A Birthday Gift for All

So I’m another year older today and I’d like to celebrate by giving you all a gift. This post has 58 links, moments, or videos that I’ve enjoyed over my lifetime. This is not a list of the best moments, or one from each year that I have been alive, but since I was born in 58 and am turning 58, it just seemed like a good number of items to share.  Hope you all find something to make your day a little brighter, be careful, thar be spoilers in some of them posts.

1. The Opening Narrative and Pictures From Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

“For who could ever learn to love a beast?”

2. Jackie Chan in Rumble in the Bronx

Jackie Chan is an artist in his field. I actually choked up when watching this movie because he is to martial arts what Fred Astaire was to dancing.

3. Casablanca La Marseillaise

If you ever wondered how Elsa could have ended up with Victor Laszlo.

4. The Opening Credits of Superman (1978)

John Williams Kicks Ass, Computer generated titles like we have never seen before and a nostalgic hook with a real movie screen curtain.

5. Carl Denham Enthusiastically recruits Ann Darrow for a Voyage.

The passion at that moment he sees Ann and tries to convince her to go with his crew to a far off place, that would have been enough for me to go to.

6. Rocky Training Montage “Gonna Fly Now”

Rocky Balboa is a great character and the power of the image combined with the story amps us up for the last act.

7. Robin of Locksley swaggers into the enemies lair and throws down the gauntlet.

Errol Flynn owned this role on the day he was born. My favorite film, and this may be my favorite scene. The by play with Robin and Prince John is priceless.

8. Strother Martin In True Grit

Mattie Ross: Now I’m sure you’ll find a buyer for those ponies very soon.

Col. G. Stonehill: I have a tentative offer of ten dollars a head from the soapworks at Little Rock.

Mattie Ross: It seems such a shame to render such spirited horseflesh into soap.

Col. G. Stonehill: I’m confident the deal will fall through. 

The resignation and frustration of every frustrated man comes out in nearly every sentence he utters in his exchanges with Mattie Ross.

9. The Final Shot of Planet of the Apes

If ever there was a kick in the face, this was it. I was ten and it left a mark. What a movie!

10. I’m Spartacus

Real honor over slavery. If only we could all be so bold.

11. Dumbo: Baby Mine

Anybody with a Mother and everybody who loves animals, should be moved by this.

12. The Rainbow Connection

One of the reasons that Paul Williams is a National Treasure.

I also love the reprise finale.

Write your own ending.

13. The Long, Long shadows of “The Quick and the Dead”

It takes a long slow pan to reveal the first appearance of Ace Hanlon.


Herod stands in the center of the street for one of the gunfights.

Elle casts a shadow as she gets ready to ride.

A silhouette provides the outcome of the final shootout.

14. George Baily Saves Mr. Gower from a Horrible Mistake.

Forgive the awful colorized version, and see the decency of a young man and the gratitude of a desperate and devastated old man. One of a dozen heartrending moments from this great film.

15. The Last Scene in the Maltese Falcon

The ending is not always happy. Lesson Learned.

16. A Cascade of Kisses

The finale of a movie lover’s dream.

17. Proof that Orson Wells didn’t blow his wad with Kane

18. 2001 Thus Spoke Zarathustra


Another one from when I was ten. This tone poem frightens and build anticipation and you know something significant is about to happen.

19. The Teaser Trailer for The Rocketeer

This promo was on Disney product, but I know I saw it in a theater, I remembered the staccato letter punch. I wanted to see this movie immediately.

20. Thelma and Louise Trailer image

Here is a single Image From a movie that made me want to see it.  These two actresses in a road movie with guns, oh yea, I’m in.

21. Evil Dead 2 The Hand Scene

Comically brilliant and horrifying at the same time. Bruce Campbell, you’re my hero.

22. Holy Crimeny , That Son of a Bitch Shot John Wayne!!  The Cowboys

I was learning the hard way that the good guys don’t always make it to the last reel.

23. Nightmare Alley

Irony, thy name is geek.  When he said those words, I knew right then why it was called “Nightmare” Alley.

24. Speaking of Alleys, This Parody Trailer From Tropic Thunder is perfect.

The looks they exchange, the fumbling with the rosary beads, and then the title…I laughed out loud for five minutes. It’s the back alley of love.

25. Stop Motion King Ray Harryhausen

As a kid it was scary, as an adult, it is just too cool.

26.The First Scary Movie I Remember seeing.

I dressed as Dracula for Halloween at least three times as a kid.

27. America’s Mercury Astronauts Ready to Kick some Russian Ass.

Bill Conti’s theme inspires every time. First Rocky and then this.

28. Singin’ in The Rain

Joy, Joy, Joy.

29. Galaxy Quest:  Guy asks a basic question

Have you ever watched the show?

30. Role Models Explain Kiss

The language on this is dubious, so don’t play it at work. The character of Wheeler explains to his Sturdy Wings Little, the concept behind the band.

This combines two of my favorite things, movies and KISS.

31. One of a 1000 things that make Lawrence of Arabia the Best epic ever.

32. Albert Brooks and Rip Torn in in Defending Your Life

If you have never seen this movie, put it in your queue and get ready to laugh and cry.

33. Baptism by Fire, The Godfather

In the biggest act of hypocrisy ever filmed, Michael Corleone stands Godfather to his nephew, being baptized in a church and renouncing Satan as his button men scour the country and eliminate all of his enemies in one fell swoop.   Brilliant Film making.

34. Walt Disney and I share a favorite Moment.

Walt is said to have had this as his favorite song in Mary Poppins. It is a sentimental moment that I too love.

35. Samuel Jackson’s Finest Moment.

The master of the “F” word gets a chance to make it a highlight of a film.

36. The Moment before the Famous Shower Scene

Everyone knows the murder of Marion Crane in the shower is one of the most amazing scenes in films. From an acting perspective however, the sequence right before that is amazing. Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh are professionals at the top of their game in this three minutes.

37. The Death of Spock in Wrath of Khan

As a long time fan of Star Trek, this was a moment that ripped me apart.

38. You want to be creeped out? Watch Anthony Hopkins rule the film from a cage.

39.  The Toughest Mother you will ever need. Ripley

40. Christopher Walken in almost anything.

He might only be in a film for a few scenes, or he may be the star. Whichever it is, he is almost always the most compelling thing on the screen. Here is a short clip from Man on Fire, watch him lick his fingers and ominously describe what is to come.

41.  The Opening Sequence in Once Upon a Time in the West

The sound design, composition and stoic slow paced acting by the performers here is a perfect film in itself.

42. Music By Jerry Goldsmith

I’ve only written one fan letter in my life. It was to Jerry Goldsmith after hearing the music from Gremlins. Comical, fun, scary and sweet all at once. A great match for the tone of the film.

43. The Best Improvised Scene Ever

44. The Greatest Four Minutes in the Greatest Film Ever. And No Shark

Robert Shaw puts everyone else to shame when he dominates the screen.

45. Sean Connery reads the letter to Theodore Roosevelt

Raisuli: To Theodore Roosevelt – you are like the Wind and I like the Lion. You form the Tempest. The sand stings my eyes and the Ground is parched. I roar in defiance but you do not hear. But between us there is a difference. I, like the lion, must remain in my place. While you like the wind will never know yours. – Mulay Hamid El Raisuli, Lord of the Riff, Sultan to the Berbers, Last of the Barbary Pirates.

46. The Greatest Special Effects from a Horror Film Ever

John Carpenter knows how to freak people out.

47. Hans Gruber and John McClane trade Barbs

48. Quentin Tarantino Makes his Grand Entrance

The dialogue is where it’s at in his films. I love a good argument. Watch the language folks.

49. Aragorn braces the troops.

You could use Henry the Fifth’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech or William Wallace from Braveheart. It all inspires.

50. If it’s Worth Dying for It’s Worth Living For

The climax of a great morality tale.

51. Judy Garland will Break your Heart

A melancholic Christmas classic.

52. My Favorite Song From Aladdin

Robin Williams can rest easy, he gave us this and made the world better.

53. A Jester Unemployed is No Body’s Fool

Danny Kaye makes me smile anytime of day.

54. Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday

I debated between this scene and Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp kicking Billy Bob Thornton out of the Casino. Either provides a moment of Western Bliss.

55. Every Gunbarrel Sequence in a James Bond Movie.

You can review my 007 Countdowns to see what my favorite Bond Films are, but at the start of the movie, when this comes on. That is my current favorite.

56. The Greatest Music of All Time In the Greatest Movie of the 80s.

Acting, editing and music combined to bring emotions into our hearts that are so often left at the concert hall and not felt in a movie theater.

57. I have to Watch Every Time, because Next time he might make it.

58. Because I hate it When A Bank Robbery Interrupts My Lunch

That’s it for this birthday. Hope you all enjoyed 58 shades of Richard.

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