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Classic Scenes: Tom Cruise & Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire “Help Me Help You”

Classic Scenes: Tom Cruise & Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire “Help Me Help You”

In this edition of classic scenes, we check in on the seminal buddy, love, football, stnad by your morals flick, Jerry Maguire. Directed by Cameron Crowe, Maguire remains one of Cruise’s most influential films and the movie that earned Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oscar and subsequently, he was almost never to be heard from again. (That is truly sad, by the way. See Halle Berry.) Anyway, while there are countless scenes in the movie we could go with as classic such as “You had me at Hello”, “Show Me The Money” or “Tidwell’s Touchdown”, we decided to go a little more understated with “Help Me Help You”.

In this scene, Cruise’s super-agent confronts the contractless would be WR star, Gooding’s Rod Tidwell about working with him to help him (Jerry) get Rod, the best deal he can get for him. Well, into practice Jerry wants Rod to drop the attitude and play the game a bit, so that Jerry can get Rod a nice contract and get them both in a better place (financially and otherwise). Here, Jerry pleads with Rod. You’ve seen it before, now see it again.

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Classic Scenes: Beat Street ‘Get the Party Started’

Classic Scenes: Beat Street ‘Get the Party Started’

Classic Scenes: ‘Beat Street’ Get The Party Started

*Big Exhale* I’m hesitant to write about things that are really and truly so personal to me and who I am, but in a brief manner, this is one such occasion that I will take the liberty to do so. Beat Street is one of my favorite movies of all-time. Maybe I will write about it in greater depth at another point, but for now, I want to give you what is probably my favorite scene from the 1984, breaking, New York and coming of age film. Yeah, I know it’s long winded, and yes, I’ve written about related topics before with the 10 Movies The Hood Loves The Most list, but I’m thrilled to be able to share this scene with you.

It’s New York in the early 80’s. Tough, poor neighborhood. Hip-hop music and culture – not really what it is known as nowadays, which is a form of evolution and bastardization of the art – was just being birthed. In this scene, Kenny aka Double K (Guy Davis) and his friends are gathering for a party in an abandoned building. That’s how it had to be done. Any opportunity to take the chance to have fun and express the art form. The crew hooks up the power from a telephone pole and wah-lah…the opportunity to party.

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Ramo, Double K and Chollie on the way to a party in 'Beat Street.'

Double K gets the crowd going with some rhyming and cutting (DJ skills). People start to get into the vibe. Then, in walks Lee (Robert Taylor) – Kenny’s little brother who happens to be breaking the house rules by leaving home and going to the party – and he sets the party off with his own brand of dance. It’s hard not to be enthralled, even Kenny gives in to his dancing, and the scene is essentially a wrap.

What makes it so fun and effective for me is it’s simplicity. The set up, with the need for power. The display of art in its virginal form, a desire for expression. And even the in movie story about Lee coming around against his brother and mother’s wishes, only to see the love come through. This earns it a classic scene, and special place in my heart. Enjoy.

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Classic Scenes: Gangs of New York “Prepare for Battle/Opening”

Classic Scenes: Gangs of New York “Prepare for Battle/Opening”

In this edition of classic scenes, classic movie scenes from films’ past, we go to Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York. Now a decade old, the 2002 film was marginalized, but wears well over time. The opening sequence is one of great anticipation, throwing you right into the film and the action that awaits. We get the intro, which features Liam Neeson’s Priest teaching his son (who will be Leo DiCaprio) about honor, religion, blood and battle. After he bestows a knife, you know his comeuppance will soon follow. But the build up is dramatic.

The beautiful drumming music drowns out a lot of the other sounds as the camera follows a group, led by Priest and son through 1846 New York, where Priest’s Irish invaders are set to square off against the born and bred U.S. citizens, led by Daniel Day Lewis’ Bill the Butcher. There are few words, which makes the imagery all the more powerful…a testament to skilled directing and writing in this case. It’s amazing how many actors of note are in this film and even the open alone. In addition to Neeson, you’ll note John C. Reilly and Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) among those preparing for battle. I’ll let the scene tell the rest. Enjoy.

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Classic Scenes: The Foot Fist Way ‘Hand Job’ Video

Classic Scenes: The Foot Fist Way ‘Hand Job’ Video

Danny McBride Stars in The Foot Fist Way “Hand Job” Scene

The Foot Fist Way is often referred to as the film that made Danny McBride’s acting career. This is an accurate statement. McBride, along with his college classmate Jody Hill (who directed the indy comedy) and their friend Ben Best (who plays a role in the film and has since become a producer on subsequent films they have teamed on) got together for a film they didn’t expect anyone would see. That was until Will Ferrell and Adam McKay saw it and trumpeted it’s virtues throghout Hollywood. This led to the beginning of several careers, most notably and visibly McBride’s, who stars in the HBO series “Eastbound and Down.” A star of sorts was thus born.

McBride starred in the 2006 comedy about a Tae Kwon Do instructor who’s a little full of himself. This scene captures that statement truthfully and quintessentially. In this classic scene, McBride’s Fred Simmons is sitting in his Ferrari with one of his weak students. He is waxing philosophically (for him) about why his life is in full on struggle mode, with his wife temporarily leaving him over her performance of a lewd act. Simmons explains the act and subsequently a few other things in this brief, but hilarious clip.  Enjoy!

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Classic Scenes: ‘RockNRolla’ Archy Slap

Here is a classic scene from an underseen film from 2008, RockNRolla.  (I predict a future Films-U-Missed column on this at some point, but time will tell.) Guy Ritchie’s gangster film follows along in the tradition of his other hits, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. This scene is simply humorous and it shows off Guy Ritchie’s wicked sense of dark comedy, IMO.  Here, Mark Strong of Sherlock Holmes fame instructs his misfit, wanna-be thugs on how to get someone’s attention (to have the suspect give information, for example).  What ensues is hilarious, it’s one of the first examples of humor in a film rich with moments of nuance in the performances, even though there isn’t tons of humor in the script itself.  What makes a real rock ‘n’ roller? The ability to slap correctly for one. Hope you enjoy it, like I do.

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Classic Scenes: ‘Planet Terror’ The Blocks

As Robert Rodriguez week winds down here at The Film Nest, in which we’ve brought you a First Features write-up on El Mariachi, the classic opening scene from From Dusk Till Dawn, a retrospective on the career of the man up to now and finally a review of his new film, Shorts, out today. We didn’t want to leave without another classic scene taken from the man’s resume, however, and although I couldn’t find the Sin City scene I wanted to share with you, here comes a scene from Rodriguez’s half of Grindhouse, Planet Terror.

Zombies, or “sickos,” have taken over town a Texas town and this is the first time we get to see them up close, from the eyes of Doc Block (Josh Brolin) and his wife, Dakota (Marley Shelton), at the local medical clinic. Dakota has been carrying out an affair with Tammy (Fergie), which Doc Block is suspicious of, when the “sickos” come rolling in.

The great Nicky Katt makes an appearance in this scene and it’s a shame he’s not in more of it. Due to the nature of zombies, there’s some graphic stuff in this scene, which is pretty disgusting, but truly adds to the enjoyment level. Also, be sure to check out the “Kobainer” at the end of the clip. Enjoy!

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Classic Scenes: ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Opening Scene

It’s day number two of Robert Rodriguez Week here at The Film Nest and today we bring you our first classic scene from the director’s ouevre.

By 1996, Rodriguez had already worked alongside fellow film-fanatic-turned-filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, as  they each wrote and directed a segment form the quadruple-tiered Four Rooms. Tarantino wrote the script for From Dusk Till Dawn (with Robert Kurtzman getting story credit) and was set to direct his first feature since Pulp Fiction, but instead chose to focus on his screenplay and his role as Seth Gecko, thus passing the directorial opportunity to his friend, Robert Rodriguez.

This is the first film Rodriguez directed not based on his own script, and this opening scene has Tarantino’s hand prints all over it. There isn’t much set-up to be given since it’s the opening scene of the film and although a tad long, every second is exceptional. It’s been too long since I’ve seen this film and revisiting this scene tells me I need to see see it again. Rodriguez was given a great screenplay to work from and his effort truly shows. Enjoy!

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Classic Scenes: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ Ear Scene

If you’ve read the title of this post, which I am sure you have, then right off the bat I should get out of the way that this scene is NSFW.  Quentin Tarantino reached the big time with this film, he has a world famous history, writing this script while working at a video store, only to become the fan favorite director that he is today.  His Inglourious Basterds drops on us next weekend, amid high anticipation but mixed buzz at this point, so I figured I would give you this epic scene from his first film.  Reservoir Dogs tells the story of a heist gone wrong where the results are disastrous. Brilliant, but disastrous.  This was the anti-Hollywood film where nobody lives.

It is incredibly challenging trying to find an embeddable version of most any of the scenes in this movie.  Though it might seem a bit obvious, this is unquestionably one of the most classic scenes from Tarantino’s first work.  This is a movie that includes the “tipping” scene, the “Are you gonna bark all day?” scene, and the “weed story” scene among many more.  You might as well call it what it is, a classic film that should enjoy repeated viewings in nearly any red-blooded males library (not to discount the women who love QT too!).  Below, Michael Madsen (Mr. Blonde) “interrogates”, nay basically f*cks around with, a cop because he doesn’t like cops and because he likes to torture people.  I am laughing just typing that line.  Genius.  Mr. Blonde dances to the oldies while doing the unthinkable to the young cop, all while another undercover cop (the cool Tim Roth) is bleeding profusely nearby.  I hope you enjoy the scene again and again, the way I do.  (Sick bastard, I know.)

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