If you missed my explanation of this project, I’m turning 30 at the end of June. I thought it would be fun to celebrate by talking about my favorite things. In this case, my favorite Movie Moments. Today I am continuing to count down my favorite movie moments with number 12 to 7.
#12 – Prologue
Movie: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
This is a beautiful opening sequence with the sweeping score and the stained glass animation. I always tear up at the last line, “For who could ever learn to love a Beast?”
#11 – Basement Scene
Movie: Zodiac (2007)
The entire time Graysmith is following this guy down into the basement you can’t help but scream at him to turn around and run out of there as fast as he can. Such a tense, creepy scene.
#10 – “Skin that smoke wagon.”
Movie: Tombstone (1993)
Wyatt Earp demonstrates just how bad ass he is by taking down the man holding a gun to him by lecturing him, and then slapping him of all things.
#9 – Strudel
Movie: Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Quentin Tarantino is so good at writing dialogue, and building tension within a scene without any outright action needed. All we need to know is Hans Landa is a master sadist as well as an excellent investigator, and sitting across from him is Shosanna, our hero in hiding. Add in some strudel and milk and you get this classic scene that makes me both incredibly uncomfortable and hungry for some pastry.
#8 – Hearing the song for the first time
Movie: That Thing You Do! (1996)
All the hope and excitement of the film is showcased perfectly in this scene. There are so many possibilities that lay ahead of them and they’re just enjoying the ride at this point. They’re kids hearing the fruits of their labor played over local radio, and it makes them feel like kings.
#7 – “They’re just gonna cut him all up.”
Movie: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
So I couldn’t actually find a clip for the part I was thinking of but here’s the moment right after.
Elliot demonstrates that he is wise beyond his years by telling Keys he knows exactly what will happen once the scientists take E.T. away. It breaks my heart every time I watch the movie, and I’m always impressed by Henry Thomas’s acting in this scene.
Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the end of my list.