Monday, December 30, 2013

My Favorite Movie Moments of 2013

2013 will go down in history as a great year for movies, and while I saw very few movies I really loved, I saw a ton of stuff that I liked a lot. Here are some of my favorite moments from the movies I liked, and even some from movies I didn't.

  • The opening shot of The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Sun Hoglei has to snort line after line of cocaine in Drug War
  • Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver record "Please Mr. Kennedy" in Inside Llewyn Davis
  • James Franco plays Britney Spears on the piano in Spring Breakers
  • The first time the song is played in The Lords of Salem
  • The airplane rescue in Iron Man 3
  • Matthew McConaughey takes Leonardo DiCaprio to lunch, The Wolf of Wall Street 
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger freaks out in Escape Plan
  • Melissa McCarthy has to put the knife back in in The Heat
  • Riddick learns how to survive in total isolation in the silent opening 20 minutes of Riddick
  • The bullet train fight in The Wolverine
  • Sharni V. turns on the blender in You're Next
  • Llewyn Davis performs "The Death of Queen Jane" in Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Kristanna Loken is oblivious to the hell breaking loose in Bounty Killer
  • Marcus raps in Short Term 12 
  • Bar fight, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear
  • Sutter and Aimee take a walk in the woods in The Spectacular Now
  • Arnold takes a bad guy through the window in The Last Stand
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus says "I'm tired of being funny" in Enough Said
  • The final shot of Oldboy
  • Gipsy Danger produces a sword in Pacific Rim
  • Bruce Dern drives down the street in Nebraska
  • Danny McBride reveals his sex slave in This is the End
  • The stick turns into a bazooka in I Declare War 
  • Mia Wasikowska takes a shower in Stoker
  • Ty Simpkins gets visited under the sheets in Insidious Chapter 2
  • The ninja cliff fight in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • The cat looks out the subway window in Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Chrissy and Lauren dance together in Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1
  • Thor saying "Space is fine" in Thor: The Dark World
  • The RV chase in Bounty Killer
  • The World's End. Bathroom fight.
  • The axe fight in Bullet to the Head
  • Mads Mikkelsen carries Klara across the floor in The Hunt
  • Alexandra Daddario says "Do your thing, cuz!" in Texas Chainsaw 3D
  • Zoe Bell survives in Oblivion
  • "Look at all my shit!"
  • The punchline of It's a Disaster
  • The punchline of Stories We Tell 
  • Luke Evans hides inside Ethan in No One Lives
  • Bilbo Baggins hides from a dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson double-team a bad guy in Fast and Furious 6
  • The long walk in Before Midnight
  • Sully unleashes all of the scary he can muster in Monsters University
  • The opening credits of The Bling Ring
  • The first train sequence in The Lone Ranger
  • The last train sequence in The Lone Ranger
  • The axe story in John Dies at the End
  • "Safe Haven" in V/H/S/2
  • Leonardo DiCaprio meets with Kyle Chandler on a boat in The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Victor Crowley loses his head in the opening of Hatchet III
  • Anwar Congo dry heaves at the end of The Act of Killing
  • The last five minutes of Captain Phillips
  • Jake Gyllenhaal hears the whistle in Prisoners
  • "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" in Frozen
  •  Edward the Troll comes to the rescue in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • Sandra Bullock floats through the space station in Gravity
  • Every gunfight in Drug War
  • Any time Amy Adams is on camera in American Hustle


  1. Choice selection! Great variety in moments, many of those would be in mine as well. Really looking forward to all of FthisMovie's year end wrap up.

    Few of my favorites of the year

    "Gravity" - opening shot
    "Her" - Surrogate sex scene
    "You're Next" - when the prey becomes the predator
    "All is Lost" - Robert Redford's expletive/scream
    "Upstream Color" - ending shot

    1. I second "the prey becomes the predator" (good name, I didn't quite know how to describe it) from You're Next, too. It's completely great when that shift occurs.

  2. Great list. I would add:

    The World's End - "Fuck it." (Alternative description: It's impossible to argue with Gary King.)

    Also, minor nerdish quibble: It's Bilbo Baggins, not Frodo, who hides from the dragon in the Hobbit.

    1. Sorrrryyyy, Mr. PERFECT. Just kidding. Thanks for the catch.

  3. "I'm the captain now" and the shock sequence from Captain Phillips both stick out in my mind.

  4. Vin Diesel & Michelle Rodriguez breaking every law of gravity, physics, & anything else that ever made any sense with the impossible but hilariously entertaining “Leap of Faith” during the highway/tank sequence in Fast 6.

    I also love Vin Diesel & The Rock doing The Road Warriors’ (The Legion of Doom to WWF fans) Doomsday Device finisher on the big henchman in Fast 6.

    Elizabeth Banks’ Effie breaking down when she has to again announce Katniss as a tribute in Catching Fire.

    Sandra Bullock having a confession to herself and praying in Gravity.

    When Stallone tells Arnold & Faran Tahir to smile for the camera in The Escape Plan. (The whole theater crowd was laughing their asses off after that one.)

    (I know Die Hard 5 was a lousy movie but it had a few moments I really liked.)

    The bad guys’ monster armored truck getting flipped over & crashing into the cement pipe truck in A Good Day to Die Hard.

    John McClane Sr. giving the middle finger to the helicopter pilots as he jumps off the building in A Good Day to Die Hard.

    Gypsy Danger using freighter boat containers as brass knuckles against a Kaiju in Pacific Rim.

    Gypsy Danger using a freighter boat as a baseball bat on a Kaiju in Pacific Rim.

    The finale in heaven featuring a certain boy band in This is the End.

    As an old school late 80’s and early 90’s WWF fan, there’s only one Mr. PERFECT to me: The Late Great Curt Hennig. “Now you’re gonna see………………A PERFECTPLEX!”

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  6. These lists have convinced me that maybe 2013 wasn't as terrible as I thought. You guys have listed most of my favorites but I would just like to add:

    The car breaks the fall -"Fast Six"

    Both of the visits to Monsters Inc.- "Monsters University"

    Mako's memory- "Pacific Rim"

    The bombing of Nagasaki is actually devastating- "The Wolverine"

    Sharlto Copley's beard- "Elysium"

    "It's going to be one hell of a ride"- "Gravity"

    Benedict Cumberbatch gives Solomon Northup the violin- "12 Years a Slave"

    "Let It Go"- "Frozen"

    The barrel sequence- "Smaug"

    The armies take the battlefield (before the fight)- "Anchorman 2"

    Louis CK - "American hustle"

    A visit to the cemetery- "Nebraska"

  7. Oh, a couple more from This Is The End: Both Michael Cera and Emma Watson's cameos.

  8. "I was the drummer for Meridian", or/and, Returning to the party and rolling his sleeves - Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    "Dads leave, dont be a pussy about it" - Iron Man 3

    "Welcome to the Planet" - Man of Steel

    The moment when I realised they were doing something quite different than what I was expecting - Place Beyond the Pines

    The moment I realised it wasnt trying to be Groundhog Day and had something more interesting to say - About Time

    The talk about Coogan returning to England: hope and heartbreak - What Maisie Knew

    The shot of the train cutting off the Buffalo's path - The Lone Ranger

    Andy's story of heartbreak followed by his sense of responsibility - The World's End

    Kate and Luke not getting together at the end - Drinking Buddies