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The Greatest Scenes and Shots of 2014 
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As in previous year, this is a thread dedicated to excellent or amusing or wonderful or moving or terrifying or _________________ scenes and shots from movie calendar year 2014. What stuck with you the longest and, if you're inclined, why did you find it so great? Or feel free to list a few and not explain a thing... just tell us what you loved so darned much.

I'll start soft with a shot I was unable to locate a clip of: the maybe 5-7 seconds that compose a motorcycle crashing through the front door of a house and driving through the entirety of it that comes in the middle of the first chase in The Lego Movie. It's pleasingly cartoonish with a errant basketball bouncing in and out of frame, a bat dodging out of the way before the motorcycle enters the attic, and crooked family photos on the wall as the POV shot progresses. The chase itself is a good bit of fun but this brief little tour of a prefabricated house is delightful and stuck with me more than the hilarious Batman character.

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All the action scenes in Age of Extinction, jaw-dropping spectacle at it's best.


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Goddamnit Mark I have been planning this thread for months. *sighs* I'll contribute my thoughts tomorrow

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JamesKunz wrote:
Goddamnit Mark I have been planning this thread for months. *sighs* I'll contribute my thoughts tomorrow


Sorry, lover. Had I known I of course would have gladly waited for yours.

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A dual machine-gun wielding ape on horseback! Also Magneto levitating an entire fucking stadium! ;-).


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Age of Extinction has numerous great moments of existential spectacle. I like the moment when Optimus is about to get sucked into Lockdown's ship, but then fires his rockets into it. And the moment where the hippie Lucas dies.

The Monkey King doing battle with Galactic Buddha in Stephen Chow's Journey to the West.

Also, KL Hog's restaurant in Chow's movie. Also, the tour-de-force Jaws-riff opening of Chow's movie. And several other scenes.

3 Days to Kill, the death of the Albino and several other great set pieces.

The death of Atticus in Pompei.

The sex scene in 300: Rise of an Empire.

Godzilla's entrance in Godzilla.

For Lego, it's hard to choose just one scene. I guess the first "Everything is Awesome" montage and the first car chase.


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MGamesCook wrote:
The Monkey King doing battle with Galactic Buddha in Stephen Chow's Journey to the West.
Also, KL Hog's restaurant in Chow's movie. Also, the tour-de-force Jaws-riff opening of Chow's movie. And several other scenes.

Chow's movie sounds like it might be worth seeing. Is it?


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All from Interstellar, all seen in glorious iMAX 70 mm.

Endurance space craft passing by saturn.

Endurance space craft traversing through the worm hole.

Cooper trying to hook the small ship back up to the spinning endurance after Dr. Mann depressurizes it.

Spider Man 2: (the only good scene in this dogshit movie).

Spidey trying to rescue Gwen as she is falling.

Guardians of the Galaxy:

Peter Quinn's opening dance to Redbone...from then on you know it's going to be a fun movie.

John Wick

John fighting the first wave of killers in his house.


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nitrium wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
The Monkey King doing battle with Galactic Buddha in Stephen Chow's Journey to the West.
Also, KL Hog's restaurant in Chow's movie. Also, the tour-de-force Jaws-riff opening of Chow's movie. And several other scenes.

Chow's movie sounds like it might be worth seeing. Is it?


Yeah, it's awesome.


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Definitely disagree on Spider Man 2 being "dogshit", I thought it was pretty damn good overall, loved all the scenes with Electro.


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Like Crujones, I was gonna mention that opening to Guardians of the Galaxy too (after the mom's amped-up death bed scene had me worried). Singin' in the Rain-ish. Also, that wide shot of Chris Pratt throwing his arms out as the film's gigantic title appears, combined with the music's peak? Exuberant and joyous. Another scene that might make the cut is the film's 'Power of Friendship' fight. Really simple but it's been so long since I saw something that optimistic (if that's the right word) in a blockbuster that I found it pretty affecting.

The ending of Two Days, One Night. Verge of tears turned into actual tears in that one, but not for the emotion expected.

Beach scene in Under the Skin. I was literally almost shaking in theater.

20 years of video message in Interstellar. Never thought to hear audience cry in a Nolan film.

Every flight fantasy sequence in The Wind Rises. Beautiful.

Gonna keep it vague cause spoiler, but the "falling into his arms" outsides the house in Gone Girl. Either that or Pike's heel-clicking jump. She's magnificent.

Someone chasing to try and get his stolen severed dick back in Kim Ki-duk's Moebius. Not even the craziest scene in the film.

I was grinning like an idiot throughout its entire second half, but Lucy's climatic "transform" finally made me laugh out in glee.

The doc Mistaken for Strangers makes a good portrait of siblings' complicated relationship, and the mid-credit act of brotherly love almost choked me up a bit.

Jude Law trying to crack a safe in Dom Hemingway. Great mix of nail-biting suspense and nervous laughter.


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Endurance space craft passing by saturn.

Endurance space craft traversing through the worm hole.

Cooper trying to hook the small ship back up to the spinning endurance after Dr. Mann depressurizes it.


Yep.

I'd add the launch sequence to that too

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I'd like to throw a few very memorable scenes from The Raid 2 into the mix. Even though just about every scene is unique and memorable.

The Mud Fight
Prakoso's Poetic Finale
Bat boy/Hammer Girl
Rama's final fucking fight, my god.

There are definitely others throughout Berandal. What a film.

Interstellar

*All the others mentioned above
The spinning re-docking sequence was some of the most exhilarating cinema I've seen.
Cooper watching the recording of his kids after significant time had passed.

Gone Girl

The final scene.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
What have we done, what will we do.

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Almost all my favorite scenes were mentioned already, but there was a scene from The Skeleton Twins which had me smiling the whole time, and that was the scene where Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader started lip-synching to the song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship. It sounds corny, I know, but the way it was done was both hilarious and beautiful. Reminded me of when my sister and I use to do things like that.


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Gedmud wrote:
I'd like to throw a few very memorable scenes from The Raid 2 into the mix. Even though just about every scene is unique and memorable.

Absolutely. That duel claw hammer fight scene on the train is possibly the best melee combat I've ever seen. But indeed, just about the whole thing is crazy good.


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Rats, most of what I would've posted has been mentioned already.

Gone Girl - Showing how
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Amy faked her death and framed her husband

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Quicksilver in the Pentagon.
The Equalizer - The climax at Home Depot - I mean, Home Mart.
Nightcrawler - The news crew shamelessly going through a murder scene with Renee Russo giving the anchors narration advice.
Edge of Tomorrow - The early montage of Cage repeatedly dying.


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Rats, most of what I would've posted has been mentioned already.

Gone Girl - Showing how
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Amy faked her death and framed her husband

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Quicksilver in the Pentagon.
The Equalizer - The climax at Home Depot - I mean, Home Mart.
Nightcrawler - The news crew shamelessly going through a murder scene with Renee Russo giving the anchors narration advice.
Edge of Tomorrow - The early montage of Cage repeatedly dying.


Tom Cruise would be none too impressed.

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The last scene in Whiplash is the best thing I've seen this year. It's tough to make something that's simultaneously exhilerating and suspenseful in such acute ways.

Others not mentioned so far:

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Signing papers
at the end of A Most Wanted Man. Suspense in such an unlikely manner, but effective, true to the story, and fair. Also, the last shot of this film wrecked me.

The tunnel sequence in Snowpiercer isn't wildly original, but it's supremely effective and composed in such a concentrated way.


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prahsk87 wrote:
X-Men: Days of Future Past - Quicksilver in the Pentagon.


Yes! Also:

The tank shot in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Koba`s "human work" scene in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The emotional core of the movie, and the scene that made the too-simplistic climax ultimately a little disappointing.

The classroom scene in Snowpiercer.

The downhill ski chase in Grand Budapest Hotel.

Miss Piggy`s song in Muppets Most Wanted. Contained the best laugh I had in theaters all year.

The interrogation song in Muppets Most Wanted. Pig puns!


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Gedmud wrote:
prahsk87 wrote:
Rats, most of what I would've posted has been mentioned already.

Gone Girl - Showing how
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Amy faked her death and framed her husband

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Quicksilver in the Pentagon.
The Equalizer - The climax at Home Depot - I mean, Home Mart.
Nightcrawler - The news crew shamelessly going through a murder scene with Renee Russo giving the anchors narration advice.
Edge of Tomorrow - The early montage of Cage repeatedly dying.


Tom Cruise would be none too impressed.



The character Tom Cruise played was named "Major William Cage".

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