SCENES THAT KICK ASS #4

It’s time for a new entry into the pantheon of scenes that KICK ASS. The theory behind this post is this…

Some movies have a scene in them that is so awesome it can make the whole film worth watching. A scene that can make a bad film good and a great film better. A scene so good that it KICKS ASS… hence the title of the post. This week, we are featuring a clip from the movie:

Now, I have to apologize for the quality of this video but this is the only scene I could think of that could follow Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. It’s a widescreen version with some Warner Brothers stamps on it and has a Soulja Boy ad at the end but it’s a necessary evil, I’m afraid. So, that all said, I present you with one of my favorite scenes of all time:

That’s it for now, Smokers, Jokers & Midnight Tokers. Feel free to comment below. I never edit any of the comments. Remember, this was meant to be an interactive site, as much as I love the sound of my own voice.

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22 Responses to “SCENES THAT KICK ASS #4”

  1. This was the one thing I wouldn’t shut up about after I walked out of the theater. Arguably the best villain intro ever.

  2. It’s the best magic trick I’ve ever seen. 🙂

    • I know a good one where I pull my empty pockets inside out and allow the spectator to kiss a bunny… WAIT! I think it involves a top hat…. actually I don’t know any magic tricks!

  3. Awesome scene dude, ’tis great when he has all the grenades hooked up to a single string… Ledger for the whole film was fantastic. Watching him lick and slurp around his lips gives me the willies… well, the frights anyway.

  4. Christ…out of the entire bounty that is THE DARK KNIGHT, you want to whittle it down to one scene?

    Love this one – a lot – but if you put a gun to my head and made me pick just one moment from this opus, I’d have to go with the interrogation scene, if only for the line:

    “Their morals – their code – it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people…they’ll eat each other.”

    • WOW… Really? I thought this was a stand out scene in the (unbelievably awesome) film… however, I believe the interrogation scene has some of the best dialogue by far!

    • I would have to agree with Hatter here. The interrogation room was my favorite part of TDK, though the magic trick was right up there with it.

  5. This was a great moment both for the character and the film. It always seemed to me that Nolan was riffing on one of the central themes of The Prestige: as with Borden’s (Bale) The Transported Man, there is so little showmanship to this quite precise moment that the audience isn’t quite sure what they have just seen. I saw this twice at the cinema and twice on DVD with people who had not seen it before and on all four occasions there was a silence whilst the moment was processed and then laughter, shock and a ‘did he just…?’. A clever way of telling the audience that they will not be able to keep up with this guy.

    • Nice comparison… The Prestige is liked by all who see it and yet, in my opinion, highly underrated!

      • Yep. I think there’s a case to be made that The Prestige is Nolan’s masterpiece. I think it speaks more to his art and his views on what he does than any of the rest of his (quite intimidating) filmography.

  6. That scene is really cool the first time you see it because it is completely unexpected. By the second time, most of it’s “magic” is gone.

  7. I quote this more than I should, I love it so.

  8. mcarteratthemovies Says:

    I’m with Aiden R. on this — best introduction to a villain (comic book or otherwise) I remember seeing in my life. It gives us insight into his nonsensical character and a preview of things to come, not to mention extremely dark humor.

    Kai, you mentioned the lip-licking thing: It bugged me at first, and then I kind of got what he was trying to do. Doesn’t Heath remind you more than a little of a serpent, or some other predator sort of “testing the air” to determine his best strike method? Maybe I read too much into it, but it’s “The Dark Knight.” It’s supposed to be deep. 🙂

    • I guess it didn’t bug me, I just noticed he does it a lot more at the end of the film. I like your theory. I went a different way with it. I thought it might be a tick someone who’s mouth had been sliced might develop. During the healing process, you most likely couldn’t use your mouth much, which could lead to dry lips and chapping (if you’ve ever seen someone in a hospital who doesn’t eat or talk for a while this happens a lot)… hence the licking… that’s what I got from it!
      Your’s actually makes more sense but, either way, Dude was on it!

      • As a piece of trivia, it was actually Heath’s reaction to the makeup used to create the scars, but he liked it and kept it for the character.

        I like the notion that he’s actually stretching the skin and the scars and hurting himself every time he licks it – kinda reminding himself of the pain (whether he actually gave the scars to himself or someone else did is a matter for discussion).

      • So, I’m kind of right… thanks for that, Darren… I love stuff like that!

  9. Branden Says:

    I know that Nolan wanted a PG-13 rating, but how can you make a pencil disappear without any blood.

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