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Old 10-12-12, 15:25
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Let’s stick with Abrams/Zucker/Zucker and tap some short scenes from …

… “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad” (1988). The humor is sophomoric and even rude … but funny.

In this scene, Leslie Nielsen’s character forgets he is wearing a wireless microphone at conference with the Queen of England. He goes to the men’s room! You can imagine what is heard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdE83FX-Mto


Next. OJ Simpson (Yes, it’s OJ.) is a police officer who bursts into a cabin of bad guys and gets shot … and gets … well, watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2_tJIgfnDA


And, a really short scene about Pricilla Presley’s beaver:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvWfbIe4X_4


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Old 10-19-12, 14:22
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"Roxanne" (1987) by Fred Schepisi, has Steve Martin adapting the roll of Cyrano de Bergerac and wearing a big nose.

In a bar, a guy calls Martin "big nose." This aggravates Martin but he keeps cool and belittles his detractor for lack of imagination. After some dart throws, Martin must come up with 20 pejorative remarks about his own big nose. And here we go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWNLhptltBg

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Old 10-26-12, 15:23
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One more funny one ... from "Beetlejuice" (1988) by Tim Burton. Home owners die and haunt their old house and its new owners. In this scene, the new owners (led by Catherine O'Hara) are forced to sing and act out the Harry Belafonte's version of the song "Dayo":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQXVHITd1N4


Now, a turn towards the dark: "Apocalypto" (2006) by Mel Gibson. The film is pretty good if derivative. However, this is the jaguar scene. A character is captured by a vicious rival tribe but escapes, wounded. He climbs a tree to aid his escape, only to come across a baby "balam," Mayan for jaguar - and the baby's mom! Ohhh NOOOO! The chase is riveting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MbMbJp3vNU

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A battle scene from "Spartacus" (1960) by Stanley Kubrick.

No CGI or animation here. Just 1,000s of extras and some great directing as the slaves meet the Roman army. The legions are frightening in their size and training:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgywD...eature=related

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Old 11-17-12, 15:24
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Some psychological terror in “Street Smart” (1987) by Jerry Schatzberg, an OK film with a standout performance by Morgan Freeman.

Two years before he appears in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Freeman here plays a gangster/pimp who in this scene must chastise an underling – Kathy Baker. She “sees” too many things … so … Freeman decides to take one of her eyes. She must pick which one. The pair of them, with a pair of scissors, make for a frightening scene of anticipated terror:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ8OJp0X2y4

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Old 11-25-12, 16:06
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I'm laughing already ... "Beetlejuice" (1988) by Tim Burton.

Before Burton began "collaborating" with Johnny Deep, he did this film, about a deceased couple trying to frighten the new owners of their former home. Here, the ghosts resort to ... music, "Dayo (The Banana Boat Song)" sung by Harry Belafonte. Start laughing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQXVHITd1N4

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PS -Sorry for the double post. It must be all the banquets/dinners I've had recently and this clip strikes a chord.

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Old 12-03-12, 16:47
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Seminal movie history in “The Battleship Potemkin” (1925) by Sergei M. Eisenstein: the Odessa Steps scene.

Here you can see the seeds of modern/contemporary cinema involving the moving image. Black and white, no dialogue and no FX; just detailed shots edited into heartfelt and intelligent film. Montage, the edit, rules here, as the battleship nears Odessa (1905), returning from the Russo-Japanese War. There has been unrest on the battleship due to severe mistreatment of the sailors. The battleship attracts crowds on the steps overlooking the harbor. Behind the crowd, lines of military riflemen march on and randomly shoot the crowd, killing, men, women, children, elderly. As the crowd flees wildly down the steps, Cossacks on horseback attack with sabers drawn. A massacre. Note the mother and child, the pince-nez glasses and the iconic baby carriage (used by De Palma in “The Untouchables”). This is upper-echelon classic masterpiece film-making:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps-v-kZzfec

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Old 12-11-12, 19:26
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One for the ages - the opera scene from "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) by Frank Darabont. This is enthrallingly filmed by Darabont and we must also look to Stephen King for writing it. Wow! Pure, unadulterated beauty - at a prison no less. Wow wow! "Duettino Sull'aria" from "Le nozze di Figaro" by Mozart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=718RlaIYBlo

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Old 12-18-12, 15:34
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A wisely written scene from "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976) by Clint Eastwood. The film itself is my favorite Eastwood outing and is based on a book by Forrest Carter - who has a spotty political record. However, here, truths, simple truths, are spoken ... and lived:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=...ture=endscreen

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Old 12-26-12, 19:30
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Back to Japan with "Zatoichi's Flashing Sword" (1964) by Kazuo Ikehiro.

Zatoichi is a character in 26 (??) films and a TV series. He is a blind, wandering masseuse/gambler whose walking stick is really a straight sword that Z. wields with virtuosic technique. Z. is a sort of Robin Hood character with both dark and comic life episodes. Shintaro Katsu is the original and most favored actor who plays Z in films from 1962 - 1989.

In this scene, Z. is gambling with some Yakuza gangsters and one Yakuza shows off his own swordsmanship ... only to be totally topped by Z.'s speed, strength and skill:

http://www.voobys.com/video/video.ph...id=_wSoBE75WXY

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