Great Little Scenes

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Rocky (1976)

If you haven’t heard the story of how Sylvester Stallone’s knockout came to fruition, it’s a story as epic as the film itself. In many ways, Stallone wrote the film about himself; he was a nobody whose wife left him, who was so poor that he had to sell his dog for food money, and […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Smoke Signals (1998)

Not a lot of people know Smoke Signals, which is really quite a genius little film penned by great American Indian author Sherman Alexie, based on his novel, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. For those of you who have seen the film, I don’t have to tell you how truly great it is. But for those […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Batman Begins (2005)

It is Batman day. At least, for me it is. It is also my birthday. And four years ago today, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight was released to critical and audience acclaim. But some people forget that before there was a Dark Knight, Batman had to begin. And he did just that in 2005’s Batman Begins, which breathed […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: The Artist (2011)

As we made a big deal about months ago, this last year’s Best Picture winner was a silent film (and a great one at that). And so it was natural, what with the DVD and Blu-ray still freshly released, for us to pick a scene to highlight from The Artist. And so, here it is. Jean […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: The King’s Speech (2010)

As I said with my review of the scene from (500) Days of Summer, it’s hard to pick one great scene from a movie that has dozens, and 2010’s The King’s Speech is no exception. Almost every scene in this film has something powerful about it, but I have gone through them all, and found what may […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Casino Royale (2006)

Okay, there is a lot of debate over who is the best Bond in the franchise’s history. But in the opinion of this writer, Casino Royale shows the series in top form, not only with its taut direction, intelligent writing, and awesome performances, but mainly with a certain scene in the middle of the film, famously referred […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Zoolander (2001)

To some, Zoolander is an absolutely stupid movie. To others, it’s absolutely hilarious. To me, why can’t it be both? Yes, Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy is filled with dumb humor, but a close observation provides some insight into just how well-integrated the dumb humor is into the sharp, witty satire of the fashion industry. But that has […]