1/02/2013


While some films make you laugh, cry or yawn, others make you cheer in triumph. These are the greatest films that made us get up and cheer in the cinema.

You know that feeling you get when you're in a movie theater and the crowd roars in a cheer? There's something about watching a movie in a theater that just makes the experience more special. From giant leaps to crashing falls these movie scenes made us feel like celebrating.

7. Hulk Takes Out Loki
"So, that's why Hulk always wins at Scrabble..."
What Happened
In Avengers (2012) Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is yelling at the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and giving one of his superiority speeches. "Enough!" He yells. "You are, all of you are beneath me! I am a god, you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by..." Just then, Hulk grabs him by the leg and smashes him into ground several times.

Why We Cheered
First of all, it was totally unexpected. Second, it was funny watching the guy flying around like a rag doll. Third, we love the Hulk. He's awesome. If it had been Lindsey Lohan we would have laughed, but not that hard.
Watch it here

6. Ripley Power Loads Alien Queen
"Trust me lady. If someone offers you a breath mint, accept it."
What Happened
In the movie Aliens (1986) the Alien Queen corners young Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden (Carrie Henn). Just when we thought all was lost, the camera pans around and we see Ripley in the Power Loader. She says, "Get away from her you b***h! Then, uses the machine to fight the Queen and saves Newt.

Why We Cheered
Up till that point the Alien Queen seemed unstoppable and poor Newt was helpless. But with those six words we saw hope. It was in that moment we knew that Ripley is the toughest woman in the universe and little Newt would be safe. It was named as one of AMC's "Greatest Monster Movie Smackdowns."

5. Superman Brings Zod To His Knees
"Your hands are so soft. Do you use Palmolive?"
What Happened
In the movie Superman II (1980) Superman (Christopher Reeve) gives up his powers for Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). Meanwhile, a trio of Kryptonians take over the world. He gets his powers back, but they corner him in the Fortress of Solitude. They force him in the chamber to make him lose his powers again. Superman sadly steps out of the chamber and General Zod (Terrance Stamp) tells him to kneel. He gets on one knee. Superman takes the General's hand...and crushes it. He had reversed the device, so it took away their powers. In a few minutes Zod, Ursa and Nod are gone.

Why We Cheered
Superman is selfless and is willing to do anything to save those he loves. It seems like he gave up everything, but he outsmarted Zod and Lex Luthor. Superman saves the day. Besides, General Zod is a jerk. Not in a Kanye West way, but still a jerk.
Watch it here

4. Worf Takes Down the Borg
"It's probably a bad time to mention this. But I'm scared of heights..."
What Happened
In the movie Star Trek: First Contact (1996) the Enterprise has been overrun by the Borg. They take over most of the ship and are building something on the deflector dish. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), Worf (Michael Dorn) and a "Red Shirt" (Neal McDonough) head out to stop them. The Borg carry off Worf and the Red Shirt, leaving Picard to stop them by himself. Red Shirt comes back as a Borg and looms over him. Just when it looks like Picard will be assimilated, Worf shoots the Borg. Worf appears with a Borg arm tying off his suit and a phaser rifle in his hand. That Starfleet first aid training paid off. As the disk floats away with the Borg he says, "Assimilate this!" and blows the Borg away.

Why We Cheered
Worf is one of Star Trek's most popular characters and seeing him die at the hand of the Borg was heart-wrenching. Seeing him still alive is enough for a cheer, but to see him using the Borg to save his life and then use their signature line on them brought down the house.
Watch it here

3. Bruce Wayne's Leap of Faith
"Please send razor blades! Three months without shaving has left me with this HUGE beard!"
What Happened
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) has some uplifting scenes. One stands out though. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is in a prison known as "the Pit." Bane (Tom Hardy) tells him many have died climbing out of a huge hole at the top. It's clear that the climb to a ledge and jump across the chasm was a sure way to die. Even with a rope wrapped around their waist, they get smashed against the stone wall. Bruce tries and fails. Finally, a fellow prisoner tells him to try again...without the rope. It's crazy, but Bruce is desperate. He climbs to the ledge with the prisoners chanting below. The music swells. Flashbacks of his childhood play across the screen. He jumps. We hold our breath. He makes it. We cheer. The prisoners cheer and he makes his way back to Gotham City.

Why We Cheered
Bruce Wayne's fate seemed sealed. He was trapped at the bottom of a pit. We'd watched someone die trying to do it and already watched him fail twice. The idea of giving it all for one last attempt made our hearts stop. Jumping without the rope seemed like suicide. Plus, Hans Zimmer's music is masterful.
Watch it Here

2. Neo Knows His Name
At that moment, Neo learned the truth. He was a lousy shot.
What Happened
In The Matrix (1990), a hacker named Thomas "Neo" Anderson (Keanu Reeves) was a mild-mannered guy being chased by the invincible Agents. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has beaten Anderson and is holding him in the path of speeding subway train. Agent Smith says, "You hear that Mr. Anderson?... That is the sound of inevitability... It is the sound of your death... Goodbye, Mr. Anderson." Neo responds, "My name... is Neo!" and jumps high enough to take out the agent and leave him in the path of the oncoming train.

Why We Cheered
Neo finally accepted his fate and, more importantly, proved once and for all that the Agents can be beaten. This scene is a turning point in his journey.
Watch it here

1. E.T. Jumps Over the Moon
"I still say your Grandma should have stayed home Elliott!"
What Happened
In E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Elliott (Henry Thomas) is riding through the woods to save his friend E.T. He tries his best, but can't make it through the rough terrain. Since 10-speeds don't come with four-wheel drive, he says they should turn back. Just then, E.T. uses his powers to fly them through the sky, over the moon, across the forest and to safety.

Why We Cheered
There's a reason Spielberg made the image of E.T. and Elliott flying the symbol of his American film and television production company Amblin Entertainment. It raises our hearts and fills our soul.
Watch it: here

Is there a scene in a movie that made you cheer or feel like cheering?


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21 comments:

Maurice Mitchell said...

Remember the cheers and hollars during Aliens! Awesome scene. Heck, awesome movie - still my favorite.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great scenes! I'd actually seen all of them! I don't think I'd ever laughed so hard as when the Hulk took out Loki. All the others were great and classic too. Another one I remember was in Fellowship of the Ring when Aragorn took the head of the main Urukai--Lurtz, wasn't it? He thought himself such an awesome bad guy but, while Aragorn definitely broke a sweat, Lurtz was just another bad guy to him. I remember cheers in the theater when his head rolled. :D Fun post!

Maurice Mitchell said...

A couple I would have cheered for: in "Independence Day" when Randy Quaid flies his Hornet up the alien ship to destroy it. In "Star Trek VI" when they finally expose the cloaked Klingon ship and the Enterprise and Excelsior start whaling on it with torpedoes. Also "Star Trek II" when the Enterprise and Reliant are in the nebula and the Enterprise finally gets the jump on Khan and starts firing. (Or basically anytime in those movies when Kirk starts saying "Fire!") In "Batman Begins" when he takes out the goons at the docks and then grabs the mob boss from the car and says "I'm Batman!" which I especially wanted to cheer for because when Clooney said it in "Batman and Robin" I thought, "The hell you are!" but with Christian Bale you could really believe he was Batman.

Maurice Mitchell said...

What a fun post! I like the ones you chose, and Pat is totally right about Independence Day. Aliens scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and I still don't really like it that much. What about when the Death Star blows up? That's pretty cheer worthy. Personally, I also get a big kick out of Tony Stark's testimony at the Senate hearing in Iron Man 2. Very cheer worthy.

Maurice Mitchell said...

agreed this post was... cheer producing too... great! i think many of the scenes in the avengers film still brings me the cheering... i can tell you which ones, if you ask nice... also makes me cheer is the last roll credit of the twilight series... more of a thank you... it's over!!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Neal McDonough was the greatest red shirt ever! I became a fan instantly. Was very sad to see him die.


Also, "Assimilate this." I loved hearing my friend's description of First Contact before I had a chance to see it. And then I saw it several times. And then the very cool theater I saw it at closed.

Maurice Mitchell said...

You should have included when the Millenium Falcon shifts into hyperdrive in Star Wars--A New Hope to get away from the star destroyers when they first leave Tatooine.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great scenes all! And Pat adds some equally terrific ones! I'm cheering this post!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Glad you like it Craig!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Good call Jabba. That was a tense scene. Thanks for adding to the list!

Maurice Mitchell said...

What?! I hate when theaters get closed. Especially the cool ones Tony.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Share Jeremy! Share!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great suggestions Jessica. The Death Star was definitely a cheerworthy moment! Stark is always fun.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Pat, everyone agrees you have some awesome suggestions! So I'll add yours to the honorable mention list. I wish I'd thought of Khan.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Liesel, the best part of the Hulk scene is the audience was so loud I couldn't hear anything for five minutes. Totally missed the "puny god" line. Glad you enjoyed it!

Maurice Mitchell said...

That scene was bananas Alex! I watch it whenever it's on TV.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I loved #1. I'm familiar with a few other scenes. I need to watch or rewatch these movies.

Maurice Mitchell said...

01. Black Widow gets call...
02. Captain asked to sign cards...
03. Iron Man flies in taking over the intercom...
04. Iron Man's quotes "Reindeer Games", "Point Break" and "Bunch Up Legolas"...
05. Loki... voice after Hulk Smashes...
06. Hulk saves Iron Man from crash...
07. Captain takes Hammer from Thor in first encounter...
08. Coleson shoots gun into Loki...
09. Captain tells Hulk to SMASH...
10. Hulk jumps ride on plane...


I am a nerd for this film, these may not be screamers for you and I didn't get the screams out until the second time I had seen it...

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great list Jeremy!

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Ellieinto said...

No Han Solo saving Luke's bacon at the end of Star Wars?? You are unworthy to b called geeks.

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