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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.

BEFORE SUNRISE (dir. Richard Linklater) – the power of what’s not said is more amazing than anything that could be said. It was in this moment that filmmaking subtext opened my eyes.

WITNESS (dir. Peter Weir) – again, what’s not directly addressed was so powerful.  As a kid, I found this very romantic.

FANDANGO (dir. Kevin Reynolds) – the extended dance scene in one of my favorite underrated gems. To me it was pretty bold to spend so much time in this moment.  Not sure most filmmakers would do this (or be allowed to by studios) nowadays.  Thankfully it’s allowed to breathe and we get to enjoy it in all its beauty.

 

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

 

3 Scenes That Affected My Life

Just a few standouts when I think about everything I’ve seen throughout the years.

These are not simply scenes I remember — they truly had a profound impact on me and on how I view the art of filmmaking.  There are many more but we’d be here for hours.

Handpicked from each decade of my life:

When I was 10….(spoilers if you haven’t seen it)

In my 20s 

In my 30s