5 Favourite Movie Scenes With Rapper Requiem

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Melbourne rapper Requiem's new single is titled 'Jean Luc'. Melbourne rapper Requiem's new single is titled 'Jean Luc'.

Melbourne-based artist Requiem has released his new single, 'Jean Luc'.

It's a high-energy, trap-inspired track produced by up and coming beatmaker HFNR. 'Jean Luc' looks at being an older hip hop artist making music among the new wave of MCs and how Requiem is at his peak after more than a decade as an artist.

Requiem shares five of his favourite movie scenes of all time. "'Jean Luc' is a reference to French film director Jean-Luc Godard, who pioneered the French new wave cinema.

"Modern hip hop is often referred to as the 'new wave' and I wanted to make a playful song that talks about being an older MC challenged and inspired by the new generation while at my peak artistically. I can still match it with the best of them and making my best music yet."

1: 'Taxi Driver'

Deranged loner Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) is planning to do something drastic. Isolated in his bedroom, he plays with the cache of guns he has purchased, practising his tough talk in the mirror.

This is the point of no return for Travis as he asks his reflection: “You talkin' to me?!” An iconic scene in one of Martin Scorsese’s best films.

2: 'The Big Lebowski'

The Dude (Jeff Bridges), also known as Jeffrey Lebowski, looks on in despair as some goons urinate on his rug. The problem is they’ve got the wrong Lebowski, mistaking The Dude for a wealthy man with the same name.

The goons show no sympathy when they realise they have the wrong man. This is a hilarious opening scene in one of my favourite Coen Brothers films.

3: 'Lost In Translation'

Two strangers, Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), become friends in a Tokyo hotel and go on an adventure through the neon bars and karaoke lounges of the city.

This film transports the viewer into the surreal, futuristic world of Japan and this scene in particular makes me feel like I was along for the ride. I ended up visiting Tokyo and went to a few locations in this movie to recreate the experience.

4: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Even ninja turtles can be angsty teens. Raphael is upset about losing a sei sword, so he goes to the movies in disguise. On the way home he sees two guys stealing a lady's purse. Just as they run into the park, local vigilante Casey Jones drops in and proceeds to dish out some justice.

Raph fights crime, but he disagrees with Casey's rough handling of the situation so he interrupts. As the thieves escape, Casey turns his attention to Raph and they face off.

There are some classic lines in this scene, including Casey pulling out a cricket bat to hit Raph, to which the ninja turtle exclaims: "Cricket? Nobody understands cricket, you've got to know what a crumpet is to understand cricket!"

Casey then smacks Raph with the bat landing him in the trash. "Six runs," he quips. This is '90s action comedy at its finest. 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' was one of my favourite movies growing up, and still is.

5: 'Spirited Away'

When a young Chihiro's parents turn into pigs from eating the food of the spirit world, she becomes scared and unsure what to do. That's when Haku finds her and helps her sneak into the magical bathhouse to get a job and avoid disappearing.

The wonder of Hayao Miyazaki's beautiful animation is on full display here and Chihiro navigates her way down the rickety stairs on the outside of the bathhouse to meet Kamajii the boilermaker.

'Spirited Away' is my favourite anime and scenes like this one are why.

'Jean Luc' is available now.


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