Every once in a while there is a scene, a bit of dialog, an acting touch, something that makes you think greatness is evident in this artistic collaboration. I say to myself "The people involved with this film aren't living up to their potential." These are scenes I like to highlight as a brush with genius. And with that, I give you A Brush With Genius #1:
from Night of the Creeps (1986):
The scene is a college frat party. J.C. goes to find out about Cynthia on behalf of Chris (who's "too chicken shit to do anything about it"). J.C. is obviously a charmer, and quickly gets rid of Cynthia's date, Steve. Once they're alone J.C. admits that he is only there to find out more about Cynthia for Chris, who would rather sit back and wonder about her than to meet her. Steve quickly interrupts the conversation as he has figured out that he's been duped. As J.C. leaves to report back to Chris, the camera, stuck on Cynthia and Steve, slowly pans back. The party continues on behind the characters and the music swells (Jane Weidlin's Blue Kiss). Steve is showing he's territorial and in-charge, while Cynthia looks intrigued at what has just happened. Now SHE is the one who is curious...
Overall, as the camera pans back for that 3 or 4 seconds, all the elements come together perfectly as I think to myself "The people involved with this film aren't living up to their potential."