By which I mean…well, let me tell you mine and that should explain it…
"No Country for Old Men" - the audience knows how this game goes. The gas station guy doesn’t. I have a very high tolerance for all kinds of mayhem, but the way this was done, I couldn’t take it and I actually had to stop watching about halfway through the scene to gather myself together… the stress was too much. I was having palpitations.
I adore Saving Private Ryan, but the scene where Mellish is killed is very uncomfortable for me to watch. The up close and personal nature of it, and the slow inevitably, just twists my guts in knots every time.
In Babel, the scene/scenes where the housekeeper is stranded in the desert with the two young kids. I had to pause it and leave the room for a minute because I was hyperventilating out of concern for the situation. That’s never happened to me from a movie before. It sucked me in like nothing has ever done.
I can’t think of specifics right now, but I often get stressed – mostly due to anger – when the character does something incredibly stupid (in a drama, of course, though I’m not a fan of stupid characters in comedy, either). “What the hell are you doing that for, you moron?”
Yeah, that’s what sprung to mind for me. I think it’s partly because I was expecting just a typical dumb-but-fun action movie, and to have such a harrowing opening sequence was really quite jarring. :eek:
The scene in Reservoir Dogs where Mr. Blonde tortures the cop with a straight razor. I hate those kinds of scenes where Dude 1 is looking for an excuse, any excuse, to fatally harm Dude 2. Nothing Dude 2 says is the right thing to say. It reminds me too much of a job I left.
When John Travolta and Eric Stoltz were trying to figure out how to inject Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. I remember hearing reports (pre-big-Internet) how people would faint in the audience.
Any scene with Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. I recall visibly relaxing when he was lecturing them about Lee Harvey Oswald on the bleachers. For the first time, he wasn’t heaping abuse on the recruits.
In Boogie Nights, the scene in which Dirk and his pals attempt to pass baking soda off as cocaine during a drug sale to a Russian roulette-playing drug dealer, all set to Sister Christian and *Jessie’s Girl * on Awesome Mix Tape #11 and the sound of the houseboy Cosmo (“He’s Chinese”) setting off firecrackers, is pretty tense.
In Sometimes A Great Notion, where Paul Newman (isn’t it?) is trapped under a log while the tide is coming in while his son can’t do anything to help. The stretched out inevitability is what I couldn’t take, plus my own daddy issues.
If I have the details wrong, sorry, but I had to stop watching before the scene went on very long. And I’ve never wanted to watch it since.