Best Cinematic Moment, 2009

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2.  Inglourious Basterds – opening interrogation [136.5/12]
3.  Inglourious Basterds – in a basement in Laisanne [118/9]
4.  The Hurt Locker – trading sniper fire [109/11]
5.  Inglourious Basterds – Revenge of the Giant Face [100/8]
6.  A Serious Man – eye of the storm [75/7]
7.  Drag Me to Hell – parking garage attack [71/8]
8.  Hunger – bit of a break from smoking the Bible [70.5/6]
9.  35 Shots of Rum – “Night Shift” [63/6]
10.  A Serious Man – the Goy’s teeth [55.5/7]

11.  (500) Days of Summer – expectations vs. reality [53/6]
12 (tie).  The International – Guggenheim shootout [51/5]
Watchmen – “The Times, They Are A-Changin’” [51/5]
14.  You, the Living – honeymoon on the train [49/4]
15.  Tokyo Sonata – piano finale [40/4]
16.  Fantastic Mr. Fox – Ash’s triumphant “hotbox!” [37/4]
17.  Antichrist – “chaos… reigns…” [36.5/4]
18.  (500) Days of Summer – “You Make My Dreams Come True” [36/5]
19.  Ponyo – chasing the waves [32/3]
20.  Public Enemies – shootout at Little Bohemia [28/3]
21 (tie).  Duplicity – slow-motion rumble [27/3]
The Hangover – closing credits photo montage [27/3]
23.  2012 – escaping the L.A. earthquake [26/3]
24.  Inglourious Basterds – “Cat People” [25/2]
25.  Police, Adjective – consulting the dictionary [24/3]
26 (tie).  The Headless Woman – the accident [24/2]
The Hurt Locker – first mission with the new team leader [24/2]
28.  House of the Devil – “Are you the babysitter?” [23/3]
29.  Public Enemies – Alone in the FBI office [22/2]
30 (tie).  Antichrist – Prologue [21/2]
The Bad Lieutenant -  Port of Call: New Orleans – Iguanas on the coffee table [21/2]
Summer Hours – the last party [21/2]
33.  The Hurt Locker – first explosion [20/2]

34.  Observe and Report – Chasing the flasher/"Where Is My Mind?" [19/3]

35 (tie).  Gomorrah – machine guns and Speedos [19/2]
Precious – Mo’Nique’s monologue [19/2]
Where the Wild Things Are – the Wild Rumpus [19/2]
38 (tie).  The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans – “His soul is still dancing.” [18/2]
Fantastic Mr. Fox – opening scene / “Heroes and Villains” [18/2]
The Hurt Locker – Reluctant suicide bomber/"too many locks" [18/2]
Where the Wild Things Are – saying goodbye [18/2]
43 (tie).  The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans – parking lot bust [17/2]
Pontypool – Kill = Kiss [17/2]
45. Two Lovers – first rooftop rendezvous [16/2]
46.  The Girlfriend Experience – Erotic Connoisseur [14/2]
47 (tie).  The Hurt Locker – Searching for the bomb [14/1]
Inglourious Basterds – staying for streudel [14/1]
Passing Strange – “Arlington Hill” [14/1]
The Road – a father’s farewell [14/1]
A Serious Man – bar mitzvah [14/1]
A Serious Man – meeting at Embers [14/1]
Up in the Air – gliding through the airport terminal [14/1]
The Window – old man collapses in the field [14/1]
55 (tie).  Adventureland – James and Em’s first kiss [13/1]
Avatar – expedition in the Hallelujah floating mountains [13/1]
Bright Star – fight over the Valentine [13/1]
Inglourious Basterds – Eli Roth shooting up Hitler [13/1]
Ong-Bak 2:  The Beginning – Tony Jaa’s dance number [13/1]
A Serious Man – the Dybbuk [13/1]
Soul Power – “The Thrill Is Gone” [13/1]
Watchmen – Rorschach vs. Prison [13/1]
Where the Wild Things Are – Final image [13/1]
64 (tie).  Bronson – “It’s a Sin” [12/2]
Funny People – Eminem takes down Ray Romano [12/2]
66 (tie).  Food, Inc. – Joel Salatin and Polyface Farms [12/1]
The Messenger – “You see that tree?” [12/1]
Orphan – Farmiga talks to her child in sign language [12/1]
Passing Strange – “Welcome to Amsterdam” [12/1]
Public Enemies – Dillinger’s death [12/1]
Star Trek – Kirk escapes the giant monster [12/1]
Taken – Neeson kills a man at his dinner table [12/1]
73.  Land of the Lost – stoned in the desert [11/2]

The following scenes received one vote apiece:

(Untitled) – Adrian’s concert
35 Shots of Rum – Lionel finds a body
35 Shots of Rum – Final image
Adventureland – Crowded House and fireworks
Afterschool – first hallway scene
Anvil – Lips apologizes
Avatar – Pulling down the tree
Avatar – Introduction to Pandora
Avatar – taming the dragon
Bad Lieutenant:  Port of Call New Orleans – tying up all the loose ends
Big Man Japan – final dinner table scene
Black Dynamite – bringing down Tricky Dick
The Box – “the people who control the lightning”
Bright Star – “I failed Keats.”
Brothers – “I always took you as more of an INXS fan.”
The Brothers Bloom – car crash
The Brothers Bloom – a con is born
The Brothers Bloom – a bigger-than-expected boom
Brüno – auditions
Brüno – Brüno in the jury box
Capitalism:  A Love Story – derivatives explained (or not)
Coraline – in the magical garden
Crank 2:  High Voltage – GODZILLA!
Crank 2:  High Voltage – psychoanalysis interruptus
Crazy Heart – Bad and Wayne go fishing
District 9 – prawn bureaucracy
District 9 – Wikus in the suit
Drag Me to Hell – ending
Fantastic Mr. Fox – “Apple juice.  Apple juice flood.”
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Badger describes the enemies
Fantastic Mr. Fox – breaking, entering, dancing
Fantastic Mr. Fox – grocery story toast
Fantastic Mr. Fox – the Master Plan
Fantastic Mr. Fox – stick it to the man (with a wolf)
Frontier of Dawn – accepting reality (ending)
Funny People – “Memory” video
Gamer – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
G.I. Joe:  The Rise of Cobra – Paris fight scene
G.I. Joe:  The Rise of Cobra – Snake Eyes vs. Stormshadow
The Girlfriend Experience – Chelsea’s breakdown
The Girlfriend Experience – the hug
Gomorrah – final scene
Goodbye Solo – drive to the mountain
The Hangover – police station
The Hangover – stealing Tyson’s tiger
The Hangover – Zach Galifianakis’ speech
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – death of Dumbledore
House of the Devil – “One Thing Leads to Another”
Humpday – clothes on, clothes off, clothes on
Hunger – sweeping the piss out of the hallway
The Hurt Locker – searching for the bomb
I Love You, Man – “see ya later… Jobin.”
In the Loop – troop calculations
The Informant! – hairpiece reveal
The Informant! – some suitcase trouble
Inglourious Basterds – introducing… the Bear Jew
Julia – Julia gives up the money in the road
Julia – Rubinek’s alcohol story
Last House on the Left – atrocity in the woods
The Limits of Control – flamenco interlude
The Limits of Control – Lone Man meets American
The Limits of Control – Tilda Swinton’s scene
The Limits of Control – two espressos, in two separate cups
Lorna’s Silence – Claudy rides off into the sunset.  CUT.
Me & Orson Welles – Orson counsels his Marc Antony
The Messenger – kitchen scene
The Messenger – learning the ropes (first family)
Observe and Report – Ronnie interviews for the police
Orphan – “The Saarne Institute isn’t an orphanage.”
Paranormal Activity – footsteps
Passing Strange – “It’s All Right” (cast in unison)
Perestroika – the two most illegal things in post-Soviet Russia
Police, Adjective – YouTube
Pontypool – Mrs. French’s cat is missing
Pontypool – zombie bashes its way into the sound booth
Precious – Precious sees a white girl in the mirror
Public Enemies – final scene
Public Enemies – first Chicago bank robbery
Red Cliff – climactic battle scene
Red Cliff – second battle scene
Red Cliff – the wind shifts
Revanche – waiting under the bed
A Serious Man – “Accept the mystery”
A Serious Man – Rabbi Scott
A Serious Man – Rabbi Marshak recites “Somebody to Love”
Sita Sings the Blues – “Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door?”
Soul Power – young Sister Sledge shows off their dance moves
Star Trek – free fallin’
Star Trek – Uhura kissing Spock
Still Walking – food preparation scenes
Summer Hours – into the restoration room
Summer Hours – the issue over the vase
Taken – Neeson encounters the kidnappers
Tetro – “Fausto” premieres
Tetro – the Andes appear
Thirst – the priest demonstrates his new abilities
Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen – death of Optimus Prime
Two Lovers – Leonard hits the dance floor
Two Lovers – Leonard makes eye contact with his mom for what he thinks will be the last time

Two Lovers – second rooftop rendezvous (romance!)

Two Lovers – Vinessa Shaw’s back
Watchmen – Dr. Manhattan on Mars / flashback
Whatever Works – Larry David as Woody Allen
Where the Wild Things Are – Max sailing home
World’s Greatest Dad – “Under Pressure”
Zombieland – “do you have any regrets?”
Zombieland – amusement park finale