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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Five Best: 2010 Movie Moments

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Over the past year, we've been blessed with plenty of big movies, good movies, bad movies, and confusing movies. When all is said and done, the movies are really defined by specific moments that stick with the audience. So, here are what were really the most memorable moments from film over the past year. I've seen all but one, but judging by the buzz, the one I haven't seen was certainly a defining one.

NOTE: I would love to put the video for all these moments, but due to licensing and the fact that not all of them are suitable for all audiences, I can only post images. My newspaper affiliate would not be pleased with me. Sorry!

Scene from "Inception" courtesy of


Probably the most talked about scene in film this year, the fight scene in the weightless hallway in Christopher Nolan's Inception was done entirely without CGI effects. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt worked his way through rotating sets to capture the mindblowing scene that was mesmerizing and exciting, all at the same time.

Scene from "Toy Story 3" courtesy of

Toy Story 3

Moments like this one don't happen in animated films; especially ones about toys. But Pixar delivered a heart-wrenching, beautiful moment in this triumph of a film, as the toys inch closer to their certain death at the hands of an incinerator. Touching, upsetting, and achingly fantastic.

James Franco in "127 Hours" courtesy of

127 Hours

This is the one I have yet to see, but judging by the press, this may be the moment most will remember from 2010. James Franco plays Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, who eventually comes to the realization that there is only one way out of his situation. And so begins the scene nobody seems to stomach.

Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" courtesy of

Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky has a habit of creating over-the-top, terrifically dramatic closings in his films and Black Swan is no exception. In the world of ballet, the final act is always the most dramatic, so with Aronofsky handling it, we are in for a treat. Natalie Portman sets the screen on fire in a raging, emotional final scene, with a closing line both triumphant and wholly unsettling.

Andrew Garfield in "The Social Network" courtesy of

The Social Network

Most will point to the opening scene, which took 99 takes and sets the film in motion. For me, the defining scene comes from Eduardo's (Andrew Garfield) realization that he is essentially being written out of the company he co-founded. In a rage, he screams for Mark (Jesse Eisenberg) and destroys his computer, giving way to the building hatred of his former best friend.

So, hopefully 2011 will give us plenty more moments that will have the impact these ones did in 2010. Happy New Year!

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