Red Pill or Blue Pill? Choices in movies on DVD

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  1. Jamie Cole

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    Hey guys and gals...

    This is the best place I can think of to ask this question... I know you can help me.

    I'm editing together a package of clips for a church service on choices... when a character comes to a "fork in the road" so to speak where there's no going back and he or she has to decide right then and there. The ultimate we've come up with so far is the red pill or blue pill moment in "Matrix."

    Anyway, I knew you guys would be full of moments from your favorite movies. Classics, modern stuff, whatever... nothing is out of bounds (unless it's too vulgar or violent). It also has to be readily available on DVD, preferably from a major studio as we have some clearances on that stuff.

    Thanks a bundle!
     
  2. Ben Rockwell

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    You could use the scene from FotR when Gandalf tells Frodo that he must take the Ring to Mordor to destroy. That's a pretty powerful scene if you are looking for something to discuss making tough choices.
     
  3. Bill Williams

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    Two good ones I can come up with are both from Kevin Costner movies (sorry for the spoilers!):

    - In Field of Dreams Ray Kinsella is forced to decide between selling the farm to his banker brother-in-law or keeping the farm and baseball field and listening to his daughter and to Terence Mann. He then says, "I'm not signing."

    - In Dances With Wolves, when Lt. Dunbar is captured by U.S. forces, the emotional climax of the film comes when Dunbar chooses to follow the Sioux lifestyle he has come to know rather than sell out the Sioux to the U.S. military. He says in the Lakota tongue, "My name is Dances With Wolves. I have nothing to say to you. You are worth nothing to me."

    Those DVDs are good ones to use in your discussion.
     
  4. Matt Czyz

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    Superman: The Movie -- When he chooses to go after the missle headed towards Hackensack, NJ (instead of the one headed towards Lois) because he promised Ms. Teschmacher he would.

    Star Trek III: Kirk's decision to destroy the Enterprise to save his friends and himself from capture.

    Mallrats: Brodie stands up to The Guy From Fashionable Male (Ben Affleck) to reclaim Shannon Doherety.

    Armageddon: Bruce Willis pushes Ben Affleck back into the shuttle for his daughter's sake.

    2001: Dave, locked outside the Discovery, propels himself into a vacuum in the airlock in order to get back inside. The seconds leading up to it are damn tense.

    Can't Hardly Wait: Ethan Embry's choice to get on the train or stay with Jennifer Love Hewitt at the end. I love that movie.

    Back to the Future III: When Doc flies off with Mary Streenbergen instead of getting in the Delorian with Marty.

    Back to the Future II: When Marty jumps off the casino roof onto the roof of the Delorian to get away from Alternate 1982 Biff.

    The Princess Bride: When Wesley dives into the quicksand after Buttercup to save her. That took big brass ones.
     
  5. Brad Porter

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    A church service you say... then why not use the grail selection sequence in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It would seem appropriate.

    Brad
     
  6. Stephen_J_H

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    On the Lucasfilm tip... the scene in Star Wars
    when Luke Skywalker is battling with staying on Tattooine or going with Ben Kenobi, and Kenobi states, "You must do what you feel is right, of course."
    Or my personal favourite, in Labyrinth
    At the end, when Sarah must choose between getting her baby brother back, or remaining with Jareth in the Goblin City. In fact, this film is full of choices and is an interesting meditiation on temptation and sin.
     
  7. Josh Steinberg

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    There was a "Family Guy" episode (I forgot which one, but it's on DVD), where Lois and Brian are talking about how Peter always has a difficult time making choices, and it then cuts to a clip of Peter standing in a video store, moments before the store is to close. The sense is that he's been there for a while. We see that one video he's considering is "Ernest Goes To The Beach", which has some cover art of Ernest havig fun at the beach. Then we see the other video he's looking at: "Ernest Doesn't Go To The Beach" - the coverart for that one shows Ernest sitting in his living room watching TV.

    OK, maybe that's a bit trivial, but it made me laugh.
     
  8. Lev-S

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    Any scene in Equilibrium.
     
  9. KyleK

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    Stupid question: how exactly are you doing this? Aren't DVDs copy-protected?

    Kyle[​IMG]
     
  10. Neil Joseph

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    I can't believe this was not already mentioned...

    In Cast Away
    At the end when he has the choice of driving one way or another
     
  11. m.cellophane

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    Sophie's Choice - the "choice" scene

    The Bridges of Madison County
    The scene in which Meryl Streep decides at an intersection whether to jump out of the car and run away with Clint Eastwood or stay in the car and remain with her husband.


    The Good Girl
    Another intersection scene where Jennifer Aniston has to decide which direction to turn. One way leads to her lover who's waiting in a motel for her. The other way leads to her dead-end life with her boring job and husband.
     
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    A Simple Plan (I don't think this is a spoiler as it's the core plot to the film but to be nice):

    Deciding if they should take the found money or not


    -paul
     
  13. Bryan Tuck

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    And although it's in a different scene, Gandalf's line, "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you," would make a great voiceover if you wanted to do a montage.
     
  14. Jamie Cole

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    Keep 'em coming...

    Of course DVDs are copy-protected. But there is all manner of professional video equipment that allows you to capture video. You can also get permission from studios to use the video as a promotional tool for their film. It's how all the TV shows and such use clips from movies... same thing here. Our church is on TV and we have some clearances. That's why I'm asking for major studio stuff.

    Sometimes they'll even send you screeners, hence the big controversy with the Academy Awards this year. Screeners are way too easy to "rip" illegally.

    Anyway, some good suggestions so far... anybody got more?
     
  15. Mark_vdH

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    City of God:
    The gang leader letting the kids decide if they want to be shot in the foot, or in the hand. Following that, he lets a wannabe member decide which kid to kill

    Dirty Harry:
    "I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?"

    Although maybe not a true choice, maybe a "shot" (or a miss) of the russian roulette scene from The Deer Hunter will deliver a good/bad choice message.

    The choice of Robert De Niro at the end of Heat is also pretty strong, but I think it may not do well in a compilation - it's been built up well in the film.

    And of course any movie with a bomb, a timer, and wires in two different colors will do.... [​IMG]
     
  16. Enrique B Chamorro

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    Some movies that center on what life would be like
    if the characters would have taken a different path.

    It's A Wonderful Life
    Sliding Doors
    Family Man
     

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