Friday, April 3, 2015

A Fistful of Moments Blogathon

Blogathon are so much fun, and I truly wish that I had more time to participate in them. But, for now, let's just enjoy the ones here and there!

Today's blogathon is courtesy of A Fistful of Films, a long-running blog that I (somehow) just discovered. The idea is great, and I think that it is something that any moviegoer can relate too, regardless of how average or above average your film repertoire may be...

The rules are super simple, so simple they may as well not be rules, just suggestions.

1) Pick a number between 1 and 100 (any more than 100 is just gaudy)
2) Choose that many cinematic moments that are either your all time favorites or ones that could, on any given day, be your all time favorites
3) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever) with the above header (or one you create for yourself)
4) Send the link by either posting it on A Fistful of Films in the comments or on Twitter ( @fististhoughts )

A cinematic moment:
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
As a precursor, I am certain that many great moments are being left off of this list, considering that I did not have ample time to waste in preparation and my classic film repertoire is fairly weak, but I tried to pick from some of my favorites. Some of the "moments" that I've listed are actually moments, while many of them are just scenes that I love. Liberties were certainly used with the term moment.

Also, memes would be appropriate here, but all you get are pictures...

Bob and Weave
True Detective: Season 1
True Detective was intriguing from the get-go, but, when Matthew McConaughey went running around, dodging bullets and fists, for what seemed like 3 hours, I was completely sold. Undoubtedly, one of the most intense scenes ever shot for television.

Get Out My Belly!

Craziness! If you feel the urge to say “holy crap,” watch this scene!

Can I Offer You My Breath?
12 Years a Slave

I’ve said before that 12 Year a Slave is a great film that should be watched, but it is also a film that you hate watching. No scene brings this point home quite like watching Oliver Northrupp hanging from a tree, clinging to life by his toes. There are other cinematic moments that I love much more than this one, but no other moment has ever made me feel a character’s pain quite like this.

Out the Window He Goes
The Place Beyond the Pines

(Spoilers) I don’t know about you guys, but I was not expecting Ryan Gosling’s Luke to be killed so early in The Place Beyond the Pines. For this, I am very grateful! That moment, with Gosling falling out of the window, was so raw and real. Undoubtedly, this moment MADE The Place Beyond the Pines.

Poor, NPH
Gone Girl
To avoid spoilers and keep this blog PG, I won't go into detail about Neil Patrick Harris's memorable scene from Gone Girl. But, you should know that it is extremely intense, and the score is so perfect that I felt like I was bleeding out the entire time. Fantastic direction from Fincher!

Row On, Winklevi!
The Social Network

While my favorite moment from The Social Network is still to come, there is no doubt that this scene steals the show for many (even if it feels like an aside). Beautifully directed, the scene is so intense. If you saw only that scene, you would never, ever know that this film is about nerds taking over the world…

A Perplexing Situation
Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris is one of my favorite films, and I knew that I couldn't make this list without including at least one of my favorite moments from Woody Allen's masterpiece. Enter Adrien Brody, who is one of the greatest actors in Hollywood (for those of you who are not aware). Brody has one of the most memorable moments of the entire film, and he is only in the thing for about 3 minutes! Terrific! The conversation that surrounds this scene paints the perfect picture of how film is odd enough to capture the unreal better than literature or music. I'm sure some might disagree, but I'm sticking with the rhinoceros!
David Lindhagen
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
I chose not to include very many slapstick comedic moments in this list, because they aren't really cinematic... they are just funny! But, this scene from Crazy, Stupid, Love. is so perfect! The timing, the humor, the direction, the writing... it's all perfect. This comedy is extremely underrated, if only for this scene's existence.

Wanna Have a Catch?
Field of Dreams

This classic cinematic moment requires little explanation. So, let me just say… I love baseball, and that love was instilled in me by my father. Need I say more?!?

An Actor Acting... While Acting

Birdman was my favorite film of 2015, and no moment within the film had as great of an impact as our introduction to Edward Norton’s Mike Shiner. The scene is set up so perfectly by Zach Galifinakis’s hopeful tone and beautifully acted by both Keaton and Norton, who create an act on top of an act with such ease.

Judy Judy Bo Budy
American Horror Story: Asylum

American Horror Story has done some crazy, crazy stuff, and it was truly hard for me to leave many of those crazy things off of this list, but I didn’t want this to become that AHS Power Hour. Thankfully, there is one moment that reigns supreme, and, if you haven’t ever seen AHS, you may not appreciate it quite as much. But, I was blown away by their ability to take such a dark, dark season and insert the most upbeat scene of the entire series. Keeping us on our toes!

We Should Go Back on Penny's Boat
If you ever read my blog, you know of my affinity for LOST. That affinity, while always growing, truly took hold at the end of season 3. Within minutes, we lost a dear friend and found out that “we have to go back.” These two moments are etched in my brain forever, and I can’t even begin to explain to you how much they mean to me.

Which Way is Up?

Inception is one of my favorite films, and Nolan’s direction has much less to do with it than the crazy, intriguing plot. However, I cannot have a cinematic moment list that doesn’t feature what I believe to be the most fascinating fight scene that I have ever seen.

When Bonnie Stole My Favorite Toy
Toy Story 3

No moment in the history of the world has ever made me cry as much as the ending of Toy Story 3, and I am man enough to declare it! This film was the perfect storm, in the life of Tanner Jones. One day, I plan to write an essay about how much this movie means to me, but, for now, just know that Andy's farewell to his toys is one of my favorite cinematic moments, ever.

Power Walking
The Social Network

My favorite score. My favorite scene. My favorite film.

There is no way that I could possibly explain to you how happy this scene makes me, each and every time that I watch... which is usually once a month or so. Who knows how many other films I could see if I wasn't always drawn to The Social Network...

There you have it, folks... a quick list of some of my favorite cinematic moments. Be sure to sound off in the comments with some of your favorite moments and any thoughts that you may have on my choices!


  1. I'm so glad you represented The Social Network twice here! I love both moments, and that rowing scene is yet further proof that Fincher's Oscar loss is so...gross!

    I'm so happy you stumbled across my blog and decided to play along with this blogathon! I'm so humbled by all the participants.

    Also...that Crazy Stupid Love scene...just...HILARIOUS!

    1. The entirety of The Social Network could have been included here! ha... It's the best.

      I enjoyed it! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Oh, that True Detective shot! That was just flat out sexy. That show is brilliant.

    I love a lot of these. I'm kind of kicking myself for not including Inception in mine. I loved that moment.

    1. Glad you liked these! The Inception scene is crazy good. I'll just imagine that you included it! ha

  3. You included at least three scenes here that I WISH I had included in mine (which isn't up yet but is almost finished and... is kind of on overkill for sheer numbers already, so I really can't add any more...). Suffice it to say, I loved reading and remembering and I want this blogathon to go on forever!

    1. Yeah, this list could have gone on forever! This blogathon is fantastic. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Unless I'm missing something that everybody else spots, I just can't get into American Horror Story. I'm very, very slowly making my way through series one and I simply don't see what the fuss it all about. I don't like the characters, only two of them (the mother and daughter) are in anyway believable and likeable. What am I missing? It's kinda annoying because I love horror.

    Anywho, awesome list. That 12 Years A Slave scene is tough to sit through, I was begging for him to he helped. Horrible scene but horribly effective.

    1. Dang... I hate to hear that you don't like AHS. I've been hooked since it started. Just so you know, season 2 is the darkest of all, if that would help any?!? And, never, ever watch season 3, as it is far from horrific. I'm not a huge horror fan, but it's hard to get any better on television.

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. The Toy Story thing gets us all.
    I like how you described your first scene from The Social Network!

    1. Toy Story 3 came out the summer before I went off to college, which didn't help things... at all! Thanks for the comment!

  6. Great choices all around. Set pieces don't get much better than that shot from True Detective. That baby is just IT, you know? Utter perfection.

    1. Thanks, Alex! Yeah, my jaw just dropped lower and lower throughout that entire True Detective scene. I'm interested to see how different this season turns out to be, with a different director and a cast of which I'm not particularly fond. Hoping for great things!