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posted by June 24 at 11:12 AMon
The Onion A.V. Club has a list of 19 one-scene wonders. These scenes generally improve the movie that they’re in, or, in a few cases, like Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, are actually the scene that powers the rest of the movie. There’s already a lot of anger at the fact that Christopher Walken’s watch monologue from Pulp Fiction wasn’t included. The comments are a film nerd’s paradise.
But the thing that this list really did for me was remind me of the genius cameo that David Letterman did in Cabin Boy. Cabin Boy simply wasn’t that good of a movie, even though apologists have been making a case for it ever since it bombed in theaters back in 1994. But David Letterman’s freakish, absurd cameo kicks off the plot and brings a level of humor to the whole thing that the movie never actually manages to attain for the remainder of its run time. He basically ruins Cabin Boy by being so much weirder and funnier than the rest of the film around it. I’ve watched this thing five or six times in a row and I can’t figure out why or how it works, but it’s sure made my day.