Films in general are essentially a grandiose sum of all its parts, a combination of beats upon beats that result in a short experience that transports audiences deep into world of the filmmaker. When a filmmaker puts his heart and soul into every scene of a film, the final product would undeniably be something fantastic.
The films on this list are just that, they are extremely close to films one would consider “masterpieces”. However, they do share a common flaw – these films all feature a single scene, a scene with a jarring loophole, a scene which sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the film, a lazy scene. These are 10 great films ruined by that one scene.
10. Taxi Driver – Senator Palantine taking the cab
Taxi Driver is perhaps the most notable film to come out of the counterculture New Hollywood era. It’s the film that also, more importantly, cemented Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro as two legends in the history of cinema. It’s an undeniably great character study film, capturing masterfully the theme of loneliness, dejection, the zeitgeist of the period like no other film of the movement. It’s pure perfect storytelling from start to finish.
Fortunately, the scene in question didn’t strictly speaking “ruin” the film, neither did it remove the film’s status in cinematic history. It’s most certainly not as bad as the other scenes on the list but it does raise some eyebrows. The scene is when Senator Palantine, a major character in the film’s story and Travis (the protagonist)’s medium to project his growing disdain of the world upon, sat in Travis’s taxicab, where a short interaction occurs between the two of them which ultimately drove the story forward.
What’s particularly irking about this scene is how perfect the film is without that scene. It presents severe logic issues to the audience. Scorsese undeniably took a lot of time and effort to capture the grittiness of New York for the purposes of the film, so the question is – In a world undeniably plagued by crime and whatnot, why would an established senator and also presidential candidate, ride in a New York Taxicab in the middle of a night?
The argument can be made that Palantine is an individual that for all intents and purposes, wishes to connect with the general populace, but there certainly exist safer and more effective ways to do so then to ride in a taxicab, and a hailed one at that.
9. Chungking Express – Cop 663 talking to belongings
1994 was a fantastic year for cinema, with the emergence of instant classics like Forrest Gump, Clerks, Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption. As for world cinema, acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai’s quiet masterpiece Chungking Express took critics by storm with his inventive manipulation of narrative and perspective. The film chronicles two policemen as they cope with love and the lack thereof, ultimately offering a mature and melancholic outlook on the subject.
The entire film from start to finish, even the film’s singular terrible scene perfectly captures the mood and feel of 90s Hong Kong, almost as well as Taxi Driver did for 70s New York, almost making the fundamental flaws of that one scene unapparent upon a first viewing due to it technically fitting thematically and stylistically.
The scene occurs during the twilight of Tony Leung and Faye Wong’s idealistic “love story”, where Leung’s character, Cop 663 speaks to his belongings. Though the scene is undeniably perfect in the sense that it does capture the film’s overall optimism and it also provides a medium for Leung’s thoughts, the scene is literally a grown man having conversations with a myriad of his own belongings, including a variety of stuffed toys.
If one were to let this scene stand on its own, taking away the sheer brilliance of the film it came from, this scene would be absolutely ridiculous and juvenile, seeming like a scene straight out of a student production and not the work of a soon-to-be modern day auteur.
8. Whiplash – Andrew losing the sheets
Whiplash was a film that garnered little hype during its conception, a no-name director with a cast littered with B-listers wasn’t exactly the recipe for a masterpiece, with the only thing it had going for being its script and the relatively decent short film it was based on.
What came out from this humble beginning is a film considered by almost every critic and audience member alike as one of the greatest films of the 21st century, sitting at an impressive 8.5 on iMDB after more than half a million votes. The film depicts a story of a budding musician that would stop at nothing in his pursuit for greatness. In his path is his mentor, a sadistic band instructor which would put Full Metal Jacket’s Sergeant Hartman to shame.
The scene is, contrary to popular belief, not the infamous dinner table scene, for that scene does do its job of reinforcing Neiman’s character and his growing detachment with his personal life, and also feature well written, entertaining back-and-forth dialogue. The scene that made it onto the list however, is the one where Neiman loses his sheets before one of his first recitals. That scene is poorly acted, poorly paced, with almost no closure whatsoever to the plot element it presents.
Just consider how Neiman’s partner, Carl, reacted to this scene. He literally screamed his lines out with little regard for pacing and beats. Additionally, the whole execution of the scene, how Neiman placed the sheets behind him, went to buy a drink at the vending machine, turned around, only to find that they magically disappeared into thin air is questionable to say the least.
Though it was set up that Neiman was the one who instigated the disappearance of the sheets, as this incident was what led him to replace Carl at the recital, the way information was presented to the audience and also Miles Teller’s performance does contradict that ideal and essentially ruined the perfection of Whiplash’s storytelling.
7. Saving Private Ryan – Opening Scene at the Graveyard
It’s almost criminal how Saving Private Ryan lost the Best Picture award at the 1999 Academy Awards. Steven Spielberg’s 3-hour epic set the standard, unbeaten up until today as the quintessential war film, capturing the horrors of war in all its grittiness.
The Omaha Beach sequence at the beginning of the film is considered by many to be one of the greatest scenes of all time, encapsulating the idea of war and the causes of PTSD, with Spielberg’s masterful manipulation of perspective and sound effectively portraying on screen the chaos which happened 50 years’ prior on the beaches of Normandy.
Which is why it’s incredibly perplexing as to Spielberg’s decision not to open the film with such powerful imagery, a scene that would set the tone for the rest of the film, but instead he chose to open with an incredibly bland sequence at a graveyard, depicting elderly soldiers reminiscing near the graves of their fallen comrades.
Though it’s no denying that that scene isn’t strictly speaking bad, but it certainly shouldn’t be something one should open their film with, considering the powerhouse of a scene that immediately followed it. Additionally, the scene at the graveyard did in fact, carry on in the film’s epilogue, which it then provided a fitting conclusion to the whole experience, something profound for audiences to reflect upon, which adds to the initial confusion as to why Spielberg decided to include it in the beginning in the first place, only to continue that scene after 3 hours.
6. Psycho – Psychiatric Evaluation
Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, with his work inspiring many others to follow in his footsteps. Today’s masters of cinema partially owe their storytelling ability to Hitchcock’s flair for crafting suspense. Psycho is perhaps his most notable work, and considered by many to be his magnum opus. It is a film that paints an incredible story of tension, constantly subverting audience expectation and providing an experience filled with intrigue, with the ending packing such a powerful punch that would leave most audiences speechless. Or at least the scene immediately preceding the ending.
Much like how Saving Private Ryan wasted the opportunity to start the film off with a bang, Psycho failed to end an otherwise perfect film with a bang. Though it’s understandable considering the historical context of the era when it came to cinema and the censors that govern it, it’s hard to fathom that arguably the greatest filmmaker of all time couldn’t think of a better solution to the problem. The Psychiatric Evaluation scene is essentially 5 minutes of exposition. Exposition that is unnecessary and provides ultimately useless information to audiences.
The scene evaluates the damaged psyche of the film’s antagonist and gives justification to their actions. Adding onto the fact, the way the scene is shot and presented feels like a monologue in a stageplay, with the psychiatrist facing the camera for the most part, just short of looking directly at the lens, telling audiences information that doesn’t contribute to the story in any way, shape or form, providing connections that would be better off leaving us to decipher on our own.
The scene also provides unnecessary complications, adding science and actual psychology into the mix, and though it does add to the story’s realism, it confuse audiences more than it enlightens.
What makes this whole scene more pathetic in the context of the film is that unlike most other scenes on this list, this scene doesn’t drive the story neither does it tie up any loose ends, the film would’ve functioned completely fine without the scene, but unfortunately, this fact is not the same the other way round.
Pages: 1 2
How ‘Captain Marvel’ pays tribute to the late, great Stan Lee
Stan Lee at the premiere of Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in 2016.
“In keeping with Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel features a Stan Lee cameo. What is a little different this time, though, is how it plays out in the movie.
Shortly after Vers (a.k.a. Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel) lands on Earth, she finds herself on a train, trying to spot the shapeshifting Skrull among all the ordinary-looking human passengers.
At one point, her eyes fall upon an elderly man conspicuously reading a Mallrats script. It’s Stan Lee, practicing his lines for his cameo in that other movie. “Trust me, true believer,” he mutters to himself. You can watch that entire Mallrats scene below:
The Captain Marvel scene was originally written by directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck as just another fun, funny appearance by the comics legend. But after his passing in November, the filmmakers felt compelled to update the sequence to acknowledge the “gravitas” of the moment.
“Instead of just the pure laugh we had, we had a little bit of a smile from Captain Marvel in response to it, and she kind of breaks character for a moment,” Boden told me during an interview in Los Angeles last month. “I think it reflects a little bit of what the audience is feeling, and we allowed that to happen.”
In the finished cut of Captain Marvel, Vers’ gaze lingers on him for a few moments and she smiles to herself, before moving on with the rest of her quest. At the screening I attended, the audience definitely appreciated the homage – there were sighs, moans, and even a smattering of applause.
That cameo is actually the second of two Lee shout-outs in the film. The first occurs right at the start. The usual Marvel Studios opening fanfare is replaced by a special Lee-centric version, featuring all his many cameos across various Marvel movies……………………………………………….”
‘A Star Is Born’ takes a theatrical victory lap with bonus footage
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star Is Born.’
“After winning an Oscar for best original song, A Star Is Born is returning to theaters for one week with some new bonus footage.
A Star Is Born is taking its Oscar victory lap starting on Friday at more than 1,100 theaters, giving fans and new viewers a chance to see 12 minutes of bonus footage, The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday. The new footage includes extended song performances, new song performances, and Lady Gaga’s a cappella rendition of “Shallow.”
“Shallow,” written by Lady Gaga, Mark Daniel Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt, earned the movie Best Original Song at the Academy Awards on Sunday. A Star Is Born was nominated for a total eight awards, including Best Picture. “Shallow” also earned two Grammys earlier in February………………………………………………………..”
Here’s a complete list of every winner at the 2019 Oscars
“Welcome to the 2019 Oscars, where it’s Queen vs. Queen Anne, A Star Is Born‘s fourth time up to bat, a victory lap for Wakanda fans, and so much more.
Last year was packed with some incredible films. In a tight race to determine the best of the best (according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), it all comes down to one big night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Below, updating live, are all the winners at the 91st Academy Awards — and the Oscar goes to…
Green Book — WINNER
A Star Is Born
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody — WINNER
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite — WINNER
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Green Book — WINNER
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk — WINNER
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma — WINNER
Adam McKay, Vice………………………………………………………………………………”
See the rest of the list here: https://mashable.com/article/oscars-winners-list-2019/
New Movie Trailers1 day ago
The Professor and the Madman – Movie Trailer
Super Heroes1 day ago
Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules
Super Heroes10 hours ago
Here’s the Marvel movie watch list you didn’t know you needed
New TV Trailers8 hours ago
Gentleman Jack – HBO Series