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15 Great unscripted movie scenes


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It has been a while since I have posted anything on my blog unfortunately. So I decided to come back with a list of some of my personal favorite unscripted scenes in movies. I will mostly include scenes that are confirmed to be unscripted so the Midnight cowboy scene which is disputed upon by the director and Dustin Hoffman will not be included, or any other similar scene.  The list will just be ordered alphabetically instead of keeping them ranked, since it will be hard to put criteria on unscripted scenes. Without further ado here are 15 of the many great unscripted scenes that made it into the final movie cut.



 1) Annie Hall (1977) “The sneeze”

Widely regarded as Woody Allen’s masterpiece, Annie Hall had one of the most famous sneezes in cinema history. What is mind boggling is the fact that it was never intended in the final cut, and was filmed during screen rehearsals. Woody Allen’s character Alvy was at a party where he is offered a tin can filled with cocaine. As he takes the tin in his hand he has a violent erupting sneeze which sends the white powder flying everywhere. All the actors started laughing uncontrollably which was so genuine and spontaneous that Allen decided to keep it in the final cut.



2) Being John Malkovich (1999) “Think fast!”

A disturbance on set is usually something that can turn the day sour instantly. Whereas for this movie a disturbance added more to the characters frustration during the scene. After Malkovich meets Craig Schwartz on the side of the road, he wanders off mad and annoyed. As he walks off a car passes by with a man leaning out of the window. The man throws a can while yelling “Hey Malkovich! Think fast!”. The can hit Malkovich in the back of his head which induced genuine frustration which felt believable in the context of the movie as well. The extra who threw the can was actually given a raise upon having the scene placed in the final cut instead of being fired!



3) Blade Runner (1982) “Like tears in the rain” 

*Spoilers*

During the final battle between ex-blade runner Rick Deckard and replicant Roy Batty, as Rick tries to exterminate Roy. He puts himself in a very awkward corner on a rooftop ready to meet his demise. Rather than killing Deckard, Roy shows mercy and rescues him from the edge of the roof. He gives a final monologue before he dies. As he thinks about his past and the short life he lived, he says “All the moments will be lost in time…” Hauer then adds a very powerful phrase “.. Like tears in the rain” The line was so good it was it had become one of the most memorable of the entire movies.

 



4) Casablanca (1942) “Here’s looking at you kid”

This timely classic had so many memorable lines which stayed in the mind of the viewers. But the line it is most memorable for and most accredited for wasn’t even in the original script! The scene where both Ilsa and Victor are put on a plane bound to america one last line is uttered to Ilsa by Bogart’s character. “Here’s looking at you kid” instantly became the quote of the movie. According to some reports, it is said that Bogart would say that line to her as he was teaching her poker during the breaks.



5) Clockwork Orange, A (1971) “Singing in the rain dance”

*NSFW*

Kubrick’s incredible movie about the tale of a mischievous young man is not only one of his best movies, it is also one of three movies of his on this list. The scene in which the gang break into a random house is considered to be one of the most popular and disturbing parts of the entire movie. After shooting the scene many times, Kubrick wasn’t happy with the result. He finally suggested to McDowell to dance a little bit during the scene. McDowell did an excellent spontaneous dance that Kubrick was very pleased and kept it in the final cut.  As a side note, the scene was actually so difficult for the actress originally cast, that she had to quit and have her role recast.



6) Dark Knight, The (2008) “Slow clapping” & “Delayed explosion”

I have previously explained my problems with TDK and Nolan, yet I am not here to do that now. For me Heath Ledger was the savior of the movie and he showed it when faced with these spontaneous situations during filming. He perfectly stayed in character which should be a huge credit towards him. The first unscripted scene happened when The Joker was  incarcerated in the police department. As the mayor gives the news that Gordon is now the new commissioner. As the officers in the room applaud loudly, Ledger begins to slowly clap without changing  his expression or breaking out of character as he improvises. The improvisation is very subtle and simple, but it brought a very dark feel to the scene and added another layer to the character. The other important scene which showed how genuinely, even facing a spontaneous  event, Ledger was able to stay in character was the hospital scene. As The Joker was exiting the hospital wearing his nurse’s outfit, he pulls the trigger on the explosion and the fireworks begin. But as he was further away the explosions suddenly stop. Improvising, Ledger doesn’t break character and starts fondling with the remote. He brings out a hint of the style of Joker that is found in other renditions of batman in what was supposed to be a serious scene. The explosion goes off and he genuinely gets startled and runs off to the bus.



7) Dr. Strangelove (1964) “End Scene” 

*Spoilers*

The second of Kubrick’s movies to make it on the list. Dr. Strangelove was known for its improvisations when Kubrick gave Sellers three roles to just improvise all he wants. Kubrick and his co-writer actually had to “retroscript” and change a lot to be able to include many of Sellers’ improvised lines. However, personally the end scene with Dr. Strangelove is my favorite unscripted scene in any movie. As we are coming to the end of the satirical movie, Dr. Strangelove who has been confined to the wheelchair suddenly stands up. At the very end in spontaneous fashion Sellers stood up and delivered the most brilliant unscripted line “Mein Führer! I can walk!” which was followed by the explosion compilation.  That line also created on of my favorite ending scenes in cinema history, and I applaud Sellers for his ability to improvise such great lines and ideas.



8)  Full Metal Jacket (1987)  “Drill Sergeant” 

The third of Kubrick’s movies to make it onto this list and for good reason. FMJ felt like it was split into 2, first showing the actual real hardships that soldiers go through in boot camp, and the rest was on the actual war and how it really is. As for the first part, R. Lee Ermey wasn’t even cast for the role of the drill sergeant. Ermey later sent a video tape to Kubrick of him spewing insults at soldiers for 15 minutes straight. This lead to an immediate casting of Ermey. Ermey then wrote down 150 pages of insults and submitted them to Kubrick! The director admits that more than 50% of the dialogue was improvised by Ermey and one of the few times Kubrick has allowed this much improvisation.



9) Godfather, The (1972) “Take the cannoli” & “The cat”

Widely regarded as on of the greatest movies in cinema history just by sheer brilliance in hitting the mark on most aspects. The Godfather actually had two scenes which were not in the original script. The first one though not as well known as the cat, it still gave this great taste to the scene, and created a famous line for the movie. As Clemenza was ordered to carry a hit out on Paulie, he approached the bullet covered car.  Castellano’s original line was “Leave the gun” but reminiscing an earlier scene, he improvised “Take the cannoli” which was the creation of this famous line. The other unscripted scene in the movie had to do with Don Vito’s cat in the beginning of the movie. The Godfather was known for being very coldblooded, ordering for a man to be beaten for the beating of another man’s daughter, all the while gently stroking a cat. The insane thing about this is that the cat was never even part of the original script. Yet it has evolved into becoming one of the most memorable scenes of Don Vito. As for how the cat came to be in the movie. Some people say that Coppola just plopped the cat onto Brando’s lap right before filming. Other reports say that Marlon found the cat wandering around set and he carried it with him to filming. Whatever the reason may, I’m  sure I am not the only  one who is happy that the cat ended up on the final cut.



10) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) “Gun vs. Sword”

Though I am not a hardcore fan of the Indiana Jones series, I can still appreciate the hilarious unscripted scene which became an iconic part of Indiana for all his fans. While Indiana is hurrying to rescue the damsel in distress he stumbles into a huge sword wielding man dressed in black. The bad guy shows off his sword skills for a while to scare Indiana. Instead of fighting him, Jones just pulls out a gun and moves along. This was not intended to be in the movie, it was actually supposed to be a very long sword fight between the two. Unfortunately the day of shooting Ford had a bad case of food poisoning and didn’t have enough energy to film a long fight scene. After a discussion with Spielberg, the scene was changed to the now famous Gun vs. Sword fight.



11)  Reservoir Dogs (1992) “Can you hear me now?”

*NFSW-ish*

Tarantino’s first movie, the independent Reservoir Dogs, contained many memorable scenes, but not more memorable than the torture scene by Mr. Blonde. One of the most gruesome scenes of the movie had Mr. Blonde torture an officer by slicing his ear off.  Tarintino never really gave Madsen any direction or instruction as to what to do after the cutting was done. So he eventually improvised all his actions and lines while shooting. This led to an incredibly cold blooded scene which included the great unscripted quote of “Can you hear me now?” as Mr. Blonde says it to the cut off ear.



12)  Silence of the lambs, The (1991) “The hiss”

For anyone who has seen this movie, they know that Anthony Hopkins gave one of the greatest renditions of Hannibal Lecter to ever be on screen. Though I may not be a fan of Hannibal Lecter and his story, I appreciate the movie and Hopkins’ role. Even though he only had 16 minutes of actual dialogue to be said, it was enough for him to portray his character and the many layers perfectly. It was also enough for him to receive an Oscar. From his 16 minutes his most memorable would be his story he told to Clarice about eating a liver with fava beans and Chianti. After it though Hopkins gave this eerie Hiisssss sound which added a huge amount to the creepiness of his character. The hiss however was never in the script. It was said that Hopkins did it during rehearsals just to creep out Jodie. The director was very pleased with the hiss, that he told him to keep it for the shooting of the final cut.



13) Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) “I know”

Again same issue with Indiana Jones, not a hardcore fan to adore this line but I do appreciate it.  This unscripted line is here because Harrison Ford was able to add a line that just summed up the entire smug character more than any other Han line.  As Solo is about to be cased in carbonite, Princess Leia finally reveals her affections for him. She went on and said “I love you”, and the script originally had Solo saying “I love you too” Ford decided that Solo wouldn’t say anything like that so he changed it to “I know” making it a perfectly fitting way for smug Solo to reply to Leia.



14) Taxi Driver (1976) “You talking to me?”

Taxi Driver, known to be one of the greatest movies ever is chock full of incredibly memorable scenes which included the insomniac Travis. One of the key scenes was when Travis is seen talking to himself in the mirror. Yet all the script had written for that scene was “Travis talks to himself in the mirror” and nothing else. Everything that was said was improvised by De Niro on the spot. This led to an interesting set of lines of a man who had started to loose it. The famous line of “You talking to me?” eventually came out of De Niro as he faces himself in the mirror. To this day that line is stuck in everyone’s head as they see themselves in the mirror.



15) The Usual Suspects (1995) “The line up”

One of the most memorable scenes in the movie apart from the ending is the line up scene in the beginning.  For this scene the writer (Christopher McQuarrie) just wrote this line “Give me the keys you fucking cocksucker!” for the line up scene. It was on each individual actor to say it however they wanted. McQuarrie actually played the cop in the scene speaking to the suspects, and he had to say “In English please” to Del Toro for not being very clear. His reaction after that was completely natural and unscripted and created a great comical moment for the character. Also according to some interviews the laughing during Del Toro’s turn was due to the constant farting on set! In the end the opted to keep it for the final cut of the movie.




Conclusion

Thank you all for reading this, I know it has been a while but I have been under a lot of stress with university. All in all I hope you enjoyed this list and hopefully I will be bringing back the reviews for the 1001 movies to see before you die book. Finally if you ever want me to write about anything either a review or a list or just a general article please feel free to contact me in any way, all my contact info’s are in the “contact us” page. So yeah please tell me what you want to see because I sometimes have writers block and never know what to write about.

Thanks again, Omar

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This is not a normal post…


As it says in the title, This post will not revolve around anything relating to movies. It will actually surround a topic which has been an issue for me. Which is depression. If you do not want to continue on reading I understand. I just feel like I should try and help as many people as I can so they do not feel what many went through. I just want to try and help anyone, even if it’s one person. So I already warned you that I will be writing about this. I will try to handle it easily, but I can’t promise anything. If you don’t want to read this just read the last paragraph “final request”

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What depression is for me: 

A lot of people honestly think that it is just silly, or something that can be easily dealt with. What’s worse is when people think it is done for attention. To me what it is metaphorically, imagine you are walking when you suddenly fall into a long well and break your legs. You cannot move or climb up the well. 

What you can do to fix it:

This is the important part honestly and what is intended for this post. Based on the metaphor there are two things you can technically do, you can slowly and painfully wait for your legs to heal so that you can slowly attempt to climb. Second you can try and scream as much as you can so that you can hope someone will come and help. From my experiences it is difficult to do both. Even though the second choice might seem easier, it will be difficult to find the “right” person to help you. Sometimes you might run into people who lend you a rope and start pulling you half way then just forget you there. 

I think first you should try and find someone you fully trust. I would recommend first and foremost to try and confront your parents. I do not know your personal situation, you may have abusive parents, so I do not honestly know. But if you think you can, even if they might feel sad or won’t accept it at first. I do believe that they are one of the few people in the entire world that truly and fully care about you. That is my opinion on going for a person for help, find someone you fully trust, do not go on a limb with someone you don’t know. Because it might hurt you later on more than it helps. 

What I did:

Though I may not have gone through what most people have gone too, but I have gone to difficult parts of my life filled with loneliness. I am just truly trying to help and not trying to get sympathy of course. Honestly for me, one of the best methods that helped me (though it may seem silly) is writing. I am a very shy person, so studying abroad and meeting new friends was a challenge. Something that really helped me was my notebook. I would literally write down everything. The act of letting it out on paper is the thing that helps the most. Just write whatever you feel and what comes into mind. You can also burn or tear the paper, its fine, the most important thing is to not bottle it up. That is the number one rule. Never bottle it up, because it will keep on filling up until it bursts. For my notebook I write down everything, events of the day, dreams, whats on my mind, and many more. I really hope this helps, that is all I want is to help anyone else. 

 

Final Request

This is paragraph is for everyone who came upon this. I hope everyone reads this. I am not one of those people who believe the world is a ray of sunshine and rainbows. I also don’t believe that it is all crap and cruel. I do however believe that we are the ones who control how it turns out. At the end of the day, we are all human, no matter of race, gender, religion, age, or whatever. Everyone is a human being, so please just be kind to people. Even if they aren’t to you, just treat people the way you want to be treated. Do not be prejudice as well, because same way as you don’t like it for you, don’t accept it for others. So yeah my final words, please feel better and I hope this helps one person 🙂

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Thank you for reading, I am sorry because this isn’t a normal movie post. Suggestions and feedback is always appreciated. 

 

Documentaries: A miss or a hit


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For me honestly, documentaries are one of my all time favorite things to ever watch. For many reasons of course. For me honestly, I love documentaries which bring out the emotions of true people, interesting and surprising real life stories, and finally showing us the side of life aspects that we don’t see.

 

How can you know a good from a bad documentary:

 

That’s just my opinion which usually differs to many people. The only difficult side is to know how to differ between a good or bad documentary.  Mostly people will document an interesting  story, because who would really make a movie on a story that isn’t worth it. It eventually comes to the commitment and way that it is decided to be documented as. The documentaries with super interesting and unique stories usually don’t do as much. The secret honestly is to know which aspects to hit with the questions and the story of that certain person. It is the power of the director to ask the question that people won’t usually dare to ask. This is how people usually make a seemingly uninteresting subject into a super fascinating one.

The best documentaries make you feel like you are there and experience it with them. So basically either a story so unique that it emerges on its own, or to go on a semi interesting topic and ask the right questions without forcing a single point.

 

Now for some of my favorite documentaries:

I haven’t really been watching the modern ones yet, so my range is a bit limited but here are some that you must try. 

 

Hoop Dreams (1994)

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One of the greatest stories I’ve ever witnessed and many people agree with that. What initially was intended to be a 30 minute short, ended up leading to 5 years of filming and 250 hours of footage. The level of intimacy and the filmmaker’s commitment to their lives made it into a piece of beautiful piece of art. Highly recommended. 

 

Crumb (1994)

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Honestly not only one of the most disturbing individuals I’ve ever seen, but his family is even freakier. Following the story of the controversial artist who literally draws what ever he wants. I have two warnings before you watch. If you don’t enjoy disturbing images or people do not watch this. Second, if you are sensitive towards women degradation  then do not watch it, because this man is a huge sexist. So yeah very disturbing individual.

 

Louis Theroux Documentaries (Varied)

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This is a bit controversial with most people, you either love it or hate it. Some people just say that his appeal is that he explores topics that aren’t usually explored. Well as I mentioned above that is a way to make a good documentary. What I love about him even though he doesn’t go for the out there questions, he comes along as a human like one of the viewers. He is asking as if he is the viewer from back afar. From real life nazi’s to the porn industry, Louis is certainly unique and I love his style.

 

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

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One of the biggest documentary Oscar snubs ever. Such an amazing story with amazing filming. It showed how one thing can turn your’e life around. A story of a wrongly accused person and the tale of how his life turned out like that. I can still hear the distinctive music every time I remember this movie.

 

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

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Honestly this was one of the biggest surprise for me on the list. Every other item on the list I actually wanted to watch for one reason or another. This was a movie I thought I wouldn’t be that interested. Honestly one of the best, funniest, and lightest (in a good way) documentaries I have seen. I have had a new appreciation to street art and you see the passion from the film itself. Really recommended for someone who doesn’t want to see something shocking or with intense emotion. Though it may not have the shock factor, it has great passion. 

 

Conclusion

Honestly as I mentioned documentaries are one of my favorite type of movies. It brings out the true emotions as sometimes is lost through acting. I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any suggestions for your favorite documentaries I would really love to hear your favorites!

 

Thank you for reading, suggestions and feedback is always appreciated.

Recently…


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Yes, recently I have had writers block. I can’t even review movies let alone normal posts. I have been trying everything. I usually just read blogs, think of ideas or just try to distract myself. But for the past month nothing has worked honestly. It is weird really, having writers block and I ended up writing about the thing that is not letting me write. Quite odd.

But anyway, if anyone has any ideas i’m dying to know. I’ve recently been also trying to start at writing a screenplay. It is not going so well, as the picture above I ended up with many crumbled up pieces of paper. I have just been trying to stretch out the countless ideas I have had. I’m hoping it will work out.

So yeah please help? 🙂

Thank you for reading, Suggestions and feedback is always appreciated.

1001 movies you must see before you die challenge


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   Well i decided to start something on this blog. Since I have been aiming to complete this book for the past year. I thought that it would be a good idea to review every movie I watch from the book. The format and length of the reviews is still unknown. Honestly I think I may just tackle subsections like, directing, acting, script, and give each one a score out of 10 without going into detail a lot. Then finally ending with my opinion and if you should watch it or not. I currently own this edition of the book which is limited to movies till 2009. 

 

   If anyone has any other idea for a review format for this series it would really be appreciated. As always feedback and suggestions is always appreciated.

Thank you for reading.

You haven’t seen a movie until you have seen it twice, truth?


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     I will start this post by saying that this of course varies from person to person and film to film. From my entire experiences with movies, I believe the statement is fully true. Before going in depth I should talk about what it feels like to watch a movie for the first time. For me a movie is  like a long tunnel, as you go through a dark tunnel you slowly know what you have passed. You can also look back and know what is behind you. The only problem is you don’t know what is ahead, once you do it creates a one time reaction to the tunnel. Although, if you go back to the beginning, you will have knowledge of the entire tunnel. This may have a better or worse feeling about going through the tunnel.

     For me I usually must watch a movie at least twice before judging or talking about it. If I enjoy it I might continue watching it more and more to focus on the details and subtle aspects of the movie. Even if it’s a movie you did not enjoy, watching it a few months or years after the first watch is very rewarding. It also gives you a better understanding of the movie. A personal example for me is with the movie “Goodfellas”. The first time I watched the movie was when my passion of movies had just begun. I didn’t really know a lot about movies then, so I did not really enjoy it. A year and a half later, I watched the movie again and loved it so much. I shouldn’t have judged it.

 

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       Now for the essence of the question, a person “hasn’t seen it” unless it’s twice? well That is true, in a sense. It is very hard to grasp a movie with the first run through. People would always miss many details, homages, set ups, and certain important dialogue. If for example you watch a movie filled with dialogue like The master, pulp fiction, or the godfather only one time, there is no way you will get the full picture and experience of the movie. Most films aren’t structured to be viewed one time. The characters, the dialogue and many more. Also judging a movie without even finishing it is one of the worst things a person can do. 

 

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Now what you should look out for when watching a movie for the second time:

– DIALOGUE!!!! (I cannot emphasize this enough), people don’t really pay attention to the dialogue as much as it needs… (might write a post about that)

– Character development

– Camera shots, and the blend of shots and music

– Details regarding relationships and plot

– Homages

 

In conclusion, a second viewing is essential to be able to get the full experience the movie deserves. 

Feedback and suggestions are always appreciated!

Thank you for reading.