Monday, May 25, 2020

Top 10 Favorite Movie Moments

10. Apocalypto (2006) - "I am Jaguar Paw..."
After being chased through jungles and over waterfalls, Jaguar Paw is finally back in his home hunting grounds, where he feels comfortable, and where he dares his attackers to pursue him. They ransacked his village, they killed his friends, and they killed his father. They are his mortal enemies as a rival tribe. They oblige his challenge, but for a minute or so, Jaguar Paw feels ten feet tall, which makes this scene stand out over all the others.

9. Red Dawn (1984) - "Wolverines!"
When I was a kid, Robert was my favorite character from Red Dawn. The way he bowed out was tragic, but when he died, he died on his feet, which, coupled with the score playing during the scene, was enough to ignite goosebumps. Soviets and Cuban invade the US, and Colorado, where a ragtag group of high students fight back for their executed parents, and for their country.

8. Over the Top (1987) - "I'm Through Talking."
Lincoln Hawk has kept his cool throughout most of the movie, but when he's shoved for no reason at all in a moment that he's ready to win an arm wrestling tournament and reclaim his son, he finally lashes out. This moment is totally and completely badass. Linc has finally had enough. His son has been kept from him by a wealthy grandfather who has never approved of him, and all Linc wants is a chance to reconnect and raise his son, Michael, the right way.

7. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - "All of Us."
I love this scene. The only thing standing between the used and abused children of a remote Indian village and freedom is Indiana Jones. His selfless act literally frees them from their shackles, and I love seeing the silhouette of Indy standing in defiance of the Thuggi cult holding them captive. This is the best Indiana Jones moment.

6. The Grey (2011) - "Live and Die on This Day."
Throughout this movie about Alaskan oil riggers stranded among a brood of feral wolves, Ottway (Liam Neeson) makes forlorn references to his wife, and to a poem his father had written when he was a child. Both come full circle as Ottway takes on the alpha wolf, mono e mono. This is a great scene with a great score chiming in behind it.

5. The 13th Warrior (1999) - "Lo, There."
Ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) never wanted to be a warrior, but through the guidance of his Viking brethren, he found it somewhere inside. When the group is led one more time into the fray, they recite a Viking prayer, and as the Islamic Arab Ibn has learned their ways and come to appreciate them, he joins right in.

4. Gladiator (2000) - "Go To Them."
Maximus' wife and child were murdered pretty early on, and now that he's finally taken revenge on Commodus for having had them killed, all he wants to do is go "home" and reunite with the family he's lost. Coupled with the music, this scene still gets me every time.

3. Red Dawn (1984) - "I'll Hold You As Long As I Can."
Talk about scenes that get me every time. Matt and Jed Eckert (Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze) are brothers, forced to defend their hometown when it's overrun by the Communist forces of the Soviet Union and Cuba. Their chemistry on the screen really makes you feel like they're brothers, which makes this scene so heartbreaking. It's a great one though.

2. Wicker Park (2004)
After Matthew (Josh Hartnett) has spent the entire movie trying to track down his lost love Lisa in a cat and mouse game from hell, he finally finds her in the end. The climax of the chase is serenaded by Coldplay, which makes it even better. This is one that gets me every single time, and likely always will.

1. Say Anything (1989) - "'In Your Eyes.'"
I consider this scene the most INFP moment in movie history. How do you remind an old flame that they should be with you and that they need to come back to you asap? Blast the song you shared with them from a boombox and hold it up outside their window at full blast. This is what Lloyd Dobler does for Diane Court, and eventually, the gesture works in one of the most iconic scenes in movie history, my personal favorite.

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