Thursday, July 22, 2004

Theatre Thursday

Week 10 - Moments

This week's Theatre Thursday is dedicated to those Onscreen Moments that stay with you forever.

1) What moment from what movie still makes you laugh out loud - no matter how many times you see it?

In "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", when Mr. Rooney is sneaking into Ferris' house looking for the kid, and encounters his sister Jenny who thinks he's Ferris. When they come face to face, she screams and kicks him in the face, running away. That one gets me every time.

2) What moment from what movie still makes you cry like a baby - no matter how many times you see it?

"Mr. Holland's Opus", a) when Richard Dreyfuss sings 'Beautiful Boy' about his son, Cole, and b) when they hand him the baton to let him direct 'American Symphony' at the end.

3) What moment from what movie made you actually turn your head from the screen - either in fear, revulsion, or contempt for the fact that you actually paid money to see the film?

I rented "Spy Kids 3-D" for my kids - pretty much the whole movie made me turn my face from the screen. After the first two great movies, I couldn't believe this one.

But as for a moment, when either C. Thomas Howell or Jennifer Jason Leigh (I don't recall which) absently picked up a severed finger from a basket of fries and almost ate it, from "The Hitcher", got me.

BONUS) What is one single moment from a film that is indelibly etched in your brain? Not a scene or a sequence exactly, but three or four seconds from a movie that contain an image or phrase or concept that transcends normal movies?

In the original 'Superman' - Superman has pulled a dead Lois Lane from her car and she's lying on the side of the road. He crouches beside her, sobbing, shaking his head. As he begins to stand, Christopher Reeve looks straight up at the camera, snarls, and leaps screaming into the air. That one moment of rage and grief captured on film gets me every time.

Take a Moment and answer these questions, and you'll feel you've flown across the moon..

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