My Top Ten Movie Moments of the Year
(Spoilers included. Listed in approximate chronological order within their respective films, so you can imagine them spliced together into the ultimate year-end mash-up.)
- The fake trailers and Booty Sweat commercial before Tropic Thunder.
- Wall-E zooming around the trashed planet with no one but a cockroach for company.
- Seth Rogen and James Franco trash-talking on the couch. (Pineapple Express)
- Little kids being chased through the slums of Mumbai to M.I.A.'s Paper Planes. (Slumdog Millionaire)
- The montage of sweded movies in Be Kind Rewind. Love and energy burst from every frame.
- The giddy pastiche of I Want It All, where Kenny Ortega rips off every important American musical maven from Ziegfeld to Fosse. (High School Musical 3)
- Michael Cera and Kat Dennings driving through New York as The National's All the Wine blasts on the soundtrack. It's a random shot in a picaresque movie, but one that feels full of possibilities. (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist)
- Amy Adams telling Frances McDormand her real name. She radiates screwball moxie throughout, but here it's balanced by a touching vulnerability. (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)
- The real-life pressure of Hurricane Katrina that constantly threatens and finally overwhelms the fantasy of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
- Dianne Wiest directing the end of Philip Seymour Hoffman's life. (Synecdoche, New York)