Sully was one of last year’s best films (and in a weaker year would have received a lot more awards attention). Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks teamed to bring one of the most astounding true life stories in recent memory to life by doing a very un-Hollywood thing: they didn’t glamorize it. If you watch the documentaries and compare it to the film, there’s only embellishment to make it believable. Sully was actually CALMER than Hanks, who only amped it up a slight notch. The crash scene is meticulously recreated. Eastwood knew he didn’t have to give the story any more glitz, because “The Miracle on the Hudson” was already a miracle. It didn’t need a pounding score or extra complications.
My favorite scene is where you really understand how extraordinary Sully’s quick decision-making and piloting skills are: during the NTSB hearing when he challenged results showing he could have done anything other than what he did. We all know the range of Hanks. He can literally do anything onscreen, but it takes a seasoned actor to mimic the restraint of the real hero and let that power carry the scene. As a bonus, if you missed Hanks reprising his role on Sully on Saturday Night Live , I’m including that as well because 1) it’s hilarious and 2) it shows the massive Hanksian range I just mentioned when compared to the film.
Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Sully (2016) “The Human Factor”
I came late to the Fast franchise….well, late and early. I have related the tale before that, following the premiere of the first film in the series, I sat in my 1994 Saturn in a theater parking lot full of sensible family sedans borrowed from parents and watched said sedans go nuts. Peeling around corners, fishtailing wildly while their owners tried to locate the NOS button, it took a solid 30 minutes for the automobile carnage to subside to the point where I could putter home. I skipped the next five. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Furious 7 (2015) “Abu Dhabi Auto Acrobatics”
While most people know Frank Oz for his peerless work as a puppeteer in bringing Yoda, Fozzie, and a host of other characters to life, during the 1980’s and 1990’s he was also one of the best comedy directors in Hollywood. One of his gems is probably my favorite comedy from the 1980’s: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In the film, an American con man (Steve Martin) encroaches on the territory of a sophisticated scammer (Michael Caine) in a town on the French Riviera. Deciding he can’t get rid of his competition, the two team-up in a series of scams in which Caine seduces rich women, brings them to the point of marriage…..and then brings them home for dinner to meet Martin playing his role of Caine’s brother, Ruprecht, who is…..special. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s essential viewing, and for Star Wars fans, a rare chance to see Ian McDiarmid in a non-Emperor Palpatine role.
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With the triumphant return of The Wizarding World in the wake of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (out TODAY on Blu Ray), we’re running back through the Harry Potter series, examining the best of each in one “My Favorite Scene” column a month. This month the wizarding war begins in earnest with the fifth entry: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: the only film in the series I felt was actually better than Rowling’s book. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) “Sirius Fades to Black and Dumbledore vs. Voldemort”
A bonus “My Favorite Scene” this week as I try to catch up on the backlog of posts, and because Disney has apparently stopped trying to play whack-a-mole with the army of determined Star Wars fans trying to put this scene up on the Internet. If you have yet to see Rogue One….well, then we here have no pity for you, this scene alone was worth the price of multiple admissions. In Rogue One, more than in any SW film, we got to see Vader in the suit in his prime, and the result was both horrifying and awesome. Continue reading Vader Unleashed: The Final Scene From Rogue One!!!