Saturday, 4 April 2015

A Fistful of Moments Blogathon

Well, now that I'm (sort of) done with my classes, I can start to think about participating in blogathons again (though until my exams are done, I can't make any promises on which ones I will actually enter). The Fistful of Moments blogathon is pretty straight forward in theory. In fact, the basic gameplay dynamic is not a whole lot different from my own Favorite Movie Scenes Blogathon that I ran last year. However, this time, Fisti has a more specific idea of what he considers a "Cinematic Moment":

We all have them in the back of our minds; those moments that make us think "man, this is what the movies are all about". We relive those moments in our mind's eye, remembering them and dissecting them and adoring them. They come in all shapes and sizes, from all types of films, and yet they all share one very important aspect; they define why we love the movies. It could be the way that the moment is cut; the way it's edited together. It could be the way the moment uses it's actors to evoke a powerful emotion from us. It could be the way that music floods the scene and draws us even closer to the moment in question. It could be a grand climax, a breathtaking introduction or a simple interchange. It could be any and all things, because for every film lover, the list is different.

Now the thought did cross my mind that I could turn this around and instead label it as my least favorite moments from Godard films, just because of how much I know he loves that guy's work, but I'm not going to do that. Finding these "cinematic moments" is tough. There were some rules to follow, so here they are:

1) Pick a number between 1 and 100 (any more than 100 is just gaudy)
2) Choose that many cinematic moments that are either your all time favorites or ones that could, on any given day, be your all time favorites
3) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever) with the above header (or one you create for yourself)
4) Send me the link by either posting it here in the comments or getting ahold of me on Twitter ( @fististhoughts)

Now I have to find those cinematic moments that stand out to me. Unfortunately, due a very busy schedule, I was only able to come up with one. I'm sorry I couldn't make a whole list like everyone else does, but I was able to participate so... yay?

That said, here is my only entry to the Fistful of Moments Blogathon, though knowing me I'm probably going to think of fifty more choices that would have been good as soon as its over:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

If I'm going to make a list of the best cinematic moments, there is no doubting that 2001: A Space Odyssey is going to be in there somewhere. This is one I have cited multiple times as my all-time favorite film, but the only trouble is finding a specific moment. There are so many throughout the film, but perhaps one of the most memorable for me is the docking sequence. There is something incredible about the way this scene is put together, starting with the transformation of a bone into a satellite. The music of the Blue Danube comes into play, and we get an amazing series of shots just showing humanity's accomplishments. In any other film, this would be tedious and boring, but somehow it really captivates me the way Kubrick put it together for 2001: A Space Odyssey.


  1. Brilliant moment to chose...and the fact that you are, at the moment, the only person to mention 2001 makes this possibly the best choice you could have come up with for your moment! Thanks for finding the time to put something together for the blogathon :-D

    1. Really? I guess that's at least something.