Year ends, This is the time when I remember about our Blog. So this time I planned to write about my favourite movie scenes of 2014 and wanted to ask my other friend as guests to write about best and worst films, just like previous year. But then, I thought, whats so special in that ? So, I decided to make my friends (who I know from quite few years and who’s opinion I really value) to join me to write on their own favourite scene of this year and I did not restrict them on any particular language. So, that is how this post was born and…. here goes the list
( The order is based on film’s release date )
1) “Nenu nijam…” – 1 Neokkadine ( By Harsha – @adhyayam )
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Though at this point, film quite irritates us with what is the truth, what is not, what to believe, what to not… when hero compromises his dream-like-past for his so called real love which stands in front him, At this point where I’m utterly confused as our hero gave up the main conflict point…. Comes the Interval scene (toilet scene). Sukumar here show why he so special with as much clarity as in the above 1080P video.
after all the characters and scenarios that lead our hero here some how makes him firmly believe that the guy sitting in front him is not real. The level of writing maintained by Sukumar is so smart that it strengthens the scene with every line… like “Oohnchukodamlo unna advantage idera…prathi saari nuvve gun pettalev…”ippudu nee kosam kurchini oohinchukolenu…”,”Nuvvu maatladtunnattu nenu oohinchukotledu…”,‘”nuvvu oopiri teeskuntunnav kabatti bratakatledu….nenu oohinchukuntunnanu kabatti brathikunnaav…”. Devi Sri Prasad’s Background music lifts the intensity in the scene to whole new level.
And this scene should be more than enough to say how great Mahesh Babus’s performance was in this film. Just in this one scene, He shows his “disappointment” as he actually believes that he doesn’t have a past which he always thought he had, He shows his “grief” as he believes he does’t have a father and mother who he was always trying to find, He shows his “frustration” and “anger” as he just killed a clue or a person in this case that can actually lead to his past. It’s because Mahesh has pulled these all off with so much subtlety, the scene turned out the way it had.
So, This moment created by Sukumar, Mahesh and Devi Sri is my most favourite scene this year.
2) “Nuvvu cheppe prethi kadha lo maa amma nana unnaru” – 1 Nenokkadine ( by Varun – @vva_run)
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Hero: “Bank lo maa nanna daachina box dhorikindi..Kaani box lo seed ledu”
Vilain: “Box lo seed lekapovatam enti..seed vundali kada”
Hero: “Nuvvu cheppina katha lo kooda maa nanna gurinchi details vundali kada”… comes the reply from Mahesh.
Thus what was supposed to be a plain simple narration by the Villain, about the back story of the revenge seeking Hero turns into a twisted confrontation between them.
What makes it worse here for Mahesh is that he is not sure if the factual details about his father are being exchanged for his father’s accomplishment. During a tense conversation he finishes off the goons and shoots Nasser just after mouthing couple of logical lines summarizing that only one of them is going home alive with their wants. Mahesh chooses to sacrifice his quest for his Father’s, pushing Nasser to the edge of death listening to every fake story in the process.
What happens next is what took a good scene to an extraordinary level. Shot superbly by Ratnavelu in an artsy crystal glass set made in CGI and terrific BGM by DSP that complements the intense sequence, this is my most favourite scene of the movie which has a couple of other extraordinaires.
The fluctuations Mahesh shows from being selfish where he acts as if he is ready to give away, just to know how his parents look; to being selfless not giving in to Nasser’s terms ..Masterclass!. Also Sukumar’s writing is a true genius where the Hero & Villain play a game of trust with words. Dialogues like “nuvvu cheppe prethi kadha le maa amma nana unnaru” and “maa ela untadi… nana ela untaru ? naa la untara ? choosav kadha ra !! ” can’t help, but just melts your heart. What is even more better than the above mentioned are Mahesh’s helpless expressions right before and after killing Nasser. I haven’t seen that good subtle & short expressions of pain & distress ever since those of Venkatesh from AMAV.
This supposed to be climax thus sets up the stage for an exceptional climax of 1 Nenokkadine, the extremely Loved or Hated Movie of 2014 !!
3) Gwen Stacy’s Death – The Amazing Spiderman 2 ( By Sushanth – @sushanthreddy )
First when the pics of Emma Stone in green coat came out, we knew it is all going to end. The Amazing Spiderman series has its share of lovers and haters… But I don’t think there is anyone who cannot love the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, played to perfection by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Even in this overstuffed and uneven 2nd instalment, director Mark Webb shines in dealing the romantic thread. All along the movie we find great action set pieces, lots of laughs and nice romance… And we all also know where they are leading to. When finally the moment arrives Webb shows what a craftsman he is and delivers one of the best scenes of year.
We don’t know where to concentrate… On Gwen who is trying to hang on there for her life or on Spidey and Goblin who fighting each other in terrifically choreographed action sequence. But, the moment stops when Gwen drops from the clock tower. Webb uses the slow-motion and camera angle super effectively here. When spidey releases the Web, it opens up like hand trying to catch Gwen, showing that every bit of Peter Parker wants to save her. But it’s all bit too late, as the scene ends with a devastating shot of Gwen smacking her head to the ground.
Andrew Garfield gave a shattering performance in the scene. As he holds Emma and continue whispers “stay with me”.. blood slowly stars to flow from her nose. Genius touch. This what happens when emotion, direction, acting and technology, all hit the right spot. Wish even the movie was as honest and smart as this scene.
4) The Quicksilver – X-Men Days of Future Past ( By Shreya – @shreyaannam )
This movie was bigger than ‘X-men First Class’ in every possible way (Cast, Scale, Reviews, Box-office, etc). Personally, I didn’t think it matched up to its prequel. But the one thing which I think made EVERYONE go ‘Woaw…that was f***ing awesome’ was the Quicksilver slow-mo scene. There was a lot of negativity surrounding the inclusion of this character in the film before its release majorly because he wasn’t as good and popular as the rest of the X-Men. But just this one scene was more than enough to shut all the criticism and made us feel glad that he was a part of the movie !
The entire prison break sequence was indeed a showcase of Quicksilver’s powers with the scene in the kitchen presented to us as a grand finale to the entire episode, which was nothing but pure awesomeness.
At the beginning of the scene when our mighty heroes Professor X, Magneto & Wolverine are just standing there helpless as the security point their guns at them, you instantly look at the man of the moment- QUICKSILVER. And my god…does he deliver ! My mouth was wide open with awe throughout! Added to that, the choice of the background score (Time in a bottle by Jim Croce) was just perfect.
It’s a pity that they didn’t have more of Quicksilver as he was the most exciting part of the the film. I hope they bring him back for the next installment. Meanwhile we’ll have to wait and see what the ‘The Avengers’ Quicksilver has in store for us.
5) The moment seizes us – Boyhood ( By Anvesh – @anvesh_21 )
I can’t remember the last time a movie gave me an experience such as Boyhood. Not that I can relate the movie to my own childhood. But it gave me chance to reminiscence all those ‘moments’ at various stages in my own childhood. It’s a ground breaking film that took 12 years in making. Knowing that something could happen to actors or influence their lives while growing, Boyhood is a huge gamble that paid off thanks to Richard Linklater. A huge credit should also go to its brilliant cast- Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater..
There are numerous takeaways in this movie. Be it Olivia (Portrayed by the brilliant Patricia Arquette-Locked in for supporting actress awards) when realizes there isn`t more
or when Tommy saying that life doesn`t give you bumpers, the parade of drunken husbands, field trips with dad, hang outs with friends at various stages of Mason`s life while growing up. The one that stuck to me in this remarkable masterpiece is the ending.
Girl: You know how everyone’s always saying, “Seize the moment”? I don’t know why… I’m kind of thinking it’s the other way around. You know, like, the moment seizes us.
Mason: Yeah… Yeah, I know. It’s constant. The moments… It’s just—It’s like it’s always right now, you know?”
This sums up the whole movie to me. When you are trying to guess how this movie concludes, you are thrown with this gem of a scene. I thought it would`ve ended when Mason`s dad takes him to a music gig, or when Mason finally leaves for college. But this ending kinda setup how Mason`s teenage would lead into his adulthood. Laid back, living in the present and being able to do what he wants. It`s such a beautiful moment in the film. Also, the ending gives subtle nod to the Before Trilogy. Nobody knows when the moment occurs. It just happens. The most we can do is be present. Time is constant. Life is about collecting these moments as they happen, be present in them and move on. Boyhood showed this brilliantly.
In an year that dished out many brilliant films, Boyhood stands out and it deserves all its awards and accolades coming its way. The soundtrack is an added plus to an already brilliant film.
Watch it, It may rekindle one of your own ‘moments’ in your life.
6) The Bathroom shootout – Jigarthanda ( By Arun Ashok – @arun661 )
While watching Karthick Subbaraj’s “Jigarthanda” I never thought a simple scene where a group of friends eating “Bhajji” on rainy evening will turn out to be my most memorable scene of the year!!!
It begins with “Assault” Sethu and his gang teasing one of his close associates, few seconds later Sethu starts walking from that place and the next three minutes was an absolute cinematic genius !!
Till the gun shots fired in the restroom that entire sequence was shot in a single take !!
After Sethu starts walking, a few moments later we get to know it’s actually a cinema theatre (till then we have no idea) & he wants to use the toilet!!
The entire sequence had no background score it had only ambience sounds !! That whole ambience and the prolonged silence added more value for that gunshot! Typically it gave us a shock !!
Right at the end of the scene when that gunman is about to get caught by Sethu’s gang we can hear the song “Namma Ooru Singaari” from “Ninaithaale Inikkum” starts playing in that theatre!! With this song Karthick Subbaraj symbolically tells us a girl is all set to be loved by “Manmadhan”.
Apart from the technical brilliance in that scene what I liked the most was the writing from Karthick Subbaraj!! After hearing the gunshots Sethu’s gang comes there, the gunman realising he shot the wrong guy and immediately tries to shoot Sethu but ran out of bullets, In other films Sethu would’ve immediately attacked that gunman with his own hands but in that scene Sethu just looks at his gang and calmly walks into the toilet… and this takes the whole scene into the whole new level !!
7) The Prison Break – Guardian of the Galaxy ( By Naren – @NarenSompalli )
A Marvel movie is commercial movie-lover’s paradise. Captivating action sequences are a common feature of Marvel films, but the scenes that stand out are the ones where the action sequences are coupled with perfect comic timing. These are the scenes one cannot easily forget, like the climax scene of Avengers where Hulk beating the pulp out of Loki stood out for most of the viewers. The prison break scene from Guardians of The Galaxy is another such scene which has action and humour in the right measure.
Generally, dialogues in the middle of action sequences ruin the action, but every dialogue in this scene has been written with such perfection that you never feel the action has been interrupted. Remember the line told to Quill-”You need my what?”, that left people ROFLMAO.
I never expected two little words (”Oh, yeah!”-Rocket) could be said with such aplomb that it makes you cheer your lungs off! These were two classic whistle-moments of the scene. Every dialogue spoken by Drax in this scene is hilarious.
And as if the comedy didn’t make it good enough, the action made it even better! These bunch of losers get out of one of the best prison in the Galaxy by improvising on half a plan! And like that isn’t good enough, they do it by showing off all the macho of Drax, Kung-Fu-eyness of Gamora, wood of Groot, and weapon control of Rocket. What may seem like any other action scene of any other Marvel movie is bound to impress you. At least, it impressed me more than any other scene in any other movie I’ve watched this year!
8) Inside the House – Fury ( By Jeetu – @Mrjoykill )
Fury, Brad Pitt, Tanks, WWII. You’re probably thinking “BLOODBATH” if you haven’t seen the movie yet, maybe a not so differently after you’ve watched it too. Sure, its not a “300” type gore-fest but this one does not leave your blood-thirst unquenched either. So typical war movie you say, nope. Underneath the grime and blood and machine gun shells there is a dainty story about what you have to lose to live through a war- your humanity.
There is one particular scene where the allied troops take over a small german town and go on to celebrate when Collier (Pitt) and Ellison (Logen Lerman) spot a woman looking from a window. They rush in,check the place out and eventually find two women. Thats when things get interesting. Most of the soldiers take to the streets and indulge in drunken revelry, blowing things up for fun, serenading women, probably raping, so the tension in the apartment thickens.
In the apartment Collier decides to shut out the discourteous activities outside and creates a homely atmosphere. Giving the ladies cigarettes as gifts and asking them to cook for them. Ellison chips in with a soothing melody on the piano which quite surprises the young Emma who joins him with a song only to be cut short after they notice the grotesque scars on Collier’s back which is a harsh reminder of the war in a very civilized moment. Collier then decides to break the awkward silence by playing pimp and asks Ellison to bed Emma or that he would. Some would call it rape but it was kind of obvious that they were smitten by each other, Ellison and Emma. So Ellison does get laid and it brings the couple closer as can be seen in the scenes following it. But Collier’s make believe house crumbles when the rest of the crew arrive, drunk as fish.
They aren’t very pleased about Collier and Ellison keeping some of the spoils and not sharing but Collier establishes his authority and the crew are disappointed and feel let down. They go on to narrate one of their most traumatizing experiences the crew,together, have faced and everybody is visibly moved. They then receive orders to move on to the next mission and while prepping for that they are attacked by a brief rain of artillery which levels most of the buildings around them. Yes, including the apartment with the two women. Ellison can’t hold himself back and rushes to the building to find Emma in a pile of rubble, motionless. He is dragged away by his mate and reminded that he isn’t god, thereby cutting what was probably his last fiber of innocence and his past self.
Though the movie doesn’t go on to show the transformation of Ellsion from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde, it does mark a strong contrast between the newbie and the veterans in the crew and hints that that is what he will be turned into by the hideous war. The scene manages to cut out the outside world and brings it back as wake-up calls. when the going gets too good, much like life. This particular scene is a whiff of fresh air in the otherwise smouldering smell of napalm in the morning.
9) The Docking – Interstellar ( By Deepak – @poetrification )
If you plot the graph with epical movie scenes from the last hundred years in terms of brilliance, the docking scene from Interstellar is going to be an outlier, devoid of any scope for equivalence analysis, comparison or juxtaposition whatsoever.
It is the single greatest scene I’ve seen on large screen in terms of visuals, background music and scintillating grandeur. The scene has three authoritative aspects that contribute to its greatness – the visuals, the dialogue and the background music.
How easy is it to imagine a spaceship that explodes in another planet’s atmosphere in another galaxy? It certainly isn’t. And try and estimate the genius of Hans Zimmer who didn’t even know how the scene would play out before he was commissioned to score the music. All Nolan had was the screenplay on paper. And to make this scene out of it, commands a standing ovation.
When Cooper suggests Dr. Mann not to open the hatch warning him of its dangers, the music is just trying to build up. As a viewer you’re sure that there’s something big going to happen and you’re anticipating a loud explosion, which does occur, yet that moment of complete silence that follows while you see just visuals of endurance exploding is stunning. It is for moments like these, God probably decided humans should have eyes. ‘Cooper what are you doing?’, asks Dr. Brand. ‘Docking,’ he replies, with his eyes fixed on the endurance and Hans Zimmer is all set to pull off his greatest trick yet and you have goosebumps so severe that you’d think they’ll jut out of your skin like a fountain.
One of the less noted things about the scene is the light play. When the endurance is spinning, the light play inside and outside the spaceship is so meticulously precise that it’ll put perfectionism to shame. The ship approaching the endurance is shown in so many angles, depicting the vastness of space and the insignificance of average human imagination.
‘It’s not possible,’ says CASE, to which Cooper replies, ‘No. It’s necessary’. This single dialogue is worth more than the hundreds of inspirational speeches and self-help workshops ever delivered. And then the countdown when cooper says…’20 feet out, ten feet out, initiating spin, Come on TARS, Come on TARS…Okay we’re out of orbit,’ while this goes on, and they finally dock the endurance, I considered it a personal victory.
I’ve seen the film thrice on large screen and this scene particularly, over a 100 times. It is spine-tinglingly thrilling, joyous, pulsating and the jaw-dropping magnificence eventually becomes a habit. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what greatness should become – a habit. The docking scene is now my habit. But the jewel in Nolan’s crown of greatness is the intermittent jets of steam that he decided to show on the outside of the spaceship as immense illustriousness and splendor unfolds on the silver screen.
10) “Thank You” – Queen ( just to make it 10 scenes)
Being huge fan of “coming off age” films I couldn’t be any more happier than way Queen turned out to be… Filled with solid characters, great music, terrific writing and fearless performances. Movie had numerous moments of joy but how many ever scenes may come… Nothing can beat a utterly satisfying Climax. Right ? At least for most of the times.
After following Rani (Kangana Ranaut) for more than 2hrs, where she travel two countries, meets new people, new friendships and where she rediscovers her self… All were need is a respectable climax. Writes and director deliver just that.
Rani goes to Vijay’s house. Hands him her engagement ring. Says “thank you” and walk away with huge smile. It was such a liberating moment. Pure freedom. Last time I felt like that about a scene was during Udaan climax. Such glorious moments. Kangana’s life time performance, Vikas Behl’s delicate direction and Amit Trivedi’s Knockout music… All gel so perfectly.
(Other great scenes which missed making into our list – lip syncing scene from The Skeleton Twins, Waves Scene from Interstellar, 1 Neokkadine Climax, Legend Interval episode, Power Port fight, Coba tanker scene from Dawn of Apes, Fire breath scene from Godzilla, Car chase scene and Climax fight scene from Raid 2, Channing Tatum laughing his ass off in 22 jump street and Amy revealing scene from Gone Girl. )