Monday, April 6, 2015

A Fistful of Moments Blogathon ~ Links

I don't even know what to say.  I'm still in absolute shock at the turnout for this.  When I first posted my initial list of Ten Perfect Cinematic Moments, I banked on a few comments, some discussion, suggestions and then that was all.  But then someone said "this would make a great blogathon" and I said "why not" and next thing I knew I was not only seeing posts from my circle of blogging buddies, but I was getting links to posts from blogs I'd never heard of, never seen before, blogs from all over the blogosphere who stumbled upon my blogathon through a post from a friend of a friend of a friend and here we are, with over THIRTY entrees!  I'm absolutely overwhelmed, humbled and honored.  I've only hosted two blogathons before.  The first only reaped ONE entree...the second under ten, so this is just more than I could have ever wished for, and there are more to come (keep them coming, for any new entrees will be linked on my Monday 'Fistful of Thoughts' posts).

In case you missed it, here is the blogathon announcement.

Alright, so before we get into linking off all of your glorious entrees, I want to do two things.

First, y'all have inspired me, and so I'm going to list off ten more 'moments' that have not been mentioned by any of you yet!  Some of these films are represented, but these particular moments were not mentioned, and so I wanted to highlight them, because I love them so much.

So, in no particular order:

Walking out of the movies scene from 'The Purple Rose of Cairo
There is something about this moment that just defines what cinema really means to us, the hold it truly has on us as cinephiles.  We use cinema as an escape from the world around us; a place for us to hide and heal, and this was such a beautiful moment that encapsulated that feeling.

The reason I'll never skinny dip in the ocean at night scene from 'Jaws'
I have to say, I'm shocked this moment hasn't been mentioned.  The film was cited a few times, but never this moment, and for me this is one of those iconic moments that just cannot be erased.  The way that this was lit, the way that the scene was staged, the music, the longevity of it all only to then briskly...END!  BRILLIANT! 

The final rap battle from '8 Mile'
I recently rewatched this film and the final rap battles still get to me...that rousing emotion in my heart where I want to get up and cheer.  It's the ultimate 'underdog triumphs' feeling, the reason we love these kinds of movies, and when B. Rabbit verbally slays his antagonist and then tosses him the mic with that line "here tell these people something they don't know about me" I pretty much throw my fists in the air and yell "DAMN RIGHT!" 

Willy is free from 'Free Willy'
Talk about moments that make my childhood heart swell, 'Free Willy' was my world when I was 8, and this scene was everything (I think it may be the first time I remember crying while watching a movie...but of course it wasn't the last) and why shouldn't it be!  It was the moment we were all waiting for, and what an emotional and visual moment it proved to be. 

My name is...scene from 'Gladiator'
I'll be honest; I probably quote this scene once a week.  I'm not lying.  "My name is Andrew 'Fisti' Ellington, commander of the children up the stairs, General of the Toddler Legions, loyal servant of that woman God gave me, your mother.  Father to the cutest kids ever birthed, husband to a woman I don't deserve, and I will make you proud, in this life or the next."  Yeah, this moment is EVERYTHING! 

Rose dies from 'Titanic'
Like, how in the HELL did this moment not get a single mention?  I know that the ship sinking is pretty much one of the most awe inspiring visual moments of the 90's, but this scene...this is the 'moment'.  UGH...cue the tears, like as I write this...because I'm a mess just thinking about this.  When he...when he turns around...and he holds out his hand...and she takes it...and they kiss...and she's happy because she's with him...finally...and I'm...I'm...I'm SOBBING RIGHT NOW!!! 

Stumble up the stairs moment from 'The Little Foxes'
First, this film is brilliant.  Second, THIS is what Bette Davis should have won an Oscar for...and this moment should be STUDIED!  Herbert Marshall is astonishing in the film (I weep for his Oscar snub), but the way that they achieved this scene is really something special because Marshall was truly crippled and so with the expert use of lighting, soft focus and a double, they achieved one of the most heart-stopping, intensity filled moments in cinematic history.  Watch and learn, and learn!

The ball scene from 'Laurence Anyways'
The only reason that this didn't make my initial 'moments' list was because a) I'd already talked about this scene in a previous post and b) I was trying to spread the wealth and Dolan's 'Mommy' was already on the list.  But really, this moment is so much of everything; one of the greatest character 'entrances' ever, and the whole culmination of the scene, how it's edited, choreographed, framed, costumed, draped, EVERYTHING is just utter perfection. 

Try a Little Tenderness from 'Pretty in Pink'
I don't watch 'Two and a Half Men' and so until I saw this film I had no idea that John Cryer actually had talent, since he's so often mocked for his performance on the TV show.  Like, is there a more perfect musical moment in a non-musical?  Cryer is SO ON IT!  He hits every move just right, the lip-syncing is spot on and the way he infuses so much natural comedic charm into this scene is just brilliant.  UGH...LOVE THIS SCENE! 

Fucking in the library scene from 'Atonement'
Ok, so this is the one scene that hurt the most to leave off from my initial list of ten because it is, without question, my absolute favorite love scene in any movie EVER!  No, it's not explicit.  There is no nudity.  It's not even really that long, but it is the sexiest thing I've ever seen on the screen.  Knightley talked about how choreographed this scene was, and it is SO CHOREOGRAPHED (like, foot here, hand here, shoe slides off here) but it is so effortless.  Keira's face...when he enters her...her jaw jutting...her exhale.  MY GOD!  This is a moment, a perfect, PERFECT moment.

So, with those ten accounted for, I want to give a breakdown of the films mentioned by everyone.  Initially I was going to breakdown how many individual scenes were noted, but when you have over 400 films mentioned, trying to break that all down is VERY time consuming.  Still, here is a complete list of the films that make an appearance, with notations for those that received multiple mentions (not always for the same moment).

5 Centimeters per Second (x2)
8 Mile
8 ½ (x2)
12 Angry Men
12 Years a Slave (x2)
25th Hour (x3)
(500) Days of Summer (x3)
2001: A Space Odyssey
About Time
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Across the Universe
The Act of Killing
Adaptation (x2)
Aliens (x2)
All About Eve
Amelie (x2)
American Beauty (x3)
American History X (x2)
American Horror Story: Asylum
An American Werewolf in London (x2)
Amores Perros
Angels in America
Annie Hall (x2)
The Apartment (x2)
Apocalypse Now (x2)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (x2)
Atonement (x3)
The Avengers
Back to the Future
Band of Outsiders
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beauty and the Beast
Before Sunset (x3)
Begin Again
Big Fish (x2)
The Big Lebowski (x2)
Billy Elliot
Birdman (x3)
Black Mirror
Black Narcissus
Black Swan (x3)
Blade II
Blade Runner
The Blair Witch Project
Blue (x2)
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue Ruin
Boogie Nights (x2)
Bourne Supremacy
The Breakfast Club
Breaking the Waves
The Bridges of Madison County
Brokeback Mountain (x2)
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A Bugs Life
The Burbs
Burn After Reading
The Cable Guy
Cannibal Holocaust
Captain Phillips
Casablanca (x2)
Cast Away
The Chaser
Children of Men (x2)
The Chinese Connection
Citizen Kane
City Lights (x2)
City of Men
A Clockwork Orange (x2)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Closer (x2)
Cloud Atlas
The Color Purple
The Conformist
The Conversation
The Cranes are Flying
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Dark Knight (x7)
Day of the Dead
Days of Thunder
Dead Alive
Dear Zachary
Death Proof
The Decalogue
The Deer Hunter
The Departed (x3)
The Devils Rejects
Dirty Dancing
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
Do the Right Thing (x2)
Doctor Who
Dog Day Afternoon
Don’t Look Now (x2)
Double Indemnity
Dr. Strangelove
Drive (x2)
Dumb & Dumber
E.T. (x5)
Eastern Promises
The Elephant Man
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (x2)
The Exorcist (x3)
Eyes Wide Shut (x2)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Fatal Attraction
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (x2)
Field of Dreams (x2)
Fight Club (x3)
Fish Tank (x2)
The Fisher King
Forrest Gump (x3)
Frances Ha (x2)
Free Willy
The French Connection (x2)
Friday the 13th
Fugitive Pieces
Full Metal Jacket
Game of Thrones (x3)
Gladiator (x2)
Glengarry Glenn Ross
The Godfather (x4)
The Godfather, Part II (x2)
Gone Girl (x3)
Gone with the Wind (x2)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Good Will Hunting
Goodfellas (x5)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Grapes of Wrath
Gravity (x4)
The Green Mile
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (x2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harold and Maude (x2)
Her (x2)
A History of Violence
Holy Motors (x2)
The Holy Mountain
Hoop Dreams
How to Train Your Dragon (x3)
The Hunger Games
I Saw the Devil
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
Imitation of Life
In the Mood for Love (x3)
Inception (x6)
Inglourious Basterds (x4)
Inherent Vice
Inside Man
The Insider
Interstellar (x3)
Iron Man
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Its’ a Wonderful Life (x2)
Jacob’s Ladder
Jackie Brown
Jaws (x3)
Jerry MaGuire (x2)
JFK (x2)
John Wick
Judgment at Nuremberg
Jules et Jim
Jupiter and Beyond the Infinate
Jurassic Park (x4)
Kill Bill, vol. 1 (x5)
La Dolce Vita
Laurence Anyways
Lawrence of Arabia
Le Samourai
Le Week-End
Lean on Me
Let the Right One In
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
L’important c’est d’aimer
The Lion King (x2)
Little Foxes
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Women
The Lives of Others
The Living and the Dead
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (x2)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Love Actually
The Machine
Magic Mike
Magnolia (x4)
Manhattan (x3)
Mansfield Park
Mary Poppins
The Master
Match Point
The Matrix (x2)
Meet Joe Black
Memento (x2)
Memories of Murder
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight in Paris
A Mighty Wind
Minority Report
The Mist
Modern Times
Moonrise Kingdom
Moulin Rouge! (x3)
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Mulholland Drive (x2)
The Muppets
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Nights of Cabiria
No Country for Old Men (x2)
The Notebook (x2)
October Sky
Oldboy (x5)
Once Upon a Time in the West (x2)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (x2)
Ordinary People
Pacific Rim
Pan’s Labyrinth (x2)
Paris, Texas
The Passion of the Christ
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Pet Sematary
The Philadelphia Story
The Piano
Pink Flamingos
A Place Beyond the Pines
Playtime (x2)
Possession (x2)
Pretty in Pink
Pride and Prejudice (x3)
The Princess Bride
The Producers
Psycho (x3)
Pulp Fiction (x2)
Punch-Drunk Love
The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Quiet Man (x2)
Raging Bull
Raiders of the Lost Arc (x4)
Raising Arizona
Rear Window (x2)
Rio Bravo
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Romeo + Juliet
A Room for Romeo Brass
Rosemary’s Baby
The Royal Tenenbaums
Sansho the Bailiff
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler’s List (x3)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (x2)
Séance on a Wet Afternoon
Sense and Sensibility (x2)
A Serious Man
Set Me Free
Se7en (x2)
The Seven Samurai (x2)
The Seventh Seal
The Shawshank Redemption (x2)
Sherlock, Jr.
The Shining (x2)
The Silence of the Lambs
Singin’ in the Rain (x4)
The Sixth Sense
Spider-Man 2
Spring Summer Fall Winter…and Spring
The Social Network (x3)
Sorcerer (x2)
The Sound of Music (x3)
A Star is Born (x2)
Star Trek
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (x2)
Star Wars: A New Hope (x4)
Steamboat Bill Jr.
Step Up Revolution
Sunset Blvd. (x2)
Sunshine Cleaning
Superman: The Movie
Susannah of the Mounties
Sympathy for the Devil
Take Shelter
Taxi Driver (x2)
The Ten Commandments
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (x2)
Thelma and Louise (x2)
There Will Be Blood (x3)
The Thing (x2)
The Third Man
This is Spinal Tap
Three Kings
Through a Glass Darkly
A Time to Kill
Titanic (x3)
TNT Jackson
To Kill a Mockingbird
Tom Cruise’s Stunts
The Tree of Life
True Detective
The Truman Show (x2)
Toy Story 3 (x3)
The Twilight Zone
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Under the Same Moon
Under the Skin (x2)
Undercover Brother
The Untouchables
Up (x5)
Up in Smoke
The Usual Suspects
Velvet Goldmine
Vertigo (x3)
Wall*E (x4)
War Horse
Wet Hot American Summer (x2)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Whiplash (x5)
The Wild Bunch (x2)
Wild Strawberries
Winter Light
The Wizard of Oz (x4)
The Wolf of Wall Street
Written on the Wind
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Zombi 2
Zorba the Greek

Apparently Christopher Nolan is the master of the modern movie moment because two of his films top the list (the most mentions goes to 'The Dark Knight' with 7, the second to 'Inception' with 6) and his films snag a total of 18 mentions (only four films) so...

And now we come to the moment you've all been waiting for; the links!  So, I stated in my 'not so' rules that you were to choose a number of moments between 1 and 100...and you did.  We actually have a post with 1 and we have a post with 100 and then a slew of numbers in between!  In total we had 29 blogs (including myself) contribute a total of 33 posts that resulted in 592 moments mentioned from 412 different movies.

Again, thank you guys so much for this!

[the following list will be updated as new entries are posted]

In alphabetical order (my personal posts excluded):

Almost Ginger

Assholes Watching Movies, Post 1, 2 & 3

The Average Critic

Between the Reels

Big Screen, Small Words

Cinematic Corner

The Cinematic Emporium

The Cinematic Spectacle

Conman at the Movies

Crazy Girl at Cinema

Dancin' Dan on Film

Defiant Success

Dell on Movies

Feeling Fuzzier

Film Actually

That Film Girl

Flick Chicks

Flixchatter & Jack Deth

Girl Meets Cinema

Hitchcock's World

It Rains...You Get Wet



That Moment In
Myerla's Movie Reviews

Mysterious Bibliophile

Rambling Film


Speaks in Movie Lines

Surrender to the Void
Two Dollar Cinema, Post 1 & 2
The Vern's Video Vortex


  1. Thanks so much for hosting and congrats on the success. I thought I had read just about all the entries already, but see there are a good deal I still haven't. I'll be checking them all out.

    1. They just kept coming and coming! They are all great, so check out all that you can. The range is inspiring. Thank you too for playing along :-D

    2. It also looks like they may continue to be on the lookout for new blood :-D

  2. The blogathon is an Epic of Epic Epicness lol. LOVE - and thank you for hosting!

    1. Thanks man! It was a lot of fun to see the response from everyone, yourself included!

  3. Very cool and congrats on it going so well. That's quite a breath of films to have choices from! I'm looking forward to making my way through them.

    Not having a blog I can't participate but since I don't see the film listed I'll just offer up the final shot in Dark Victory as Bette Davis stares into the camera and the screen dissolves to black. It's a perfect final shot for the film.

    1. I'm just glad that you're getting to check out all the great posts that everyone provided, and that you stop by to check my post out. You are always welcome to leave a Top 10, 20, 100 here in the comments ;-)

    2. Joel, I hope you don't mind my asking, but I've been wondering, for a while, why you don't have a blog. I see you leaving such great comments everywhere. :-)

    3. I have been trying to get him to commit to a blog for quite a while now! We should all start a petition.

    4. That's so nice of you to say Irene, you too Drew, I appreciate that you enjoy my comments. I suppose I'll break down someday. It seems such an undertaking it just gives me pause to get started.

    5. I felt like you...but once you start it grows gradually until you have it where you want it. You should go back to my early years first year was particularly embarrassing :-P

      But it was so worth it!

    6. I think most people started with a simple uncustomized blog (which takes less than a minute) and posting maybe once a week. When I started my 1st book blog, I was a bit intimidated by all the elegant layouts, features, and such. I started with a basic template and posting occasional short, simple reviews. And it continues to be a work in progress. :-)

    7. Work in progress pretty much sums it up for me too!

  4. I know-I am bad but this A to Z leaves little room and I would have participated. In fact I may do this but in May. There are some films I would pick that I did not list and would love to do it here but I will do this in May:) Hint-One film was on last night and I watched it again

    1. Oh, no worries! I love what you're doing with the A-Z, and I can't wait to see your list in May.

    2. Oh it is just once a year-you should partake in it next year:)

    3. Yeah, I considered doing it this year, but I had way too much planned for the blog already. So, next year it is!

  5. Awesome awesome!! Love the way you summarize this blogathon and adding even more awesome scenes. Btw, I included the 'My name is...' scene from Gladiator on my Top 20 Scenes list I did a few years ago ( It's soooo epic and I always get goosebumps watching it, but I didn't want to be redundant including that scene again. Oooh I wish I had picked that scene from Titanic, that made me tear up, so beautifully done!

    1. I'm kind of glad you didn't mention it again, because I wanted to :-P

      That moment in Titanic is just...UGH...all the many of them!

      Thank you so much for taking part of this, you and Ted both. This was such a great blogathon to be a part of. I feel so honored that all of you have taken part and showered it with attention.

  6. That's a heck of a list.
    And Rose dying in Titanic. Damn. Puddle city.

    1. Right...the tears are still stinging my face!

      And thank you guys, all three of you!

  7. Wow! What a turnout indeed. You did an amazing job with this post. And by the way, I almost included that scene in the library from Atonement on my list, too.

    1. I'm still in shock over the turnout, to be honest. And thanks, I wanted the post to be fun and special.

      And that's just...the epitome of 'sensual'...

  8. Thanks for hosting this. It was fun.

    1. Thanks for playing along! I'm glad everyone had a great time.

  9. This is entirely badass. Your list is ridiculous, in the best possible way.

    I want to read all of these. Now.

    Oh, and who the Hell put Pink Flamingos on here? What kind of asshole would do such a thing? What next, the snip scene from AntiChrist?

    1. Oh, shit? I missed in the first pass...

      ...did someone put the snip scene?

    2. You're too kind, my brutha.

      And I'm saving that snip scene for a different blogathon :-P

    3. Oh, yeah? Who's starting the "MOMENT WHEN I WANTED TO RIP MY FUCKING EYES OUT Blogathon"? I might sign up for that one.

    4. I have an idea for one I was talking to Irene about the other day...'Films everyone should see that they really shouldn't' LOL

  10. Congrats on the great turnout man! Loved participating. :)

    HOW did I forget that moment from Gladiator? Like, that's one of my favorite lines of all time! And YES to that scene from Atonement!

    I wish I loved The Little Foxes, though I do like it. Teresa Wright is the standout for me. Bette Davis can ACT way too much for me in some performances, and this is one of them, unfortunately.

    Love that you made a list of the films mentioned. Bravo!

    1. That Gladiator moment is kind of everything, but even I forgot it on my first list, so it happens :-P

      Oh, I love Little Foxes and all of Davis's over acting in, for me it called for her to go after it, and she did in the best possible way. I thought Wright was kind of...just there...and it wasn't until she SLAYED in Shadow of a Doubt that I realized she was a good actress.

      Thanks again for always being a supporter of the blog :-D

  11. I was hoping you would list the Purple Rose of Cairo as a favorite moment. One of my favorite Woody movies and my favorite script of his. So creative.

    Congratulations on the turnout being bigger than expected!

    1. Yeah, as time has gone by and my feelings on Allen's career have settled, I continue to go back to his 80's run as my absolute favorite, and The Purple Rose of Cairo is my absolute favorite. For me it defines why we love cinema, why cinema is so's just beautiful!

  12. Wow, congrats on hosting the most epic blogathon EVER! Honestly, it was such a good idea in the first place but I reckon your short deadline really nailed it. I'm sure I'm not the only one to see a blogathon announcement and think 'oh sure, I'll do that, there's weeks to go yet...' and then forget all about it!
    Thanks for hosting! :)
    - Allie

    1. Thank you Allie! You're too kind, and thank you both for playing along. It wouldn't have been the same without you!

      I was nervous at first about the short deadline, but I was hoping (and it looks like it did) that it was going to light a fire and compel bloggers to 'jump on it'.

      I'm so happy with how this turned out!

  13. Thank you again for hosting, and I'm glad you had such a wonderful turn out! That's super cool of you to break down the films we all picked as well. I love it.

    As for your new picks...YES! Atonement, 8 Mile, Titantic..same with Free Willy. I tend to lol at that movie now but man did I love it as a kid.

    1. HA, we rewatched Free Willy a while back so my daughters could see it...and it's awful...but that moment still gets me, because it's what film is about, especially for a child.

  14. Amazing work on this Blogathon and congrats on the success. I had the Free Willy scene on my initial list but I had to cut I back due to time constraints but such an epic scene that just reminds me so much of my childhood! I am gobsmacked that Gladiator wasn't mentioned at all, I had forgotten all about it but that is an amazing cinematic moment.

    Congratulations again - looking forward to the next one ;-)

    - Jenna

    1. Thanks Jenna, and so glad that you girls participated! Free Willy is so nostalgic :-D

  15. Hey Andrew! Thanks so much for adding me to the list. Such a blast. Your site rocks.

    1. You're so welcome, and thank you for being a part of the blogathon!

  16. Okay, I know I seem nitpicking, but I only want to tell you that you forget to add Three Colors: Red and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance from my list.

    But thanks for releasing the links, Andrew! Seriously, thanks A LOT for hosting the wonderful blogathon and releasing the links.

    1. Sorry I missed those! I have a slew of other movies I need to add :-O

      Thank you so much for playing along and spreading the word. This has been a joy to put together.

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