Cinematic greatness comes in many shapes, forms, and running times. Not all of it is spread across the length of an entire movie—sometimes it’s crammed into one moment, an isolated pocket of excellence. Other times it shines brightly for a few minutes, illuminating the power of what’s around it. Before counting down the best movies of the year (tomorrow!), The A.V. Club film staff presents its favorite scenes—the ones that work in isolation, as standalone triumphs, and the ones that gain power through context. The multi-selected favorite is below, followed by individual picks from each of our regular contributors. There will be spoilers, so beware. Scene Of The Year The fight, Before Midnight In Before Midnight, the third installment of what’s become a profound, decades-spanning portrait of a romance, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) do something we’ve never seen them do before: They have an argument. Not a little spat, or a cute disagreement, or a heated debate, but a real knockdown, drag-out fight. Holed up in a Greek hotel room for an arranged night of romance that’s gone south, the lovers spar as only two people who really know each other can. For those already in love… Read full this story
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