2018’s top movie mo­ments, from ‘Shal­low’ to ‘The Shin­ing’

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE - Lind­sey Bahr AP Film Writer

A film doesn't have to be great to have a great mo­ment.

They're not mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive of course, but a great movie mo­ment is some­thing more ephemeral — a few min­utes of pure, in­ex­pli­ca­ble joy, or even jaw-dropping dis­be­lief that you want to re­visit im­me­di­ately. It's the kind of scene you fast-for­ward to, the kind you want to re-watch with friends and fam­ily, the kind that be­comes a meme.

Here we look at some of our favourite movie mo­ments from 2018 that stayed with us long af­ter the cred­its rolled.

Pos­si­ble spoil­ers may fol­low.

ALLY TAKES THE STAGE IN “A STAR IS BORN”

Surely lit­eral goose bumps are a good sign that you've just seen a pretty stun­ning movie mo­ment. That's what hap­pens ev­ery time I watch the elec­tric “Shal­low” scene in “A Star Is Born,” and, specif­i­cally where Lady Gaga's Ally takes a deep breath and walks out on stage to join Bradley Cooper's Jack­son Maine and sing her song in front of thou­sands of peo­ple.

PAST AND PRESENT MEET IN “MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN”

Ok, so “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” might barely qual­ify as a movie, but it has enough smile-in­duc­ing mo­ments to give it a pass. Plus, is there a more en­joy­able end­ing of a movie this year than when the young and old ver­sions of all the char­ac­ters meet up to sing and dance to “Su­per Trouper”? A lit­tle voice in your head might be ask­ing: Are they all dead? And why is there so much metal­lic fab­ric in heaven? But then Pierce Bros­nan, Stel­lan Skars­gard and Colin Firth emerge from be­low a bar, beer in hand and tops zipped down to their belly but­tons and log­i­cal in­quiry just sort of drifts away.

RECRE­AT­ING “THE SHIN­ING” IN “READY PLAYER ONE”

In a film full of fan boy in­dul­gences and movie nos­tal­gia, Steven Spiel­berg got to geek out with his own idol, Stan­ley Kubrick, by recre­at­ing “The Shin­ing's” Over­look ho­tel in “Ready Player One” and put his own spin on it. Spiel­berg would never let homage get in the way of his own sto­ry­telling, though, so he set­tles for a brief wink in­stead of a full on re­hash.

KILLMONGER CHAL­LENGES T'CHALLA IN “BLACK PAN­THER”

It's not of­ten that you find your­self re­ally won­der­ing what is go­ing to hap­pen in a ma­jor su­per­hero movie, but “Black Pan­ther” kept au­di­ences guess­ing and no more so than in one of the tens­est and most ex­cit­ing scenes of the year, when Michael B. Jor­dan's Erik Killmonger — one of the year's great­est movie vil­lains — chal­lenges Chadwick Bose­man's T'Challa for the throne, dis­arm­ing the sit­ting ruler first with his words be­fore they fight for the king­dom.

POOL PARTY IN “EIGHTH GRADE”

Is there any­thing more un­com­fort­able than a mid­dle school pool party? How about one you were only in­vited to be­cause a pop­u­lar girl's mom has a crush on your dad? That's what Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is con­tend­ing with in Bo Burn­ham's “Eighth Grade.” Burn­ham's cam­era puts the au­di­ence right there with Kayla, as she makes her way through the house and to the car­ni­val of souls out­side, and we're left to only cringe and root for her through ev­ery ag­o­niz­ing mo­ment.

EX­PLAIN­ING HARRY POT­TER GANG THE­ORY IN “THE HATE U GIVE”

“The Hate U Give” is a drama, no doubt, but there are some mo­ments of won­der­ful, heart­felt levity that au­di­ences might not re­al­ize from just the log­line or trailer alone. In fact some of the best scenes are the lighter ones, in­clud­ing the mo­ment where Starr Carter's (Amandla Sten­berg) no-non­sense dad, Mav Carter (Rus­sell Hornsby) ex­plains how the Hog­warts houses are like gangs.

JAIL­HOUSE SPIRIT IN “PADDING­TON 2”

The enor­mously kind bear from Dark­est Peru meets one of his great­est chal­lenges when he ends up in the slam­mer with some un­savoury cell block mates, but a lit­tle mar­malade magic in the kitchen raises ev­ery­one's spir­its, even Bren­dan Glee­son's Knuck­les McGinty.

ED­DIE BROCK EATS A LOBSTER IN “VENOM”

Was any­one more fully, to­tally com­mit­ted to such a bizarre char­ac­ter this year as Tom Hardy was as Ed­die Brock/Venom? Look no fur­ther than the so-out-there-it­works scene where, ravenously hun­gry, Ed­die jumps into a live lobster tank at a fancy restau­rant and takes a bite out of one of the crus­taceans. It's an im­age I wish I could for­get, ac­tu­ally, and yet...

BAS­TIAN GETS BLOODY IN “GAME NIGHT”

Olivia the West High­land White Ter­rier so­lid­i­fied her star sta­tus in “Wi­d­ows,” but her break­out role was just ear­lier this year as Jesse Ple­mons' dog, Bas­tian, in “Game Night,” where she has the mis­for­tune to be in the same room as a bleed­ing Max (Jason Bate­man), one of the fun­nier mo­ments of the year. Max no­tices his blood drip­ping onto the snowy white pup and tries to scrub it off with wa­ter. This of course just makes the lit­tle Westie pink and wet and itch­ing to shake.

MOTH­ER­HOOD MON­TAGE IN “TULLY”

Pump. Feed. Change the di­a­per. Dis­pose of the di­a­per. Re­peat. Jason Reit­man and star Char­l­ize Theron go through the mo­not­o­nous rep­e­ti­tion of life with a new­born in a won­der­fully con­ceived mon­tage in “Tully.” It is funny, and dark and true. Be­cause some­times you're just so tired, you ac­ci­den­tally drop your phone on your baby.

And an hon­ourable men­tion for a few movie mo­ments that be­came memes: “I just wanted to take an­other look at you,” from “A Star Is Born”; “Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good,” from “Avengers: In­fin­ity War”; Henry Cav­ill gets ready to fight in “Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble —Fall­out.” Fol­low AP Film Writer Lind­sey Bahr on Twit­ter: www.twit­ter.com/ld­bahr

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