Friday, December 21, 2007

This Post Gave Me Chills

I can't believe you still check my blog.

By the way, I've decided to stop calling You Never Can Tell with Bees a "blog" on the grounds that blogs are stupid. From now on, I will replace the word "blog" with "Cool Reinman Awesome Page" -- as in, "Man, I hate posting to my Cool Reinman Awesome Page" and "There sure are a lot of crappy Cool Reinman Awesome Pages out there on the intranets."

Anyway, my return to the world of Cool Reinman Awesome Paging was prompted by a recent Lord of the Rings marathon with the Jilb. Watching three theatrical cuts over three nights (no awkward pacing and unintentionally hilarious costumed hijinks in Mordor for us!), I was pleased to discover that two automatic-chill scenes retained their power for me -- Gandalf leading the charge down the hill at the end of Two Towers, and the Rohirrim's arrival to the giant battle in Return of the King.

The power of Gandalf's scene in Two Towers is obvious -- the build-up with hopeless circumstances; the decision, against all odds, to ride out and meet the enemy; the sounding of the horn; and then, of course, the payoff, as Gandalf, in all his Christ-metaphorical glory, appears atop the hill to lead the victory.

As for the second one, in a movie with multiple potential chill scenes -- Sam carrying Frodo up the mountain, Aragorn whispering "for Frodo" before charging into a sea of Orcs, everyone bowing down to the four Hobbits during ending number three (of seventeen) -- it seems odd that the only time I get chills during The Return of the King is, once again, when the Rohirrim thunder into battle.

Maybe it's the horns.

It just goes to show that there is no accounting for chills. For instance, I love Lawrence of Arabia. The film stirs something in me that's difficult to describe in words. And yet, I never get chills watching it. The same goes for a number of other films I admire -- Raiders of the Lost Ark, Master and Commander, Starting Tomorrow -- nothing.

I am clearly, then, not liberal with my chills -- I only have three automatic-chill scenes -- which makes it all the more remarkable that two of those scenes are in Lord of the Rings. The third (and original) automatic-chill scene is Tevye shouting, "No Chava," while pulling the cart away in Fiddler on the Roof. Gets me every time.

Scenes That Have Chilled In The Past But Are Not Necessarily Automatic:

  • Jimmy Chitwood swishing the final shot.
  • Chingachgook rolling past Mugua and slamming his blade into Mugua's back.
  • Al Michaels' call as the out-of-focus puck wobbles to a halt on the ice.
  • The torpedoes, one after the other, entering the exhaust port.
  • The Ents marching to Isengard.

That's all.

And I know what you're thinking: "The Ents? Really, Reinman? Altogether, that's a pretty crummy list."

Yeah? You think so? Well, thank you for proving my point. (Jerk.)

You can't control chill scenes. They just happen.

Sometimes you don't expect to get chills -- like when you're watching Two Towers and your dad calls, and your XBox 360 tells you that Tenacious Drew is online, and the dog is barking, and the baby is digging her nails into your left ear -- but then you see Gandalf on his white horse and against all odds, you get chills anyway.

And then sometimes you try to still get chills, like during Aragorn's underwhelming speech at the Black Gate, but it just doesn't happen, so you move on with your life.

And then once, for some inexplicable reason, you get chills when the Ents start marching (hurrah, hurrah?).

Maybe it was cold in the room that night. (Actually, I blame it on Howard Shore.)

And that's why everyone's chill scenes are different.

So, friends of mine (I didn't really mean the "jerk" thing earlier), for the Comments Portion of this post, feel free to expand the chill list. What movie scenes give you the chills?

Remember, there are no wrong answers -- only wrong movies. Like The Princess Bride.


At 9:06 PM, Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

Seeing a New Post gave me chills.

And "Starting Tomorrow" in your list made me laugh.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

OK, here's a random list, done in our traditional "Where did this line come from" Game Fashion...

In no particular Order...

"Not in Nottingham"

"Coach, can I say something?" "Yeah."

"Oh hear our Sabbath Prayer"

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown" (Jeez, I'm choking up just typing it up.)

(From the literary world, but relevant to your blog) "I won't be doing nothing anymore...they won't let you."

"I will not let your people go" (Sung)

and, besides Michael Jordan...

"I always believe (sic) there's a band, kid."

P.S. "So drink up me hearties yo-ho" Snap.

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

This is fun...

How about when Aragorn comes to the rescue on weather top?

At the end of "The Search for Spock", he says, "Jim...your name is Jim."

"Yes, Spock!" Kirk says.

There is a momentary pause, and then the single, familiar eyebrow goes up. When we saw it in the theater, everybody cheered...really.

"Mr Whorf...Fire."

The twin sunset always used to do it for me back when you could only see it in the theater.

Also, the opening fanfare when you had to wait three years between films.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

Oh, Crud...

I forgot:

"You're not going to get rid of me that easily (Jack)"

Seriously...It kills me.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Graceland King said...

"They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!"

"You can't handle the truth..."

"Tell em Ray", "K-Mart Sucks."

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot one incredible chill moment.

The Punisher to John Travolta's stupid bad guy character-

"Made you kill your best friend. Made you kill your wife."

That is a classic "Chill" moment.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger [ brooke ] said...

"When I was a lad I ate 4 dozen eggs every morning to help me get large. And now that I'm grown I eat 5 dozen eggs and I'm roughly the size of a barge!"

Ah, man. That guy gets me every time...

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous The Hermit said...

Let's see...
Faded American flag at the end of Saving Private Ryan

When Oskar Schindler breaks down and cries when he realizes he could have saved just one more life.

The end credits of Passion

Cut to the Plane in Incredibles

Opening credits to Finding Nemo

When Boromir charges to save the hobbits

When they score the go ahead goal in Miracle

Hoosiers: "I love you guys" during game and at the end.

Rudy: when he runs out onto the field and later when he gets the sack and is carried off.

Batman Begins: not when Katie Holmes says it, but when Batman says, "It's not what's inside, but your actions that define you"

Casino Royale: Bond, James Bond

Empire: Carbon freezing chamber and beyond, chills dispearsed randomly

The Iron Giant: When he calls himself superman as he flies into the nuke

Munich: near the end when it shows the entire team eating the first meal Avner prepared for them.

Master and Commander: when they have to cut the ropes to save the ship

Gladiator: when he sees his wife and child in Elysium

When the Rohirrim theme plays as the flag with the white horse is ripped off the flagpole in the Two Towers.

Any time the Rohirrim theme is played in the Two Towers

The moth flying to Gandalf in Fellowship

When the second plane hits the world trade center in United 93

When the passengers make a heroic charge in United 93.

"They say the bog has no bottom, that it streches straight down to hell" --Starting Tommarow

Sorry for the long comment

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous the Hermit said...

P.S. "FREEDOM!" at the end of Braveheart

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hermit nailed most of mine, and probably some that would have been chill moments had I seen the movies.


At 12:32 PM, Blogger Reinman said...

Good stuff.

I can't believe I left both of the Hermit's United 93 moments off my original list.


At 8:25 AM, Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

Kudo's to the Hermit. 100% Chill worthy just reading them.

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

I was gonna say the same thing the colonel said. Just reading them and thinking about them gave me chills. That lets you know that those are true chill moments, don't even have to watch them. I love those movies. But some of them are just so hard to watch.

tootles! :)

When Cinderella pulls out the other slipper. Yeah, shut up. Stop laughing at me. I can have my own personal stupid ones. Don't ask me why, it just does.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

There's a Cannon along side the trench by the exhaust port...

At 4:36 PM, Blogger dangeresque dan said...

Personally, there are only a couple of chill moments in cinema that get me:

In the original Land Before Time, Little foot's mother dying.

In the Patriot, the deaths of his children

In We were Soldiers, the scene of his homecoming.

Lastly, in the fellowship the realization of and the death of Gandalf.

I'm sure those are cheezy and dark, but those ones get me everytime.

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous J said...

"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

Braveheart: The whole movie

Saving Private Ryan: At the end when the P-51's fly over and reinforcements arrive.

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Michelle said...

"I will KILL YOU if you TOUCH HIM!" - Eowyn to the Witch King

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try Pan's Labyrinth. If you don't get chills throughout there's something wrong with you.

The aforementioned Schindler's List moment is guaranteed chill for the Boyum. I also get chills when the actual survivors come to put rocks on Schindler's grave at the end.

The part of the old BBC The Silver Chair when Puddleglum forces his hand into the witch's fire and screams "Aslan!"

The final "Elysian Fields" sequence in Gladiator... but that's mostly thanks to Lisa Gerrard's awesomeness in singing that song.

When Ben-Hur's family is cured of their leprosy at the end of the movie.

Almost all of Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke" the HBO documentary.

OK that's enough. Good point though. No predicting the chills.

At 6:30 AM, Anonymous philip thooft said...

wow do i miss you, I was just looking through my favorites searching for my passion for purity site(which is not as lame as it sounds)(and also is a bloggersite)When these pleasnant words appear you never can tell with bees. The movie that really racks me up and i wish it didn`t because it`s stupid in the end is...well i can`t remember the name! Captain oh my captain!


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