3 Scenes That Affected My Life

In continuing the series of calling out a few scenes I’ve seen in my lifetime that truly stand out, here are 3 more that come to mind. These are not simply scenes I remember — they truly had a profound impact on me and on how I view the art of filmmaking.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (dir. Steven Spielberg) The entire theater clapped when Indy fired his gun – it was one of the first times I witnessed how a film could affect an audience in a dark theater.

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (dir. John Hughes) – Saw this in the theaters in the summer of 1986, expecting a silly comedy but found this moment much more profound than expected.  I fell in love with what film could make me feel without dialogue

MAGNOLIA (dir. PT Anderson) – while sitting in the theater this blew me away for the audacity and confidence needed to pull it off. I think I forgot to breathe while it was happening