Doug’s Top 10 Favorite Movie Moments

Couldn’t get an NC to you guys this week, but here’s a look at some of Doug’s favorite moments from film ever!

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  1. It wouldn’t be a Doug’s Top Ten list without Batman.

    • I wish I could experience the 1989 Batman Like Doug and others who love that film. I enjoy it the movie, I love the city and the music is iconic! I wish I could see what makes Michael Keaton a great Batman but I just can’t. Maybe I enjoy a little more over the top but He just seems not as interesting to me. Also the batsuit, in my opinion, doesn’t help because I kind of giggle when he has to turn his whole body around. I don’t know. I do love Dark Knight more but Batman did establish such an atmosphere and anyone who wants to give me more about how great 1989 Batman is I would gladly hear it.

      • Alrighty, here we go! *cracks knuckles*

        Lots of reasons. Let’s start with the most important.

        – 1989 Batman was something more refreshing and new than anything we’d seen before. Comics were regarded as kid stuff back then and kid stuff was relegated to kid cartoons. There were some good cartoons back then, but they were most definitely “for kids” cartoons. But then, my generation (I was born in 1976.) started turning into teenagers and wanted our kid stuff to grow up with us. 1989 Batman was one of the first times we’d ever seen anything like this, and it came at a time when kid cartoons were rapidly descending in quality. (Remember Hammerman? Don’t.) Oh man… the cornball Spiderman show back in the late 70s and early 80s…

        – This was the first time it was demonstrated to us that comic-related material didn’t have to be camp. I remember all the superhero TV shows and movies from the 60s up to the 80s. Campy, low budget… it got old. Again, as I mentioned before, this was entirely fresh. Dark, gothic atmosphere enlivened by enjoyable superhero antics and an absolutely perfect choice in Danny Elfman + Prince doing the soundtrack.

        (That said, I still enjoy Batman Forever and Batman and Robin for their high-budget, camp atmosphere. A big budget spin on the 60s TV show. I’m cool with that.

        – Michael Keaton nailed the character. None of the others come close. One of the biggest problems I have with the new trilogy is Christian Bale’s “acting.”

        – Tim Burton knew how to mix dark and gothic with action superhero fun.

        – By contrast, the new Batman trilogy was a vitcim of its time. Dark, gritty, miserybutt Batman, 24/7, which was the trend back when they started this. By the third movie, all the fun was sucked out of the trilogy. That said however, this sort of dark and gritty can be done right, and Heath Ledger was fantastic as shit-your-pants scary Joker. Get the right director (they didn’t) and the right actors (NOT Christian Bale), and you can have a winner for gritty realistic Batman. This, in my opinion, is why the 1989 Batman is better than the new trilogy.

        • ProductofBoredom

          Although these are good reasons why you’d love the film, I think Stephen Brady’s comment was probably meant to be rhetorical. For your generation, this makes sense, I respect it, and I’m truly happy that this film could have been so wonderful to you. However, for younger people it doesn’t hit the same marks because we have different experiences.
          I think, for my generation, the equivalent to this would be Batman: The Animated Series. For us, it did Batman right- but more than that, it marked a revolution in animation that led the medium into a great place, and helped lead to the fantastic series of the last 15 years.

          But, I think, sadly, Batman is in a dark age. In the (overly dark and gritty) comics, he’s portrayed as this unfallable, godlike entity that’s worshipped by everyone, and it’s frankly boring to read. It’s almost the same in the films, though slightly tuned down. This kind of trend is why Marvel is so popular, while DC steadily sinks- people WANT camp in their superhero media now, because we’re tired of the doom and gloom.

          • No It wasn’t rhetorical. Appreciate both your comment and Zelgadis’ . I agree that which Batman you grew up with has a significant impact on how you view other interpretations from him. I first saw Batman through the animated series and I think because of that I didn’t see Keaton as THE Batman. He’s fine but I don’t see what makes him that amazing! Guess I’m not into too subtle of performances I guess. I’ve seen Doug’s Old vs. New and everything else he has said about Batman and his movies but to me Dark Knight will be my favorite! I enjoy the constant suspense and, personally, I enjoyed Christian Bale’s portrayal. I did like him more as Bruce Wayne though than Batman though.

            Also, asides from some minor campy moments that I didn’t really enjoy from the ’89 as well as just seeing the Joker in that as just Jack Nicholson in a Joker getup (don’t get me wrong, still a great performance), I never liked the fact that they made the Joker the murderer of Bruce’s parents. Just a personal preference for me wishing that didn’t happen.

          • Oh and also, I do agree that 1989 Batman was a revolutionary turning point for comicbook movies as well as Batman in general at the time.

        • I know that I seem to be in a cult of one on this one but, I cannot STAND the 1989 Batman movie and I really, REALLY hate Micheal Keaton as Batman. I have never actually seen a Batman movie that really encapsulates the point and purpose of Batman and what makes him better and more important than other “dark” and “gritty” superheroes.

          People think Batman is this dark and gritty character. They couldn’t possibly be more wrong. Batman isn’t a dark character at all. He is a person who has a phenomenal amount of light in him, living in an incredibly dark and harsh world. And he understands this darkness intimately and shrouds himself with it to use as a tool, but at his core, he is almost as light as Superman. He was broken by the horrible world he lives in, and he does what he does to protect anyone else from ever being as broken as he is.

          He doesn’t grin when an enemy explodes (Freaking hated Keaton). He’s not an emotionless robot of logic. He is the guy who will save even the villain if he can (which is why the episode with Baby Doll was phenomenal). He is human, and yet has to be superhuman and manages to make it work. He is a kind man who cannot be kind. He is a selfless man who works himself to exhaustion to help others.

          That is who Batman is, and why he is such a great character. Keaton is not Batman. Bale is not Batman (although he does the Bruce Wayne act well). No live action guy I have ever seen has portrayed Batman well. The best Batman is the Animated series Conroy.

          And Heath Leger is the best Joker (although Mark Hamill was also great and they are almost equal). While I don’t like Bale, he made that movie and made it into the best Gotham movie (I refuse to say the best Batman movie, but best Gotham movie).

          • Yeah I get that. I prefer Mask of Phantasm and Under the Red Hood over 1989 Batman myself. I even enjoy Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker more to be honest. Is Mask of Phantasm your favorite Batman movie Verdika or is it another Batman movie?

      • Now that I think about it, another way to look at 1989 Batman is this way:

        Batman did for comic book movies what Star Wars did for sci-fi and Lord of the Rings did for fantasy. Okay, it took a good 10-15 years to sort out what audiences wanted from comic book movies, but they started getting it right. Bound to be some stumbles along the way, after all. 🙂

        I would very much like it, however, if our current Batman could stop talking like he has advanced emphysema. It gets old. The new Mad Max did it too. It’s not cool. It’s silly.

  2. I can deal with the lack of an NC this week since Doug’s been consistently providing content nonstop for the past 7 years. Can’t wait to see the list!

  3. Godzilla (2014) has given me some of my favorite moments in film. For example, The Whole scene with Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche, The airport scene, The atomic breath, and the kiss of death.

  4. TrapperKeeperFuturaS2000

    I love love love the Hamlet speech, very inspirational. One of my all time favorite movie moments is from Billy Eliot. It’s when his dad catches him dancing and Billy just goes all out in front of him and his dad runs off and starts crying. All those emotions hit him at once and he realizes how talented his son his and how he needs to change his ways so he can support his son. Oh man that scene gets me every time. I wish I could articulate better how perfect that scene it. Thank you Doug, I always enjoy these kinds of videos you always explain things well.

  5. I also love how Doug has such passion for movies. Always gives an in depth analysis of things, even when there may be needed bread on for it. I respect that.

  6. Nice list Doug.

    I just want to recommend: Since you’re such a fine of quiet moments without dialogue, check out a film called Sunrise from 1927. It’s a silent film by the guy who made Nosferatu and it is incredible. Truly great cinematic, visual storytelling without dialogue. Sure, there are some title cards in the beginning but most of the film is purely visual. I think you’d like it.

  7. Why not top 11? Just asking :/

  8. I had a feeling that the mr banks walking scene was going to be #1.

  9. But wasn’t there an NC just last week? So why is he apologizing for the lack of NC if we didn’t expect to get it today?

  10. I’m definitely one person who wasn’t thinking, “Really?” when you picked Mr. Banks walking in Mary Poppins as #1. I thought, “yeah that sounds right.” That’s really one of my favorite moments in the movie.

  11. I realize Doug loves the “moment of quiet” in the train scene in Spirited Away, but seriously, maybe pay more attention to the talky bits, since they say very clearly many, many times that her (fake) name is SEN, not Zen. (And also that her real name is Chihiro!) It’s more frustrating when you get things like this wrong because you’re such a fan. Not truly angry, here, just sort of… baffled.

  12. The way Doug talked about a lot of these scenes, about the visuals and music and writing all working together to tell a story on a way only film can, reminded me of one of my favorite movie moments, namely the first ten minutes of UP.

    It always left me a little in awe at how the people at Pixar were able to essentially fit the story of a lifetime–and the love of a lifetime–into such a brief but powerful sequence.

  13. My favorite movie scenes (in no particular order):

    Kikuchiyo calling out the samurai in Seven Samurai
    The car crash scene from Snatch
    The birth of Sandman from Spider-Man 3 (say what you want about that movie, but that scene is brilliant)
    Gipsy Danger vs. Otachi from Pacific Rim
    The first ten minutes of Up
    The big speech from The Great Dictator
    The monster outbreak in Cabin in the Woods
    The interrogation scene from Pulp Fiction
    The battle of wits from The Princess Bride
    The opening scene from Gangs of New York

  14. Interesting note, To Kill A Mockingbird was Robert Duvall’s very first movie. Nice to know that he began his career with such a great movie.

  15. Fine.

    1 — Ballroom dancing at Grand Central Station in The Fisher King.
    2 — Final Scene in Ed Wood.
    3 — Carrie destroys her school in Carrie.
    3 — Christina Bale kills Jared Leto in American Psycho.
    4 — The world friggin ends at the end of The Rapture.
    5 — Dwight’s restaurant conversation with his sister at a diner in Blue Ruin.
    6 — Barbara is chased by the first zombie in Night of the Living Dead.
    7 — Monastery swinging scene in The English Patient.
    8 — Thug interrogation scene in Filth.
    9 — The captain dies in Day of the Dead.
    10 — Final scene in Blair Witch Project.

  16. Kinda involved in saving Scout’s life? She and her brother would both be dead without Boo. There was no grey area there; That was the whole point: The monster whom everyone feared was actually the hero and the arrogant, daughter-raping, bastard, who got his daughter’s only defender put on death row, was not stopped by the law or the general public but by a man whose very identity was crushed by his family and society.

    ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is the one film where I loved the book too much to like the film; I was actually able to handle ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, a that movie chopped the balls off of THE great American novel, but ‘To Kill’ is past my tolerance level; The book is just that damn good.

    The walk from Mary Poppins is one of the greatest scenes of all time; The music, the scenery, and the emotion, all hit home. No one that I’ve ever known has ever had that scene fall flat.

  17. My personal favorite movie moments and briefly why:

    10. ‘Twilight Breaking Dawn pt 2’—Bella finds out that Jacob imprints on Renessme—Because when Bella opens a can of whoop-ass on Jacob that is EXACTLY how a mother would react.

    9. ‘Dead Poets Society’—The last scene—Yeah, it’s cheesy but just the idea that one person can make an impact and inspire so many people… It’s very much how Robin Williams inspired so many people in real life.

    8. ‘Hannibal’—Clarice Starling handcuffs herself to Lecter—An odd coice but this was when you really saw how much Hannibal Lecter cared about Clarice because he would rather harm himself than see anything bad happen to her.

    7. ‘Tiger Cruise’—Maddie’s revelation—Very few people know about this movie which is all about 9/11. Oh, yeah… Disney went there. At the end of the movie, the daughter of the Commanding Officer realizes just how important her dad is. This movie is VERY hard to track down but it’s well worth it.

    6. ‘Keeping the Faith’—Jake Schram declaring his love for Anna Rielly—Here’s the line that gets me every time: “I’m saying that I love you. I’m IN LOVE with you. And I’ve been waiting my whole life for someone like you and I’m not going to let you go.”

    5. ‘Ratatouille’—Anton Ego’s review

    4. ‘Watership Down’—Hazel’s prayer to Frith(God) to save his warren—This is very much akin to a soldier praying to God to protect his men before a dangerous mission. It’s very touching.

    3. ‘Anastasia’—Anya dances with her father in a vision/fantasy—Anastasia has no memory of her past but during the song ‘Once Upon a December’ she dances with her father even though she doesn’t remember who he is.

    2. ‘The Prince of Egypt’—The intro to ‘When You Believe’—This one is hard to explain with words so try this at least once. Watch the scene when Moses leaves Ramses after the 10th plague has passed WITHOUT the sound. Mute the movie at that point and just watch the expressions before turning the sound back on and listening to the song.

    1. ‘Secret of NIMH’—the song ‘Flying Dreams’ and when the Brisby house sinks into the mud—When Martin Brisby looks in his brother’s room and the realization that his little brother is incredibly sick, that is an amazingly strong moment. But it doesn’t match the emotional gut punch of Mrs. Brisby’s expression when she sees her home AND her children sink into a mud pit. That is the look of someone who has just lost EVERYTHING in their entire world.

  18. So even though you like To Kill a Mockingbird more then then Batman, you like a scene in Batman more then a scene in Batman more then a scene in To Kill a Mockinbird. I guess I shouldn’t be too suprised since even though you like Sideways more then Secret of Nimh, you like Mrs. Birsby more then Miles & Jack, and even though you like Daria more then Game of Thrones or Batman: The Animated Series you like Tyrion Lannester & Kevin Conroy’s Batman more then Jane from Daria

  19. robert duvall dyed his hair to play boo on his own accord. fun fact

  20. Favourite movie moment for me was the ending for Cinema Paradiso. One of the few moments in film that made me cry without being overtly sad, with one of the best original soundtracks to boot. Doug if you read I completely recommend that film if you haven’t seen it already

  21. Hey Doug… here’s a request for a top 10 list… how about listing your top 10 favorite songs from non-Disney films?

  22. My favorite scene from Return of the King (and all the Middle Earth movies) is at the coronation, when Aragon tells Frodo that he need not bow before anyone. Then everyone gathered there, be they kings, nobles, warriors, or wizards, kneels before the hobbits. They have only an inkling of an idea of the Hell they went through on their journey, and they don’t have to know. They all recognize the crucial role these humble people played in toppling Sauron and won’t see it go unrecognized. It’s hard to argue with your pick though, it’s the scene every fantasy or fantasy-esque movie since then has been trying to mimic, whether they should or not *cough*Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland*cough*. That movie has no lack of memorable scenes to it.

  23. ManWithGoodTaste

    If I made my own top 10 movie moments, the ending to The Mist would be on there.

  24. My number one movie moment? The introduction of Grace Kelly in Rear Window.

    As a child, it was the moment I realised girls were more than just smelly meanies.

  25. It’s always nice to see when somebody shares a favorite movie moment as you do.

  26. The Mysterious M

    I don’t know about my top 10. But my number 1 is definitely “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables

  27. Yes, #10 IS awesome. I heard about Planes, Trains, and Automobiles from you, Doug. I don’t think that the scene you’re describing won’t be as touching to me though. I DO NOT like hanging out with my family. Again, I’ve never seen the movies in your #8. I think that the scene relates to you because you’re a crazy genius… in a good way, of course. 🙂 Yeah, I know what you mean about first-world problems. When I complain about my problems now, I at least acknowledge that it’s mostly first-world problems. I agree with you. I love the train scene (#7) in Spirited Away, too. That was a great part of my childhood. Yeah, I was just thinking about that the other day on the bus for the first time in years. I was wondering what everyone’s story was. Some I didn’t want to know but you know what I mean. I don’t like Christmas Carole so no #6 for me! For the reason see sentence 4 above, LOL. I don’t remember your #6. Roger Rabbit scared me as a kid. I’ve never heard of your #7. #5 &4 sound too depressing. I’ve never seen the version of Batman that you’re talking about. I agree with your #1 as well.

    I probably won’t be checking out RudtheSpud, despite kinda liking history.

  28. 17:57 I agree, there is something truly magical about trains and how they can make you feel contemplative.
    My favorite moment in fiction is from the comic Sandman, in which due to Dream’s distress at this revelation, Delirium is forced to collect herself so much that her usual chaotic nature disappears, and she becomes the voice of reason and compensates for Morpheus’ lack of balance at that time. She lifts herself up in order to lift Morpheus.

  29. Hi Doug! Can you please do a Nostalgia Critic review on the movie Freddie As F.R.O.7?

  30. The Walk from Mary Poppins? Oh yeah.

    Even if I’m in the kitchen half listening while the kids are watching it…I have to stop what I’m doing and go watch it. Very sobering, and weighs so heavily on me every time. I feel like I’m in church – old fashioned Holy God and Reverence church, not “let’s feel the love, brothers and sisters” church. Probably has something to do with him stopping at the steps of the cathedral.

    Not enough movies have that feeling.

    Awe, that’s what it is. The moment inspires true awe.

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