Real cinema happens when a filmmaker uses all of the tools at his or her disposal to provide the viewer with an experience they can’t get in any other medium. Sound, vision, and narrative all collide and the experience can occasionally be so singular and indelible you wonder why you, as a viewer, don’t advocate for yourself and seek the feeling out more often. It’s like a drug.
Often times, these moments are accompanied by a piece of music that buoys them to such a degree that you can’t imagine the scene playing out in any other way. While I didn’t see every movie released this year, it was easy to come up with five moments from the ones I did see that struck me in this manner. Hit the jump for 5 Great Film and Music Moments From 2014.