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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I posted this a while back on my other blog, but I don't know if anyone saw it. So here it is again...

MIL'S TOP TEN BONER MOMENTS OF CINEMA

I was just thinking about some of the great movie moments from the past. Used to be that movies were made because someone thought they would make a great movie. Nowadays movies are made if the producers think they will make money. It's a different mindset--at least for the studios. Speilberg and Lucas changed all that with the introduction of the blockbuster, but good movies were still being made for their own sake up to and around that time by the studios, and Indies still get made because someone thinks they've got a movie that needs to be made for its own sake. It's only when you make a movie for its own sake that you can get a truly great movie moment, and that's also why you can never get a great movie moment out of something like "Tomb Raider," or "Spy Kids."

Here is a list of ten of my favorite movie moments. If you have not seen these, you need to go get these movies and watch them all.

MIL'S TOP TEN BONER MOMENTS OF CINEMA

1. Luke Blowing up the Deathstar in "Star Wars."

2. Michael Corleone kills Virgil Solozzo and Chief McClusky in "The Godfather."

3. Indiana Jones shoots the Black-Clad Swordsman in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

4. The entire 100 minutes of "Annie Hall."

5. T.E. Lawrence is forced to kill the man he just risked his life to rescue in order to keep peace between two Arab tribes in "Lawrence of Arabia."

6. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Moonwatcher throws an animal bone into the air--cut to a space station in orbit around the earth.

7. Robert Shaw's U.S.S. Indianapolis speech in "JAWS."

8. The "Mirror Scene" from "Duck Soup."

9. "Once Upon a Time in the West," the end, revealing why Charles Bronson is always playing the harmonica.

10. Toshiro Mifune riding on horseback after a group of soldiers with his sword drawn in "The Hidden Fortress."

Bonus Boner Moment: Uriens Knights Arthur in the moat at Leodigrance's Castle in "Excalibur."

As a true movie lover, movie-geek and movie-snob, these moments and scenes have given me goosebumps and also put a salty one in the corner of my eye. And there are many many more. If you have a boner moment to share, email me at mil@maskedmoviesnobs.com and let me know about it.

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