Feb 9, 2012

Highlights: 2011's Best Scene... “New York, New York” from Shame.

Steve McQueen can sustain a static frame like no other director. But such scenes also depend heavily on the consistency and focus of his actors. Like Liam Cunningham and Michael Fassbender’s astonishing conversation in Hunger, Carey Mulligan brings on her A-Game here. With melancholy eyes and a rich, searing voice, she sings a pitch-perfect rendition of this classic tune, and makes it impossible for us to take our gaze away from the screen. What makes the scene so powerful is the way Fassbender and Mulligan communicate their mutual emotions without words. Though never seen together in the frame as she sings, their chemistry is as intense as any shot they share. Their eyes really speak a thousand words.

Previously on 11 Highlights of '11
Sex Scene of the Year
Most Underracted Actor of the Year
Dog of the Year
Best Andy Serkis of the Year
Most Overrated Film of the Year
Alpha Male of the Year
City of the Year
Sexiest Actress of the Year


  1. I'm torn between the opening scene of Melancholia and the elevator scene in Drive.

  2. Good calls!
    I considered the elevator scene. It's the best scene in a film filled with an array of memorable scenes.
    I also had the final get-together in A Separation where they go to Hojat's house right at the top of the list.
    So many options for a list like this, obviously.
    There was also the final moments in TTSS with Koteas and Firth.

  3. I can't wait to see what Carey does next, she's growing from strength to strength.