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Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (VII)

The seventh in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites takes us from yesterday’s Big Ape to a Planet of the Apes (1968). Needless to say, if you have never viewed the film, the finale contains one of the biggest spoilers—and shocking endings—in cinema history. When I saw this film at the young age of 8, the audience was so shocked by the Rod SerlingTwilight Zone”-like twist, that the theater remained eerily silent, even as the credits rolled.

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (VI)

The sixth in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is the Boxing Match between King Kong and the T-Rex in the original 1933 film version of the ape story. There are so many iconic moments in this film … but this scene remains a showcase for Willis O’Brien’s trailblazing stop-motion animation—and Fay Wray‘s screams!

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (V)

The fifth in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is the Chest-Burster Scene from director Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, “Alien”. “In space no one can hear you scream” was the tagline, but when I first saw this in a packed Brooklyn theater, the screams were palpable until the scene was over. Then … after a moment of silence, a little nervous laughter ensued.

Song of the Day #1866

Song of the Day: Raiders of the Lost Ark (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link] was composed by John Williams and is performed here by the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s hard to believe … but on this date—forty years ago—in 1981, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” debuted in theaters. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, the film starred Harrison Ford, and gave birth to the Indiana Jones film franchise! This action-packed adventure never lost its sense of humor, and won five Oscars in the process (for Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects). It also gave us a memorable Oscar-nominated score by the maestro, who won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

The Mandalorian Finale!

After having finished season 1 of “The Mandalorian” just four days ago, I knocked out season 2 and thoroughly enjoyed it!

I won’t say anything to those who have yet to see it, but the finale was so rousing that the moment the “first” of the last scenes was over I expected that triumphant John Williams music to engulf me! But I don’t think it’s a spoiler to tell folks not to fast forward through the credits because there is one extra scene that is quite obviously a set-up of things to come!

Finally, no matter how much George Lucas‘s Industrial Light and Magic has forever altered our cinematic experiences, the one thing that this particular show never sacrifices is the wonder of storytelling. You don’t have to be a hardcore Star Wars “nerd” to appreciate the mythology of these stories and the universal thematic content they express. Two Thumbs Up!

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (IV)

The fourth in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is another one from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock: The Shower Scene from “Psycho” (1960), with Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, with the proviso that if you haven’t seen the film, this is a bit of spoiler (and the same proviso comes with virtually every scene I’ve picked!). And a special acknowledgment to Bernard Herrmann for providing the iconic shrieking strings!

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (III)

The third in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is this classic moment in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” (1959): The Crop-Duster Scene! Check out this tense showdown between Cary Grant and a crop-duster on an empty cornfield:

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (II)

Following up on yesterday’s “challenge”, today I post the second in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites. Little surprise here … from my all-time favorite film, director William Wyler’s 1959 version of “Ben-Hur”: The Chariot Race (though this segment was actually directed by Andrew Marton and stunt legend Yakima Canutt). There’s only a highlight of this action-packed cinematic gem on YouTube. NO CGI here! Nothing like seeing it, however, in all its widescreen glory in a theater equipped to handle it! But this will do:

Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (I)

As part of a new “summer” challenge (even though the Solstice doesn’t arrive until June 20th), I will post one image and/or film sequence per day for the next ten days, of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes. There are plenty more than that, but these ten are among my all-time favorites. And, no, I’m not going to tag anyone… but folks are free to add their own to the mix. I’m not wavering though. My ten have been picked and their fate is sealed! 🙂

First up, the scene that gave birth to what I would call a “Red Sea Moment” in reference to an epic-scale special effect—the parting of the waters in Cecil B. DeMille‘s classic 1956 rendering of “The Ten Commandments“:

“The Mandalorian” Finally!

So, I’m coming late to “The Mandalorian“, and just finished the finale of Season 1. The final scenes of Chapter 8 gave me a chuckle though. The Armorer states that until that Baby Yoda-like foundling “is of age or reunited with its own kind”, the Mandalorian is “as its father.” She adds: “By Creed, it is in your care.” Standing right there is the character Greef Karga, played by Carl Weathers, who—duh—was Apollo CREED in the “Rocky” franchise. LOL

Better still, I was totally surprised when Moff Gideon showed up. It was Gus Fring! I’ve been waiting for “Better Call Saul” to come back, but there he was! Well, it was actually the actor Giancarlo Esposito. This is the Way** … forward to Season 2! I have spoken!

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** Given all the interconnections noted above, I was tempted to say “This is the Dialectical Way”… but held back my instincts! 😉