The film was always building up to this point. With all the references to Miley Cyrus and “Wrecking Ball” specifically, we knew there would be a performance and it didn’t disappoint. Although Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character was singing it as a grand romantic gesture for his ex-girlfriend, it was actually a wake up call. Up to that point, he personified the proverbial “wrecking ball” in the way his apathy and lack of ambition affected the lives of the people who care about him. This emotional climax shows the character in what he believes to be his highest moment, while the audience finally realizes he’s hit rock bottom. Author – Jon
Trainwreck – “Uptown Girl” – Billy Joel
I can’t say I was a huge fan of Trainwreck as an overall film, but this is one of my favorite moments of the year, period. Taking a song that has grown irksome over the years and channeling it into a big, romantic gesture scene, Trainwreck uses Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” in one the films sweetest, genuinely heartfelt scenes. Pair that with the shot of Bill Hader’s beaming face so totally in love with Amy, and you’ve got yourself the perfect, romantic comedy moment. Author – Allyson
Allyson is a New England based writer, who has been a film critic since 2012. She is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, and the Online Film Critics Society, along with being a Tomatometer approved critic on Rotten Tomatoes. Her writing can also be found at CambridgeDay.com, ThePlaylist.net, VagueVisages.com, RogerEbert.com, TheMarySue.com and elsewhere.