Friday, March 15, 2013

Amazing Uses for Ordinary Objects (in movies)

The best use of....
  • an umbrella: (#1)
    In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Indiana and Henry Jones are being attacked by a Nazi fighter pilot.  Seeing some birds on the beach, Henry uses an umbrella to intentionally startle the birds into flight, causing the airplane to crash a la "Miracle on the Hudson."
  • an umbrella: (#2)
    A man protecting his cello from the rain while getting wet himself.
    While doing research for this article I learned that the photograph was staged.  How disappointing.  But it's still a great image.
  • a bicycle:
    That scene in "The Transporter" where Jason Statham pours grease all over himself and then uses sharp bicycle pedals for traction.
    (The good part starts at 3:07.)
  • a "Speak and Spell":
    Used by ET to "phone home."
  • a book:
    In "The Relic" (trailer), someone uses a really thick textbook to squash a monster-sized bug.  I know that telling people not to use e-readers is like asking the tide not to come in, but seriously, what are you going to do if you get attacked by an insect the size of a watermelon and all you have to defend yourself with is a Kindle?
  • the Bible:
    "The Shawshank Redemption"
    If you've seen the movie you know exactly what I mean, and if you haven't seen the movie I'm not telling....
  • a cellphone:
    In "Jurassic Park 3," the characters have to reach into a pile of manure to answer a cell phone.  (At least I think it was #3 in the series...)  (A related scene.)
  • a passport:
    Movie: "Sneakers"
    Scene: Liz says, slowly and seductively, "I would really like to hear you say the word 'passport.' "
Have some suggestions for this list?  Post a comment.

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