Well, it's about that time! Every year I always look forward to writing this list. I start it early on in the year and just add a scene whenever I see something I really like. This year, I started this list with twelve scenes that I had to narrow down to six. I had to cut the likes of Florence Foster Jenkins, Deadpool, Sausage Party, and others, which made me sad. But I have a list that I am ready to defend, so when you inevitably disagree with some of these all I can say is....come at me bro. THESE are my favorite movie moments of 2016!
Honorable Mention: Ghostbusters - You just got Holtzmann'd
Oh man. Do I love Kate McKinnon. She quickly became my favorite character in this year's Ghostbusters remake, but these scene solidified my love for her character. In this middle of this big battle sequence at the climax of the film, (which is a lot of CGI porn there's no doubt) she has this totally wicked slow-motion fight sequence where she takes on a bunch of baddies with her new toys. It's all set to the actual Ghostbusters theme, and was easily my favorite moment of this film. It actually gave me some goosebumps watching it and even re-watching it now, which is why it still held a spot on this list despite a lot of great moments in this heavily back-ended year for film. As you know by now I loved this film, and absolutely no one can deny that this was anything but a totally awesome moment for an actress who really hit the big time in 2016.
5) Ouija: Origin of Evil - Do you know what it's like to be strangled?
Ok. Don't be freaked out by the fact that this made my top five. But anyone who knows me knows that I love horror films. I even wrote an essay on the genre a while back. They can be exhausting to review, which is why I don't review them very often, but films like The Witch and Ouija were pretty much the only two real bright spots for the genre in 2016. I will say 2016 was better for the genre than 2015 was, especially if you incorporate thrillers into the conversation, but we still had to deal with crap like The Forest and The Other Side of the Door and Blair Witch and The freaking Shallows. So I included this scene here because THIS is what the horror genre can be. It doesn't have to be all pop scares, guys! Let's look at everything that happens in this scene. It starts with a scare that comes out of a good cut, then we go into a creepy monologue from the character we know is possessed by the demon, (Lulu Wilson) then as this monologue continues we slowly push in on Wilson during a 45 second one-shot, THEN we end with a very claustrophobic close-up of the guy (Parker Mack) for his reaction. Whhhhich is also terrifying because it builds up the suspense for the cut back to Wilson. Oh! Then we end the scene by Wilson saying, "Good night Romeo." Which is also creepy because that tells us that she could here what was going on upstairs. The scene scared me ALMOST as much as the creepiest sequences from 2014's It Follows, but it showcases exactly what the horror genre has the potential to be and is exactly why I will continue to stubbornly support the genre in sickness and in health. If you're a fan of horror and let Ouija slip you by, fix that. Scenes like this happen a LOT throughout this movie.
4) Star Trek: Beyond - Sabotage!
We all knew this was going to be on the list somewhere. Sure, the movie overall was not great, but this scene was absolutely fantastic. I remember when I was initially watching this film it was in a pretty full theater, and to this point in the movie they were pretty lifeless. (I wasn't the only one who was somewhat disappointed by the film) But when this scene came on, everyone lit up, You could feel the energy come rushing back into the room, and I cannot deny that that was pretty cool! Also the song is awesome, and I'm glad it's became connected to Star Trek right off that bat. So in addition to actually being applicable to the scene, everyone whom are fans of the series got an extra kick because of "Sabotage's" connection to it. There really isn't much else to say about this one-it's pretty much just a bunch of explosions set to "Sabotage"-but it made this list because of how quickly the feeling in the room changed when it came on. One second its quiet and almost dreary, and the next its rowdy and boisterous. That's the magic and power of cinema, folks.
3) Hidden Figures - We Wear Glasses
This scene is perfect. As soon as it happened in the film I cannot deny I let out a little squeak because DAYUMN is this the best burn of 2016! I mean it immediately starts out as gold-as soon as Mahershala Ali begins his condescending sentence he knows he done goof'd, but then Taraji P. Henson's response......is perfect. Get it gurl! I still get riled up re-watching that sequence! I also must say that I loved the decision to have the camera focus on Ali during the majority of Henson's beat-down monologue too, with just a couple quick cuts to Henson. Because his reaction is priceless. And then there's the perfect cut to Henson to finish the smackdown. Did I mention that this scene is perfect? I loved this film, and you better believe it's gonna pop up on my top ten films of 2016 list, and this scene was definitely the best moment from it. I can seriously just watch that sequence over and over.
2) Star Wars: Rogue One - Darth Vader
We also knew this one was going to be on the list somewhere. Might as well just move on. Can I though? I'm sure for just about everyone else on the planet this scene was their number one favorite movie moment of 2016. There's no doubt we will be talking about it for a long time to come. We can analyze it all day long, (though it's way too late at night for me to do any of that) but it makes the list for me because for years I have been dreaming of something exactly like this in a Star Wars film. After all I'm the guy that re-watches those Star Wars: The Old Republic cinematics from time to time just because they feature Jedi doing totally awesome things. But I think the other thing that made this sequence so awesome, for me at least, was how sudden it was. We all knew it was almost the end of the film, so I kind of figured the rebels were going to hand off the plans to Leia and be done with it. But.....let's just say I am quite glad that they didn't. Thanks for giving us this fan service, Lucasfilm.
1) La La Land - Literally Every Musical Number
You know, before I saw La La Land, I really didn't think that anything would top Star Wars. That moment was so awesome, and I still find myself trying to find clips of it on the Internet to check it out. Buuuuuuuut then La La Land happened. Look. I will just tell you now, straight up-this is my favorite movie of 2016. By far. At this point pretty much any moment of this film could be my number one favorite moment of 2016. From the incredible opening number that's somehow filmed in a single take, to the above clip between Gosling and Stone that's simply magical, to the beautifully choreographed "Someone in the Crowd" number. However, if I HAD to pick one moment from this film to be my favorite movie moment of 2016, I'd go with the epilogue sequence. I don't want to spoil it for any of you unfortunate souls whom have not seen this film yet, but the epilogue is an absolutely beautiful sequence that takes you on literally every emotion imaginable during its exhilarating seven minute sequence. Here its basically just another must-see moment in this film, but after you watch the film you'll see why this is my favorite moment, and why this is my favorite film of 2016. But, let's be real.....literally every musical number from this film is my favorite moment in film for the year. Now excuse me while I go watch La La Land for the eleventh time.
Well, there you have it! My favorite movie moments of 2016! Hope you enjoyed and I will see you tomorrow for my biggest disappointments of 2016!
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