10-10-1(0) Challenge

Over on Instagram, I was nominated to take part in the 10-10-10 challenge, but I’m a cheat so I’m doing it as 10-10-1.
10 awesome scenes from 10 favourite films over 1 day.
y’all know I’m a sucker for these things and I’ve done similar recently but I’ve chosen films not previously featured in my lists. films and specific scenes which have actually affected me whilst watching, and given me long lasting memories.
I’ve put them in chronological order (I think)

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Poltergeist (1982)
I remember one Christmas in the late 80s. I should have been in bed but I couldn’t sleep. Sneaking out of my room in I sat on the stairs and saw through the windows of the living room door, that my parents and grandparents were watching something on TV. It caught my attention and I sat there in darkness, watching in silence, until one particular staircase scene. They heard me yelp over the film.

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Beauty & the Beast (1991)
My mum was taking myself and my best friend to the cinema to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We had just missed the screening and this was starting shortly. Begrudgingly we two 11 year old boys trudged in, little did we know that it would become one of our favourite films of all time.

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Jurassic Park (1993)
It was a Thursday night, the day before I was due to break up for Summer holiday. I had always been obsessed with dinosaurs, (aren’t most children,) so when Jurassic Park was coming out, my dad was sure to take me. We caught a screening around 9pm (quite the treat for this tubby 11 year old) and it was the most awe inspiring, spine chilling, resonating still with me to this day, cinema experience. I remember the roar of the T-rex making my Adam’s apple shudder. I watched through wide eyed wonder, never thinking I’d see anything like that.

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
My granddad never liked going to the cinema, it was far too noisy for him. I was the little movie nerd so I used to go with my nan all of the time. We’d chill out in town (Liverpool) then go to the Odeon at the bottom of London Road. I saw so many films with nan, from Street Fighter to Tarzan. Deep Blue See to Naked Gun 33 1/3. Saving Private Ryan Β though… wow. We were both speechless when it finished. Glassy eyed, I remember nan managing to finally say “wow.”

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LA Confidential (1998)
I never got to see this at the cinema, but it was at this time I was finding my feet as a film fan. I was studying Media Studies at college and discovering a new identity. Ever the nerd, and avid in collecting, general fandom. This film set me down a path of reading James Ellroy and on to Elmore Leonard. Not being able to tear my eyes away from the TV when watching, and watching it a lot, I did. Completely immersive thanks to stunning cinematography and attention to detail. A true cinematic joy.

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A Bittersweet Life (2005)
2006, a difficult moment in my life. I found myself starting from scratch. Barely any belongings and back home. Cinema, as for many others, was an escape from overwhelming reality. Korean cinema was about in a big way thanks to 2003’s Oldboy, but this flew pretty much under the radar. I will never regret blindly buying this. I will always recommend it. A modern masterpiece.

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Away We Go (2008)
I first watched this on a flight home from Las Vegas. It was 2nd January 2010. In the middle of 3 seats, between 2 strangers, tears cascading down my cheeks. One of few films from within the past 10 years that has managed to sneak into my all time top ten. Beautiful on all fronts. A true joy of a film.
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Toy Story 3 (2010)
Not much needs to be said about this, other than it being the film that made it clear it’s ok to express your emotions in the cinema. 29 years old and openly crying at the incinerator scene.
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Avengers (2012)
Not my favourite of the MCU films, (it’s up there though) but like Jurassic Park, one of the most exciting and awe inspiring cinema visits I’ve ever had.
I remember when the helicarrier began it’s take-off. I turned to my friend and said “I want to have Joss Whedon’s ginger babies”
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
I was scared. Blade Runner is one of my favourite films of all time. I was confident,Β Villeneuve had a brilliant track record coming in to this. I was apprehensive, the cinema was deserted.
What followed had me in tears down to it’s sheer beauty. I couldn’t have asked for a better sequel to a film I love. This will crash my top ten eventually. It will stand the test of time. A true Joi.

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