Joaquin Phoenix, <em>The Master</em>
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
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* Asleep in a balcony seat at the top of some golden-age movie palace, Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is brought a telephone: The Master (Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd) is calling from England....
* In Lincoln, the magnetic clasp of hands at the moment Stanton (Bruce McGill) and Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) finally receive news about a crucial battle...
* Fireflies: the compound at Abbottabad aswarm with night-vision dots, Zero Dark Thirty...
* Gothic night woods, the rattle of wagon wheels on rough ground, the contrapuntal swinging of a lantern and a giant tooth: enter Dr. King Schulz (Christoph Waltz), Django Unchained...
* Skyfall: 007 (Daniel Craig) and M (Judi Dench) at the threshold of 39 Steps country...
* On the beach in Moonrise Kingdom: Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) tentatively boogie to Françoise Hardy's "Le Temps de l'Amour"...
* "Girl from the North Country" playing as Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and Pat (Bradley Cooper) sit cross-legged on the floor, beginning a life-saving dance—Silver Linings Playbook...
* "I would like to be cohesive" ... Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), Beasts of the Southern Wild...
* Moon and Cate Blanchett sharing a frame, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...
* Cat sitting atop abandoned iron lung in a dark room, The Sessions
* Coffin with memory drawer optional, Bernie...
* In the sepia palette of memory, the soft, volcanic flare when (Rachel Weisz) lights, draws on a cigarette, one measure of appetite and passion in The Deep Blue Sea...
* Easy Money: JW (Joel Kinnaman) stares at the back of a golden girl's neck, turned on by the erotics of privilege....
* Young Heathcliff (Solomon Glave), pressed against Cathy's (Shannon Beer) back as they ride on the moor, breathes in her hair while his hand grazes the horse's flank—Wuthering Heights....
* Orgiastic swell of sacred harp hymn as Bertha (Mia Wasikowska) kneels and washes Jack Bondurant's (Shia LaBoeuf) filthy feet, in Lawless...
* Deep in a Paris sewer, a perverse pietà: Beauty (Eva Mendes) and the Beast (Denis Lavant), Holy Motors...
* Pietà in Robot & Frank: Frank (Frank Langella) cradling his "son," after erasing Robot's harddrive...
Freddie Quell, surreally tiny, sharing a bench with his hometown sweetheart, just one of his larger-than-life Mothers in The Master...
* "Name me." Olivia Wilde to Charlie Hunnam, Deadfall...
Anna Karenina: The crackling sound of Anna's (Keira Knightley) agitated paper fan, like the wings of a moth beating against light, as she watches her lover ride in a horserace...
* Hope Springs: Kay (Meryl Streep): "I'm not comfortable with oral sex." Dr. Feld (Steve Carrel): "Giving or receiving?" Kay: "What?"...
* Django Unchained: blood spattering snow-white cotton bolls...
* Looper Senior (Bruce Willis) face to face with Looper Junior (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) over breakfast in a heartland diner...
* Late-night diner schmooze between two battered hockey "enforcers," one rising (Seann William Scott), one in decline (Liev Schreiber)—Goon...
* Amour: a slap that, in small, shatters civilization...
* Shadows of passing soldiers flickering over the faces of Lincoln and Grant (Jared Harris) as they keep each other company on a roadside porch, post–Civil War carnage—Lincoln...
* Tarantino's uncanny instinct for setup and suspension: in Django Unchained, the hilltop vantage on a man plowing a field, as two men (Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx) argue the merits of his extermination...
* Surveyed from a distance, on high, the track that connects Prometheus and the alien ship takes on a strange immanence: an umbilical link between "gods" and men....
* Barely glimpsed in Life of Pi: the shape of the eat-and-be-eaten island softens into the form of dreaming Vishnu....
* Tabu: In silent black-and-white, Portuguese colonials do the twist on a lawn in the middle of darkest Africa....
* Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) coping with horse dander, The Hobbit...
* The Intouchables: Driss's (Omar Sy) amoral delight when his paralyzed employer (François Cluzet) doesn't react to the hot coffee Driss has just poured over his leg...
* Debbie (Leslie Mann) touching Desi's (Megan Fox) breasts in This Is 40: "They're like memory mattresses—Tempur-Pedic!"...
* In Argo, the always Moment-ous Philip Baker Hall: "The United States Government has just sanctioned your science fiction movie."...
* Michaels Stuhlbarg and Pitt: who better to initiate us, however unexpectedly, into the madcap zone of Seven Psychopaths?... 

That many again and then some, at http://movies.msn.com/movies/year-in-review/moments-out-of-time-2012/