Best Cinematic Moment, 2014

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1. Goodbye to Language 3D – Double vision, take one (172.5 points / 14 votes)

2. The Immigrant – Ending / “You are not nothing” (139/12)

3. Whiplash – Ending (133/11)

4. Boyhood – “I just thought there would be more” (96/8)

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past- “Time in a Bottle” (91.5/10)

6. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 – Mrs. H and the Whoring Bed (87.5/8)

7. Under the Skin – baby on the beach (86/7)

8. Noah – the story of Creation (73/7)

9. Interstellar – 23 years' worth of messages (70/6)

10. Snowpiercer – classroom scene (68/9)

11. The Tale of the Princess Kayuga – flight from the prison of royalty (68/6)

12. Two Days, One Night – meeting Timur (66.5/7)

13. John Wick – the Red Circle (66/7)

14. Under the Skin – second back room seduction and harvesting (51/4)

15. The Raid 2 – car chase (50/4)

16. Inherent Vice – Shasta’s return and nude confrontation (44/4)

17. Selma – Bloody Sunday (41/5)

18. Force Majeure – avalanche (37/4)

19. Inherent Vice – Martin Short as Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd DDS (35/4)

20. Gone Girl – bidding farewell to Desi (34/4)

21. Under the Skin – opening sequence (33/4)

22. Listen Up Philip – Elisabeth Moss’ closeup after she throws out Philip (33/3)

23 (tie). A Most Violent Year – “French Connection” chase (29/3)

23 (tie). Stray Dogs – Lee Kang-sheng vs. the cabbage (29/3)

25 (tie). The Grand Budapest Hotel – chase down the mountain (28/3)

25 (tie). Only Lovers Left Alive – taking Eve on a night drive through Detroit (28/3)

27. Bird People – posing for Pringles (27.5/3)

28 (tie). Ida – leaving through the window (27/3)

28 (tie). Inherent Vice – Bigfoot vs. the banana (27/3)

28 (tie). Under the Skin – skin unraveling (27/3)

31. Under the Skin – conversation with the deformed man (26.5/3)

32 (tie). Lucy – call to mom (26/3)

32 (tie). Manakamana – we all scream for ride #9! (26/3)

34. They Came Together – you can say that again / tell me about it (24/3)

35 (tie). Guardians of the Galaxy – dancing baby Groot (24/2)

35 (tie). The Tale of the Princess Kayuga – run in the moonlight (24/2)

37. God Help the Girl – “Dance with Cassie” (23/3)

38 (tie). God Help the Girl – “Musician, Please Take Heed” (23/2)

38 (tie). Nightcrawler – Lou and Nina have dinner (23/2)

40. Beyond the Lights – final “Blackbird” performance (22/3)

41 (tie). Foxcatcher – “ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist” (22/2)

41 (tie). Only Lovers Left Alive – “Trapped By a Thing Called Love” (22/2)

43. Nightcrawler – Lou gives a job interview (21/2)

44 (tie). 22 Jump Street – end credits (20/3)

44 (tie). The Skeleton Twins – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (20/3)

46 (tie). Big Hero 6 – flying over San Fransokyo (20/2)

46 (tie). Interstellar – race to dock (20/2)

48. Under the Skin – first victim

49 (tie). The Grand Budapest Hotel – prison break (19/2)

49 (tie). The Guest – haunted house (19/2)

49 (tie). Stranger By the Lake – drowning (19/2)

49 (tie). Under the Skin – ending (19/2)

53 (tie). Birdman – a brisk walk through Times Square (18/2)

53 (tie). Blue Ruin – ending (18/2)

55 (tie). Bird People – Skype breakup (17/2)

55 (tie). Edge of Tomorrow – yoga pose (17/2)

55 (tie). Selma – Dr. King stops the march (17/2)

55 (tie). Step Up All In – “Every Little Step” (17/2)

59 (tie). Force Majeure – woman by the pool (16/2)

59 (tie). Godzilla - HALO jump (16/2)

59 (tie). Into the Woods – “Agony” (16/2)

59 (tie). Whiplash – final face-off (16/2)

63 (tie). A Girl Walks Home at Night – almost kissing under the disco ball

63 (tie). Gone Girl – “cool girl” monologue (15/2)

63 (tie). They Came Together – Meloni didn’t shit himself (15/2)

66 (tie). Afternoon of a Faun – Tanaquil le Clerqcq and Jacques d’Amboise perform the title piece (14/1)

66 (tie). American Sniper – Chris Kyle’s first kills (14/1)

66 (tie). Boyhood – ending (14/1)

66 (tie). Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – ape riding a horse firing two machine guns in front of fire (14/1)

66 (tie). The Immigrant – Phoenix’s self-lacerating monologue near the end (14/1)

66 (tie). Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons – Miss Duan’s body is taken over mid-seduction (14/1)

66 (tie). Listen Up Philip – “here’s a piece of paper with some staples in it” (14/1)

66 (tie). Mr. Turner – Turner improves the paintings already hanging (14/1)

74. Under the Skin – coitus interruptus (13/2)

75 (tie). Birdman – Riggan and Mike’s first meeting (13/1)

75 (tie). Blue Ruin – “the keys are in the car” (13/1)

75 (tie). Calvary – “that is not unfair” (13/1)

75 (tie). Captain America: The Winter Soldier – heroes vs. villains on the highway and streets (13/1)

75 (tie). Himizu – Don’t Give Up (13/1)

75 (tie). The Immigrant – confession (13/1)

75 (tie). Manakamana – ride #3: the man and his wife (13/1)

75 (tie). Proxy – operatic bathroom slo-mo (13/1)

75 (tie). The Raid 2 – Rama vs. Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man (13/1)

75 (tie). RoboCop – reveal of internal organs (13/1)

75 (tie). The Strange Little Cat – mother tells the story of going to the movie (13/1)

86. 22 Jump Street – split-screen drug trip (12/2)

The following moments received one vote apiece:

22 Jump Street – Tatum finds out that Hill slept with the Captain’s daughter

300: Ride of An Empire – horse riding

Abuse of Weakness – final scene

Actress – Brandy Burre’s slo-mo walk through a hallway

Actress – “Waly Waly”

Alan Partridge – “I used to be the drummer in Marillion”

American Sniper – that damn fake baby

The Babadook – confronting personal demons

The Babadook – first reading of the book

The Babadook – trying the burn the book

The Babadook – the TV looks back

Begin Again – “Like a Fool”

Beyond the Lights – “Drunk in Love” plane flight

Beyond the Lights – “I See You”

Big Hero 6 – That nursebot is drunk / hairy baby

Bird People – Anais Demoustier’s look after the night flight

Bird People – opening city symphony

Bird People – transformation / flight over airport

Birdman – Riggan and Mike rehearse

Birdman – standing ovation

Birdman – this is what people want to watch

The Book of Life – journey into the Land of the Dead

Boyhood – final shot

Boyhood – graduation party

Boyhood – Mason and dad’s conversation in the bar

Boyhood – scary drive with drunken stepfather

Boyhood – there’s no real magic, right

Calvary – ending

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Cap fights goons in elevator

Chef – Chef Carl’s viral moment

Citizenfour – Germany demurs due to NSA spying on Angela Merkel

Citizenfour – hair gel

Citizenfour – “Routine” fire drill

Citizenfour – Snowden fixes his hair while waiting to be captured

Closed Curtain – Panahi’s first appearance

The Congress – Robin gets scanned

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – gorilla clowning for humans he means to kill

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Koba gets an Uzi

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – turning on the power at the gas station

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 – keys open doors

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 – octopus prison break

Edge of Tomorrow – Tom Cruise death montage

Enemy – final shot

Exodus: Gods and Kings – Pharaoh’s army chases the Israelites

The Fault in Our Stars – Gus and Hazel meet Van Houten

Force Majeure – final shot

Frank – “I Love You All”

Frank – my most likable song ever

Get On Up – James Brown ranting about somebody using his toilet

Get On Up – Little Richard’s reaction to hearing James Brown for the first time

Get On Up – new shoes from a dead man

A Girl Walks Home at Night – slo-mo seduction / “Death”

Godzilla – climactic Godzilla ownage

Godzilla – Godzilla’s first appearance


Gone Girl – Amy and the tweakers

Gone Girl – How Amy Did It (mid-film montage)

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Gustave and Zero get stopped on the train

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Gustave and Zero post-prison reunion

The Grand Budapest Hotel – the Society of Crossed Keys leaps into action

The Grand Budapest Hotel – “they shot him”

Guardians of the Galaxy – “Escape (The Piņa Colada Song)”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Groot annihilates a legion of soldiers, smiles like a puppy

Guardians of the Galaxy – prison break

The Guest – meeting in the principal’s office

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – Legolas bridge fight

The Homesman – last shot

The Homesman – the morning after, an unexpected event

Ida – dance at jazz club

Ida – digging up secrets

Ida – Wanda confronts generational squatter

Inherent Vice – eating weed

Inherent Vice – “Journey Through the Past”

Inherent Vice – pancake breakfast

Inherent Vice – postcard, Ouija board, and pot run

Inherent Vice – “Vitamin C” usage

Interstellar – Coop visits the now-aged Murph

Interstellar – leaving home/Earth

Interstellar – super-fast spin docking

Interstellar – tidal wave

Interstellar – wormhole

The Interview – Tiger in the Dark and “Winds of Change”

Jersey Boys – end credits

Jersey Boys – negotiating a (band) breakup

Kingdom of Dreams and Madness – Miyazaki addresses the crew after THE WIND RISES premiere

The LEGO Movie – introducing the Man Upstairs

Life Itself – Siskel at the Playboy Mansion

Locke – Locke breaks the bad news to his wife

Love Is Strange – descent into subway and face out

Love Is Strange – George listens to student playing Chopin

Love Is Strange – George’s late-night visit to Ben

Love Is Strange – Uncle Ben and Joey: “have you ever been in love?”

Manakamana – ride #5: metal heads with kitty cat

A Most Violent Year – how to close a sale

A Most Wanted Man – ending

A Most Wanted Man – Hoffman screaming “FFFUUUCCCKKK!!!”

Mr. Turner – “you are a woman of exceptional beauty”

Muppets Most Wanted – “The Big House”

National Gallery – final dance sequence

National Gallery – restorer’s lecture

Night Moves – arming the bomb

Night Moves – escape from dam

Nightcrawler – climactic chase

Nightcrawler – Lou moves the body

Obvious Child – why deny the obvious child

The One I Love – reveal

Only Lovers Left Alive – last shot

Only Lovers Left Alive – opening / “Tunnel of Love”

Pompeii – Vesuvius erupts

Pride – singalong scene

The Raid 2 – battle in the kitchen

The Raid 2 – mud fight

The Rover – Pretty Boy Rock

The Sacrament – interrogation of Father

The Sacrament – self-immolation

Selma – “I know… what you sound like.”

Selma – Cager Lee in the morgue

Selma – march / final speech

Snowpiercer – babies taste best

Snowpiercer – fish

Snowpiercer – New Year’s Day battle

Snowpiercer – showdown with axe gang

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness – black metal

Starry Eyes – audition

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears – chasing the Lady in Red

The Strange Little Cat – Man in the Wall (LA JETEE sequence)

The Strange Little Cat – the night ends, set to strings

Stranger By the Lake – coming out of hiding (final scene)

Stranger By the Lake – Franck wanders through the dunes and calls Michel’s name

Stranger By the Lake – kissing at sunset

Stray Dogs – last shot

Stray Dogs – singing in the rain

Stray Dogs – staring at the mural (penultimate shot)

Top Five – Rosario Dawson’s top five

The Trip to Italy – conversation with Pompeii man

The Trip to Italy – dueling Batmen

Two Days, One Night – pills

Under the Skin – alien ScarJo and the dude on his way to Tesco

Under the Skin – alien ScarJo WTFIU-ing herself

The Unknown Known – Donald Rumsfeld’s rictus smile

The Unknown Known – “why are you talking to me?”

A Walk Among the Tombstones – “are you listening… motherfucker?”

A Walk Among the Tombstones – pre-credits shootout

The Way He Looks – last scene (holding hands)

We Are the Best! – “Hate Vasteras!”

We Are the Best! – haircut scene

What Now? Remind Me – opening sequence

Whiplash – Andrew’s drum solo at JVC

Whiplash – blood and drums (rehearsal)

Whiplash – car crash

Whiplash – drumming until the job is right in the early AM

Wolf Creek 2 – kangaroo stampede