Great movies are built on great ideas, or amazing performances, or the perfect script. Maybe they're best remembered as a completed whole, a piece of art which doesn't come together until every single frame has unspooled on screen. But more often than not, it's the moments we remember most; those special, singular places in time where everything comes together on screen for a few brief seconds or minutes to create something so indelible, so perfect, you'll carry it with you for the rest of your life.
Maybe the rest of the movie doesn't really work or maybe you're in the middle of watching one of the year's best films. Whatever the movie, in that moment, for those seconds, you're carried away by unstoppable laughter, soaring on waves of emotion, or left sinking into the pits of sadness and despair. For a few specific seconds some films are able to capture lightning in a bottle. 2010 had more than its share of those unforgettable, lightning in a bottle moments on film. These are the ones we'll remember most.
SPOILER WARNING: The following discussion contains major spoilers from each of the films involved. If you haven't seen the movie, skip it and go on to the next one.
Craig Robinson Covers "Let's Get It Started" in Hot Tub Time Machine|
Hot Tub Time Machine contains at least three pretty unforgettable moments. You'd expect no less than that from a movie about guys traveling through time using beer and a faulty plumbing. But none of those other moments actually spawned an impromptu sing-a-long. Stuck back in the 80s and pushed up on stage to perform, Craig Robinson decides to pull a Marty McFly and bring a little modern music to the table. When he leans into the mic and croons "let's get it started... in here..." something magic happens and before you know it your head's bopping along to the beat as the music starts working its way out of your mouth.
In the packed theater I saw it in, suddenly, as if we were in some sort of musical, at that moment every person in a completely random audience, young or old, started singing right along. No one asked us to sing, no one gave us a cue, the scene simply demanded that we join in and be a part of it. Maybe it's the effortless charm of Craig Robinson or maybe it's just The Black Eyed Peas are that good. You be the judge. Sing along as you watch it embedded below.
And the bass keeps runnin runnin and runnin runnin...