Last week was my 20th birthday. After having a lovely celebration with my friends I began to think of my favourite birthday scenes from the movies and thought I’d share them with you:
6. Angry Birds – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963)
Our birthdays are supposed to be our favorite day of the year, which makes a birthday party the perfect setting for things to go wrong.
5. He’s in for a Surprise – District 9 (2009)
After coming into contact with a mysterious alien liquid, Wikus van de Merwe begins to develop some curious symptoms. In an extremely dark and poignant film, this brief scene is hilarious.
4. A Very Merry Unbirthday – Alice in Wonderland (1951)
While technically your unbirthday is every day that isn’t your actual birthday, this trippy scene is definitely a classic celebration!
3. Harry Gets His Wish – Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
What kid doesn’t wish to be told that they’re a witch or wizard on their 11th birthday?
2. Maleficent is a Party Pooper – Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Maleficent is one of my favourite Disney villains. As a child I was honestly terrified every single time she appeared on my TV screen. While she is capable of turning into a fire-breathing dragon, I find her most terrifying in her first appearance in the film when she crashes baby Aurora’s birthday celebration.
1. Bilbo Baggins’ Eleventy-First Birthday – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
This scene has it all – fireworks, storytelling, dancing, and magic. And you know it isn’t a good birthday party without an awkward speech!
Here’s a list of my top 6 musical moments in film between 2000-2009 (or at least the scenes that were available on youtube – there were some great ones from Slumdog Millionaire, Hustle & Flow, and Love Actually that I would have liked to have included…) So take a listen and look, and enjoy!
6. Ellen Page and Michael Cera, “Anyone Else But You” (Juno, 2007)
Page and Cera serenade each other with a lovely Moldy Peaches cover at the end of the film. Just two kids in love.
5. Hall & Oates, “You Make My Dreams” ((500) Days of Summer, 2009)
This genius little musical interlude lightens up this not-a-love-story, capturing Tom’s momentary happiness after sleeping with Summer for the first time. If this scene doesn’t get your foot tapping or a smile on your face, well… then you’re just heartless.
4. Elliot Smith, “Needle in the Hay” (The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001)
A haunting choice to accompany Richie’s suicide attempt. Even more haunting considering Elliot Smith’s own death.
3. Elton John, “Tiny Dancer” (Almost Famous, 2000)
After a rough and strange night, the Stillwater gang sing Elton John’s classic, and you really believe that you are “home” with them. I’d even say that this magical moment can sum up the feeling of the entire film.
2. The Dropkick Murphys, “Shipping Up to Boston” (The Departed, 2004)
When this Irish-American Celtic punk song blasted through the cinema, you knew this movie was about to get epic.
1. The Shins, “New Slang” (Garden State, 2004)
One can’t think about Garden State without thinking about it’s perfect soundtrack. There are countless great musical moments to choose from in this film, from the epic scream into the ‘infinite abyss’ in the rain while Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” sweeps in, to Large’s ecstasy-trip accompanied by Zero 7’s “In the Waiting Line”. Yet it’s one of the simplest scenes that tugs at your heart the most, and as Sam says, The Shins will change your life.
So there are my picks. What are yours? Feel free to leave a comment!