Wednesday, November 09, 2005

He talks about you in his sleep

The Moving Picture Show

Movies can move you just like any other art form, and there is always that one scene, quote, expression or song that will make the viewer vulnerable. Even if you don't necessarily like a film it can still be validated by that one special moment that makes your eyes well up a little. That one scene that makes you forget that there is a guy with a beret and one of those folding chairs with their names on it behind the camera. These moments are hard to pinpoint and vary from person to person, which makes them even more exhilirating. Here are some that have been dug up from my bottomless pit of a skull:

Fred Jung: Money isn't real, George. It doesn't matter. It only seems like it does.
Young George: Are you gonna tell Mom that?
Fred Jung: Yeah, that's gonna be a tricky one.

This is from BLOW, which I am not a huge fan of, but the father son relationship in this film gives me the chills every time I see it. George's allegiance to his father is unparalled and Fred Jung never harps on the fact that George makes his money off the vice's of others. Just the way he says it to young George will send shivers down to your toenails.

Frank White: How come you never came to see me?
Jump: Who wanted to see you in a cage, man?

This quote is from King Of New York, which is an extremely underrated early 90's urban crime film that without a doubt influenced Tarrantino and those who followed. Christopher Walken plays this Robin Hood of a drug dealer, who might be the coldest cat to ever be put on film. In this scene Frank's voice is filled with sincerity and anger and Jump pauses for a minute, and comes up with this sorry answer. Frank knows that Jump is selfish and this scene sets up the rest of the film and the relationship between the two.

Chas Tennenbaum: I've had a rough year Dad
Royal Tennenbaum: I know son...I know

This soul crushing quote is from The Royal Tennenbaums, and might be the most crucial line in the film. This is at the very end when everything comes together and Chas looses his shit right before this scene because his dog has just been run over by a drugged out Owen Wilson. Chas's relationship with his father is almost non existent up to this point, but when Ben Stiller delivers this line as his voice cracks...it's all over.

Jim: I can't remember what my parents look like.

This line is from Empire of the Sun, which is Spielberg's most underrated film. This movie is about a boy who is a war prisoner, but lifts the spirits of the other detainees with this undying optimism. He recites this line at a breaking point when he realizes what his life has become. He isn't going to be back home eating dinner with Mom and Dad anytime soon, and that fact hits him square in the jaw. Christian Bale does a wonderful job portraying a child's percpetion of war. (In this film it is WWII)

Jim Kurring: I lost my gun today when I left you and I'm the laughingstock of a lot of people. I wanted to tell you. I wanted you to know and it's on my mind. And it makes me look like a fool. And I feel like a fool. And you asked that we should say things - that we should say what we're thinking and not lie about things. Well, I can tell you that, this, that I lost my gun today - and I am not a good cop. And I'm looked down at. And I know that. And I'm scared that once you find that out you may not like me.

John C Reilly pretty much dominates every role that is given to him, and he puts it all together with this quote from Magnolia. He plays the role of the good cop in this movie so well that his innocence starts to inject itself into your own mind. He is the good samaritan by default and his impeccable honesty and humanity are on display in this wonderful scene.

There are many many more, and when I think of them I will post them to the 3 people who actually look at this thing.

8 comments:

sammmmmyg said...

It's such a remarkable feeling when you get moved in a such a way as movies can. there's so many of these 'moments' that have made an impact on me...one that comes to mind (because I watched it last night) that was really powerful was the scene in good will hunting towards the end where robin williams is hugging a crying, vulnerable Matt Damon saying "it's not your fault, it's not your fault"....I hadn't seen that movie in years and it's just as good as I remember. Hard to believe that Ben Afleck actually had a soul at some point.

KC said...

That scene is great man. Ben affleck sold his soul to Chevy Chase

madison's favorite son said...

if you count yourself, we're all acounted for. :)

Cole Sear: She wanted me to tell you...

Lynn Sear:Cole...

Cole Sear: She wanted me to tell you she saw you dance. She said when you were little you and she had a fight, right before your dance recital. You thought she didn't come see you dance. She did. She hid in the back so you wouldn't see. She said you were like an angel. She said you came to the place where they buried her. Asked her a question? She said the answer is... everyday. What did you ask?

Lynn Sear: Do... Do I make her proud?

madison's favorite son said...

yikes. i get the chills even reading that. and i agree with sammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyg- that too makes me almost want to cry. but i'm a pussy like that.

KC said...

madison...that scene from sixth sense...NIAGRA FALLS BROTHER

EJ said...

KC, you can up the ante to 4 people that read your blog. You ever heard the Empire of the Sun Soundtrack? Allah Hollah

jackbrizzity said...

Always late, but never hate . . . My favorite, KC I know you will agree,
"Don't shut me out, Ray!"
Liota's my boy

KC said...

Copland is riddled with good quotes. "all the good girls were taken."