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2012-01-21 05:10:06 AM
Ok, maybe I didnt quite understand the concept; but how did the hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-avoid-nuclear-explosion from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull not make the list?
 
2012-01-21 06:00:18 AM
IMHO, the opening sequence of "GoldenEye" outdoes any other Bond movie intro.
 
2012-01-21 06:04:15 AM

Frederick: Ok, maybe I didnt quite understand the concept; but how did the hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-avoid-nuclear-explosion from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull not make the list?


I wouldn't really call that a stunt, at least not compared to the others on the article's list.
 
2012-01-21 06:49:51 AM
I'd give a pass to Bond and A-Team. those scenes are over the top on purpose.
 
2012-01-21 07:13:23 AM
Well, to be fair SUBBY, that stunt your mom pulled with the whole let's-get-in-the-kitchen-and-see-what-fits thing she did with the cast of Game of Thrones WAS pretty spectacular. I'm just sayin'.

/Pretty sure THAT video violated SOPA like it was your mom.

//I keed! Yay Saturday!

///No moms were harmed in the typing of this post
 
2012-01-21 09:00:49 AM
GoldenEye was bad ass. Made for some cool video games too.
 
2012-01-21 09:10:39 AM
Doesn't Jackie Chan actually do his stunts?

Wouldn't that make it plausible if it actually happened?
 
2012-01-21 09:18:58 AM

Frederick: Ok, maybe I didnt quite understand the concept; but how did the hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-avoid-nuclear-explosion from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull not make the list?


We already had this thread this week.
 
2012-01-21 09:21:16 AM

Frederick: Ok, maybe I didnt quite understand the concept; but how did the hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-avoid-nuclear-explosion from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull not make the list?


Because it was just the sort of over-the-top comic-book exploit you'd expect from the opening scenes of an Indiana Jones movie, so it added to the enjoyment of a silly but fun movie?
 
2012-01-21 09:27:29 AM
Absent from the list:

How most of the passengers survived the plane crash in "Transporter 2".
 
2012-01-21 09:31:17 AM
The one from A Team is plausible because they actually air drop tanks. I agree on the Jackie Chan scene, if he really did it then it is plausible.
 
2012-01-21 09:42:29 AM
part of what separates good action movies from bad ones is how they handle the ridiculous stunts. they can't just show the stunt and call it a day, they have to make you believe in the stunt. you have to have faith in the characters and you have to want that stunt to be real. it's gotta be implausible (because that's what makes it exciting) but the characters have to believe it was impossible.

hence, the bus jump in the movie speed works, because it is such a great movie with strong characters, and you want those characters to survive, even though they think they're going to die. same with the roof jump in the movie die hard; bruce willis thinks he's going to die, but the audience likes him so much that they want him to do the impossible. some of the more outrageous stunts in the mission impossible movies work as well, because tom cruise doesn't make it look easy, he really makes the audience believe in his character.

it's also why movies like the a-team and the transporter films aren't good movies. they're fun and entertaining, sure, but the stunts are too over the top and we don't actually have faith in the characters. the falling tank scene in a-team was absurd and the characters didn't even seemed fazed by it, they just went along for the ride. and jason statham acts as if he planned all those idiotic stunts in the transporter movies, which we know would never work like that. most of the stunts in the resident evil movies are like that too because the characters are so flat and uninteresting, the stunts never engage us.
 
2012-01-21 09:47:02 AM

RobertBruce: I'd give a pass to Bond and A-Team. those scenes are over the top on purpose.


Ditto for Transporter 2. IIRC that scene in particular was Eberts favorite in the movie(which he gave a very positive review of).
 
2012-01-21 09:57:01 AM

Frederick: Ok, maybe I didnt quite understand the concept; but how did the hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-avoid-nuclear-explosion from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull not make the list?


At least exiting a flying plane in an inflatable raft is more plausible than the refrigerator nuclear blast ride. But I agree, that even though it was a 1 man escape scene, it is still a stunt and should always be #1 since it #2'ed on the audience.
 
2012-01-21 10:15:00 AM
No bruce willis on the wing of an F35?
 
2012-01-21 10:44:38 AM

DemoKnite: No bruce willis on the wing of an F35?


Yippie Kay Yay MotherFather
 
2012-01-21 10:50:03 AM

drewsclues: Frederick: Ok, maybe I didnt quite understand the concept; but how did the hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-avoid-nuclear-explosion from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull not make the list?

We already had this thread this week.

 
2012-01-21 10:55:48 AM
Safe to assume this list is referring to U.S. films only, because if we included India, this would be a very different list.
 
2012-01-21 11:03:23 AM
Came for the corkscrew jump from The Man with the Golden Gun, left unhappy.
 
2012-01-21 11:06:08 AM

ShamWowofDamocles: Safe to assume this list is referring to U.S. films only, because if we included India, this would be a very different list.


You don't say? Link (new window)
 
2012-01-21 11:19:05 AM
I love the Commando stunt. Arnold falls 500 feet from an airplane and it doesn't even slow him down.

The plane scene from Eraser is equally implausible, I would say.


Hilarity_N_Sues: Came for the corkscrew jump from The Man with the Golden Gun, left unhappy.

Which would have been the greatest thing ever if it were accompanied by the James Bond theme instead of THAT INFERNAL SLIDE WHISTLE


DemoKnite: No bruce willis on the wing of an F35?

I'm surprised that the article DIDN'T go with stuff from the Die Hard movies.
 
2012-01-21 11:22:35 AM

scottydoesntknow: Yippie Kay Yay MotherFather


Yippie Kay Yay Mr. Falcon (new window)
 
2012-01-21 11:26:38 AM
dougfm: scottydoesntknow: Yippie Kay Yay MotherFather

Yippie Kay Yay Mr. Falcon (new window)


All the edits for the TV broadcast of Die Hard 2.

And they are HIGH-LARRY-OUS.
 
2012-01-21 11:30:28 AM
If you are putting crazy, over the top action in the list, then this once stunt is curiously absent from the list.

Red car scene (new window)

/loved the movie
 
2012-01-21 11:30:53 AM

Hilarity_N_Sues: Came for the corkscrew jump from The Man with the Golden Gun, left unhappy.


That stunt was not only plausible, but involved no special effects whatsoever. Pure stunt work at its finest.

Using a slide whistle during the stunt was uncalled for, however.
 
2012-01-21 11:30:57 AM
Speaking of Ahnuld's amazing abilities to exit a plane, I much prefer this one (new window).
 
2012-01-21 11:36:14 AM
The plane bit from "Commando" was nice. But I always thought it was pretty amazing when Arnold and Rae Dawn Chong hit the tree head on, at full speed, in that little car, wearing no seatbelts, no driver seat at all for Rae Dawn, and they still are able to remain seated without ejecting through the windshield! And instantly, Arnold asks her "Are you alright?". Not even an "Ouch". That's the shiat , right there.
 
2012-01-21 11:48:01 AM

Frederick: Ok, maybe I didnt quite understand the concept; but how did the hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-avoid-nuclear-explosion from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull not make the list?


================

This

I thought for sure it would be on the list

/I jump off of cliffs and dams into free falling planes all the time, so those don't belong on the list.
 
2012-01-21 11:49:23 AM
Mission Impossible 2???

What about the final fight scene in the first Mission Impossible...

Not only is a helicopter somehow flying down a tunnel tethered to a Speed Train.

But Tom Cruise's character somehow gets the bad guy flying the copter by blowing it up.

Then escapes death by being launched by the explosion (within the tunnel)
to safely land on the sloped window of the Speed Train moving away at serious speed

Only for the Train to stop instantly and prevent being impaled by the last broken copter blade.

/of course, it was all planned and intentionally executed by Ethan Hunt...brilliant.
 
2012-01-21 11:49:59 AM

3StratMan: The plane bit from "Commando" was nice. But I always thought it was pretty amazing when Arnold and Rae Dawn Chong hit the tree head on, at full speed, in that little car, wearing no seatbelts, no driver seat at all for Rae Dawn, and they still are able to remain seated without ejecting through the windshield! And instantly, Arnold asks her "Are you alright?". Not even an "Ouch". That's the shiat , right there.


Hey 3Stratman, remember when I said I'd kill you last? I lied.
 
2012-01-21 11:55:40 AM

rogue49: Mission Impossible 2???

What about the final fight scene in the first Mission Impossible...

Not only is a helicopter somehow flying down a tunnel tethered to a Speed Train.

But Tom Cruise's character somehow gets the bad guy flying the copter by blowing it up.

Then escapes death by being launched by the explosion (within the tunnel)
to safely land on the sloped window of the Speed Train moving away at serious speed

Only for the Train to stop instantly and prevent being impaled by the last broken copter blade.

/of course, it was all planned and intentionally executed by Ethan Hunt...brilliant.


I think the most implausible stunt in all the MI movies is how they make Tom Cruise the same height as the other actors/actresses
 
2012-01-21 11:56:45 AM

rogue49: Mission Impossible 2???

What about the final fight scene in the first Mission Impossible...

Not only is a helicopter somehow flying down a tunnel tethered to a Speed Train.

But Tom Cruise's character somehow gets the bad guy flying the copter by blowing it up.

Then escapes death by being launched by the explosion (within the tunnel)
to safely land on the sloped window of the Speed Train moving away at serious speed

Only for the Train to stop instantly and prevent being impaled by the last broken copter blade.

/of course, it was all planned and intentionally executed by Ethan Hunt...brilliant.


I don't care how ridiculous and unrealistic that scene was, it was farking awesome.

"RED LIGHT! GREEN LIGHT!"
 
2012-01-21 12:00:35 PM
List fails without Machete's rappelling scene.
 
2012-01-21 12:07:54 PM
Any of you see that terrifying pile of liquid rhino shiat called Torque?

The final scene at least needs an honorable mention.

Guy 1 takes off on a modified Harley capable of speeds in excess of 200 m.p.h. (at least that is what they tell us). And by "takes off on" I mean he goes from zero-to-100+ in a 2 or 3 seconds and starts driving through downtown Los Angeles at ludicrous (heh, I made a Spaceballs reference) speed weaving through cars.

Guy 2 - who needs the sprocket off the Harley to prove he isn't a murderer - takes off after him on a Y2k (a turbine-powered motorcycle) also cracking the 200 m.p.h. barrier. We know he's going fast because the wake turbulence caused by his bike is sufficient to shatter car windows, tear off clothing from women and cause parking meters to explode. No part of that previous sentence is hyperbole on my part.

So they are weaving through heavy city traffic at 200 m.p.h. and Harley guy manages to face backwards and shoot a pistol round into the fuel tank of the Y2K. It starts leaking a trail of fuel (a la Die Hard 2) as the chase continues. The fuel trail ignites and is capable of burn rates in excess of 200 m.p.h. as it quickly catches up to the Y2K.

What to do? What to do?

Fortunately for Y2K guy, some flat-bed truck has conveniently parked on the street with its ramp fully tilted. He hits it, launches into the air and lands on top of Harley guy just as both bikes explode in a giant fireball and start sliding in a tangled, molten mass down the busy LA street. Y2K guy is sort of surfing this whole motorcycle explosion, still traveling at over 100 m.p.h, while trying to yank the Harley sprocket free. At the last possible moment, the motorcycles explode again, throwing Y2K hundreds of feet away. He lands in the street and almost gets crushed by an oncoming bus. Almost. Oh yeah...he also has the Harley sprocket in his hand.

Did I mention that neither rider was wearing a helmet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniqE8Yi4ss (new window)
 
2012-01-21 12:11:12 PM

Shotgun Justice: Doesn't Jackie Chan actually do his stunts?

Wouldn't that make it plausible if it actually happened?


There is no one inside the Zorb when it goes down the cliff. Jackie is inside of it while its rolling down the hills and over the small cliffs, but its empty when it drops down the face of the 800 foot tall monster cliff. And you can see the Zorb pop and deflate after falling about 400 feet, then it cuts to Jackie in the Zorb rolling out from behind some trees.

If it were plausible for someone to ride a Zorb down a sheer cliff face for hundreds of feet, we'd have close ups of Jackie inside it as it went down the cliff. He's not inside it because anyone inside that thing when they droped if off the cliff is 100% dead.
 
2012-01-21 12:43:59 PM
FTA
Those Zorb balls look like fun. We like the way in which Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne utilises one to kick off his band's celebratory gigs

I like the way Peter Goddamned Gabriel doesn't get credit for doing the same thing years before.
 
2012-01-21 12:44:37 PM
When I saw Goldeneye in the theater, about half of the crowd laughed during the plane jump scene. It was that ridiculous. Rest of it was pretty good, though. It was good when he was James Bond and not Charles Bronson.
 
2012-01-21 12:56:55 PM
I see we're still suffering from Mods who'll green light anything that merely mentions SOPA.
 
2012-01-21 12:58:27 PM
Blues Brothers car jump didn't make the list?
 
2012-01-21 01:16:57 PM
Nothing from Transformers on how, for a second or so, it actually seemed like Megan Fox wanted to bang Shia LeBouef?
 
2012-01-21 01:20:23 PM

ShamWowofDamocles: Any of you see that terrifying pile of liquid rhino shiat called Torque?

The final scene at least needs an honorable mention.

Guy 1 takes off on a modified Harley capable of speeds in excess of 200 m.p.h. (at least that is what they tell us). And by "takes off on" I mean he goes from zero-to-100+ in a 2 or 3 seconds and starts driving through downtown Los Angeles at ludicrous (heh, I made a Spaceballs reference) speed weaving through cars.

Guy 2 - who needs the sprocket off the Harley to prove he isn't a murderer - takes off after him on a Y2k (a turbine-powered motorcycle) also cracking the 200 m.p.h. barrier. We know he's going fast because the wake turbulence caused by his bike is sufficient to shatter car windows, tear off clothing from women and cause parking meters to explode. No part of that previous sentence is hyperbole on my part.

So they are weaving through heavy city traffic at 200 m.p.h. and Harley guy manages to face backwards and shoot a pistol round into the fuel tank of the Y2K. It starts leaking a trail of fuel (a la Die Hard 2) as the chase continues. The fuel trail ignites and is capable of burn rates in excess of 200 m.p.h. as it quickly catches up to the Y2K.

What to do? What to do?

Fortunately for Y2K guy, some flat-bed truck has conveniently parked on the street with its ramp fully tilted. He hits it, launches into the air and lands on top of Harley guy just as both bikes explode in a giant fireball and start sliding in a tangled, molten mass down the busy LA street. Y2K guy is sort of surfing this whole motorcycle explosion, still traveling at over 100 m.p.h, while trying to yank the Harley sprocket free. At the last possible moment, the motorcycles explode again, throwing Y2K hundreds of feet away. He lands in the street and almost gets crushed by an oncoming bus. Almost. Oh yeah...he also has the Harley sprocket in his hand.

Did I mention that neither rider was wearing a helmet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniqE8Yi4 ...


Torque is my all time favorite bad movie.. it goes WAY deeper than the impossible physics.
from the insane product-placement-motorcycle-girl-fight, to the bad dialogue, to the Dane Cook cameo.

it's really a classic.
 
2012-01-21 01:21:04 PM
#11 The entire movie Crank

#12 The entire movie Crank II
 
2012-01-21 01:38:40 PM
MI2 was so bad. You can actually see his motorcycle tires during the road scene are street tires, but when it goes off road they suddenly turn into dirt tires. With close up goodness.
 
2012-01-21 01:45:50 PM

Invisible Pedestrian: ShamWowofDamocles: Safe to assume this list is referring to U.S. films only, because if we included India, this would be a very different list.

You don't say? Link (new window)


Is that the same movie with the tractor fight? Because that was awesome.
 
2012-01-21 01:53:25 PM

Guidette Frankentits: #11 The entire movie Crank

#12 The entire movie Crank II


The Paul Scheer podcast How Did This Get Made? had the director of Crank on this week. Worth a listen for discussing those wonderfully ludicrous movies.
 
2012-01-21 01:56:11 PM

JosephFinn: Guidette Frankentits: #11 The entire movie Crank

#12 The entire movie Crank II

The Paul Scheer podcast How Did This Get Made? had the director of Crank on this week. Worth a listen for discussing those wonderfully ludicrous movies.


Crank II was so farking bad that became hilariously entertaining. I actually hope they make the 3rd one.
 
2012-01-21 02:12:19 PM
Guidette Frankentits: JosephFinn: Guidette Frankentits: #11 The entire movie Crank

#12 The entire movie Crank II

The Paul Scheer podcast How Did This Get Made? had the director of Crank on this week. Worth a listen for discussing those wonderfully ludicrous movies.

Crank II was so farking bad that became hilariously entertaining. I actually hope they make the 3rd one.


There are plans for a third movie.

And I'm *totally* going to be there on opening day. Crank II wasn't so much a movie as it was a revelation.
 
2012-01-21 02:29:40 PM

rogue49: Mission Impossible 2???

What about the final fight scene in the first Mission Impossible...

Not only is a helicopter somehow flying down a tunnel tethered to a Speed Train.

But Tom Cruise's character somehow gets the bad guy flying the copter by blowing it up.

Then escapes death by being launched by the explosion (within the tunnel)
to safely land on the sloped window of the Speed Train moving away at serious speed

Only for the Train to stop instantly and prevent being impaled by the last broken copter blade.

/of course, it was all planned and intentionally executed by Ethan Hunt...brilliant.


how about every scene in MI?
how about every scene where someone FALLS while climbing (or off of a high place) and catches themselves before falling to certain death???

got to love free climbers who JUMP to the next ledge.... LOLOLOLOL
 
2012-01-21 02:39:23 PM
You know how the flying tank thing worked?

BECAUSE THEY'RE THE FARKING A-TEAM, YOU CUBICLE MONKEY, THAT'S HOW
 
2012-01-21 02:41:22 PM

enderthexenocide: the falling tank scene in a-team was absurd and the characters didn't even seemed fazed by it, they just went along for the ride.


You probably didn't see this so I'll say it again..

BECAUSE THEY'RE THE FARKING A-TEAM, THAT'S HOW!
 
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