Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Fistful of Moments Blogathon


Drew (Fisti) at A Fistful of Films has created a wonderful blogathon. He's asked participants to reveal their most memorable cinematic moments.

Here are the rules:

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 me the link by either posting it here in the comments or getting ahold of me on Twitter ( @fististhoughts )

Here's an idea of the moments he's looking for:

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.

Note: My 15 moments, pictured below, are in no particular order.

The Seventh Seal

So many emotions!

Three Colors: Blue

Gorgeous and devastating.

Vertigo

Haunting and mysterious.

Before Sunset

True, painful love.

Apocalypse Now

Visceral and frightfully compelling.

Rio Bravo

Inviting, relaxed and cheerful.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best. Opening. Ever.

Holy Motors

Beautiful and tragic.

The Philadelphia Story

Funny. It's always funny.

Singin' in the Rain

Joyous and carefree.

The French Connection

Adrenaline on film. Flawless, really.

City Lights

Tears. Every time.

Eyes Wide Shut

What is she thinking?

Blade Runner

Probably my favorite soliloquy on film.

The Apartment

The best happy ending I've ever seen.

16 comments:

  1. Great list! I love that you included Raiders and Eyes Wide Shut, God, that film is bizarre.

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    1. Thanks! Ha, Eyes Wide Shut is a good kind of bizarre, though. ;)

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  2. I love that scene in Before Sunset, so subtle and yet says so much. Great list!

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    1. Thanks! Glad to hear you're a fan of that scene as well.

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  3. Surprised this is the first time that moment from Apocalypse Now has been used. Great call. Actually, lots of great calls here.

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    1. Thanks, Wendell. That scene has haunted me since I first saw Apocalypse Now several years ago.

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  4. Thanks bro! I had a feeling Seventh Seal, Blue and The Apartment would pop up. Figured Holy Motors as well, but I thought for sure you'd go for the marching scene.

    LOVE the City Lights mention. It was between that and Modern Times for me on my original list. Love City Lights more as a movie, but that scene in Modern Times is just so perfect.

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    1. Glad to participate in this awesome blogathon man! Oh, that scene in Holy Motors is SO memorable, but the "Who Were We?" scene tops it for me.

      City Lights is perfect. Like, I wouldn't change a thing. Though, Modern Times is also brilliant. :)

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  5. Great picks, for the ones I've seen. Especially love the shot from The Philadelphia Story.

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    1. Thanks. That scene is golden. Love how much fun Grant and Stewart had in it.

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  6. Love the list! That final scene from The Apartment never fails to bring a wide smile to my face.

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    1. Thanks! That film is SO GOOD. :)

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  7. You picked some great ones! Love the scenes from Singing in the Rain, City Lights, opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and tears in the rain from Blade Runner

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    1. Thanks! Glad you love those classic moments as well. :)

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