With War for the Planet of the Apes wreaking havoc at the box office, let’s take a look at where the rebellion first began! This badass scene shows Caesar finally standing up and inspiring his fellow primates around him to do so themselves. I love the way the score swells up before the first word ever spoken by any ape rings throughout the sanctuary. We as the audience sit in the silence that follows, mirroring the looks of astonishment from both man and ape, and it still gives me chills to this day.
It took Pixar less than 10 minutes to tell one of the most heartwarming and heartbreaking love stories I’ve ever seen in cinema, and they did it with no dialogue whatsoever. Your move Nicholas Sparks…
This week’s great scene from a great film is from Christopher Nolan’s last installment in the Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Here we see the very definition of an intimidating and physically imposing villain. The tables turn for Daggett when Bane proves to him that he was never truly in control. Say what you will about Bane’s voice, but I really love how the sound is mixed here. Between Tom Hardy’s menacing performance and Hans Zimmer’s rising theme in the background, this scene is one of the best of the film.
This week’s great scene from a great film is from 2005’s Cinderella Man. This is one of my favorite scenes from any boxing movie because it has so much emotional weight. James isn’t just fighting for fame and glory, he’s fighting for his family. Lasky thinks he’s got him beat, but once Braddock gives him that “you think you can stop me?” smirk, he knows he’s in trouble. I get goosebumps every time.
This week’s great scene from a great film comes from 1994’s cult classic superhero flick, The Crow. Brandon Lee’s eerie performance is great, and gives us an early look at Heath’s Joker, but the special effects steal the show here. The climax of this scene is absolutely spectacular!
This week’s great scene from a great film is from 2002’s crime drama Road to Perdition. This one has everything you could possibly want out of a scene; deep emotional weight, magnificent composition, incredible cinematography, and beautiful use of score. In short, it’s a true work of art. (WARNING: Spoilers ahead)