Monday, February 7, 2011

Top 3 List Bonanza: Part One

Well to kick-start my new Blog, I thought I would do a top 3 of 3 different categories. One is being Favourites Scenes in Film. At the moment I will only do the top 3 for each category, as I plan to expand each one as time permits.  Therefore, I will start with the best scenes. I would like to warn of SPOILERS for 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Godfather. So hopefully you will enjoy Part One.

Part One:

3. A Clockwork Orange Intro

Wow, this scene just blew me away. Kubrick yet again directed an absolute masterpiece. The film transitions from the opening credits while we hear the tune of The Funeral of Queen Mary, then quite rapidly we are opened to Alex, and his Droogs Dim, Pete and Georgie. They sit staring into what looks like nothing, while Alex (Malcolm McDowell) stares right down the camera, drinking his drug-laced milk in the Korova Bar, with rather suggestive furniture. This scene was so well shot, A Clockwork Orange has a lot of great scenes, this was definitely the best.

2. The Shutdown (Murder) of HAL 9000

From one of the greatest films ever, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the greatest director ever Stanley Kubrick makes his second instalment on my list for greatest scenes. This for me was the most effective and poetic scenes of this complete philosophical masterpiece. It is shortly after HAL 9000 has killed the rest of the crew of the ship, and attempted to kill Bowman. Yet Bowman manages to get in, and the way he strides towards HAL's motherboard. He just does not look back, while HAL pleads for him helplessly. It was almost like a rape in a sense, it was just such a show of power, when shortly before Bowman was the one in danger. Kubrick is a masterful filmmaker, and too many may not be the best, but he is definitely brought us the best scenes in films.

1. The Baptism/Assassination

This is the greatest scene ever from the greatest film ever, The Godfather. I rather feel sad for Kubrick, he has to be the most consistent director, yet Coppola managed to strike gold here. This is shortly after the death of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), where his son Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) has been running the 'family business'. One of his father final words of wisdom is that he is about to be tricked into an ambush. Therefore, Corleone beats the competition, killing them before they kill him. During the baptism, we witness nothing describable other than perfection. We get action, suspense and drama all in the excellent scene, the greatest scene ever.

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