I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance (or a list of best non-musical dance sequences)

Monday, January 11, 2010 1:28 PM By Simon

I love movies. Especially ones that have people breaking out into a single impromptu dance number. Or at least do something interesting to the sound of Huey Lewis and the News. Beholdith.
(Note: I'm not explaining the plots).

1) 500 Days of Summer

Anyone who's seen this movie knows what I'm talking about. The morning after Tom, played by the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt, first sleeps with Summer, played by the big bag of meh Zooey Deschanel, he skips down the street to the Hall and Oats song "You Make My Dreams", being congradulated by the giddy passerbys. It's deliriously happy, and wonderfully surreal.

2) American Psycho

This is the moment I decided Christian Bale can always be forgiven. We have Jared Leto, piss drunk on a chair, oblivious to the fact that his apartment has been stripped of furniture, while Huey Lewis and the News playing on his expensive stereo system. All the while, Patrick Bateman shuffles/dances around the apartment, slipping on a disposable raincoat and getting out a big-ass chainsaw. At the end of the scene, Bateman emerges from the other room and shouts, "Hey, Paul!"

3) Rules of Attraction

Another adaption of a Brett Easton Ellis novel, about (what else) disillusioned college kids. This scene shows Ian Somerhalder as Paul Denton and Russel Sams as Dick (not Richard) Jared, former fuck buddies who are in the city to rendevous with their respective mothers. It's, basically, them dancing on a bed to a song I forget the name of. Here.

4) Go

One in a long line of Pulp Fiction rip-offs, and the rare good one. Here, Manny, tripping on some ectasy pills acquired during an exhausting-to-explain series of events, gos with friend Ronna, played by Sarah Polley, to the supermarket they both work.

5) Stranger Than Paradise

A somewhat recurring scene in Jim Jarmusch's second film, Eva, a guy named Willie's Hungarian cousin frequently strolls around rooms and streets to a portable cassette player (oh, the eighties...) constantly playing Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell On You".

6) Pulp Fiction

There are many notable scenes in Pulp Fiction involving music, but how can you forget John Travolta's Vincent Vega and Uma Thurman's Mia Wallace twisting to "You can Never Tell".

7) Reservoir Dogs

"Stucks In the Middle With You", Mr. Blonde, an ear, and the knife that got between them. Here.

Sorry for the stupid intro, but I love a good tagline reference. Can't wait until My Son, my Son, What Have Ye Done.

P.S. title quote by Friedrich Nietzsche