Another cobbled together list of some of my favourite moments from 2014's films as well as older ones I saw for the first time. So here's a leisurely stroll through them...
- The story of creation in Noah - beautifully composed as it also worked in evolution and epic timescales into the mythology of the story.
- "SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP!! SPACESHIP!!" - The LEGO Movie.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel - every perfectly centred frame.
- Those final credits of 22 Jump Street - they're funny cuz their true...
- Being in the same theatre with Caroll Spinney (the puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch) and James Randi within the same week during Hot Docs.
- The breathless car chase in Nightcrawler.
- The bracing last 10 minutes of Whiplash.
- The wonderful sing-a-long in A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (more fully described here).
- And then followed later in the film by the gut punch...
- The docking scene and entry into the black hole sequence from Interstellar.
- Melanie Lynskey in Happy Christmas.
- The end discussion of the erotic novel in Happy Christmas - please tell me there are extended outtakes of that somewhere on the DVD...
- Alejandro Jodorowsky's brief passionate anger about a director's ownership of their dream of the story in Jodorowsky's Dune.
- Gone Girl's moment of realization that she once again has been trapped into playing a role and once again has to take action...
- The butterflies arriving with Spring in The Duke Of Burgundy.
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds performing "Higgs Boson Blues" and "Jubilee Street" in the awesome music doc 20000 Days On Earth.
- The opening single take swooping shot in The Town That Dreaded Sundown which introduces all the major players at once.
- The first reading of the play with Edward Norton in Birdman where Michael Keaton's actor actually improvises and reacts instead of sticking to the script.
- Both times that "Une Femme Avec Toi" plays in The New Girlfriend - both are emotional high points.
- The avalanche in Force Majeure and the immediate consequences.
- Little Groot's dance at the end of Guardians Of The Galaxy.
- The opening titles of The World Of Kanako - insane and perfectly capturing the tone and pace of the film to follow.
- The hallucinogenic trip in They Have Escaped.
- Michael Keaton enters a small New York City liquor store lit up like a Christmas tree in Birdman.
- Norte: The End Of History's turning point: the off screen murder.
- The Guest dispatching some bullies.
- Ghostly visitors in the documentary The Darkside - subtle and effective at getting the storyteller's experiences across.
- The explanation (which involves the idea of fornication with sandwiches) of why vampires prefer virgin blood in What We Do In The Shadows.
- Scarlett Johansson in repose in Chef.
- Though I didn't like the film much, that final shot in The Immigrant is glorious. As is the entirety of Marion Cotillard's performance.
- Dave Franco's De Niro impersonation in Neighbors.
- The impressive car chase in The Raid 2.
- A royal meeting in the garden in A Little Chaos.
- Light and shadow in The Uninvited.
- Those damn minions in Despicable Me - I just couldn't help smiling during every scene they were in. Great comedic creations.
- The massive iceberg calving event towards the end of Chasing Ice. Also the time lapse photos of glaciers shrinking over a few years were remarkable.
- "Cool" from West Side Story - the energy, anger and frustration of youth captured in dance.
- A final walk on the beach in About Time.
- Sorcerer - the unbearable tension of the rope bridge crossings of both trucks.
- Every bit of spittle that flies from the mouth's of the characters of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.
- Russian Roulette in The Deer Hunter - after hearing about the scene after all these years, it was even worse than I imagined.
- The over-the-top-and-around-the-bend practical effects at the end of Society. Extra gooey...
- Trouble Every Day's two "graphic" moments were absolutely harrowing.
- A drunken walk across a banquet table with a fire extinguisher in Ashes And Diamonds.
- The depiction of insanity and an insane asylum in the Japanese silent film A Page Of Madness.
- This moment from the B-movie Deadly Spawn. Baffling.
- Meg Tilly's shrieking accusation in Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers.
- Slim Pickens' death scene in Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid - waiting for his life to fade away like the setting sun.
- The build up of tension towards the end of The Bedford Incident.
- Spotting all sorts of unknown-at-the-time faces in Prime Time (aka American Raspberry).
- Crossing water using floating pieces of wood in 36th Chamber Of Shaolin.
- Watching some of my all-time favourite films (Network, 12 Angry Men and To Kill A Mockingbird) for the first time with The Boy.
So many great scenes here. The chase in Nightcralwer, the end of Whiplash... but I love how you just said "Melanie Lynskey in Happy Christmas." Nothing more needs to be said, she's absolutely perfect.
Hey Alex! A little late responding - I don't seem to be getting email regarding all of my comments (not that I get a ton...) so I just saw this now.
But yeah, Lynskey is just great. Both in Happy Christmas and as a general rule. I'm also so glad they didn't attempt to have her cover her accent for North America.
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