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.