Okay, so I'm finishing up #52 as I'm working on this, and since I liked Cole's recap so much I'm going to steal it for mine (imitation being the sincerest form of flattery). Here are my quick hits after viewing #50:
Best line #1: "I am unknowing" - Death
Best scene #1: The witch making her unearthly moan as she's splattered with the blood and bile of a dog.
Best costume #1: Skat with his cloth bells over split tights and rooster-themed cap.
Best line #2 "If everything is imperfect in this imperfect world, then love is most perfect in it's perfect imperfection." - Jons
Best scene #2: Joff manages to pretend to eat a chicken leg and yet doesn't actually take a single piece of chicken into his mouth. Seriously, watch it. He takes about 6 "bites" that don't remove any chicken, and then licks his fingers. It's like watching someone without teeth try and eat corn on the cob.
Best action sequence: Jons slamming Raval down to the table and nearly slitting his throat, but holding back at the last second.
Worst action sequence: Joff's "bear dance".
Best cameo: The squirrel who pops up onto the stump of Skat's tree after it was cut down. It wasn't staged at all, which means that the squirrel ran onto a movie set directly towards a tree that was falling.
Best makeup: Bengt Ekarot as Death. They actually used enough white makeup that he didn't have full use of his face, which kept it frozen in a terrible unflinching mask.
Best speech: Still Anders Eck's. Really, the movie makes itself in that scene alone. Watch it.
Best line #3: "This is my hand. The veins pump blood through it. The sun is still in the sky. And I, I Antonius Block, am playing chess with Death." - Antonius Block
Best use of music: The first appearance of Death. Bergman introduces Block and Jons buffetted by blasting sea breeze and surrounded by crashing waves, then immediately fades them down to a whisper as Death is suddenly standing a few feet away. It's such a drastic and gut-wrenching jolt into silence that it's almost as if the natural world itself holds its' breath in fear and respect for the grim messenger.
Best line #4: "Your life, oh fool, hangs by a thread...short is your day." - Skat, acting as Death
I officially love this movie.