Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Drunk on Foolish Pleasures: Moments Out of Time

This has been a great year for movies, and I find myself at a bit of a loss. Usually at this time, I bemoan the lack of great movies with a frown and a groan. This year I have nothing to complain about; it has been an embarrassment of riches. I can hardly wait for our year-end, wrap-up podcasts. Here are my favorite movie moments from 2013.

James Gandolfini says goodbye to his son for the last time, Not Fade Away

Hugh Jackman has a little problem with his chin, Movie 43

On the eve of an important election in Chile, there is nearly a riot in the streets, No

James Franco gets intimate with a pistol, Spring Breakers

Three witches gossip, The Lords of Salem

Greta Gerwig dances across the street, Francis Ha

Ryan Gosling makes his stand, A Place Beyond the Pines

Amy Siemetz mumbles the complete text of Walden, Upstream Color

Danny McBride ruins James Franco’s magazine, This Is The End

A man in the pharmacy is willing to help Brad Pitt, World War Z
Nathan Fillion can’t quite figure anything out,  Much Ado About Nothing

Melissa McCarthy signs Sandra Bullock’s yearbook, The Heat

Merry Clayton recounts recording “Gimme Shelter” with the Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom
Freda Kelly tells the interviewer, “That’s private.” Good Ol’ Freda

Paddy Considine asks Simon Pegg where he found the cassette tape, The World’s End

Demetri Martin asks Lake Bell out on a date, In A World...

James Gandolfini tells Julia Louis-Dreyfuss he weaves baskets, Enough Said
Sandra Bullock “swims” through the empty capsule, Gravity

Tom Hanks is in shock, Captain Philips

The “It’s A Small World” ride is extra scary in black and white, Escape From Tomorrow

Chris Hemsworth hangs his hammer on Natalie Portman’s coat rack, Thor: The Dark World

Idina Menzel sings “Let It Go,” Frozen
Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Driver record a song, Inside Llewyn Davis

Judi Dench tells Steve Coogan about a book she read, Philomena

Jeremy Renner buys Christian Bale a science oven, American Hustle

What are your favorite movie moments of 2013? Comment below. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I will see you all in 2014!


  1. I was trying to think of a good moment from 20 Feet from Stardom when I was making the list for the previous post but couldn't think of one stand out, but your choice is spot on. The tandem retelling between Clayton and Jagger building to the awesome live performance. Wonderful.

  2. I concur with "Let It Go" from "Frozen" being a memorable movie moment for the year. I just went to see it primarily based on (b) how big it roared back over the Xmas holiday (leaping over "Wolf of Wall Street" and three other movies to be a strong No. 2 behind "The Hobbit") and (b) Patrick's recommendation. There's a single-shot during the song that lasts close to 1/2 minute of Elsa's ice castle being built from scratch to chandelier that simply dropped my jaw to the floor. I'm also a sucker for stories about sisters learning to love/appreciate one another (TV's "The Secret World of Alex Mack," etc) and "Frozen" uses all the Disney magic and trickery to give a slightly new spin on this old chestnut.

  3. I saw Philomena the other day and I was as impressed with it as you were JB. I really liked that moment you refer to, but the big impact for me was when Coogan discovers the information about the son and the then Dench comes back to the table. Tears.