This morning, on the way to work, I nearly had an accident when an oncoming car swerved into and out of my lane. It was one of those moments that leaves you pissed, gasping, and trying to get your sphincter to unclench. And, oddly, the first thing I thought of was a scene from a movie I saw last year which left me feeling the exact same way. So, without any further ado, my belated, only year-in-retrospect list for last year:
1. The scene that I was reminded of this morning was the car crash scene with Chris Cooper in Adaptation. Basically it’s shot from a perspective of viewing into the car from outside the driver’s side as it is backing out of a driveway with the view of oncoming traffic blocked by a truck. As soon as the truck is cleared, we see the front of the oncoming car and SMASH. It was so unexpected it caused me to sieze up when I first saw it. (Additionally, there is a crash scene later in the film where Nicholas Cage exits the vehicle headfirst through the windshield which is also pretty harsh.)
2. The whole deal with Buck in Kill Bill had me squirming in my seat. Maybe it’s just me.
3. Kathy Bates hottub scene in About Schmidt. Do I really need to explain? It’s like seeing your mom naked.
Please feel free to add your own.