Five Grand (The Sting, 1973)

24. Tuco's Final Insult (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 1966)

23. Fight at the House of Blue Leaves (Kill Bill: Volume I, 2003)

22. The Desert (Beavis and Butthead Do America, 1998)

21. Bar Shootout (Desperado, 1995)

20. Leatherface's Chainsaw Dance (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974)

19. "Dating In New York" (Coming To America, 1988)

18. Christopher Walken's One Scene (Annie Hall, 1977)

17. Satan singing "Up There" (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, 1999)

16. The Plane Fight (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981)

15. "Do You Have Anymore gum?" (Billy Madison, 1995)

14. Cuban Pete (The Mask, 1994)

13. The Ride of Doom (Mr. Bean: The Movie, 1998)

12. Gas Station scene (No Country For Old Men, 2007)

11. Knockout Cop (The Terminator, 1984)

10. Holliday and Ringo (Tombstone, 1993)

9. "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971)

8. Jump In Line (Beetlejuice, 1988)

7. That manic laugh (The Invisible Man, 1933)

6. Boob punch (Superbad, 2007)

5. House Party (Beerfest, 2006)

4. "I Don't Watch Movies" (Clerks, 1994)

3. Silent Bob Speaks (Dogma, 1999)

2. We're In Now, Now (Spaceballs, 1986)

1. "Suck On This" (Taxi Driver, 1976)

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