This is one of my favorite scenes from Beetlejuice, in which several cosmic questions are reduced to the level of standing on line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. It is also a reference to my having quit smoking on July 3rd, 2002 at 3:45 in the afternoon. I don't use this icon very often, but when I do it is usually for a funny comment.
Wile E. Coyote never caught the Road Runner, although he spent thousands of dollars in his pursuit thereof (which leads to the question why he didn't just get a frozen Purdue... never mind). I tend to use this icon in reference to either animation or overthinking a problem.
"Silence Earthling! My name is Darth Vader! I am an extra-terrestrial from the planet Vulcan!" (cue Van Halen's "Donut City"). I made this icon after having seen Back to the Future at the Ziegfield last year, and usually use it with humorous posts or comments.
"Smile Time" was one of the high points of Angel season five, and this scene was one of my favorites. It would be a standard 'mounting up' sequence seen countless times on the show, except that Angel is in a... state. I particularly liked the slow motion tilt-down to reveal the Angel puppet as Robert Kral quotes Christophe Beck's theme for the character.
This image actually replaced a more standard portrait of Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) when I decided that I wanted something a little more dynamic for this character, whom I often identify with, particularly in relationship to suitboyskin. I found one in which he was firing his proton pack. Ghostbusters is an amazing motion picture on several different levels, not least of which is that it was a runner up in the race to being crowned most New York movie ever made; that honor, of course, belongs to The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, but Ghostbusters is damn close (ironic, given how much of it was shot in California). I use this icon for some New York posts, references to Ghostbusters and often to composer Elmer Bernstein.
Gaff (Edward James Olmos) is an interesting figure in Blade Runner. He does not serve a narrative purpose over the course of the film, but is responsible for the ultimate 'zinger' at the end of the Director's Cut and Final Cut versions of the film. Over the course of the movie, he is a mirror for Deckard (Harrison Ford), often viewing his maneuvers with great amusement. I often use this icon when I'm observing with disdain, as Gaff does in the film, or if I'm making a direct reference to Blade Runner, one of my all-time favorite films.
Alan Rickman is one of the best comic actors out there, and I strongly believe that Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest would have been trite had anybody else played the role. Actually, one of my favorite moments of his performance was cut from the film (you can observe it starting at 2:14 on this video). I usually use this icon as either a statement about ironic dignity ("By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings") or in response to other people posting with their Galaxy Quest icons. You know who you are.
I've always felt that it was a shame that Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman) was killed at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Belloq is an excellent villain because he knows the hero better than the hero knows himself... everything he says to Indy (Harrison Ford) in the bar is true, no matter how much it may piss Indy off, which comes to a head during the scene where he calls Indy's bluff about destroying the Ark. It is important to remember that this is the one person whom Indy never outsmarts; rather Belloq is consumed by his own lust for power. I just made this icon, and have thus far tended to use it for much-needed smackdowns.
Everybody loves this icon, and it is one of the most memorable moments in Aliens (which is, incidentally, a really good secret weapon when playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'). What I liked about it is that it mimisoliel managed to make the scene look completely continuous while still following the shot pattern from the film. I use this icon when it feels right.
Ah, The Dude (Jeff Bridges) from The Big Lebowski, the slacker version of a Raymond Chandler mystery - in fact, the film has many parallels to Robert Altman's version of The Long Goodbye. I use this icon when I'm chillin' or in reference to a post or comment made by another with an icon from The Big Lebowski.
What can I say? John Williams is not only one of my favorite film composers, but his Romantic sound for the adventure films of the late 70s and early 80s played a great role in the development of my interest in film music.
The great Alfred Hitchcock, the so-called Master of Suspense, but I've always felt that his talents went much farther than just that. I use this icon either in direct reference to the filmmaker's work itself, or in reference to my own filmmaking. A bit presumptuous, but if you're going to have aspirations, you ought to aspire to being the best.
"You must be Egor." "No, it's pronounced Igor." "They told me it was Egor." "Well, they were wrong then, weren't they?" Young Frankenstein is a family tradition, 34 years young this year and still funny as all hell, and Marty Feldman is the single funniest aspect of it ("Blücher!"). I use the icon when making humorous posts or comments or if referencing Mel Brooks.
The Transylvanians from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I use this post to emphasize the weird.
Also mentioned was my Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) icon from the aforementioned The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, which I had previously addressed.