Posts Tagged ‘Robert’

“Show me the way to go home” Jaws (1975)
Spielberg’s thriller is a cinematic masterpiece that could easily have had multiple entries on our list this week, but in the interest of diversity we have opted for the scene that encapsulates the tension and atmosphere that Jaws embodies.The USS Indianapolis scene in which Quint relays his harrowing account of sinking in shark infested waters during WW2. Chemistry oozes between our trifecta of leading males as we gain an insight into the characters while Spielberg expertly enshrouds his audience in a cloak of darkness. Boyish bravado makes way for a mutual understanding as Quint, Hooper and Brody bond over the task at hand, with a good oul’ sea shanty thrown in for good measure. Pure Movie Gold.

“Let’s broaden our minds”: Batman (1989)
When we think of Burton’s classic we can’t help but be drawn to Jack Nicholson’s sensational turn as The Joker. Big Jack dominates proceedings in the movie as he expresses himself vibrantly throughout. The biggest and boldest of his scene’s occupies a slot in our list tonight, of course we’re talking about his art gallery DIY job. With Prince pumping on the ghetto-blaster, The Joker and co. “make art” as they modernise the classic pieces with a glarish paint job and some trendy slash marks. This scene sums up the movie as a whole, a smiling face with sinister undertones.

“Give me the keys you fucking cock sucker” The Usual Suspects (1995)
Aside from boasting the greatest climax in the silver screen’s history, The Usual Suspects also features one of the finest and most recognisable scenes ever directed. The “Line-up” from Bryan Singer’s neo-noir behemoth introduces us to everyone from Fenster to Verbal as we are given the opportunity to size up the usual suspects. As each character reads their cue card we discover exactly what type of person they each are. Never has one scene told us so much by saying so little. Superb direction, exquisite acting and a natural chemistry – film making at it’s finest.

Unfortunately MGM have removed this scene from YouTube the cocksuckers! But it’s well worth your while to check it out online or on DVD!

“You got me in a vendetta kinda mood” True Romance (1993)
Quentin Tarantino and Tony Scott will invariably attract Hollywood’s elite. But when True Romance went into production it positively bulged with tinseltown’s top brass. This ultra violent whirlwind combines romance, action and stunning dialogue as Clarence and Alabama evade the mob in their bid to offload a shit-load of their own cocaine. The scene up for nomination comes courtesy of the ice-cold Christopher Walken and the man playing the part of Clarence’s father, Denis Hopper. Walken mesmerises as the callous Vincenzo Coccotti as he interrogates Hopper in relation to his son’s whereabouts. Resigned to his morbid fate, Hopper strives to accelerate his imminent demise as he informs Coccotti that “Sicilians were spawned by niggers”. Acting of the highest quality.

“In Italian, it sounds so much nicer” Goodfellas (1990)
Arguably the greatest gangster movie of all time, Scorsese’s adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fictional wiseguys has sufficient stellar scenes to warrant a top 5 of it’s very own. Alas, our hands are tied and we’re restricted to providing just one, probably not the one you’d come to expect. Following the murder of made man Billy Batts, Henry, Tommy and Jimmy stop by Tommy’s mother’s place to procure the essentials for dismembering and burying a dead body. Once settled round the kitchen table, De Niro, Pesci and Liotta have free rein as they act entirely ad-lib……….

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The English have given the world plenty of wonderful things. The adjustable spanner, the lawn mower, Bird’s custard, Katie Waissel and oppression. But one thing we should all be truly thankful for is David Robert Jones, who we all know as David Bowie.

Born in Brixton, London back in the black and white days (around 1947) “Davie Jones” showed great creativity from an early age. Whilst carrying the status of an “artistic” choir boy to start his musical life journey, he was thankfully introduced to a yank we now call the king. No, not that Scooby Doo villain, Jackson.The real king, Elvis Presley. An influence that had such an affect on Bowie, he later said of the hip shaking hound dog, “I have heard God”.

And with an array of quickly developing musical talent, the young Jones spent his school years experimenting with a multitude of new and innovative sounds, jumping from band to band. Unfortunately all of which enjoyed as much commercial success as DJ Spiral. But in the year 1969 when Jones became a solo artist under the new name David Bowie, he emerged with “Space Oddity”, which would be the title of his second studio album, and announce himself proudly onto the scene.

And as soon as one base persona was formed in “Bowie”, more were to follow. Originally based on the characters featured in songs just as Major Tom was in Space Oddity, but in 1972 the character Ziggy Stardust, a sort of glam version of Richie Kavanagh, only with talent, came to life on stage through Bowie himself. His intention for Ziggy being the ultimate pop idol, made up of the mannerisms of Iggy Pop and the musical ability of Lou Reed. An alter ego that literally took over Bowie’s life for a number of years. Thankfully though, the Ziggy tour that folded fired bowie into musical stardom.

In 1976 a new persona was created in “the thin white duke”, a visual extension of the character Thomas Newton which Bowie played superbly in the film ‘The man who fell to earth. Realistically tho, he looked like a formally dressed concentration camp survivor. Legendary all the same.

The Berlin era which followed took Bowie through to 1979 and saw him living in West Berlin with Iggy Pop while at the same time managing to tone down his ever increasing lust for cocaine. Then came the 80’s, where the album “Scary monsters and super creeps” took Bowie to super-stardom. And in 1983, he finally went platinum in both the UK and the US with the Nile Rogers co-produced album, “Let’s Dance”. Other highs of the decade included his appearance in Wembley in 1985 for Live Aid, and in 1986 he co-starred in Jim Henson’s classic film “Labyrinth”

The 90’s saw Bowie reach more highs, in 1992 he preformed at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, charged the number 1 spot again in 93 with the album “Black tie white noise” and in 1996 he  was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Which cemented him into music history as an iconic Legend. Since then he has featured in several more acting roles and even turned down the role of Bond villain Max Zorin in A view to a kill. Some memorable appearances he did take include his catwalk judging cameo in the hit Ben Stiller flick Zoolander, and playing the quirkey scientist Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige”.
An inspiration to many, a musical inventor, a production genius, a style pioneer…
… A freaky old bastard.