Best Cinematic Moment, 2016

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1. Toni Erdmann – “The Greatest Love of All” [138.5 points / 14 votes]

2. Toni Erdmann – team building party [123/10]
3. Hail, Caesar! – “Would that it were so simple” [113/10]
4. La La Land – Epilogue [98/9]
5 (tie). Moonlight – “Hello Stranger” (diner scene) [93/9]
5 (tie). Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It” [93/9]
7. Indignation – confrontation with the Dean [78/8]
8. The VVitch – finale [73.5/8]
9. Hail, Caesar! – “No Dames” [71.5/8]
10. Manchester By The Sea – Lee and Randi’s brief encounter [64/6]

11. A Bigger Splash – “Emotional Rescue” [60/5]
12. The VVitch – the agony and ecstasy of Caleb [57.5/6]
13. The VVitch – “wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” [57.5/5]
14. La La Land – “Another Day of Sun” (opening number) [51/5]
15. La La Land – “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” [48.5/4]
16. Moonlight – “What’s a faggot?” / “Do you sell drugs?” [48/4]
17. Paterson – “Water Falls” (the little girl’s poem) [47/5]
18. Hell or High Water – ordering steaks [46.5/5]
19. American Honey – ain’t no party like a cowboy party [39.5/4]
20. Zootopia – sloths at the DMV [39/4]
21. The Wailing – exorcism [39/3]
22. Sully – Miracle on the Hudson [38/4]
23. Arrival – first encounter [37/4]
24. Happy Hour – “Strange Workshop” [37/3]
25. The Fits – ending [36/5]
26. Cameraperson – baby stops breathing [36/3]
27. Certain Women – saying goodbye [35.5/3]
28. Mountains May Depart – Pet Shop Boys / Go West opening [35/3]
29 (tie). Chevalier – “Loving You” [33.5/3]
29 (tie). Midnight Special – revelation [33.5/3]
31. Sunset Song – Wedding [33/3]
32 (tie). The Handmaiden – throw away your books, run into the fields [32/3]
32 (tie). Hidden Figures – Katherine Johnson’s frustrated outburst [32/3]
34. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – “Equal Rights” [29/3]
35. Aquarius – revenge of termite art [28.5/3]
36 (tie). 20th Century Women – dinner table talk about menstruation [28/3]
36 (tie). The Lobster – final scene in the diner [28/3]
38. Cameraperson – boxer and his mother [28/2]
39. Green Room – the box cutter [27/3]
40. Fences – Rose’s final speech to her son [27/2]
41. Cemetery of Splendor – friscillating colors in the sleep disorder ward [26/3]
42. Kill Zone 2 – prison riot [25/3]
43. Hell or High Water – peace makers (ending) [24/3]
44 (tie). Certain Women – horseback ride [24/2]
44 (tie). Moonlight – final scene between Trevante Rhodes and Andre Holland [24/2]
44 (tie). Moonlight – swimming lesson [24/2]
47 (tie). Cameraperson - violence montage [23/2]
47 (tie). Moonlight – Chiron and the broken chair [23/2]
49. Paterson – Marvin vs. the mailbox [22.5/2]
50. The Nice Guys – Ryan Gosling in the bathroom stall [22/3]
51 (tie). Arrival – ending [22/2]
51 (tie). Captain America: Civil War – Airport battle [22/2]
51 (tie). Paterson – the Japanese man [22/2]
54. Arrival – Costello reveals that Louise’s visions are flash-forwards [21.5/2]
55 (tie). American Honey – fireside dance (finale) [21/2]
55 (tie). Keanu – bonding over “Father Figure” [21/2]
55 (tie). Silence – Issei Ogata deflates [21/2]
58. Silence – seaside crucifixion [20.5/2]
59 (tie). 13th – Make America Great Again [20/2]
59 (tie) The Fits – dancing on the bridge [20/2]
59 (tie). The Mermaid – police sketch artist [20/2]
62 (tie). Jackie – drunken Jackie wanders the White House to “Camelot” [19/2]
62 (tie). The Neon Demon – corpse copulation [19/2]
62 (tie). Sausage Party – food orgy [19/2]
65. Aquarius – “Fat Bottomed Girls” [18/2]
66 (tie). Elle – Christmas dinner
66 (tie). Manchester By The Sea – flashback to Lee’s tragedy [17/2]
68. Christine – “Yes, but…” therapy session [16.5/2]
69. Moana – shiny [16/2]
70. Our Little Sister – ride through the cherry blossoms [15.5/2]
71 (tie). Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – halftime performance / PTSD memory [15/2]
71 (tie). The Mermaid – half human, half fish [15/2]
71 (tie). Moana – “You’re Welcome” [15/2]
71 (tie). The Nice Guys – finding Shattuck’s body [15/2]
75 (tie). 20th Century Women – Black Flag vs. Art Fags [14/2]
75 (tie). Morris From America – Curtis’ climactic speech [14/2]
75 (tie). Silence – Garrupe dies with his congregation [14/2]
78 (tie). The Age of Shadows – train compartment shuffle [14/1]
78 (tie). Certain Women – closeup on Jamie’s face as she drives home [14/1]
78 (tie). Fences – “What law says I got to like you?” [14/1]
78 (tie). Ghostbusters – Holtzman winks while sucking straw [14/1]
78 (tie). The Greasy Strangler – Hootie Tootie Disco Cutie [14/1]
78 (tie). The Invitation – dinner sequence [14/1]
78 (tie). Moana – “I Am Moana” [14/1]
78 (tie). O.J.: Made in America – Gil Garcetti watching the white Bronco chase [14/1]
78 (tie). Our Little Sister – last visit to Sachiko’s restaurant [14/1]
78 (tie). Silence – final confession [14/1]
78 (tie). Things to Come – closing shot [14/1]
78 (tie). Weiner – McDonald’s pursuit [14/1]
90 (tie). Hail, Caesar! – religious meeting [13/2]
90 (tie). Love and Friendship – Church. Hill. [13/2]
90 (tie). Mountains May Depart – final dance [13/2]
93 (tie). Cameraperson – watching the kids with the axe [13/1]
93 (tie). Chevalier – Yannis tells Christos off [13/1]
93 (tie). The Love Witch – “I am your greatest fantasy!” [13/1]
93 (tie). The Mermaid – being invincible is lonely [13/1]
93 (tie). The Mermaid – Liu Xuan tries to convince police of mermaid attack [13/1]
93 (tie). The Nice Guys – hotel shootout/elevator [13/1]
93 (tie). Silence – apostatizing [13/1]
93 (tie). Silence – the Voice [13/1]
93 (tie). Sing Street – the school concert [13/1]
93 (tie). Train to Busan – Daejeon Station [13/1]
93 (tie). Wiener-Dog – film school student interview [13/1]
104 (tie). 31 – final scene standoff [12/1]
104 (tie). Café Society – dissolve in the final shot [12/1]
104 (tie). Fences – cut to Lyons while Cory and Rose argue [12/1]
104 (tie). The Handmaiden – Ben Wa balls [12/1]
104 (tie). The Handmaiden – first reversal [12/1]
104 (tie). The Handmaiden – huffing poison, chopping fingers [12/1]
104 (tie). The Handmaiden – self-choking during storytelling [12/1]
104 (tie). Hell or High Water – Marcus and Toby have a beer [12/1]
104 (tie). The Illinois Parables – tornado warning [12/1]
104 (tie). Manchester By The Sea – “you’re just gonna let me go?” [12/1]
104 (tie). Sunset Song – “All in the April Evening” [12/1]
104 (tie). Tale of Tales – flayed sister returns to town [12/1]
104 (tie). Things to Come – closing credits [12/1]
104 (tie). Train to Busan – protecting the door [12/1]
104 (tie). Zootopia – Little Rodentia [12/1]
119 (tie). Doctor Strange – astral plane slugfest [11/2]
119 (tie). Three – ICE gravity defying slugfest [11/2]
119 (tie). X-Men: Apocalypse – “Sweet Dreams” (Quicksilver does his thing) [11/2]
122 (tie). Author: The JT LeRoy Story – Courtney Love pauses during a phone conversation to snort coke [11/1]
122 (tie). Certain Women – “it doesn’t have to be a tome.” [11/1]
122 (tie). Doctor Strange – cape with an attitude [11/1]
122 (tie). Elle – hatchet shopping [11/1]
122 (tie). Fences – Rose reacts to Troy’s confession [11/1]
122 (tie). Hacksaw Ridge – just one more [11/1]
122 (tie). Indignation – death scene [11/1]
122 (tie). Kate Plays Christine – Kate watches video of Christine [11/1]
122 (tie). The Love Witch – burn the witch! [11/1]
122 (tie). Manchester By The Sea – police station breakdown [11/1]
122 (tie). No Home Movie – empty room (final frame) [11/1]
122 (tie). Too Late – “I need to change my life” (second segment) [11/1]
134. Deadpool – main titles [10/2]

The following scenes received one vote apiece:

10 Cloverfield Lane – regrets

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – “not expecting friendlies”

20th Century Women – Crudup/Gerwig seduction

20th Century Women – watching Carter’s “crisis of confidence” speech

Allied – sandstorm sex

American Honey – Crystal’s hotel room

American Honey – stealing the car

Aquarius – Clara dances after her night out

Arrival – Hannah’s death to birth

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Wonder Woman’s arrival

The BFG – dream pool

A Brand New Testament – God reveals that he’s responsible for all the torments

Café Society – ending

Cameraperson – “did you always dress with so much style?” take 2

Cameraperson – title card sequence

Cameraperson – woman throws mom’s belongings everywhere

Cemetery of Splendor – “Love Is a Song” (final sequence)

Cemetery of Splendor – movie theater

Certain Women – negotiation with Rene Auberjonois

Clown – Murderclown vs. Chuck E. Cheese

The Conjuring 2 – temporary blindness

Creepy – ending

Creepy – interrogation

Deadpool – 12 bullets

Deepwater Horizon – oil rig breaks (initial disaster)

Doctor Strange – put a ring on it

Dog Eat Dog – phony cop car

Don’t Breathe – exploring the blind man’s house

Don’t Breathe – money shot

Elle – wrecking husband’s bumber

Embrace of the Serpent – in full color

Everybody Wants Some!! – “Rapper’s Delight”

Everybody Wants Some!! – theatre people party

Evolution – Nicholas discovers the women writhing on the rocks

Evolution – underwater kiss

Fences – what about me?

Finding Dory – Dory finds her parents

Finding Dory – Hank drives the truck

The Fits – Beezy coins Toni’s nickname “Guns”

The Fits – Toni’s fit

The Greasy Strangler – what are these chips made from?

Green Room – “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”

Green Room – Pat’s desert island band

Green Room – Prince

Hacksaw Ridge – first battle scene

Hacksaw Ridge – using the dead man’s torso as a shield

Hail, Caesar! – Crazy, Lazy, Full Moon!

Hail, Caesar! – Hobie and Carlotta do tricks

Hail, Caesar! – Marxist meeting

The Handmaiden – botched suicide by hanging

The Handmaiden – first sex scene

The Handmaiden – octopus is cooked

Happy Hour – nightclub conversation

Hell or High Water – final bank robbery

Hell or High Water – gas station brawl

Hell of High Water – porch standoff

Hell or High Water – waitress refuses to give up her tip

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party – mother/daughter conversation

Hidden Figures – “I know you believe that”

Hidden Figures – Janelle Monáe makes her case to the judge

Hidden Figures – Janelle Monáe’s exit from the courthouse

High-Rise – party/suicide scene

I Am Not Your Negro – Doris Day movie clip fading into lynching montage

I, Daniel Blake – Daniel discovers Katie’s illegal job

I, Daniel Blake – visit to the food bank

The Invitation – red lanterns light up the Hollywood Hills (ending)

Jackie – assassination flashback

The Jungle Book – cowbell

Kate Plays Christine – final scene

Kill Zone 2 – emoji texting

Krisha – credits roll

Kubo and the Two Strings – Kubo vs. the Moon King

Kubo and the Two Strings – ship fight

La La Land – “City of Stars”

La La Land – “I Ran”

La La Land – argument at the kitchen table

Lion – ending title cards

Lion – meeting the real mother

Little Men – Jake apologizes to his parents

Little Men – Leonor weeps

Little Sister – “Have you seen me?”

Little Sister – mother/daughter conversation

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World – empty room

The Lobster – “Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart”

The Lobster – electronic music

The Lobster – kicking the kid

The Lobster – make-out session

London Has Fallen – Banning and SAS advance down the street

London Road – cellular material news report

Love and Friendship – introducing Sir James Martin

Love and Friendship – peas

Love and Friendship – twelve Commandments

The Love Witch – tampon magic

Manchester By The Sea – Lee beats up the two guys for looking at him

Manchester By The Sea – walk away, Lonergan

The Mermaid – octopus is cooked

Midnight Special – “I like worrying about you.”

Midnight Special – meteor shower

Midnight Special – opening scene

Moana – flashback to history

Moonlight – beachside conversation

Moonlight – wet dream

Mountains May Depart – fireworks

The Neon Demon – fashion show

The Neon Demon – mirror transformation

Nerve – blind motorcycle ride

The Nice Guys – “I got a big dick.”

The Nice Guys – bee in the car

The Nice Guys – introduction of John Boy

The Nice Guys – Richard Nixon

The Nice Guys – you’re drinking again

No Home Movie – trees blowing in storm (opening shot)

O.J.: Made in America – Hertz commercial

Operation Avalanche – car chase

Paterson – Laura gets out of bed to get some morning sugar

Paterson – poetry writing dissolve

Patriots Day – Boston bombers vs. BPD shootout

Pete’s Dragon – confrontation on the bridge

Remember – the Nazi next door

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Darth Vader in the final scene

The Shallows – ride the waves

The Shallows – self-suturing

The Shallows – shark attack and aftermath

Shin Godzilla – entire opening

Silence – Liam Neeson’s visit

Sing Street – the first time Ferdia Walsh-Peelo sings

Sing Street – off to England (final scene)

Sing Street – Sun/Day

Southbound – emergency surgery

Sully – crash from the perspective of air traffic control

Sunset Song – firing squad

Swiss Army Man – Jurassic Bus Crossdresser

Three – Time in a Bottle

Toni Erdmann – birthday brunch

Too Late – cross-town zoom in the opening sequence

Tower – first cut to flesh and blood interviewee

Weiner – “why are you letting us film this?”

Wiener-Dog – mother/daughter bedtime chat

The VVitch – taste of butter

Zoolander No. 2 – any time Kyle Mooney speaks