2007 Bellview Awards, Part III
The 20 Best Movie Moments of the Year:
A “movie moment” is essentially when you
have a scene where everyone in the audience seems to have the same
reaction—maybe it’s a big laugh, or an awe-inspiring stunt, or a
moment where everyone in the audience, even “that guy that never
cries”, cries. Two recent examples: maybe the most
famous line about wine in the history of the movies from
not drinking any fucking merlot!"), or the best moment from
2004, the bag of weed dream sequence from
"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." And now, this year's
When we get to see the female apparel in the closet of Captain
Shakespeare (Robert De Niro)
at the Wedding": When Malcolm (Jack Black) starts crying while
trying to explain why he wants Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to
come back home
Snake Moan": The first time you see Pauline (Christina Ricci)
chained to the radiator
Simpsons Movie": Homer's rendition of an old-school TV theme,
Great Debaters": The ending is powerful, and that hangin'
sequence was also a whopper...
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters": Mr. Awesome's advice,
"Don't get chumpatized!"
Road": The bodily fluid sequence
"Sorry about that, Cunt-i-a."
Bourne Ultimatum": The Waterloo Station sequence
Up": The second sex scene, which features the line "It's a
The first time you hear the voice of Peter Cullen, who voiced
Optimus Prime for the 1980s TV show and does the voice of Prime
again in the movie
The first jam session in the piano store
Promises": The bathhouse fight scene
Mist": The very-end ending
Fuzz": when the priest gets shot, and he yells "Jesus...Christ!"
before hitting the pavement
Leonidas (Gerard Butler) chewing on an apple as dead bodies are
being stacked into a wall
the Wild": The goodbye sequence between Chris (Emile Hirsch) and
Ron (Hal Holbrook)
Kingdom": The film's grand highway-to-apartment complex finale
The opening trailer for "Machete"
I can't tell you why, but if the film has not been edited, you'll
know it when you see it!
Best DVD Rental of the Year--TV Series:
"Arrested Development", Season 1 (22 20-minute episodes)
The fast-paced nature of the jokes, as well
as great performances by nearly every recurring character, make this
one the easy choice of the four TV series/seasons I watched in 2007.
I can see what made Jason Bateman and Michael Cera so popular with
others, as they are playing these same characters now in
"Juno" as well as other
roles each had this year. Too bad it only made it through
two-and-a-half seasons before getting the axe!
Best DVD Rental of the Year--Movies:
Pound for pound, the great Orson Welles
thriller "Touch of Evil" was a better movie (I saw that earlier this
spring, too), but "Jesus Camp" is the one you need to see if you
haven't already. Sure, it's a religious documentary, but don't
let that stop you if you have been on the fence about watching
this--this is about as fair a doc as you are ever going to see and
some of the revelations in this film really are shocking. This
was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, too.
Most Popular (counted by number of
responses) Bellview Essay--Meg
My love letter to my lovely fiancée was the
essay that got the edge over my
Iceland travelogue; I am STILL
waiting for my response letter, but I'll have to settle for a future
with a beautiful person instead
Best Xbox 360 Game:
"Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare"
The best single-player game of the year--and
slightly better than
War" in this category--is "Bioshock", with the coolest
atmosphere, the best mix of action and magic in a first-person
shooter ever and some of the scariest moments I've ever seen on a
console. In hi-def, "Bioshock" is ridiculous. The best
multi-player game is "COD4"; as evidence, I have logged over 60
hours on it so far and there are no signs of it leaving my console.
The RPG-style of the multiplayer makes it feel like legalized crack,
and the framerate matched with an incredibly deep system of maps,
weapons, and game types has made me forget I was waiting over a year
to buy "Halo 3"
Best Wii Game:
"Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition"
The mix of puzzles and action in "RE4" are
great, but you add in Wii remote functionality and a $30 price tag
for what is easily a 15-hour experience and you get a 100%
Best PS2 Game:
of War 2"
My PS2 died in mid-2007, but this sequel to
maybe the PS2's best action game lives up to incredible hype thanks
to an almost-nothing-has-changed approach by the game's designers
Good stuff in 2007: a couple of film
festivals, a ton of travel and airline miles acquired, watched a ton
of movies on DVD, got lucky enough to buy a Wii, changed jobs within
my company...and, oh yeah, I got engaged. 2008 is already
looked slam-packed, with a bunch of weddings to attend (as well as
helping to plan my own), a number of proposed trips, a move upcoming
into downtown Washington and a chance to elect either a black guy or
a woman into the office of the President. I better get my nap
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