#24 on the list of my favorite movie moments comes from what many consider to be the overall best Star Trek movie, The Wrath Of Khan, I am, of course, talking about Spock’s death scene followed by his funeral.
This is still one of the saddest moments I’ve ever seen in a film. The music by the late James Horner is also fantastic, I can listen to his rendition of Amazing Grace any day:
What makes the scene so great is that Spock risked his life to save his friends including Kirk and William Shatner when he gives this eulogy, it feels so genuine and so authentic, it is so hard to not watch these scenes and not get teary eyed, even for guys, this is so damn hard to watch without getting tears in your eyes.
The best part about it is that there was no real idea on if Spock was really dead of if he’d be back for another movie because back then, nobody really knew if he’d come back for the next movie or hell, if there would be a third movie so, the fact that this is done without real knowledge of what’s next for these guys, that adds a lot to the film as a whole.
Spock’s death and funeral is still a classic scene not just in the history of Star Trek but also in the history of film, still holds up even to this day. And fuck anybody who tries to remake it….I’m looking at you, Star Trek Into Darkness.
#23 is a moment from a movie so recent, it’d be insane to put on my list already seeing as how it just came out less than a year ago. But, I can’t help it, the A Lovely Night sequence from La La Land is one of my favorite movie moments.
Now, the dancing sequences in this movie are phenomenal on their own all looking like they were shot with one take and also feeling like you’re watching a show on a Broadway stage.
But the A Lovely Night sequence alone is beautifully directed and choreographed, it’s that great. All shot in one take with great singing from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, director Damien Chazelle does such a good job of carrying in the spirit of the classic song and dance musical numbers of the 40s and 50s so well in this one scene.
I can’t help it, it’s such a great, great scene and one of the reasons why La La Land is such a great movie, it’s such a brilliantly handled love letter to the classic musicals in a modern day fashion that it just comes together so well.