Epic moments in 10 different films

Today's entry is all about moments--or should I say scenes-- in ten different movies I have watched this past decade. Some of them are jaw-dropping for anyone, some of the are not. This whole article; I really thought it while commuting to school yesterday. I hope you all consider it and might as well appreciate this simple article.

Watching movies is one of my favorite hobbies. My kind of movies? Well, we shall see as you read. To be a user-friendly read and for some of you guys who are curious about it, I'll include some of the film's information for reference. Beforehand, the films showed here are in no particular order.

And now...

1) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    based from the novel by J.R.R. Tokien
    Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, and Ian Mckellen
    Director: Peter Jackson
Unleash thy oathbreakers!
Who will ever forget the final volume in J.R.R. Tokien's The Lord of the Rings? I remember that it was in my senior year in high school when the movie came out. I never read the book, I only scanned some chapters. Needless to say, I asked a question to my friend back then if why it was entitled like that. "Who's gonna return? Sauron?" Then my friend laughed hard he almost fainted. :)

I was wrong. The king is none other than Aragorn (portrayed by Mortensen). The screen cap shown above simply astonished me by just looking at it. Minas Tirith is bound for doom, no more allies to depend to. But what would a real king do to save not his kingdom nor claim his kingship but his people? The answer is simple. Call the oathbreakers to fulfill their oaths. Eat that Sauron! 


2) [500] Days of Summer (2009)
    Starring: Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
     Director: Marc Webb


"I was never sure of with you"
At first, I was literally not "sure" about this film. Is it good or bad? Or is it worth to watch? I haven't watched its trailer. Yes, I saw the movie posters in every mall I ventured. I just ignored it and walked away. But after a long friend of mine posted his thoughts regarding this movie in a social networking site, I got curious. After all, he has a good taste in movies. Why neglect, right? And then I watched it. Not once, not twice, but thrice! Holy macro! 

It's really a great love story for me though some of the fellow movie-goers out there say that it's a story about love. What difference would that be, anyway? A story of  a man who believed that destiny is in fact real the day he met his "the one", Summer. But not all stories end happily. And this is one of those classic examples. I personally liked this scene. What's so epic about it, you might ask. What's more to endure when you are rejected by someone you dear the most face-to-face in front of the world? Sad, it is.


3) Avatar (2009)
    Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
    Director: James Cameron
Rider of the Last Shadow

Mixed emotions. After I watched Cameron's epic masterpiece, I still want more. And more, and more! How in all of this universe did James Cameron create the world of Pandora? It's so damn alive. Additionally, I thought that planet exists! Colorful forests, a variety of strange inhabitants, "glow-like" environment, the floating mountains, and a big old tree, are some of the many eye candy in Avatar. 

Perhaps for those who viewed this movie, they would say that the most epic moment is the great battle of between the Sky people and the Na'vi (with the help of Eywa). But for me it is not. To be honest, that was my first choice. But this scene (as shown above), it almost made me cry. It's like seeing a god incarnated in an avatar riding his legendary companion. Damn, it was really wonderful. 


4) Tropic Thunder (2008)
    Starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey, Jr.
    Director: Ben Stiller
"You are my...brother"

All I did was laugh in this movie. And that was from start to finish. Full of humor. Great concept. If only they make another one. I would like them to film Satan's Alley. Their trailer in the movie was so f*cking funny. I almost pissed. As in. Tropic Thunder is an unforgettable film of several personalities worked together for the first time as they indulge deep not only to their characters to be portrayed but most importantly, to themselves.

This scene was hard to forget. It was supposed to be a drama scene. It was intended for the viewers to sympathize the protagonist as he lost his two arms in an explosion thanks to a molotov cocktail. But it all didn't play smooth as the director depicted. Lazarus (Downey) can't cry, and Four-leaf (Stiller) didn't like the former's way of acting. Definitely, a must-see film for all ages!


5) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
    Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman
    Director: Tim Burton
"There was a barber and his wife. And she was beautiful"
Probably some of you guys didn't see this movie starred by our good old Johnny. It was a musical, yes. But it was not that bad after all. The songs were well written and executed. Some of them were "Pretty Women" and "My friends". The story was also good.  A gory movie about revenge of a barber to a judge who sent the former to prison. And not only that, the judge even stole the barber's wife and child. Sigh! Oh my judge!

In terms of having an epic moment in this film, be warned that what I'll tell in the next few sentences are SPOILERS. If you didn't watch the movie, please watch it first. I guarantee that it is a good view. Done that. For those who already watched it, I chose the scene above that is because first, I have no prior knowledge that poor Sweeney would kill his wife without him knowing it. And of course, he almost killed his daughter. Second of all, who would've thought he will die in the hands of a child? In any case, that is only my opinion.


6) Inception (2010)
    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ken Watanabe
    Director: Christopher Nolan
"Entering Zero-Gravity"
Am I seeing a real Isaac Clarke of Dead Space battling with a necromorph? Absolutely no! If it is, then I would be living in a dream. Inception is a one-of-a-kind film. Leo's character is right. An idea is highly contagious. Once in our head, it would be very difficult to exterminate. A deep penetration in our mind will allow us to be vulnerable allowing us to give our secrets and of course, for them to implant an idea that can shake the very foundations of our capabilities to know if this world is a dream or in its true sense, a reality.

This scene really captured my eye. Fighting in zero-gravity environment are usually seen in video games but this is incredibly "wow". Arthur (Levitt) fights one of Fischer's (Murphy) "inside agent" in order for them to delve more in his (Fischer) mind. With twists and all like this fight scene, Inception, as a whole delivers an interesting perception if one's life is real or all just fantasies.


7) Star Wars III : Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, and Ewan McGregor
    Director: George Lucas
"You were the chosen One!"
I'm a Star Wars guy. Probably it was my godmother who introduced me to this kind of thing. She accompanied me to watch a movie in a theater then suddenly the Phantom Menace trailer appeared. Although a small boy back then, I feel like I was attached to George Lucas' space saga. I would like to be an astronaut before to be honest. Every boy's dream.

A climatic lighsaber duel between Obi-wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in planet Mustafar was my all-time bet in the saga. Surrounded by volcanoes and magma ready to destroy all things near it, the two managed to battle each other as one being a true jedi who follows the way of the light and a fallen-jedi-turned-sith who now lingers the path of darkness. Too bad for Anakin though. He was the chosen One.


8) Up (2009)
   Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and John Ratzenberger
   Director: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
Actions speak louder than words
Disney Pixar's Up, well, as you can see it, is an animated film. I'm trying to be objective here, boys and gals. Okay? I definitely love this film. Especially the first few minutes. It's like seeing a film with no script but actions. And then I realize that actions speak louder than words. The first meeting of Carl and Ellie. Their teenage years. Their marriage. Their loss of not having a child. The death of Ellie. And lastly, the gloomy life of Carl in his old days. Outstanding, really.

The starting scenes of Up were heartwarming and melancholic. It's like someone's forcing you a slice of cake and you don't want it. There were movies that I watched which contain slices of life in their story but for me, Up topped them all. There is nothing more epic in a man's life than to be his wife building their home for their kids.


9) 1408 (2007)
    Starring: John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson
    Director: Mikael Hafstrom
"Daddy's here"
From the master story-teller of all generations, Stephen King's 1408 is all about a writer named Mike Enslin who writes, ehem, ghost stories. Well, he doesn't believe in any of he writes. He even concluded that such paranormal activities do not exists. That was not until he checked in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel. A room whose numbers when added up equaled 13.

I personally read the original story written by SK. It's not a book actually but a short story. If I were to choose from the movie version and the book, I prefer the former. Well, that was my humble opinion. 'Coz there are scenes in the movie that are not present in the original story. Example is the above scene. What will you do if your daughter who died of cancer suddenly appeared in that world of void? Mike Enslin, like all parents out there, will simply hug their child. But not for long. Not for long 'til you're covered with ashes. 


10) Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
     Starring: Jason Segel, Kristin Bell and Russel Brand
     Director: Nicholar Stroller

Inside of you...
I don't get it why others know nothing of this movie. It's so great! Couples or still single, this movie is just for you. And I would like to special mention those who ended up recently with their respective partners. This medicine (movie) is just for you. I got highly addicted with its script, norms, and point of views. Hope it will do the same to you. In a positive way, alright.

The scene above is the best for that movie. Singing "Inside of you" to your girlfriend will stress out anybody that it has a double meaning. At any rate, Aldous Snow (played by Russel Brand) still sang his piece to Sarah Marshall (Kristin Bell), his girlfriend, with the audience happily listening and watching Snow do his "own little moves".

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5 comments:

akosilea

7/10 napanood ko na..
nice

1408 bakit hindi ko yun nbalitaan?
i was expecting na kasama d2 V for vendetta

H0KAGE

@akosilea..

thanks a bunch mademoiselle! =)

It's just a coincidence about the movie 1408. Nasa delgic kami nila dad tapos kinuha nya lang yun.

Isasama ko sana dapat yung V for Vendetta kaso wala akong nasapawan na ng iba sa list kong yan. Ikaw talaga oh. :)

Anonymous

thanks
from PEX

Free Mind

There's only two that I didn't see yet. Number 9 & 10. Fell in love with the story of 500 Days of Summer. In relation to Inception, Source Code is also features a brilliant concept.

Vallarfax

Yup, I agree! 500 Days of Summer had a compelling story that can put its viewers in love. My brother said that Source Code is also great. I'll watch it this weekend.

Try watching #9 and #10. Especially that #10. You'll finish it laughing but also in love.

Thanks for visiting. =)

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