John over at Hitchcock's World is hosting his first ever blogathon! Here are his rules:
1)Each choice must be a specific moment from a film, not the film itself, even if it's a movie like My Dinner With Andre or Twelve Angry Men.
2)Since picking out scenes is hard, you can write about as many different moments from as many different films as you like. There are no specific restrictions in what types of films you can draw from, even if it's one of Godard's movies or Tarkovsky's Solaris or any other film I have criticized in this blog. I'll even try to control myself is you pick a scene from one of Connery's James Bond films.
3) I'd encourage you to try and diversify your range of choices as much as you can. In both my lists I cover movies in the science fiction, war, western, comedy, surrealist, and adventure genres with periods ranging from the 1950's to the present day.
4) For each film you refer to you can only discuss one scene. For instance if you decide on writing about 2001: A Space Odyssey, you can't do both the shuttle docking sequence and the scene where Dave disconnects HAL, you'd have to make a choice between one or the other.
5) For each scene, you should provide a reasonably clear description. I would advise some context regarding what is happening in the scene, but the focus should be on what you like about that particular moment.
6)I would also recommend making sure your descriptions are not too long. I'm not going to give a precise maximum length but try to keep your explanations from being longer than necessary.
There's a lot of different scenes I love, my list would be endless. But despite all of that, there is one scene that instantly came to mind when I saw this, one of my all time favorites, so I decided to devote my entire post to it: Lester's dream sequence with falling rose petals from American Beauty.*
This scene is a cinematic masterpiece. The music is perfect, the shot of the falling petals on Lester, while he looks up at the ceiling and sees Angela covered in them. He thinks "It's the weirdest thing. I feel like I've been in a coma for about 20 years, and I'm just now waking up."
This scene works so well it's easy to forget that this is a 40 year old man perving on a teenager. Then he ends the scene by saying one of my favorite words in general. (and a perfect way to describe this film)
*Shocker, I picked something from American Beauty. I know