Discover new scenes and relive great ones from movies and TV shows of many genres and eras.
Unveiling One of the Best Fight Scenes You've Never Seen (The Mark of Zorro (1940)) #39
Alex and David explain why they believe the incredible fight choreography in The Mark of Zorro (1940) should be considered one of the best of all time. Featuring Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone, a two-time British Army Fencing Champion, this scene is a blistering fencing duel that ages well for modern audiences.
Mr. Miyagi's pep talk unlocks Daniel-san's best Karate in (Karate Kid 3) #38
The final scene in Karate Kid 3 is perhaps the least famous finale of the movie trilogy but is arguably one of the most beautiful moments in the franchise. David passionately reveals the reasons why he believes this scene is a standout and a teachable moment for anyone that faces self-doubt at any point in their lives.
Leonidas' 'This is Sparta!' sends the Persian envoy and escort down a bottomless pit in '300' #37
Gerald Butler bellows a line in 300 that has become one of the greatest internet meme scenes of all time. In this episode we marvel about how this film was never supposed to succeed--but does--which is similar to the path the army of 300 takes in the film.
Charlie's unwavering integrity is a true example of courage (Scent of a Woman) #36
In episode 36, Alex and David review the (SPOILER) fireworks exchange between Charlie and Frank during the suicide attempt in Scent of a Woman. In addition to the cinematic brilliance of the scene, we also talk about how important it is to uphold a personal value system to help retain the integrity of one's character. Charlie's brave and unyielding character is exhibited by the lengths he is willing to go to in order to do the right thing, regardless of the consequences.
Tom Hanks Goes Solo and Realizes (spoiler) the Hardest Part was Coming Home (Cast Away) #35
In this week's episode David and Alex review the emotional roller coaster in the resolution of Cast Away. We pick a couple of scenes after Chuck Noland returns from the island and evaluate how the physical toll of surviving on his own was nothing compared to the emotional and spiritual journey of coming home. We explore the themes of "hope" and "moving on", and identify them as powerful takeaways that everyone can use in their daily lives.
Pulp Fiction's Incredible Dance and Diner Scene, and Pixar Presents a Culinary Masterpiece (Pulp Fiction / Ratatouille) #34
In the dance and diner scene in Pulp Fiction, we explore the movie inspiration and cinematic elements that make this Quentin Tarantino masterpiece a must-see. In the second part of the episode, we review a food critic scene from Ratatouille, and explore how the power of smell and taste can evoke strong memories.
Kelsey Grammer faces a medical moral dilemma, and Atomic Blonde's Iconic Stairwell Fight Scene (The God Committee / Atomic Blonde) #33
Kelsey Grammer and Janeane Garofalo trade in comedy for a serious drama piece in The God Committee. Alex takes us through the classic moral dilemma faced by medical professionals and picks a scene that helps illustrate the difficult decisions and conflict faced by each of the characters. In the second half of the episode we explore how Charlize Theron's ballet training plays a huge part in the fight scene's success in Atomic Blonde. We compare and contrast the scene with other action movies and explain why it's a must-see for those thirsty for more realistic adaptations of fight survival.
The Top Gun Turning Point, and Alan Turing Makes a Difficult Choice (Top Gun / The Imitation Game) #32
In this episode David reviews the most pivotal moment in Top Gun and explains how the scene and a name was inspired by real people and events. Alex explores a complex moral dilemma in The Imitation Game, where the obvious action is countered by Alan Turing's intervention, and they must decide whether to sacrifice a few for the sake of many.
When You Believe, and the Interstellar Docking Scene (The Prince of Egypt / Interstellar) #31
In episode 31 Alex takes us through our first movie (scene) based on a religious story while marvelling at the star-studded cast and massive artwork requirements to produce The Prince of Egypt. David's pick is one of the most defining, modern-day cinematic moments in recent film history. Choosing the docking scene from the movie Interstellar, we review the risky organ choice for the Hans Zimmer soundtrack, the epic lines, and the physics that helped inspire the scene pick for this week.
Cameron's Ferrari Scene, and Don't Forget Grandma (Ferris Bueller's Day Off / Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha 갯마을 차차차) #30
In the shocking climactic scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Cameron destroys his dad's prized Ferrari. We unravel the magnitude of the moment, its importance to his character arc, and how it successfully immortalizes the film as a classic. Alex reviews several scenes from Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha 갯마을 차차차 which illustrate the loneliness of the elderly. They highlight the importance of filial piety, and serve as a personal real-world reminder of how easy it is to neglect our loved ones, being too wrapped up in our day-to-day lives.
Daring Driving (Baby Driver) #29
Taking a recommendation from one of our podcast fans, we review how the Baby Driver opening car chase scene was created by using the soundtrack of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's 1995 single, 'Bellbottoms'.
Super-Weird Black Comedy, and Deafening Sound of Music (The Lobster / The Sound of Music) #28
In this episode we examine the directing genius of Yorgos Lanthimos in The Lobster. We identify how certain cinematic elements help create a deliberate unsettling experience for the audience. In our second scene choice, we review how the absence of a soundtrack is used to create dramatic tension during the family's harrowing escape scene in The Sound of Music.
Majestic Opening, and A Scene Within a Scene (The Lion King / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) #27
In episode 27 we highlight some interesting facts about the opening sequence in The Lion King (1994) and how its success influenced their marketing plans. David's scene choice reviews the dynamic acting range of Leonardo DiCaprio's character during a child hostage negotiation in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Cliffhanger of Captains, and Crash Casting (Star Trek: The Next Generation / Crash Landing On You 사랑의 불시착) #26
In what many consider the turning point in Star Trek: The Next Generation, we review how the dramatic cliffhanger season finale helped define a new generation of TV, and played a part in Star Trek TNG's survival. In our second scene choice we review how cast choice plays a huge part in the success of one of the hottest K-drama series ever made, Crash Landing On You 사랑의 불시착.
Lawyer Up! (The Social Network) [GUEST EPISODE] #25
Episode 25 brings a guest, Trinity, an aspiring young actress who helps to summarize why she loved the climactic confrontation between Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network.
Best Sales Pitch Ever, and the Hunter Becomes the Hunted (Mad Men / Predator) #24
Many consider the 'Kodak' sales pitch from Mad Men one of the best scenes in a TV series. We explore all the incredible cinematic pieces that help support this claim and why this should serve as inspiration for sales and marketing professionals everywhere. Alex's scene choice this week explored exactly why we believe Dutch's final preparations in the Predator is a staple movie moment for kids from the 80s.
Border Extraction, and Strategic Political Advice (Sicario / Nirvana in Fire[Langya Bang,琅琊榜]) #23
In episode 23 we review how Denis Villeneuve uses suspense and dramatic tension in the prisoner extraction scene from Sicario to create an explosive shootout at the US-Mexico border. David's choice this week is from Nirvana in Fire [Langya Bang,琅琊榜], a TV series from China that is #1 on his all-time favourite list. This scene is a short example of how masterful this series is, and we break down exactly how costuming, script writing, acting, and excellent sound production all play a part in one of the best revenge stories ever written for TV and film.
Genius at Work, and an Inverted Disaster (Amadeus / Poseidon) #22
Amadeus was one of the most vivid and first movies we saw as kids in the 80s. As an avid classical pianist, David picks Salieri's discovery of Mozart's original copies of music, and explores why the moving scene is one of the most inspirational moments for anyone that loves music. Alex's pick this week reviews how the different outcomes of two very similar decisions can be played against each other for contrasting dramatic effect in Poseidon.
A Teacher's Wisdom, and an Epic Space Battle (The Karate Kid / The Expanse) #21
Alex takes us through one of the most memorable scenes from The Karate Kid and explains why it remains an all-time favourite. The second scene we review is taken from the Spin Station attack sequence from The Expanse and we analyze the space warfare mechanics that makes this a must-see for any sci-fi fan.
Written Romance, and Smiles for Miles (Love Actually / Jingle Jangle) #20
In our special bonus episode we review two Christmas-themed choices. In the first scene, we examine and debate about the appropriateness of the 'cards' scene from Love Actually. In our second, Alex takes us through why he thoroughly enjoyed a musical number from Jingle Jangle.
Welcome to The Matrix (The Matrix) [BONUS EPISODE]
In this Matrix-themed bonus episode on the eve of the Matrix Resurrections launch, we revisit the opening scene that started the movie franchise. We break down how the Wachowskis were able to create interesting characters, and an immediate sense of intrigue that helps drive the plot forward. We also talk about how they accomplish so much world building in just 4 minutes of screen time.
Spanish Mode, and the Maximus Speech (Toy Story 3 / Gladiator) #19
In one of the most comedic moments from the Toy Story franchise, we review a series of clips featuring Buzz Lightyear serenading Jessie in Toy Story 3. Alex shares some of artistic and dance observations that make this sequence such a joy to watch for viewers of all ages. In our second pick this week, we analyze the incredible build up and drama leading up to Maximus' reveal in Gladiator, and observe several subtle silent gestures and acting nuances that make this scene a timeless masterpiece.
Reunion at Rick's, and Battle for the Beach (Casablanca / Saving Private Ryan) #18
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman capture one of the most memorable moments in cinema history in Casablanca.
Steven Spielberg presents the horrors of war in Saving Private Ryan.
Inebriated Uppercuts, and Extraterrestrial Transmission (Drunken Master II / Contact) #17
Jackie Chan mesmerizes with alcohol-fueled martial arts in Drunken Master II.
Jodie Foster as Ellie discovers a transmission from an intelligent lifeform in Contact.
Get Busy Living, and Unfair Playing Field (The Shawshank Redemption / Moneyball) #16
Red and Andy's bromance intensifies as they talk about hope in The Shawshank Redemption.
Brad Pitt dares to abandon old school thinking in Moneyball.
Canine Con, and a Hero's Death (Zootopia / The Transformers: The Movie) #15
Jason Bateman is the sly swindler Nick Wilde in Zootopia.
(spoiler) Optimus Prime's jarring death scene in the 1986 film The Transformers: The Movie.
Attitude Reflects Leadership, and Despondent Father (Remember the Titans / The Pursuit of Happyness) #14
Gerry and Julias build a bromance in Remember the Titans.
Will Smith and son Jayden in a pitiful plight in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Sightless Suspense, and Unconditional Friendship (Bird Box / The Queen's Gambit) #13
Sandra Bullock scavenges blindly for supplies in Bird Box.
Moses Ingram's Jolene spits truth in The Queen's Gambit.
His Name Is Neo, and the Philippine-American War (The Matrix / Heneral Luna) #12
Keanu Reeves helps redefine action in The Matrix.
John Arcilla inspires as Heneral Luna.
Rapid Fire Comedy, and Wedding Reception (Brooklyn Nine-Nine / Reception) #11
Andy Samberg, Chelsea Peretti, and Joe Lo Truglio display comedic skill in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Joe Gillette's short film masterpiece, Reception.
El Tango De Roxanne, and Judge before Jury (Moulin Rouge! / Miracle in Cell No. 7) #10
Jacek Koman tangos in an electrifying Roxanne number in Moulin Rouge!.
Aras Bulut İynemli suffers injustice as Memo in Miracle in Cell No. 7.
Alien Language, and Vampire Fight (Arrival / Blade) #9
Director Denis Villeneuve masterfully portrays human-alien communication in Arrival.
Wesley Snipes helps redefine superhero action in Blade.
Dancing with the Enemy, and Child Psychology (Peaky Blinders / New Amsterdam) #8
Child psychiatric treatment doesn't go as planned in New Amsterdam.
Polly meets with Luca Changretta in Peaky Blinders.
Interrogation Inversion, and A Texting Love Triangle (Line of Duty / The Half of It) #7
DI Denton is subjected to gruelling questioning in Line of Duty.
It's not your usual love triangle in The Half of It.
Without Words, and a Mother's Love (2046 / Hi Bye, Mama!) #6
Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi flirt in 2046.
(spoiler) A mother embraces her child for the first time since she was an infant in Hi Bye, Mama!.
East Meets West Side (Triple Threat / West Side Story) #5
Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins face off in Triple Threat.
Leonard Bernstein demonstrates his musical genius in the song Tonight from the movie musical West Side Story.
Ringo Meets Doc Holliday, and Perils on the Balcony (Tombstone / Pihu) #4
Johnny Ringo meets Doc Holliday for the first time in Tombstone.
A young child is left unattended in a high-rise apartment in Pihu.
The Greatest Show, and Elevator Ride Into The Lair (The Greatest Showman / Aliens) #3
Hugh Jackman is featured in the opening sequence of The Greatest Showman.
Sigourney Weaver takes an elevator ride down into the lair in Aliens.
The Married Life, and My Daughter (Up / Anne With An 'E') #2
Feel the love in the "Married Life" sequence from Disney Pixar's Up.
(spoiler) Anne and Matthew reunite in Anne With An "E".
Street Shootout, and Coalescing Crown (The Crown / Heat) #1
Witness regal majesty in the title sequence of The Crown.
Michael Mann directs one of film's most dramatic street shootout scenes in Heat.