Wednesday, April 8, 2015

10 perfect cinematic moments

So Fisti laid down his perfect cinematic moments. Here are 10 off the top of my head.



ANOTHER YEAR

Mary




Lesley Manville's painful, lost expression in the closing shot of the film slays me and leaves a lump in my throat. It also upends so much of the story.




THE BIRDS

Schoolhouse flock




Melanie has a tense smoke by the schoolhouse. The kids inside are singing "The Wee Copper of Fife." And quietly crows start landing on the jungle gym.




BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Shirts on a wire



The emotional accumulation in the slow pacing of Ennis's and Jack's first trysts at Brokeback and the fleeting passing of years thereafter makes this a devastating ending.




CARRIE

Bucket o'blood


Spacek's performance, the camera work, the lighting, the colors, Donaggio's eerie score, the editing all part of an operatic, iconic moment of splatter.






CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

Ballet


So much longing and beauty as the Gill Man swims beneath his white-suited unrequited love.






DRIVE

Opening Credits



In 2011 I went to see Drive half-heartedly thinking it was a typical race car flick. But then the opening credits began with that pink cursive font and "Nightcall" thumping and I was awestruck.




FRANCES HA

Modern Love



A spirited moment of exhilaration for hapless Frances set to Bowie.





THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

Hairbrush & Dinner


The jig is up. And Annette Bening's expression is EVERYTHING.




PSYCHO

Mrs. Bates?



There's too many perfect moments in this movie to pick one. But the final reveal along with Herrmann's score still gives me the chills, no matter how many times I've seen it.





THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

The wrong house


In a masterful trickery of editing and Tak Fujimoto's dynamic camerawork, we watch the FBI descend on a house and then a door opens and we learn Clarice is all alone, face to face, with a killer.








2 comments:

  1. I love these! Thank you so much for playing along. You chose from great scenes that hadn't been picked yet, and I love that you were with the 'not so obvious' choice for Psycho! Great moment indeed.

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  2. UGH that moment in The Kids Are All Right... like a punch in the gut. LOVE Frances dancing down the street to Modern Love. And the opening scene of Drive is just perfection. Great list!

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