Assault of the Dancing Santa

Hey, folks, Hyperion here. Due to exigent circumstances, Internet access is a little bit spotty for the rest of the week. But the show goes on! Yesterday I posted Advent #2, taking advantage of what happened to talk about rolling with the punches.
Today's Advent (which was to be yesterdays, but, you get the idea), is called Assault of the Santa, and is about how the Christmas Season seems to come earlier and earlier. I read it to my family last night and it seemed to go over well, so give it a look, eh? Finally, about these Advents, I have gotten some negative feedback, accusing me of subverting the "Christian" origins of Advent, and deceiving the audience. That's not my goal. I'm not trying to compete with your church. I do have Christmas columns coming that take a Christian perspective, but if you need spiritual Advent fulfillment, you're better off finding it through your faith.

What I am trying to do is take the Advent Calendar tradition and marry that to International Day, giving us each five minutes a day where we're not thinking about the stress of the season. The Advents will generally focus on perspective, and being grateful for what we have over complaining about what we don't. And with that, we turn back to something from last week, a look at the best dance scenes from Movies. (There's potpourri at the bottom, too.) Enjoy!


Somehow, we got on to trying to come up with the best dance scenes in movies. Quickly I ascertained that Musicals and Movies solely about dance would have to be eliminated. There are too many of them, and it's an unfair comparison. (We can do that list later, if there's a clamor.)

My criteria was that the scene was memorable, the music good, the dancing actually good and the scene was important to the movie, and lastly, how iconic it was. My list may surprise you, but just remember: I'm right, you're not.


#15 Can't Buy Me Love - Nothing beats a young McDreamy in the African Anteater Ritual!!!!

#14 American President - I don't know what's better; the sweeping camera shot or the look on Richard Dreyfus's face.

#13 Gone With the Wind - You know how they made a black version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "The Honeymooners." I got their next project for them.

#12 Reservoir Dogs - One of the creepiest scenes ever, and begs the question, if the other guy is tied up, are you dancing with yourself? (see clip here)

#11 Exotica - There is no way to describe these scenes other than to see the movie, which you should (although: it will tear your head open). The film is about a stripper but like all Canadians, there is so much more going on below the surface. (See clip here, set to Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows)

#10 True Lies - Take your pick. I prefer the Tango with Tia Carrere (seen here), but you might like Jamie-Lee (here)

#9 Sin City - For where it comes in the movie, for the chaps, for the lasso, and for Nancy (see the clip here)

#8 Foot Loose - For me, the movie goes down hill when he survives the bulldozer

#7 Napoleon Dynamite - If only because it comes out of freaking nowhere, man!

#6 Risky Business - Perhaps the highlight of the tighty-whitey era

#5 Pulp Fiction
- I think my favorite part might be how Travolta takes off his shoes and then his socks. It just builds tension in this kooky way.

#4 Dirty Dancing (sigh, the final scene, although I prefer the earlier 2, but I want women to talk to me again) - Nobody puts Baby outside of the Top 5! (Is that a child Dirty Dancing? Try to defend that, bitches!)

#3 From Dusk Till Dawn - I think if you have a daughter, and you name her Fantastico Pandemonium, you might as well give her a giant snake, because that's where she's headed. (And in this case, may I just say Thank the gods!)

#2 Young Frankenstein - Now that's "Puttin' on the Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!"

and the #1 dance scene in a non-musical is......

#1 Saturday Night Fever - Never have so many women simultaneously wanted one man. For that matter, never have so many men simultaneously wanted one man. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you John Travolta!

  1. The original Rank Everything post can be found here.
  2. All the blog posts from the last few days are on the computer that isn't internet connected, so bear with me on that.
  3. October is now collated. You can find the link here. Highlights include the two math columns and the subsequent fights in the Comments with Bear.
  4. Over on Monkey Barn there is plenty o' material, including one of the Barners giving birth!

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