Monday, February 20, 2012

LowRes 2011 Movie Awards: The Moments

The 2011 LowRes Movie Awards: 25 Amazing Moments / Best Trailers / Best Techs (Visual) / Best Techs (Audio) / Screenplays / Supporting Actor + Actress / Lead Actor + Actress / Breakthrough + Cameo + Ensemble / Top 10 Films

You know I couldn't miss out on making my Oscar Week best-of-the-year posts. No matter how scattered my online life if at the moment, I really treasure getting to engage in the conversation of the year's best movies, moments, actors, and achievements. So like last year, I'm starting it off with a collection of my favorite moments -- scenes, characters, whatever -- from the movies of 2011.

25 Amazing Movie Moments from 2011

Michelle Williams loads her shotgun -- twice -- in Meek's Cutoff.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anjelica Huston as Adam is wheeled into surgery, and experiences a last-minute moment of panic, in 50/50.

The phone-call strategy sessions/battles of will in the lawyer's office in Margaret.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt's sparkling chemistry, holding things together even when the plot gets silly, in The Adjustment Bureau.

The Charlize Theron/Collette Wolfe scene -- obliterating any personal growth in a hurricane of enablement -- at the very end of Young Adult.

The home invasion in Martha Marcy May Marlene.

A night out with the Fitzgeralds (Allison Pill and Tom Hiddleston) in Midnight in Paris.

The out-of-nowhere taxi kill in I Saw the Devil.

Gwyneth Paltrow's autopsy in Contagion.

The hilarious/captivating/deeply weird scene in Albert Nobbs when Glenn Close and Janet McTeer emerge in fancy dresses; despite how tonally adrift it felt within the rest of the movie.

Bill Cunningham getting that very last question in Bill Cunningham New York.

Melissa McCarthy drives by in the puppy van in Bridesmaids.

Kate Winslet's advanced levels of drunkenness in Carnage.

Helena Bonham Carter playing Hermione playing Bellatrix in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.

The barbed wire scene in War Horse.

Jake Johnson's equally barbed (and blitzed) wedding toast in Ceremony.

Carey Mulligan singing "New York, New York" -- wounded and desperate -- in Shame.

Watching a wedding through reflections in glass in Certified Copy.

Nina Arianda sitting bored and wide-legged in the middle of a church meeting in Higher Ground.

The spectacular end of the world in Melancholia.

The hallway mirage in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Hanna goes on her first double date in Hanna.

The dreamy, tone-setting opening credits of Drive.

The small-town kids cut loose at the country bar in Footloose.

The final scene at the train station, out of our range but still subject to offscreen hostility, in Weekend.


NicksFlickPicks said...

That was awesome. Even the way you nailed things were great in movies that were not, like the crazy Damon/Blunt chemistry in Adjustment Bureau.

I'm assuming #26 was the time Uggie looked really pensive and cute, and sort of cocked his head to the side a little bit.

DuchessKitty said...

LOVE this list!

Squasher88 said...

Great list!

Glenn said...

If StinkyLulu's supporting actress blogathon had happened I would have chosen Nina Arianda for "Higher Ground" and "Midnight in Paris". Gosh she was funny.