The Honey POP is back with our third installment of A Decade in Review and this time we’re looking back on the most memorable moments in film.
The Honey POP’s A Decade in Review: Most Memorable Moments in Film has it all.
Kathryn Bigelow Wins ‘Best Director’ at The Acadamy Awards (2010)
This might seem a little out of place given the rest of the “Most Memorable Moments in Movies” list but The Honey POP loves to honor deserving people and Kathryn Bigelow is a deserving person! She won the Oscar for ‘best director’ in 2010 for her film The Hurt Locker. Not only did she win, but she also became the first and only woman to ever win ‘best director’ at the Academy Awards.
It’s also worth mentioning that she beat out her ex-husband, James Cameron, who was nominated for his $237 million dollar movie Avatar.
Hopefully, in the next decade, we will see more kickass woman win direction awards.
Harry Potter Film Franchise Comes to an End (2011)
In 2011, the big screen said goodbye to the globally popular Harry Potter franchise when Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hit theaters. The film was a major success and was an epic conclusion to the beloved franchise. It became the highest-grossing film in 2011 which was not an easy feat. It was also the highest-grossing Harry Potter film which duh, of course, it would be!
Who could forget the emotional moment the trio returned to platform 9 3/4 with their own children? We sure can’t, which is why this is The Honey POP’s most memorable moments in film of 2011.
‘The Avengers’ Assemble For the First Time (2012)
The 2010s saw the beginning, middle, and end of Marvel’s epic Avengers franchise. In 2012, The Avengers assembled for the first time and from that moment on everything changed in the Marvel cinematic universe.
It became the first Marvel film to generate $1 billion in ticket sales alone! The success of the first Avengers led to three more Avengers films which all broke the billion-dollar threshold. I guess it’s a good time to be a superhero fan!
The Avengers definitely changed the superhero film genre and action movies in general which is why The Avengers landed a spot on our list.
No One Could ‘Let It Go’ when Frozen Hit the Big Screen (2013)
Did you really think we were going to let this one go? We hope not!
Whether you loved the movie or hated it with your entire being, there’s no denying that Frozen became an overnight sensation. Frozen was the highest-grossing animated film in 2013 and held the title until 2019 (the live-action animated Lion King dethroned it). The film was so successful it earned a sequel that came out in November 2019 and its own Broadway musical adaptation.
Sure, Frozen broke a lot of records and had a lot of younger siblings singing off-key to “Let It Go” but the real reason it’s on The Honey POP’s A Decade in Review: Most Memorable Moments in Film list is that we love the message of the film and the characters!
Okay Became Our Always When The Fault In Our Stars Hit Theaters (2014)
The Fault In Our Stars was originally written by John Green and published in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2014 that we got to see Hazel and Augustus on the big screen.
Fans of the book flocked to the theaters with tissues in tow ready to watch their favorite characters struggle with cancer. Fans who hadn’t read the books also flocked to the theaters but they were left shocked when the only death of the film hits. Who could blame them? Even the fans who read the book hoped the movie would have a happier outcome, but that’s just not realistic.
Not only was the film heartbreaking (I still cry every time I watch the gas station scene) but it also gave us some of the best romantic quotes of all time. Maybe “okay” will be The Honey POP’s “always,” too.
Star Wars Franchise Awakens in a Big Way (2015)
Listen, if we’re being honest the Star Wars franchise-owned the second half of the decade in terms of most memorable moments in film. 10 years after the last prequel movie and 38 years after the franchise originally began, fans were given the chance to experience the force once again when Star Wars: The Force Awkwanes premiered.
This film is iconic for so many reasons — we could seriously go on forever, so we’ll try to keep it short. It promised long-time fans a chance to revisit their favorite characters like Princess Leia (now General Organa), Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker. It also introduced a new group of characters (humans and droids, of course) for new and old fans to enjoy.
In terms of records, it sold the most movie tickets of any movie released in North America since the Titanic premiered. It became the highest-grossing film in North America dethroning Avatar. The Force Awakens still holds this record today.
One of the things that are so memorable about this film is that generations flocked to the cinemas together to stand in line to secure the best seats for the earliest showings. Oh, and the cosplayers of course! Watching The Force Awakens in a theater full of die-hard fans on opening night is a feeling that can’t be matched.
Epic Academy Award Best Picture Snafu (2016)
Remember when La La Land won ‘Best Picture’ for all of 15 seconds before it was revealed that Moonlight was the real winner and no one knew what was the truth? We do too, which is why it’s on our ‘A Decade in Review:’ Most Memorable Moments in Film list.
After the incident, viewers were left terribly confused and the actual winners were left speechless. Not to mention, blame was thrown at everybody. Some people blamed Warren Beatty for incorrectly reading the card — but it was clear from the beginning that he was having trouble reading. Others blamed Faye Dunaway since she was the one who actually wrongly announced the winner. And then, there were those who blamed the accountants who gave Dunaway and Beatty the wrong card!
The whole thing was such a mess but hey, it made things memorable!
Harry Styles Makes His Acting Debut (2017)
Move over Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, there’s a new Hollywood It Boy in town and he’s a former boy band member too!
With One Direction officially on hiatus, the members of the boyband had a lot of free time on their hands. Some of them turned to music, others turned to their personal lives, but Harry Styles chose to tackle the big screen.
Fans went wild when they learned that Harry Styles was cast in Christopher Nolan’s World War 2 movie Dunkirk. They were a bit confused but ready to support their beloved singer turn actor. They promised to fill theaters and brush off comments that they were only interested in the film because the singer was a member of the cast.
Okay, so maybe that’s why some of us flocked to the theaters, but Dunkirk turned out to be amazing (with or without Harry Styles’ presence — obviously he made it better though!).
What’s so impressive about Harry Styles’ acting debut is that he managed to land a role in an Academy Award-nominated film created by an Academy-Award winning director despite having no acting credits beyond iCarly and One Direction’s own documentary. Talk about talent!
‘Eighth Grade’ Makes Us Relive Our Awkward Middle School Years (2018)
Who would have thought we’d love a film that reminded us just how awkward we were in eighth grade? Certainly not us, but then Eighth Grade premiered and won our hearts.
This is probably the least known film on The Honey POP’s ‘A Decade in Review:’ Most Memorable Moments in Film list and it’s a shame! The film, which was written and directed by Bo Burnham and stars Elsie Fisher, follows Kayla Day as she navigates her final days in middle school before becoming a high schooler.
Eighth Grade is full of cringy moments that make us want to cry and reach out to Kayla to remind her that middle school doesn’t last forever but that’s what makes it so good! The film cast actual middle schoolers to play middle schoolers and portrayed what it’s like to be an eighth-grader in such an authentic way that it’s painful to watch but oh so wonderful at the same time.
If you haven’t seen the film, please check it out.
The Year of Fan Outcry and CGI Redesigns (2019)
There’s been a lot of great film moments in 2019, but two of the most memorable moments come from viewer outcry over horrible CGI graphics.
In April, a trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog hit the internet and fans were quick to tear it to shreds. Following the public outcry, the studio pushed back the release date of the film again and decided to redesign Sonic all together. The new design seems to be more acceptable for fans so that’s good. We’ll see what happens when the film premiers next year though.
Unfortunately, Cats doesn’t have as happy of an ending as Sonic does.
In July, the first trailer for the film version of Cats hit the internet and viewers were horrified! No one understood why Cats was getting a film and the poor character design didn’t help matters at all! The studio quickly went back to make adjustments and the film premiered in December.
Unfortunately, the film is still suffering from CGI issues. Tom Hooper, the director, revealed he was working on the effects up until the film’s premiere and that the updated version would be sent out to theaters at a later date. That’s certainly a first in the world of film! Apparently, in the old version, they forgot to edit the fur onto one of the character’s hands. We can’t make this stuff up!
Hopefully, filmmakers have learned their lesson this decade and the 2020s will bring us films that don’t give us nightmares when they’re not supposed to!
Roll the credits! The Honey POP’s ‘A Decade in Review:’ Most Memorable Moments in Film list is officially complete. Tune in next time when ‘A Decade in Review’ looks back at the most memorable moments in television over the last decade!
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