Monday, March 23, 2015

15 Perfect Cinematic Moments

By Sati. Monday, March 23, 2015 , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Andrew over at A Fistful of Films came up with a very fun idea for a blogathon called A Fistful of Moments:
We all have them in the back of our minds; those moments that make us think "man, this is what the movies are all about". We relive those moments in our mind's eye, remembering them and dissecting them and adoring them. They come in all shapes and sizes, from all types of films, and yet they all share one very important aspect; they define why we love the movies. It could be the way that the moment is cut; the way it's edited together. It could be the way the moment uses it's actors to evoke a powerful emotion from us. It could be the way that music floods the scene and draws us even closer to the moment in question. It could be a grand climax, a breathtaking introduction or a simple interchange. It could be any and all things, because for every film lover, the list is different.
You are allowed to choose between 1 and 100 moments, so I settled on 15, but really depending on day there could be far more here. Those are just the ones that I was remembered of as soon as I read Andrew's idea. Here we go:

15. Sparkling Diamonds, Moulin Rouge!
This is the film that really got me to love movies. I remember being 12 or 13, watching it in the cinema and just sitting there mesmerized at how vibrant and colorful and alive that movie was. Nicole Kidman was just breathtaking in that and for a long time she used to be my favorite actress. Who can forget that moment when she descended from the top on that swing?

14. The church scene, Kingsman
I'm sure there were other times where my jaw dropped during a scene and stayed that way for the entirety of such scene, but this is the most recent one.

13. The switch, The Big Lebowski (watch)
This is one of the very few scenes during which I genuinely laughed out loud. The whole film is hysterical but this moment is simply pure comedy gold - I had to pause the movie to catch a breath.

12. The final game, Moneyball (watch)
There is something so mesmerizing about Moneyball. It's a movie that moves so steadily, so peacefully and it is all building up to the movie's most exciting moment - the final victory for the team. It's not a shiny, epic scene but it's such a rewarding and beautifully shot moment.

11. The kiss, Brokeback Mountain (watch)
Brokeback Mountain remains the movie which I think capture love the best. And that kiss? There's nothing false about it. It's such a beautiful and at the same time tragic moment.

10. Docking of Endurance, Interstellar (watch)
While I think Interstellar is a painfully average movie, it is also a movie with such great heights. Granted, those heights are surrounded by so many boring and awful scenes (space bookshelves!), but when they happen, you sit there mesmerized. Perhaps that docking scene also got a lot of its impact because it's so much more engaging than most of the movie. It's quite simply epic and it's almost made the trip to cinema worth it, just to see this scene.

9. For once in my life, Begin Again (watch)
This is my favorite scene of 2014. If there was ever a scene showing falling in love accurately and beautifully, it is this. Granted the rest of the movie kinda rips your heart but this scene fills it with pure joy.

8. The rant, Casino (watch)
I love Casino. I could watch it on repeat. And the best thing about the movie is Joe Pesci's hilarious performance. His rant on the desert is just unbelievable.

7. The piano scene, Stoker (watch)
This is so hot. It's just so goddamn hot.

6. Blackwater's ending, Game of Thrones (watch)
Yeah, I'm cheating, but come on this is Thrones. Blackwater is its finest episode and though I root for the Starks and Stannis my heart skipped a bit when Tywin Lannister walked through that door. This scene is so amazingly well made, intense and perfectly acted by Lena Headey. She plays one of the worst people in the show and yet in that moment, your heart breaks for her. It's one of the best moments in the show's history.

5. The love scene, Fugitive Pieces
It's just so beautiful. So very, very beautiful. I wish I could show you the scene but it's not on youtube. Seek this movie out, it's amazing.

4. The assassination, The Assassination of Jesse James (watch)

I am still surprised by how much I loved this movie. It's long, it's a western and it has a very slow pace. But it's absolutely brilliant. Every single thing in this film is exquisite and the film's most important scene is truly a thing of beauty. But the best thing about is how resigned and heartbroken Sam Rockwell's character is, even before the deed is done.

3. Catelyn takes Tyrion, Game of Thrones (watch)
II saw the first season of the show in one night. 10 episodes, one after one. But the moment that really got me hooked and made it impossible for me to stop watching was the ending of episode 4 where my favorite Catelyn calls the men in the inn to seize Tyrion. It's such an intense, fantastically shot and acted out scene and it remains one of my favorite moments in the entire show.

2. The entirety of Gravity

I will always remember the experience of watching this movie in the cinema. It was easily the most breathtaking spectacle I saw on screen and it truly felt like a trip into space.

1. Odile's coda, Black Swan (watch)

Black Swan is my favorite movie of all time so it usually tops lists like that. Watching Nina's journey was a very personal thing for me and the sequence of her transforming on stage, triumphing and truly losing herself is just indescribable. The dance is around 60 seconds long but it's the most amazing thing I've ever seen on the screen.

51 comments:

  1. so many great scenes. Black Swan is my third favorite movie and that scene was absolutely amazing. Gravity was also magic to watch and both the kiss in brokeback mountain and the sparkling diamonds in Moulin Rouge are such intense moments of both movies.
    Loved this :)

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    1. Thank you! I'll never forget seeing that Swan scene in the cinema

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  2. This is a very nice list.. Granted, I've not seen all, but the ones I have, totally agree. The Black Swan sequence is definitely a great choice.. mine would be from Whiplash though. I mean, the moment I saw Andrew's post, I knew, mine was going to be Whiplash and its final 15 minutes.

    Oh and watching that Moneyball scene just gave me goosebumps. Sports movies are so amazing in that way.. Remember the Titans being my all time favorite and Cool Runnings! Man.. I'm not sure how many cinematic moments I'm able to name but I'm guessing a lot! :D

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    1. I really really liked Whiplash ending but for some reason I haven't returned to rewatch it, along with the entire movie, yet. It's so intense it's actually exhausting.

      I'm sure you'll gather up at least 50 :D

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  3. YES!!! Thank you so much for doing this! I love that you linked the scenes for the ones available. I had a feeling that Black Swan would be #1. I love that you just said "ef it" and went with the whole of Gravity...like, for real! So many great moments here, but I particularly love the mentions for Stoker, TAOJJBTCRF, that scene in Begin Again (my GOD yes) and MOULIN ROUGE!!! Yes, that scene is everything. How did I forget that?

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    1. It was a lot of fun to do! I'm excited to see what others come up with

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  4. What a wonderful post! I need to see Black Swan again, because much of it has become foggy in my memory. And why haven't I seen Fugitive Pieces yet?

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    1. Apparently Fugitive Pieces is crazy hard to find :/ Which is such a shame, it's an incredibly beautiful movie

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  5. With the exception of Fugitive Pieces, GoT, Being Again, and The Kingsman only because I've never seen then. I can't argue with this list.

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    1. You should check all of those out!:D

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  6. As much I loved this, I truly hesitated heading here as I didn't want to steal any of your stuff. And while the scenes are different, I think I'm with you on about a half-dozen of these movies. Solid f--king picks, Sati. Love them.

    I too, could probably watch Casino on loop. In fact, I would, if only I wasn't afraid my son wouldn't go to school sounding like Nicky. A lot of holes in the desert...

    Same goes for Lebowski, Moulin Rouge, Begin Again, Gravity and Moneyball. Such excellent choices! Soooooo good!

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    1. Thank you, cannot wait to see your picks!

      Haha, imagine him saying to other kids "peek a boo you fucks you" :D

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  7. Great list! Gravity is quite the cinematic moment, everything about it was fantastic. The piano scene in Stoker was pretty great too, as well as the Begin Again moment and the church scene in Kingsman!

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    1. Thank you! It was really impossible to just choose one moment from Gravity, the film is a continuous experience

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  8. Great list! I'll never forget watching Gravity in the cinema. Wow, so beautiful. All amazing choices!

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    1. Thank you! It was such an unforgettable experience!

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  9. Some really great choices, here. Especially glad to see the piano scene from Stoker. It's such a beautiful looking movie and that is a fantastic scene. Black Swan is great, but my fave scene will always be when her legs turn into swan legs. It just encapsulates everything she's been going through up to that point. And Gravity = yes.

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    1. Oh yes the leg moment was incredible, I love all the body horror moments in the movie.

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  10. Great picks! I knew you'd have something from Begin Again and Black Swan :) Love a lot of the scenes in Moulin Rouge, I think I'd have one from that movie. And that piano scene in Stoker left me breathless!! Sooooo goode ;-)

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    1. Thank you! Breathless is a goode word to use here :D

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    2. I forgot to mention that I love the gifs you have at the top w/ several of your fave scenes strung together!

      Btw, my Cinderella review is up now. I kind of have a new crush... it's quite um, Maddening ;)

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    3. Thank you!

      I read it when I have a moment, really hectic week :/

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  11. And after going through so many big 2014 pictures, I'm out of touch again - the only things on this list that I've seen were Interstellar and Moulin Rouge! Wait, I think I saw most of Brokeback and half of Casino when I had cable, and I probably saw up to the 4th ep of GoT. If I used torrents or had a big, expensive cable package, it would be easier to catch stuff like Black Swan, etc.

    But screw it, I love your passion for all these films, and I like the variety of scenes and genres. You have a broad taste, and that's a great thing.

    And who would ever argue that space bookshelves were really, *really* dumb? Almost as dumb as putting a complex equation into Morse Code (which would take ages)...

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    1. You should definitely see all of those movies, with the exception of Interstellar they are all great! :P

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  12. I love your picks! There's so many wonderful scenes here. I knew Black Swan would be on your list, and I absolutely love the bit you picked!

    I'm also trying really hard not to cheat in bring in TV because there are so many awesome things on TV right now.

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    1. Thank you! I just couldn't not include Game of Thrones...or shirtless Stephen :)

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  13. Great picks. I don't know if you've watched Children of Men but that one sequence at the end where *SPOILERS* Kee, Clive Owen's character, and the baby walk through the warzone area and everyone stops in awe of seeing a baby for over 18 years including the soldiers and the long shot from the start to the end of the sequence with the chilling score and the extremely powerful emotional moment was just simply......I didn't have any words for it back when I saw it and I still don't. *SPOILERS ENDS*. It just gives me chills and I remain awestruck whenever I see that sequence (as does the entire film).

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    1. Thanks! I did see that movie and really liked it, but it was years ago. I really need to rewatch it sometime, I remember it was wonderfully shot

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    2. I'd recommend re-watching it. It's certainly my favorite film of all time and that particular scene I'd highlighted is one of numerous and varied scenes of sheer intensity, epicness and raw emotion across the film.

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  14. Black swan is a good one. I wouldn't know what to put on my list (thinks for a while)- maybe the whisper at the end of Lost in Translation, the corridor scene in Old Boy, the dinner scene in Beetlejuice -these where the first three moments that came to mind.

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    1. Oh the whispering scene I considered to include for a while, it's truly excellent

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  15. Can I point out I was at work and the song started playing...perhaps it's karma for not working. Haha

    Anywho some pretty fine choices, the Church scene in Kingman was a riot and the Odile's coda is almost in a way seductive.

    Gravity was an incredible experience, far too many people come up with lame reasons to dislike it actually frustrates me. They blatantly ignore the entire, engrossing experience that the film has on the big screen.

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    1. I always have my computer on mute at work :)

      Oh, absolutely. I'm particularly irritated by all the ''script was so simple' complaints. I thought it was very elegant and relatable.

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  16. Great picks, Sati! I'm glad you love The Assassination of Jesse James and that assassination scene, too. It's a very great movie although the pace is very slow. I think I'll join this blogathon!!

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  17. Great picks. That final CRACK by Scotty in Moneyball is fucking epic. It gives me chills just thinking about it. And Pitt’s look that you screencapped. Jesus.

    The Docking scene. Chills. Holy hell.

    And then there’s Begin Again, a movie I love more and more every time I watch it. I bought it two weeks ago and have watched it three times since. It’s perfect.

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    1. Thank you! I love that moment when Pitt turns his head in disbelief. Such a lovely performance.

      Begin Again is really such a warm, lovely movie. but damn that ending!

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  18. Very impressive list, Sati! I can't pick a favorite out of yours, because they're all so unique and great. Ones that I never thought to add to my list (although I would totally now!) are Brokeback Mountain, The Big Lebowski and Moulin Rouge!!! I need to do this blogathon!

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    1. You do! i can't wait to see what you choose!

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  19. Fun list and with loads of variety. A couple that I love, a couple that I hate, and a couple that I really need to see. Good stuff Sati!!!

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  20. Really cool choices here and I love your inclusion of the piano scene in Stoker, such a brilliant scene that one.

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    1. Thank you! Love that scene so much

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  21. I love your list Sati. 'Gravity' was hands down my favorite film of 2013. I though '12 Years' was a good film, but 'Gravity,' was incredible. It should have won best pic hands down!

    The docking scene in 'Interstellar' was incredible. It's too bad about the rest of the film. You know I read an article recently that Kip Thorne and Jonathan Nolan tried to steer Chris Nolan away from the blackhole/book shelf sequence...but alas...Nolan thought he knew best. *sigh.

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    1. Thank you! It definitely should, 12YaS was massively overrated

      Yeah I read it too...the ending in the movie, as well executed as it was, made no sense :/

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  22. Love this list! Great to see those moments from Casino, Begin Again, Moulin Rouge!, and Jesse James on here, and your top 2 are brilliant!

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  23. Oh my God...how could I forget the piano scene from The Stoker?!!

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