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December 16th, 2007

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04:56 am - Perfect Movie Moments...
In my eyes, there are certain scenes, or moments of movies where everything is just so right, so beautifully crafted, that they stand out as perfect moments.

One such moment, and it literally is just a minute or so, occurs near the end of the original Die Hard. The FBI has ordered a shutdown of power for the Nakatomi Plaza, and there it is. The power goes, the lights flick off and...

Klaxons sound. The security vault locks disengage, the door opens, and Alan Rickman is framed against the light, as triumphant music plays. (Ode to Joy?) And between the alarms, the jaunty music, the use of light and shadow, the way Rickman composes himself, and the gleeful, yet reverent, "Merry Christmas" of Theo, the evil tech genius...

Perfect. Just a moment I want to frame.

So, what are your Perfect Movie Moments?

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Date:January 24th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)

Is it okay to agree with everything everyone said here?

When people ask my favorite Christmas movie, I generally say 'Die Hard'. DH does use all those Christmasy element so beautifully. The 'Ode to Joy' scene is about as perfect as you can get. Makes me smile every time.

I also dig the scene where the one terrorist is rewiring the phone system and his brother comes in with a chainsaw and starts cutting the lines before it's time. Such a simple scene, but it illustrates those characters in a wonderful way.

That particular scene in Firefly is wonderful. I agree that many writers would have overdone it, when the simple 'Huh' did it all.

I have so many favorite movies its hard to pin down a scene.

Recently, I've been hearing negative comments about M. Night Shyamalan again, they seemed to have died off for awhile. I rarely hear much said about 'Unbreakable'. It's got a number of great scenes in it. The hospital scene where he walks out - perfectly fine and has to walk that gauntlet of people whose family members didn't survive is a memorable one.

The whole opening scene of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' in the the temple is nearly as perfect as it gets, all the way up to him jumping in the plane only to discover the snake onboard.

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