Nolan's Batman films already proved that averting sequel escalation can work well. The League of Shadows' scheme in Batman Begins was much bigger than anything the Joker did, but The Dark Knight still felt like much higher stakes because Joker was so much better at playing mindgames with Batman.
Also, A New Hope vs. Empire Strikes Back. In the first a world killing super weapon has to be destroyed lest it wipe out the rebellion and cement the Empire's power forever. In the second, our intrepid cast dicks around for two hours. Which one is widely considered the best?
Any scene with Terrence Stamp in The Adjustment Bureau, especially the one described in the quote page for The Evils of Free Will. If the film focused more on THAT instead of the stupid romance plot, it would have been a decent movie.
Stanley Tucci's death scene in The Core. "What the FUCK am I DOING?"
On a more humorous note, every time the topic comes up I say that Timeline was a shitty movie but worth seeing just for the sight of Gerard Butler getting his ear cut off and going from yelling in pain to giggling like a school girl yelling "IT'S ME! IT'S ME!". It Makes Sense in Context.
Any child can follow rules. True adulthood is knowing which ones to break and when.
The scene in the Death Note movies where Soichiro draws the Line in the Sand and nearly everyone takes the opportunity to flee. I think it's stolen from Khartoum, but it's certainly one of the better choices for thievery, and they chose a great place to put it, too.
The Order 66 sequence in Revenge of the Sith.
The scene in Not Another Teen Movie where the school counselor ignores the prefabricated freshman cliques forming before her eyes. (And I walked out midway through in the theater. It says something that I remember a scene fondly.)
"Not While I'm Around" in the Sweeney Todd movie, probably because a) Toby works best as a child, b) Bonham-Carter is more matronly than Lupone, and c) there are no chorus parts to gut from the protesting score.
Definately. I liked King Kong himself as well, especially that tender scene when they are on the ice in the park. I didn't care for the long wait until we see Kong at the beginning, though that was supposedly done on purpose because Jackson wanted it to be a faithful remake of the original movie.
I'm going to go with Ghost Ship as my choice. The wire scene, if you know what I'm talking about.
Hells yeah, though I actually liked that whole movie.
Anyway, Superman Returns was a lame movie, but the "save the falling airplane" scene was legitimately cool, even if it was nonsensical. Oh, and the "holy shit, eye shooting!" and "WROOOOOONG!" scenes.
Even though I think The Hunger Games is, as a whole, rather boring when it isn't inducing nausea, the death of Rue was done very well. I also liked all the scenes with the Gamemakers and Seneca talking to President Snow, simply for the different perspective of the Games we get.
The Cat is a tremendously silly but not especially good Hong Kong action/sci-fi/horror/WTF film. However, it features the greatest cat vs dog fight in the entire history of cinema.
Don't believe me? Watch it for yourself:
Didn't particularly care for the Transformers movie, but I did like the scene where the Autobots (except for Bumblebee) arrive on Earth for the first time. Also, found the part where the Autobots hide in Sam's backyard by transforming into vehicle mode somewhat amusing.
In Star Trek: Insurrection, there is a scene on the Ba'ku planet where Geordi gains eyesight, and Picard joins him in seeing a sunrise. LeVar Burton's performance really shows why this planet is special, and why Starfleet is willing to go underfoot to utilize its powers.