Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Best Movie Scenes Of 2019

A great scene can take place in an amazing movie, an awful movie, or anything in between.  It can be one line of dialogue, maybe something as simple as a character's glance or even a quick camera cut...or it can be a massive setpiece that lasts for 10 minutes or more, as I stretch the boundaries of what a "scene" exactly is, perhaps compared to what a "sequence" is.

Anyway, here is my annual compilation of the scenes that most stood out to me over the course of the last cinematic year.  I laughed, I cried, I said "wow" out loud to no one in the theatre.

SPOILER ALERT for some of these movies, as though I tried to be somewhat vague about some plot details, it couldn't be helped in some cases.

Of note: this was the easiest #1 call in the history of my annual "best scenes" lists.  You can probably already guess what it is.

32. Sam meets the Songwriter (Under the Silver Lake)
31. The Hulk meets his young fans (Avengers: Endgame)
30. Gretchen’s body is “discovered” (Velvet Buzzsaw)
29. The Garfield junket (Zombieland: Double Tap)
28. Andy’s halftime speech (Paddleton)
27. The plush rush (Toy Story 4)
26. Juan goes back to see his parents (Museo)
25. Bruce Lee vs. Cliff Booth (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

24. The standoff (Sword Of Trust)
23. Charlie is served (Marriage Story)
22. Benedict and Bergoglio meet after dinner (The Two Popes)
21. Jimmy’s trip to Detroit (The Irishman)
20. Dr. Sivana’s long-distance villain monologue (Shazam!)
19. How Mary and Cynthia met/Mel’s life story (Sword Of Trust)
18. Anthony and Evette meet (Clemency)
17. Rick's scenes on "Lancer" (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
16. Jen and Mel are mistaken for cops, then strippers (The Breaker Upperers)
15. Black Widow vs. Hawkeye (Avengers: Endgame)
14. The knife-tossing fight (John Wick 3)
13. The flooded neighbourhood (Parasite)
12. The Atomic Throw (The Peanut Butter Falcon)
11. Captain America is back on the elevator (Avengers: Endgame)
10. William’s sprint across the edge of the bunker (1917)
9. Lifting Mjolnir (Avengers: Endgame)
8. Spidey vs. the illusions (Spider-Man: Far From Home)
7. Salvador and Federico reunite (Pain & Glory)
6. The montage of Nicole and Charlie’s letters about each other (Marriage Story)
5. The “True Loves Wait” sequence (Waves)
4. Cliff visits the Spahn ranch (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
3. The Game 7 parlay bet (Uncut Gems)
2. The double date (Always Be My Maybe)
1. “Avengers.....assemble!” (Avengers: Endgame)

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