Saturday, January 26, 2008

Moments out of time

The Skandies are upon us. This is the third 2007 critic's poll for me, but it's the one that takes the most effort and therefore has the most interesting results. Every category must have ten entrants, and each entrant has to be awarded some share of a hundred point total. Because of this weighting, the results break down into interesting statistics beyond the tabulated totals -- check out this bewildering array of numbers.

But the best part of the Skandies is the best scene category. Here's my ballot for this year:

  • "Pop! Goes My Heart" video, Music and Lyrics 15
  • "That's How You Know", Enchanted 15
  • "You Can't Stop The Beat", Hairspray 15
  • Confrontation at Funland, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 15
  • On the beach, Atonement 10
  • Overwhelmed in the park, Paris je t'aime 10
  • "Epiphany", Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 5
  • "When Your Mind's Made Up", Once 5
  • Anton Ego's Proust moment, Ratatouille 5
  • Naked skateboarding, The Simpsons Movie 5
That's five musical numbers and five non-musical scenes. Think I enjoyed the musicals this year?


the secret knitter said...

Last year was a pretty good one for the musicals or music-related films. Did you see Control? I dare say you could have included one of the performance scenes from there too.

missy said...

None of our scenes overlap, but Bart's Junk just barely missed out on my list. I can still remember the audience's collective gasp that dissolved into laughter.

Victor said...

You voted for the beach scene in ATONEMENT, but you think it was meant to be taken at face-value?

I had three musical numbers on my shortlist of 21 scenes; 2 made the final cut. The one that didn't was Aishwarya Rai's awesomely sexy raindance number from GURU (it's here, though the reproduction looks like crap.). In addition there were two other scenes I shortlisted that, while not musical numbers per se were dominated and defined by music (a sense of what I mean by that can be gotten from the one of those two scenes that didn't make the final cut: "Hurdy-Gurdy Man" from ZODIAC).

Of these five numbers ... not one overlaps with the five musical scenes in Donna's ballot.