'Taint nothing wrong with appreciating beauty for its own sake, as South Dakota Dark has encouraged us all to celebrate in the Deeply Superficial Blog-a-Thon. So, herein are 20 pop culture things that I just find achingly, movingly gorgeous:
1. Michael Giacchino's "Locke" theme (the "Locke'd Out Again" cue on the Season One soundtrack)
2. Naomi Watts and Kong looking out on the sunrise at the end of King Kong.
3. Kate Winslet.
4. The intro to "Where the Streets Have No Name."
5. "Sunday," by Stephen Sondheim.
6. Audra McDonald singing Adam Guettel's "How Glory Goes."
7. John Williams' exuberant scoring to the last fifteen minutes or so of E.T.
8. Adam Guettel's "Migratory V"
9. When Aldonza says that her name is Dulcinea at the end of Man of La Mancha.
10. Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere."
11. Sondheim's "Loving You"
12. The last shot of The Shawshank Redemption
13. Belle and the Beast's dance in Beauty and the Beast
14. Every single shot in Finding Nemo
15. When Tom Hanks finally casts off, and we hear music for the first time in a long while, in Cast Away
16. The airport scene in Love, Actually
17. "When the Angels Fall" by Sting.
18. "Edelweiss" by Rodgers and Hammerstein
19. Scarlett Johannssen
20. Mandy Patinkin singing "Lesson #8"