One thing I love about movies is how they are able to create emotions in you, like some ex-love calling you to tell you they made a big mistake breaking up with you and they want you back, only to giggle and say they are kidding… I mean, you know what I mean!
The magic of cinema is able to make you cry, laugh and also make you go “BOYA! Eat that you bas*ard!” This is a list of some of my favourite movies that make me want to leap into the air, fist pumping shouting “ye haaaa!” and in one case, I saw someone actually do this. Warning right now though that as some of the Boya moments are endings SPOILERS! But then again, it would seem that many of you out there like to talk about SPOILERS much like our very own SPOILT Trevor has written about.
Why are you still here? If you don’t like SPOILERS, bugger off! Be gone!
Last chance to save your poor soul… No? FINE!
- Pacific Rim: The Forgotten Sword
I loved this movie, if you didn’t something is wrong with you. Put aside some of the glaring plot holes and you have a fun movie with robots bashing the slime out of monsters and NO LOVE PLOT. It also happens to have one of my favourite scenes. That of course being the ‘we totally forgot about the huge ass enormous sword but managed to remember just in time to kebab this flying Kaiju’! When I watched the movie for the first time someone at the front of the cinema, who obviously forget where he was, literally jumped out of his seat and into the air doing his version of a Shoryuken, and why not. The suspense and then awesome pay off built by Guillermo del Toro stands as one of those epic BO YA moments in modern cinema, let’s see if he can do it again for Pacific Rim 2.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Dance Off
I’ve loved this movie more than a bachelor’s party in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and the reasons are too numerous to count. I can say though that the completely unexpected ‘Dance Off’ ending is one one of the better Marvel endings out there (yes, yes, I know another crashing spaceship, but it’s different!). You might expect this sort of thing to happen in Step Up, or maybe even in Zoolander, but not in a Marvel movie. The amusing ‘dance off’, which juxtaposed a very human display with a force of magical energy that ultimately destroys Ronan, was the last straw in my bromance of Chris Pratt. We engaged to wed in the New Year. What a way to end a fantastic space opera!
- Hulk smashes Loki
Staying with Marvel we move to the highest grossing Marvel movie (for the moment) The Avengers. Filled with more hero testosterone than a Stallone 80’s tribute movie, the film was brilliant because it actually had a bad guy we loved to hate, and then love… And again hate. All this confused emotion culminates in one of the funniest scenes of raw power when the Hulk decides to play smash-em-up with Loki’s whole body. Director and writer Joss Whedon is known for his quirky humour and wit and this is most evident in the scene when Loki is explaining to a confused looking green mountain that ‘You are all you beneath me! I am a god you dull creature! And I will not be bullied by a” HULK SMASH SMASH SMASH! I have never heard an audience laugh and cheer as they did and probably never will again! I also think I gave myself a hernia from this scene.
- Independence Day: Time to probe you guys
After watching most of the planet get blasted by huge blue lasers (starting with the White House apparently because, Merica!) what we wanted was payback. So we sent our fighters. That didn’t really help but it did let us watch a rather young Will Smith dogfight an alien fighter shooting green “sh*t”. So we sent a nuke. That didn’t do much either, at least not to the alien ship, Washington is now un-liveable for the foreseeable future though. So what’s left to do? Well we can make a quick virus using JAVA that is able to slip past an advanced race’s firewalls like a knife through butter taking out all their shields. Then once defenceless we’ll send old Viet Cong Russell (Casse Quaid) to fly his F/A18 into its ‘underbelly’ (fooling no one) setting off a chain reaction… WIN! And what a win it was! For its time the scene where the other pilots open a path for good ol Randy was brilliantly done and even today looks stunning. “I’m back!” Ho Ha! Well he said he WAS probed by aliens… Pay back’s a bitch!
- The Matrix: Look, no looking!
All the way back in 1999 the then Wachowski brothers (now Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski) created a movie that would forever change our definition of special effects. Slow motion cameras panning around while bullets ripped through the sky has become a bit of a staple now but back then it was new and it was ‘Oh man!’ awesome. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade and a half everyone knows the story of Neo in the first iteration of the film, while others are still trying to FORGET the story of Neo in the follow ups.
One of the biggest ‘Hell yeah!’ moments in modern action cinema for me is when Neo finally learns that what he is seeing is not real and kicks the crap our of Agent Smith and then wears him as a undersized punk-neo garment. Neo becomes like a god, and to truly show this blocks Agent Smith’s attacks with not only one hand, but while like, totally not even looking! Hell yeah! Eat that Agent Generic!
These are just a few of the many movies out there that have that BOOOOYAH! element in, that moment when all your anxiety and frustration at your hero’s circumstances – all the wrongs that have been done to them – are crushed like Kervyn’s dreams of making it into Step Up 15 and your hero gets some sweet justice. What movies made you leap from your seat only to sit down in embarrassed shame?
Last Updated: October 2, 2014