Mike’s 50 Favorite Movie Moments of 2016

by Michael Henley

  1. The opening freeway dance sequence of LA LA LAND
  2. Pretty much every other sequence in LA LA LAND, including “Someone in the Crowd,” “A Lovely Night,” the dinner table scene, and the finale
  3. Game night and the subsequent barrel scene, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
  4. Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s reading of the line “Oh, come on!” in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
  5. The first steps in learning to communicate, ARRIVAL
  6. Louise and General Shang negotiate the logistics of their odd relationship, and the ensuing aftermath, ARRIVAL
  7. Wonder Woman makes her entrance, BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
  8. Tilda Swinton walking on stage and literally being a rock star in A BIGGER SPLASH
  9. The tunnel sequence in BLAIR WITCH
  10. Kristen Stewart being such a good actress that she elevates the disjointed nonsense of CAFE SOCIETY
  11. Cap ALMOST signs the accords, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
  12. The airport brawl, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
  13. “Queens!”/”Brooklyn!”, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
  14. Patrick Wilson sings a little Elvis and brings some happiness into the Hodgson family, THE CONJURING 2
  15. The opening credits of DEADPOOL
  16. Stephen Strange vs. Durmarmu, DOCTOR STRANGE
  17. Jane Levy acting her socks off in DON’T BREATHE
  18. Sam’s climactic show, DON’T THINK TWICE
  19. The trip inside the suitcase, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
  20. Any Denzel Washington monologue in FENCES
  21. Kevin interviews for the secretary position, GHOSTBUSTERS
  22. Darcy tells the trapped kids that “this won’t end well,” GREEN ROOM
  23. The final line of dialogue in GREEN ROOM
  24. Eddie meets with the religious consultants, HAIL CAESAR!
  25. “No Dames!” HAIL CAESAR!
  26. “What don’t you want?” HELL OR HIGH WATER
  27. The final porch scene in HELL OR HIGH WATER
  28. “Shit just got real!” HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
  29. The final shot of THE INVITATION
  30. Story time, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
  31. The fight between Monkey and one of the sisters on the disintegrating leaf skiff, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
  32. Casey Affleck telling Michelle Williams “I can’t beat it,” MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
  33. “You’re Welcome,” MOANA
  34. The restaurant scene in MOONLIGHT
  35. Zac Efron trying to determine what is and isn’t sexist, NEIGHBORS 2
  36. The runway scene and its immediate aftermath, THE NEON DEMON
  37. Ryan Gosling struggles with a bathroom stall door and a gun in THE NICE GUYS
  38. The entire party scene in THE NICE GUYS
  39. Pretty much any line of dialogue in THE NICE GUYS
  40. The increasingly sinister highway confrontation in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
  41. Any one of of the music videos or song performances in POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
  42. Connor publicly proposes to Ashley. It goes…badly, POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
  43. Nancy befriends a seagull in THE SHALLOWS
  44. “Drive it Like You Stole It,” SING STREET
  45. “Sabotage,” STAR TREK BEYOND
  46. Jyn and co. each individually complete their mission, STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
  47. Darth Vader vs. a hallway full of doomed troopers, STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
  48. Enter Black Phillip, THE WITCH
  49. Judy Hop’s entrance to ZOOTOPIA
  50. The press conference scene, in which what the movie is actually about finally clicks into place, ZOOTOPIA