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My Favorite Scene: The Godfather (1972) “An Unholy Baptism”

Picking a single scene from The Godfather is a matter of personal choice, because it is-without a doubt-a perfect motion picture.  There are 40 scenes you could make an argument for, and I’ve written an article where I picked the five best (and it was still impossible to choose).  The film chronicles Michael Corleone’s (Al Pacino) descent from the one good son in a mafia family to a cunning monster.

There are lots of moments when you can say Michael crossed the Rubicon, but the moment you realize the depths of evil to which he can sinks is when he has every threat to his mob ascendency assassinated during the baptism of his godson (whose father he also has killed).  The scene is a disturbing juxtaposition of the rite of baptism in a holy setting with the unholy tide of murders, edited with intensity and brilliance.  The scene is one of the best edited sequences in film history and The Godfather’s culmination of Michael’s Luciferian fall from grace.The Godfather

My Favorite Scene: Elf (2003) “Santa Fever”

Normally, we do the My Favorite Scene column on Tuesdays, but I decided to wait until the weekend as it’s a special “Christmas Edition”. Christmas movies are a bit of a genre unto themselves, and it’s really tough to make one that doesn’t come off as treacly, preachy, or silly/depressing (depending on how your particular family is at the holidays). But, no matter if you’re celebrating this a religious holiday or just a blessed break from work/present orgy, Elf will work for all of you (and if it doesn’t, you’re stupid). Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Elf (2003) “Santa Fever”

Top 5: Scenes From The Godfather

Top 5

Once a month in the Top 5 column, we do a little something different.  Moving down the IMDB (International Movie Database) Top 250 films, we’ll name the top five scenes (in my order) from films so good that our regular “My Favorite Scene” column can’t do them justice.  You can see our first effort with #1 on the IMDB 250 – The Shawshank Redemption – by clicking here.  Today, we tackle #2 – The Godfather Part I. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes From The Godfather