Oscars Week continues on at the Daily Mix Report. Today, I’m discussing my favorite scenes of the year. Just like every year, there were A LOT of memorable scenes in films for 2017. I’d argue that picking your favorite scene from a particular year is harder than picking your favorite movie. Here are some of my favorite scenes from 2017.
*Note: The scenes are in no particular order. Also, I’m going to use clips from YouTube for the scenes. If they get taken down, don’t shoot the messenger. Also, if you have not seen the movies, some of the scenes might be considered as spoilers. Sorry, but not really.*
The Sunken Place, Get Out
It’s extremely difficult to name THE best scene of 2017, but the most memorable scene of 2017 was the Sunken Place in Get Out. It’s been an amazing couple of years for independent films. Once an afterthought, indies are now in the hunt at every major awards ceremony. Look at Moonlight. That movie’s budget was originally for 1.5 million and it won Best Picture at the Oscars. Get Out went from a small indie horror film that grossed over $250 million worldwide. For me, the Sunken Place made this film go from good to great. This might sound cliche, but that scene was something I truly have never seen before, which is why we are talking about it one year later.
No Man’s Land, Wonder Woman
Another scene that will be at the top of most people’s lists for 2017. It’s hard to find someone, both male or female, who had a better year than Gal Gadot. After Batman v Superman, fans really couldn’t get a read on Gadot’s Wonder Woman. All I have to say is thank god for Director Patty Jenkins and Writer Allan Heinberg. Along with Gadot, the trio turned Wonder Woman from a secondary character to the star of the DC Universe. Hands down, Wonder Woman was the best DCEU film to date. No Man’s Land was icing on the cake.
Cafeteria, The Big Sick
“So uhhhh, 9/11. I’ve always wanted to have a conversation about it with…people.” I’ll stop there.
Opening Scene, Baby Driver
I had didn’t have high hopes for Baby Driver, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the film. Ansel Elgort proved he can be a leading man. From the intense car chases to the comedic one liners (I still think about the Mike Myers line), Baby Driver was the perfect original film in a summer full of sequels. At the heart of it all, the soundtrack was fantastic, baby.
Final Shootout, Wind River
Excuse the all caps, but IT IS A CRIME THAT WIND RIVER WAS NOT A CONTENDER DURING AWARDS SEASON. Unfortunately, I believe a lot of it had to do with the scandals surrounding Harvey Weinstein, who’s company owned the film. It’s a damn shame too because Wind River is in my Top 3 movies of 2017. It was that good. From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat, trying to solve the murder mystery with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. This shootout is a taste of what to expect if you have never seen it before. Go watch it now.
I Did Not Hit Her, The Disaster Artist
“I did not hit her, it’s not true! It’s bullshit! I did not hit her! I did not! Oh hi, Mark.” One of the weirdest movies turned out to be one of my favorite movies of the year. In some strange way, The Disaster Artist had this charm and likability that made it oddly inspiring. James Franco was snubbed for a Best Acting Nomination. It mirrors Jim Carrey’s snub for The Truman Show.
Tom Hardy Makes One Final Stand At The Beach, Dunkirk
Dunkirk was my favorite movie of 2017. I had high hopes for the film going in and it delivered to my expectations. I know people had problems with the lack of dialogue and the non-linear narrative, but I believe Christopher Nolan (God) wanted the audience to feel like a soldier at Dunkirk. You’re not going to have great conversations with the person next to you when bombs are falling on the beaches. You’re going to be on the run, trying to find safety in order to survive. That’s the powerful impression that I took out of Dunkirk. I chose one of the final scenes with Tom Hardy to spotlight on this list. For those men, during a time when victories were as rare as humans flying, Tom Hardy gave the men a small sliver of hope that maybe, just maybe, they might make it out of Dunkirk alive.
Pennywise Introduction, It
Hiya, Georgie. The first It scared the you-know-what out of me for years. There’s something about an evil clown that doesn’t sit well with me. I knew it would be extremely difficult to live up to Tim Curry’s Pennywise, but Bill Skarsgård had a different, chilling take on the evil clown that made It a global success.
Peter Meets Liz’s Parents, Spider-Man: Homecoming
I like to pride myself on figuring out giant twists before they occur. I can honestly say that this one slipped right by me. Peter discovering that Vulture is his potential girlfriend’s dad was one of the most shocking twists all year. That thought did not even cross my mind. I expected the father to be an awkward, corny father. It turns out Spider-Man’s enemy opened the door. A great twist for a very likable movie.