Sunday, February 03, 2008

Great Scene, Lousy Movie

So, here's a thought - even the worst movies can have a glimmer of brilliance at their core. Sometimes a single moment in a film can become so memorable that the rest of the picture is forgiven for its shortcomings. Opinions abound, but my pick, to start this thread, is the much heralded Five Easy Pieces. I love Jack Nicholson. He's got an unmistakable delivery and an incredibly expressive face. But in this film, there isn't much story to give him room to shine (of course, I feel the same about his other outings around this time, like Carnal Knowledge and The Last Detail). Then comes this little nugget, and the rest is history...

You can almost feel the role of Randle McMurphy presaged here. Perfect.