NEW YEAR Special: Five memorable scenes set on New Year’s Eve

Well folks, it’s just hours before we’re done with 2020. I think the less said about this year we’re about to leave behind the better. I know I am looking forward to the year ahead… I mean, looking at how we spent most of the year during a pandemic, I sure hope there’s only one way but up!

Now, as most of us likely aren’t gonna be ringing the new year in a festive way, we can always live vicariously through characters in the movies. So here are five memorable New Year’s Eve scenes that have proven to be quite timeless…

Sleepless In Seattle (1993)

Leave it to Nora Ephron to write/direct tons of memorable scenes set during the holiday season. There are even two indelible ones from her most famous rom-coms, one being When Harry Met Sally in 1989, then this one a few years later, also with Meg Ryan as the lead.

I have a soft spot for Sleepless In Seattle so I included this one. There’s just something so sweet and charming in the whole story, no matter how fantastical the premise may be. It’ll melt even the most cynical people as the dialog and performances are just so amazing. I love this ending scene at the top of Empire State Building, inspired by Ryan’s character beloved romance An Affair To Remember … it’s perhaps one of the greatest rom-com scenes ever. From the moment Tom Hanks‘ Sam says to Annie ‘it’s you…’ to when she looked at him and says, ‘Sam, it’s nice to meet you’ which makes Sam’s kid Jonah grinning widely… it’s simply magical.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Well, not every New Year’s Eve can be all romantic, fun and festive… but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be memorable. Given the year we’ve had, I simply had to include this scene from this post-apocalyptic film to counter balance out the jubilant ones. Don’t we all wish we could bludgeon Covid-19 virus to death like these guys?

The movie is set in the year is 2031 (heck that’s just a decade later!) and the world has been destroyed in a climate disaster where survivors had to live on a massive train named Snowpiercer that circles the globe. There’s a celebration of the New Year to mark each time the train make one circumnavigation of the globe. It’s on one of those days that the lower-class passengers on the back of the train force their way to the elites on the front. A fierce, brutal battle ensues… let’s just say we’d all likely coming out unscathed compared to these guys, yes even in 2020!

In any case, if you haven’t seen Bong Joon-ho‘s brilliant English-language debut, well it’s never too late to do so.

The Age of Adaline (2015)

I love, love this underrated romance drama. Yes, I realize the ‘science’ behind how Adaline became ‘immune to the ravages of time’ isn’t exactly legit, after all most people would certainly perish if the car they drive plunges into a lake and got hit by lightning. But hey, in an era of superhero movies where people gain superpowers for all kinds of weird reasons, I’d think we can easily suspend our disbelief for this one.

This is the first time I saw Blake Lively and I have to say she’s breathtakingly beautiful here and there’s an air of mystery about her that is bewitching. The costume design is simply stunning, especially the red velvet gown Adaline wears to the NYE party. She catches the eye of hunky Ellis (Michiel Huisman) which leads to one of the swooniest movie meet-cute ever.

Phantom Thread (2017)

I have to admit that the first time I saw this movie I wasn’t immediately won over. As I mentioned in my review, I wasn’t moved by it as it’s definitely not a conventional love story, in fact it’s a twisted one. But still, it’s a film I appreciate and Paul Thomas Anderson and a thought-provoking one as well. I read an article analyzing the psychological aspect of the film, and the relationship expert said that Daniel Day Lewis‘ Reynolds is a perfectionist and is all about precision. But love is not precise and unlike a piece of fabric, a wife isn’t a ‘thing’ a man can mold however one likes.

The film is visually gorgeous, which is astonishing as PTA himself shot this, he did not work with a DP. The New Year’s Eve scene is a moment of defiance for Alma (mesmerizing Vicky Krieps) who leaves her humdrum husband at home and goes to a costume party. He in turns follows her, watching from a distance at first… and the scene of the two of them dance alone in a deserted concert hall with balloons, confetti everywhere is simply exquisite. A spotlight beams down on them as they embrace… and though we don’t know if their marriage would survive, it seems there’s a sliver of hope. Complemented by Jonny Greenwood‘s evocative score, this scene leaves an indelible mark in cinema history.

The Apartment (1960)

It’s been ages since I saw this classic rom-com, still regarded as one of the best classic romance of all time. There’s a similarity to Sleepless In Seattle, where the female protagonist suddenly realizes that the man she is spending NYE with isn’t the one she wants to spend her entire life with.

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon have such a lovely chemistry in this Billy Wilder‘s classic. Apparently the writer/director was inspired to write this after seeing Brief Encounter (1945), a beautiful romantic drama I still need to review one of these days.

I’m posting two clips here as I love the contrast of a festive NYE party, with the crowds ringing the new year as Auld Lang Syne is playing… and she ponders that there’s somewhere else she’d rather be. Then cut to Fran running to Baxter’s apartment… away from crowds and all the festivities, it’s just a party of two, playing cards. As he finally declares his love for her, the only reply she gives is: “Shut up and deal.” Not exactly a romantic gesture, but it’s absolutely perfect.


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Here’s to a much better 2021!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Memorable Thanksgiving Scenes In Movies

Happy Thanksgiving 2020, everyone. Well, wherever you are in the world, most likely this year’s holiday won’t be like the usual times. Where I am in Minnesota, we are under lockdown once again since Spring, so not only we can’t have a meal in restaurants but we also can’t have gatherings with people outside our household. It’s going to be take-out food and Netflix + chillin’ for us tomorrow, well actually it’ll be Disney+ chillin’ as we’re going to finally catch up on The Mandalorian, yay! [gotta enjoy life’s simple pleasures when you can] 😀

Well, since most of us probably aren’t going to be having big lunch/dinner with your extended family/friends, I thought I post some memorable Thanksgiving scenes. Well, they’re not always heartwarming and fun… let’s just say I’m grateful I don’t have to attend any awkward dinner scene anytime soon.

SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992)

I saw this years ago in the theater with my older brother right before I went to college (I just dated myself, ha!). I think this is Lt. Col. Frank Slade is one of Al Pacino‘s greatest roles and he won an Oscar for it. Pacino and Chris O’Donnell made quite an intriguing unlikely couple and it’s definitely a Thanksgiving to remember for both of them.

The tango scene is no doubt my favorite, but this Thanksgiving dinner at Frank’s brother is certainly a memorable one. 

SPIDER-MAN (2002)

I can’t believe this movie was done 18 years ago. There have been a bazillion more Spider-man movie franchises since Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire made their mark. I still think there are tons of memorable scenes in this franchise, especially involving Peter Parker and friends-turned-foes the Osborns.

Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast as Norman Osborn, and this dinner scene is quite suspenseful as Norman suspected Peter’s been hiding his alter-ego identity.

 

The Blind Side (2009)

I remember this movie caught a lot of flak when Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal as the mother who adopted a homeless boy who later became an NFL player. I actually liked the film and Bullock’s sensitive performance portrayal which is quite different from her mostly rom-com roles at that point. 

The Thanksgiving dinner scene started out with everyone all eating dinner in the living room watching football instead of at the table… but Leigh Anne invited the family to gather at the table as to give her new guest Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) a sense of family during the holidays. The movie portrays a refreshingly flattering picture of a Christian family saying grace before they have the meal.

 

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Now, this one isn’t exactly a Thanksgiving dinner scene but it’s certainly an activity many Americans do before the big day, that is grocery shopping. I love the slice of American life in Nora Ephron movies which fuses humor in awkward situations.

No matter how many times I’ve watched this movie, I always cringe the moment Kathleen (Meg Ryan) realized she’s in the cash-only cashier because she was distracted by trying to avoid his nemesis-turned-boyfriend Joe (Tom Hanks) only to have him rescue her. This is also Sara Ramirez‘s first ever on-screen role and definitely a memorable one.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day + week, everyone! What’s YOUR favorite Thanksgiving scene(s) in movies?

 

Fun Diversion – Kevin James’ Sound Guy videos

Happy yet another ‘what day is it’ friends! Hope you’re all coping as well as you could during this quarantine/lockdown/shelter-in-place or whatever else it’s called. Sounds like there is light at the end of the tunnel… as more places like malls, restaurants, etc. have opened even at half capacity. I’m waiting with bated breath for salons to finally open!!!

Now, I normally don’t post about YouTube channels… this is still primarily a film blog, but I’ve actually been wanting to post about Kevin James as Sound Guy videos since I discovered it about a month ago!

Ryan Gosling Won’t Give Me A Soundcheck

It was actually my husband who showed it to me and I thought it was hilarious!! Though I haven’t seen all of his movies (I’ve only seen trailers of the Paul Blart movies), I do think Kevin James is funny, I mean he’s so much more fun to watch in Hitch than Will Smith.

If you check out his YT channel, the Star Wars Sound Guy video debuted in mid February, and he’s got a new one up every week or two since. It’s such a brilliant idea for a serialized short and the possibilities are endless! They did such a nice job editing it that made it look seamless!

The SW video where Sound Guy discovers the truth that Darth Vader is Luke’s father is the perfect one to start with, and as many fans know, it’s probably what happened. It’s no secret anymore that the crucial bit of info about Vader’s real identity was kept confidential only between George Lucas, James Earl Jones, and Mark Hamill, so it’s very likely that the real sound guy would have reacted the same way he did, ha!

My favorite has got to be this one from The Notebook! I’ve watched it countless times and LOL-ed every single time!

This one with the crazy shoot-out is pretty hilarious as well… especially since Kevin worked with Will Smith in HITCH and the comedian’s performance was easily one of my fave parts about that rom-com.

Now, the editing of this one is incredible!! It looks absolutely realistic and seamless, I mean the cinematography, lighting work here that matched the real film is amazing. Love the moment where the Sound Guy sang into the boom mic, priceless!!

I think if you go to his channel now, there are more fun videos of the Sound Guy adventure in famous movie scenes, ha!


Have you seen these vids? Which other movies do you want to see the Sound Guy do next?

 

5 Fave Roger Moore Bond Scenes – You will be missed Sir Roger!

I was saddened to learn on Tuesday May 23 that Sir Roger Moore has passed away in Switzerland after losing a battle with cancer at the age of 89. He’s the first 007 actor who’s left us 😦

I hadn’t heard much about him in the past few years, though I remember reading last year that he was open to doing a cameo in a Bond movie and I thought, how brilliant that would be! He’s got such an effortless charm and elegance about him, and this cheeky wit that would make anyone smile even if his (and Sean Connery’s) Bond is the quintessential ‘sexist, misogynist dinosaur‘ that Dame Judi’s M perfectly described in Goldeneye.

I grew up watching Roger Moore Bond movies which I admittedly enjoyed more than Connery versions when I saw them back in high school with my twin brothers. It was practically the only movie franchise my whole family enjoyed together. Moore isn’t my favorite Bond (that would be Timothy Dalton), but his Bond movies are a ton of fun so he will always have a special place in my heart. I mean, nobody could deliver such cheeky lines the way Sir Roger did, he might not have been a convincing killer spy like Daniel Craig but he sure had a killer smile!

Now, a lot of my fave Moore’s Bond scenes seem to involve vehicle chases. And really why not? Bond is all about gadgets, ladies and cool rides and crazy chases right?

So here are five of my favorite Roger Moore Bond moments where he’s never out-shone by even his craziest rides…

I hated the idiotic invisible car in Die Another Day but this Submarine car was brilliant! The thing w/ Moore’s Bond action movies is I never felt like there’s ever any real danger to him or his Bond girl, so it was really in the spirit of fun. I love his cheeky expression as he dropped the fish out of the window when the car went up shore, ha!

Who doesn’t love the Gondola scene!! It’s the most absurd, ridiculous scene ever but never fails to make me laugh. Again, Moore’s smug expression as he rode that Gondola through San Marco, as everyone’s jaws dropped to the floor, is the most brilliant part about it.

For Your Eyes Only is perhaps my fave Moore’s Bond flicks. I must’ve watched it over a dozen times growing up and THIS Citroen scene is undoubtedly one of my all time fave Bond car chases. My mom and two brothers actually rented a Citroen in Bali once and that thing is really a piece of sh*t, ahah. The idea of Bond riding this yellow rinky dink of a car when his Lotus blew up, riding down a Greek country side with a stunningly beautiful Bond girl as henchmen in Peugeots are hot on their tail… it’s an absolute classic! “Love a drive in the country, don’t you?” Only Sir Roger could deliver it so perfectly!

There have been quite a few ski chases in Bond movies but this one in an Italian Alps is such a joy to watch!! Moore’s cheeky charm is perfectly on display in the Bobsled scene. Man it must’ve been quite a stunt to film this entire sequence, and you could tell in many long shots it’s definitely NOT Roger Moore on the skis, ahah.

Another fun chase involving an exotic ride… this time it’s Tuk Tuk, the famous auto rickshaw in India (we call it Bajaj in Indonesia and they’re mostly dark orange instead of black).

Oh man, my brothers and I had such a blast watching this!! Only Bond would make Bajaj looks cool, ahah. I also love Bond’s Indian ally Vijay (played by professional tennis player Vijay Amritraj, hence he hit one of the henchmen with a tennis racket!) who could match Moore’s charm. That’s another stunt that must’ve taken months to prepare, but the result is another classic Bond scene that fans can appreciate for years to come.


You will be sorely missed Sir Roger. 

So what’s YOUR favorite Roger Moore Bond moments?

Scene spotlight: INCEPTION – ‘You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling’

Hi everyone! My blogging break has been longer than expected, but for some reason I haven’t got the energy to write reviews. I actually tried to write my review of Doctor Strange and Jack Reacher yesterday but never finished it. I guess my heart just wasn’t in it lately… I’ve been focusing on other things [read: my screenplay and the dream of turning it into a feature film]

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Thinking about dreaming big… somehow Tom Hardy‘s Eames quote from Inception is one that keeps coming to mind. Hardy is the absolute scene stealer here, his charisma eclipse everyone here including Leo DiCaprio himself. It’s a memorable little scene that’s said in a tongue-in-cheek way, it really has nothing to do with anything philosophical at all. Yet that line, and the way Hardy’s gorgeous voice saying it, resonated with me and in a strange way, inspires me. It’d look good as a framed quote too!


It’s been ages sinceI watched Inception, I should rewatch it again soon as I’ve got the Bluray. Now if only I could enlist Dom Cobb & co. to help plant an idea on some studio executives that my script is worth investing on, ha! Interesting too that Christopher Nolan based the roles of the Inception team similar to those used in filmmaking – Cobb is the director, Arthur is the producer, Ariadne is the production designer, Eames is the actor, Saito is the studio, and Fischer is the audience. What a troupe of actors to portray a perfect team for the perfect heist. The grand scale of idea for this film is mind-boggling… it’s just a phenomenally-written script that’s executed so well.


Thoughts on this Inception scene? Feel free to share a scene that’s inspired you recently.

Throwback Tuesday: Reminiscing on great scenes from my fave Batman & Superman films of all time

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Well, it’s been over a month since my last Throwback Tuesday post and today is just the perfect March edition. Later today is the press screening of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and though I actually had been rather blasé about the movie the past year, now that the day is almost here for me to see it, I can’t help feeling slightly more excited for it. After all, I have always been a fan of both DC characters, especially Superman.

I was actually planning on seeing Superman: The Movie or Superman II this past weekend, but of course it’s sidelined by Marvel’s Daredevil season 2. Yes, the irony isn’t lost on me 😉 In any case, I did watch clips of some of my favorite scenes from the definitive Superman AND Batman movies. For me, the BEST Superman films are still the Christopher Reeve versions, most specifically the first two movies.

So allow me to walk down memory lane with me in anticipation of yet another cinematic adaptation of two of the biggest superheroes…

Superman I

This chopper rescue scene could very well be the scene I’ve seen the most time in my life, given my undying love for the movie since I was a wee girl. That John Williams‘ theme song never fails to make me tear up, perfectly timed when Supes catches the chopper midair.

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“You’ve got me? Who’s got you?”

No matter how many superhero movies have been made since, nothing can touch this one. Not a single thing.

I simply had to include a flying sequence. The song once again is just lovely, and though it’s a romantic scene, it doesn’t feel at all corny, at least not to me. I don’t think any actor could ever top what Christopher Reeve did with the role of Superman. And Margot Kidder is still an iconic Lois Lane in her own right.

Superman II

“General, would you care to step outside?” That line is still awesome, which of course followed by Zod’s famous line “Kneel before Zod!” The flying sequences are still pretty cool, I mean yes the SFX has obviously improved since then but I still love the Metropolis scenery from above as Supes fight Zod & his two minions.

I remember people were all upset when Supes broke Zod’s neck in Man of Steel. Ok so it wasn’t quite as brutal, but Supes did kill Zod in Richard Donner‘s version too, and he didn’t seem all that remorseful. In any case, Terrence Stamp‘s expression as Supes crushes his hand is just priceless!

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As for Batman, it’s got to be the Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy. Even if I end up liking what Ben Affleck brings to the role of Batman, but I think in terms of the cinematic adaptation itself, Nolan’s versions is really tough to beat.

Batman Begins

Just like that chopper rescue scene in Superman, it’s the right combination of visuals and score that makes for an absolutely perfect and unforgettable scene. This is the first time Bruce Wayne discovers the ‘symbol’ he later chooses to become, and the scene always gives me goosebumps! So beautifully shot and “It’s time my enemy shares my dread.”

Now, I know this scene doesn’t exactly show the heroics of the caped crusader, but that’s just it. It’s a lighthearted moment that gives us a bit of rest from all the dark stuff our hero is going through. And who doesn’t love that practically orgasmic look on Bruce Wayne’s face as he quipped, ‘does it come in black?’

The Dark Knight

I have dedicated a post for this interrogation scene, as it showcased such tremendous acting from both Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. It’s one of those rare superhero film that can be considered a masterpiece but I don’t think it’d be a hyperbole to consider The Dark Knight as one, and Ledger’s post-humous Oscar is absolutely well-deserved.

There are many many great action scenes in the Dark Knight trilogy but I think THIS one is the best and most feverishly entertaining sequence. Batman’s got such awesome rides and he sure knows how to use it! I get so giddy watching his cape billowing in the air as he rides that bat-pod and that spectacular wall flip after he er, flipped Joker’s truck, it’s nothing short of epic!! It was quite a feat to pull off technically but my gosh was it well worth it as we can appreciate it for years to come!

The Dark Knight Rises

Just like James Bond, Bruce Wayne’s got some awesome gadgets and in this Batman vs Gotham Police scene, he’s certainly got the upper hand. The moment the BatPlane came out of that alley was pure geekgasm stuff! I also love that the whole time Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was in the car w/ Deputy commissioner Foley, he’s defending Batman.

The first mano a mano between Batman and Bane is definitely a highlight. It sent me chills down my spine when Bane said, ” I was wondering what would break first: Your spirit, or your body.” It was tough to hear Tom Hardy‘s mumbling at times but when you can make out what he’s saying, it’s pretty darn scary.

I wonder which scene(s) I’d include from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice months down the line, but I’m guessing it’d involve Wonder Woman 😉


Hope you enjoy a bit of walk down memory lane with the two DC superheroes. Which Batman & Superman scenes from past movies are YOUR favorites?

Throwback Tuesday: Fave scenes from THE BOURNE IDENTITY (2002)

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Hello friends! I thought I’d introduce a new blog series, as I’m so good at keeping up with every single blog series I’ve put together, right 😉 This series is sort of inspired by Deadpool believe it or not. I just saw it last night and it’s got a lot of hilarious 80s throwbacks so I thought why not do a throwback post?

So this series is to highlight a scene/quote/photo what have you from my favorite movies that’s at least a decade or older. And since we just saw the Jason Bourne trailer during the Super Bowl, it made me want to re-watch the original trilogy (I’m not counting the lame Bourne Legacy w/ Jeremy Renner).

Firstly, look at what Matt Damon look like fourteen years ago. Yep, it has been that long since The Bourne Identity was released in 2002! I’d say he still looks pretty good now after over a decade, I mean he’s got more lines on his face which adds more character and grit. He looks like he’s even more pissed off too, which made him scarier, ahah.

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Damon as Jason Bourne in 2002 and in 2016

Look at that baby-faced Damon in the first Bourne movie. Who’d have thought he’d be a highly-efficient killing machine?? I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of Damon before Bourne. I mean, I didn’t dislike him or anything, I just didn’t think he was anything special. I never would’ve thought he’d be good in a role like this so imagine my surprise that not only did I LOVE the first Bourne movie, it also changed my opinion about Damon in that he can be super bad-ass!

Now, there are a ton of awesome action sequences here, but I always LOVE a good chase scene. Especially set in one of my favorite European city! This was directed by Doug Liman who recently did Edge of Tomorrow.


Who doesn’t love Clive Owen. It’s absolutely brilliant to see him (the man who could be Bond) as the strong-silent-type villain opposite Bourne? I think the finale is fantastic, but if you haven’t seen this movie yet you might not want to watch this.



Are you a fan of the Bourne franchise? What’s your memory of the first time you watched The Bourne Identity?