SCH-NEIGH-ZELHave you ever seen what you've found to be an all around terrible movie, but found yourself unironically loving one or more particular scenes from it? I'm not talking about scenes that are So Bad They're Good, I mean honest to god, "this deserved a better movie" type scenes. I choose Beckett's Deathscene from At World's End. I rank it up there as one of the best death scenes put to film.
edited 16th Aug '11 5:01:18 AM by gingerninja666
"Contests fought between two masters are decided instantly. An invisible battle is now raging between the two of them." Lulu vs Schneizel
Anakin rolling around on the ground in front of Obi Wan in Star Wars III. I also can't give specific examples but often I will see a crappy film then see it again and notice how there are often moments of depth to them. I guess those are actors putting a bit of effort in or maybe the whole film was meant to be like that and it merely got lost in the editing.
The Happening. Terrible freaking movie, but the scene in the house with the creepy woman (the one that didn't have jack shit to do with the rest of the movie) was really good. Well, it was up until she started ramming her head through the windows, which was hilarious. But I was legitimately scared during that scene. The rest of the movie was crap, though.
And if I claim to be a wise man, well, it surely means that I don't know.
I liked that movie...
Fresh For 2014^^^^ I also call into question that movie being called "terrible."
"My final prayer: O my body, always make me a man who questions!" — Frantz Fanon
I think the point is that YMMV and that we are celebrating scenes in films that we otherwise did not like. And example not from me but my friends, In Bruges was a film I loved but my friends hated. However they liked the scene where the main character tries to shoot himself, it was one of the few outright funny scenes in the film and thus conformed to their expectations. In Bruges was not marketed well.
edited 16th Aug '11 12:37:39 AM by Gvzbgul
Yeahhhh, The Happening could never be terrible for me. Probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Doubt that was the intended effect, but hey, not gonna complain. I'm going to go with Ghost Ship as my choice. The wire scene, if you know what I'm talking about.
edited 16th Aug '11 7:19:11 AM by Pentadragon
The gravestone has been stolenOkay, the four waterbenders drowning Zhao, the scroll, and out of context everyone bowing the Ung and the look on his face, oh and Zuko and Eer-roh at the tavern Five great scenes in M Night Sham-alan's simpering garbage Also the part where Harry brings Cedric's body back in the film of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, between Radcliffe's performance and the contrasting cheers. Too bad the rest of it was Adaptation Decay at work.
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A Mediocre KhanMost of the scenes with Alfred in Batman & Robin were rather sweet and would have been beautiful if placed in a non-shitty movie. The action scenes in Sucker Punch were pretty brilliant, and I would have frankly preferred the entire movie be built around them, rather than what we actually got. While the movie itself was not so much 'bad' as a Guilty Pleasure, every scene with the cowboy guy in Ghost Rider was pretty awesome.
I hope nobody will take offense at me saying that most superhero films are crap. Not bad crap but mediocre crap. But, what makes them worth watching is that they often have a scene where the movie just steps it up a notch, or drops the origin story crap and gets down to buisness. The X-Men films are a good example of this, each of them have moments of brilliance, Magneto's escapes in X2 and 3, Nightcrawler's attack on the white house, the opening of X1.Or perhaps Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, while bad it still has moments where the family nature of the Fantastic Four comes through. Ang Lee's Hulk (a good film in my opinion) had an origonal portrayal of phasing through objects as well as a great focus on the father son relationship. I could go on but pretty much every superhero film is mostly mediocre with a few moments of greatness. Usually when they stop padding and cut loose with the special effects or the fight scenes.
Anakin rolling around on the ground in front of Obi Wan in Star Wars III.That was a really good moment, that and the first half of the actual fight between them, it felt like it was starting to drag when they head outside. I think the prequels have a decent amount of good scenes unfortunately strung together in a series of terrible movies. I think Ang Lee's Hulk had plenty of great scenes like when Bruce and his father are talking near the end of the film, when Bruce is talking about what he feels during his Hulk-blackout periods, the parts with Hulk in the desert fighting the military and the quick hallucination where Hulk grabs Bruce though the mirror and says "Puny human."
Dog and Pony ShowMediocre film, amazing speech:
“Love is the eternal law whereby the universe was created and is ruled.” — St. Bernard
Just zis guy^ Pacino's usually pretty good for giving even lackluster films something worthwhile.
edited 17th Aug '11 3:57:43 PM by Nohbody
Trope on a RopeI wouldn't say Kate and Leopold is a bad movie (a bit forgettable even with the time travel gimmick), but Liev Schreiber gives this little scene far more heart and quiet passion than the film probably warrants.
edited 17th Aug '11 9:55:43 PM by BorneAgain
Still waiting for a Legion of Losers movie...
I Am The WalrusThe buffet scene in The Nutty Professor II. Yes, the one good part was an escalation of the dinner scene from the first.
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With Mod Hat OnTitle changed in an attempt to stem the "but that movie wasn't terrible!" posts. Remember, this thread is about great scenes from movies you thought were terrible. It's not for bitching about movies you didn't like.
edited 18th Aug '11 3:20:44 AM by pagad
The gravestone has been stolenAlso the Arena Battle at the end of Star Wars Episode II, which was arguably the worst in the entire series.
Wo ist die Bibliothek?
#sadboysThe neo nazi scene from The Doom Generation where the three characters are either castrated or raped. I liked to end the movie there and pretend all three died.
ALL CREATURE WILL DIE AND ALL THE THINGS WILL BE BROKEN. THAT'S THE LAW OF SAMURAI.
Ahr riverThe "preparations" for the fight scene, in You Don't Mess with the Zohan >>
edited 19th Aug '11 8:06:51 AM by MrAHR
Andy DyslexiaThe "Scotty Doesn't Know" scene from Eurotrip
Magic Pig DetectiveBetsy Palmer's big moment in the spotlight in the first Friday the 13th movie. That performance goes a long way towards livening up a boilerplate slasher with little else going for it. And if it's not stretching the title concept too much, I'd like to mention the short film with the rabbit they showed before WALL-E. The former is one of my favorite Pixar shorts, the latter is part of the reason why I no longer give a shit about their new releases.
"People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent." - Bob Dylan
The Final ECW ChampionThe part where the bad guy wins in The Rise of Cobra. About the only good thing in the whole movie besides the French guys jokes.
Modified Ura-nage, Torture Rack
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