Great Scenes: “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”

When Auguste and Louis Lumière first screened their short film, “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat” in 1896, the audience was so alarmed by the sight of a life-sized train coming their way, they screamed in panic and ran to the back of the room. Who needs 3D when all you need isContinue reading “Great Scenes: “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat””

Great Scenes: “Goodfellas”

Jimmy Conway smiles at Morrie from afar, knowing the poor bastard juster walked into the wrong bar. But he’s in no hurry. Before whacking him, Jimmy takes a moment to enjoy a few drags off his cigarette. Scorsese’s use of slow motion, combined with De Niro’s über cool performance and Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” makesContinue reading “Great Scenes: “Goodfellas””

Great Scenes: “Good Will Hunting”

Often regarded as the actor’s best performance to date, Williams delivered a scene-stealing performance as Sean Maguire in the modern classic, Good Will Hunting. Williams proved he can pull of a dramatic role just as easily as he could a comedic one in the turn that landed him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. OneContinue reading “Great Scenes: “Good Will Hunting””

Great Scenes: “Cinema Paradiso”

I don’t think there’s any film that captures the magic of going to the movies like Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso”. When people ask me why I still go to the movies as opposed to watching them online, or renting films, I find it hard to put into words. There’s a certain warmth and comfort I feelContinue reading “Great Scenes: “Cinema Paradiso””

Great Scenes: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

It is very hard to argue against “2001: A Space Odyssey” when you think of cinema’s greatest achievement. Personally, I think it is one of the greatest works of art regardless of the medium. What Stanley Kubrick achieved here is comparable with the work of DaVinci, Shakespeare, Mozart, and all the greatest artists to comeContinue reading “Great Scenes: “2001: A Space Odyssey””

Great Scenes: “Psycho”

After stealing $40,000, Marion attempts to leave town. She imagines how the conversation between her boss and the rich businessman would play after they discover her misdeed. I love how at first she seems worried, even scared, but then a creepy smirk curves her face. It’s almost like she intentionally throws a disgusting insult herContinue reading “Great Scenes: “Psycho””

Great Scenes: “Do the Right Thing”

Up to the film’s shocking climax, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” plays like a documentary on everyday life in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. We get to know the inhabitants through their interactions on a single hot summer day. Lee uses carefully picked out music, dialogue, and artistic scenes full of energy toContinue reading “Great Scenes: “Do the Right Thing””

Great Scenes: “Dog Day Afternoon”

Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon” is based on an actual bank robbery that took place three years prior to the release of the film. Al Pacino played bank robber Sonny Wortzik who on August 22nd burst into a Brooklyn based bank for a run-of the-mill robbery only to end up surrounded by dozens of armedContinue reading “Great Scenes: “Dog Day Afternoon””

Great Scenes: “The Godfather”

Francis Ford Coppola reinvented the gangster genre with his 1972 masterpiece “The Godfather”, a film chronicling the syndicate of a New York mafia family headed by Vito Corleone (Brando). The story unfolds as his beloved son Michael returns from war a hero with no interest to join the family business. However, after the don declinesContinue reading “Great Scenes: “The Godfather””

Great Scenes: “25th Hour”

Spike Lee’s most significant New York film since his breakthrough, “Do the Right Thing”, revolves around the last day of freedom for Monty Brogan (Norton), a convicted drug dealer about to embark on a seven year stretch in prison. Lee sets the tone of a post-9/11 New York with an opening shot of two lightContinue reading “Great Scenes: “25th Hour””