Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Movie Meme - Battle Ax

On my third and final week taking over the hosting duties of the Monday Movie Meme from the Bumbles, I allowed my husband to contribute to the theme.  It shouldn't come as any surprise then that this week, it is all about epic battle scenes.  We're not talking about a skirmish, or a fist fight.  But knock-down, drag-out, testosterone-filled armies bent on destroying each other.  These are the movies that make you want to beat your chest, scream, smear war paint on your face and grab the nearest weapon.  (Really?  You never feel like that?) 

1.  Braveheart - Of course.  Best battle scene of all time.

2.  Star Wars - After much passionate discussion over the dinner table, my family agreed that we best loved the Battle of Hoth, with all those Imperial Walkers crashing and burning.  Not to devalue light saber duels, with various limbs being severed, of course.

3.  Lord of the Rings:  The Twin Towers - There was no doubt in our minds that the Battle for Helms Deep was the best of the series.  All those flying orc heads, all those arrows, and the enormity of just a few brave men against thousands of murderous creatures.  I was almost ill from the intensity.

4.  Kill Bill - The battle between The Bride and the Crazy 88's, you know the one, absolutely must go on this list just to prove that you don't have to have testosterone coursing through your body to kick ass.  In this scene, when Uma sports a killer skin-tight yellow jump suit, she is outnumbered by about a hundred men wielding sabers, but she takes them all down without breaking a sweat. I really love that scene.  I read somewhere that Tarantino's original version was too much for the MPAA and they made him add some black and white to this scene to tone down all the blood. 

OK, so are we in tune with our inner Battle Ax?  Which scenes are your favorites?
   
   

13 comments:

C.B. James said...

I'll nominate the beach landing in Apocolpyse Now. The Wagner in the helicopters, the surfing under fire, the smell of napalm in the morning.

I also like the final dog fight in Wings. It's a silent movie from 1928 but it's still the best dogfight ever filmed and the inspiration for the last sequence in Star Wars.

Bybee said...

I like the sword fight at the end of Rob Roy.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

one word...Gladiator...

Lord of the Rings had a difficult to watch fight scene in it too where those horrible looking goblin people were trying to kill everyone...shivers

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I feel like that when I'm driving. We need a good road rage movie in there!

Alice Teh said...

Oh for once I've watched ALL the movies listed here. HURRAH!!!

boliyou (I {heart} Rhody) said...

Great picks! Thanks for hosting..

I put my picks up here: http://www.endomental.com/2011/06/monday-movie-meme.html

Zibilee said...

I totally agree with your choice of Lord of the Rings, and would have to add The 300 as well. I don't often watch many movies that feature huge battle scenes, but I think you have picked the best of the bunch.

Frances said...

Gladiator. Saw it when I was pregnant with my son and was so violent that I felt sick as I cannot stomach violence when pregnant. But have no problem with it otherwise. And think it fits the bill here today.

caite said...

I am not a huge battle fan but Braveheart...love that movie.
Oh Mel, what the hell happen to my Mel?

Nicole said...

Can you believe this...I never watched any of those Star Wars movies!

I second your picks of Braveheart, Lord of the Rings and Kill Bill though :)

I just watched Braveheart for the first time maybe 2 or 3 years ago. Mel Gibson gave a great performance in that movie.

I only picked two movies for this week's meme...had to get something up quick and they were the only battle based ones that came to mind, as I figure that most people would likely list Lord of the Rings, so that one was out of the question for me, lol.

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Kathleen said...

I definitely agree with Braveheart and The Twin Towers. Sad to say I have never seen Kill Bill!

The Bumbles said...

Since it was impossible for me to have copied your post I am blown away by how perfectly our selections matched each other - not just in the movies but in the specific battle options selected!

stacybuckeye said...

I had your last 2 on my own list and almost added Braveheart. You've done a great job guest hosting!