This year, like other years, was filled with moments in movies that could make you cry, make you laugh, and make your jaw drop. Here are some of my favorites:
10.) Rain – “Blade Runner: 2049”
This perhaps is the most gorgeous moment in a movie filled with endless beautiful shots, and a movie that will probably win the Oscar for cinematography. This is the scene where Ryan Gosling’s character and Ana de Armas’ character, who is a robot, embrace outside in the rain, and wow, is it beautiful. Aside from the wonderful score playing in the background, this is a silent scene with no dialogue, but what makes this scene so great is the very subtle translucency of Ana de Armas’ character and her interaction with the rain. Well done Roger Deakins, it really is a sight to behold.
9.) Decisions – “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
I decided to title this scene “Decisions,” as an ambiguous way of identifying this scene without giving away a major spoiler. I do not think many have, or many will see this movie, but this extremely wacky film ends in such a bold and gut-wrenching way that I literally may never forget. I recommend this movie, and I am sure you will know what scene I am talking about if you give it a watch.
8.) Mirror – “I, Tonya”
This scene is simply Margot Robbie, who plays Tonya Harding, looking into a mirror and putting her makeup on. This scene last about a minute, and is so incredible as Robbie is looking directly into the camera, and trying to fight back tears from pressure, and anxiety, and stress, but struggles to do so. This is a Margot Robbie showcase and is a prime example of why she should be nominated for an Academy Award this year. This is a haunting and powerful scene with not a single word said, and Robbie nailed it.
7.) Pie – “A Ghost Story”
For those who haven’t seen this movie, this is going to sound weird, but for those who have, I am sure you will 100% understand why this is on this list. This scene is a four-and-a-half minute scene of a single camera shot of Rooney Mara’s character eating a pie… and it is bone-chilling. From a distant shot of her eating pie, you can feel every emotion in Rooney Mara’s body, especially when a single tear drips down her face. This is another silent scene, where all we hear is the clanking of the fork and the bites of the pie, but every bit of anger and grief is on full display and this is easily one of the most powerful scenes of the year.
6.) Willoughby’s Note – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
I cannot talk about this one too much without giving away a major spoiler, but this is the narration by Woody Harrelson over an event in the movie where Chief Willoughby writes a note to his wife. Obviously what happens during this scene is the part I cannot talk about and is extremely impactful in my decision to make this No. 6 on my list, but the note he writes is so beautifully written and makes you feel a certain way about Chief Willoughby that I really wasn’t expecting to feel. I think I am a bit of a sucker for good monologues, and this one reached out and grabbed me.
5.) Opening Scene – “Baby Driver”
This is our first introduction to Baby, in “Baby Driver,” and this Edgar Wright film starts out hot right out of the gates, and it is fascinating. This scene is a microcosm for the rest of the movie in its soundtrack and intensity. This scene opens with an extremely well shot and cleverly choreographed car chase, that keeps the blood pumping throughout the rest of the movie. This was certainly one of the best openings in a movie this year.
4.) Flashback Reveal – “Wind River”
I will try to be as careful as possible talking about this one because it is an extremely vital sequence in “Wind River,” but calling it “The Flashback,” should trigger the memory enough to recall the most eye-opening scene of this movie. The brutality of this scene will leave your jaw on the floor. This is an extremely brave and bold scene by director Taylor Sheridan, and I am so glad he didn’t hold back at all. I felt every bit of this scene and it is so clearly one of my favorite scenes of the year.
3.) Stuhlbarg Monologue – “Call Me By Your Name”
To speak to the magnitude of this speech given by Elio’s father, played by Michael Stuhlbarg, in “Call Me by Your Name,” Stuhlbarg is being discussed for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, which is incredible considering he has an extremely small role in the movie. This speech is given to Elio and is extremely well written and Stuhlbarg’s acting is on full display with his emotion and power that goes into this speech.
2.) Snoke – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
This is another scene I have to carefully title and explain, as it is probably the biggest spoiler in this movie, but this is the scene in the big red room that involves Kylo Ren, Rey, and Snoke, and I think everyone who loves Star Wars loved this scene. This was an incredible scene that I never saw coming and unfolded in a way I was so happy to watch. Rian Johnson directed this movie and this scene in a marvelous, fresh way and this was another time I felt so engaged in a Star Wars film, as we all have before.
1.) Kumail’s Breakdown – “The Big Sick”
This scene in “The Big Sick,” was Kumail Nanjiani’s stand-up comedy act right after getting off the phone with Emily’s father. Kumail showed some absolutely incredible emotion and power in a gut-wrenching scene that was perfectly written. Yet another monologue, so call me a sucker for them, but this one took the cake. Kumail delivered this hard-hitting act so perfectly and it made me feel more emotion, by far, than any other moment in film this year.
What was your favorite movie moment of 2017? Comment below with your thoughts.