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(Some Of) My Favorite Film Moments of 2017

I’ve grown a little weary of Top 10 Films of 2017 lists, and they’ve only just begun.  There’s no need to give you my personal ranking of the usual suspects that we’re all familiar with by now:  Get Out, Lady Bird, The Disaster Artist, Dunkirk, Three Billboards, etc.  The only real surprises in my personal Top 10 would be Hostiles and Koganada’s Columbus.  So, instead, I’ve decided to compile a list of some of my favorite film moments of the year.  It widens the discussion because plenty of average films have amazing sequences in them that the rest of the narrative might not live up to.  In true stream-of-consciousness fashion, here are some of the stand-out moments from my time spent in the magical darkness of a movie theater in 2017.

Keanu Reeves’ bespoke weapons “fitting” in John Wick 2

The opening credits of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver

The post-credits scene from The Disaster Artist

Elijah Wood attacking a group of thugs with his throwing stars in I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore

Gal Gadot emerging from the trenches to face the German machine guns in Wonder Woman

Watching our black protagonist in Get Out standing over the bleeding body of a white woman as flashing police lights approach and knowing (dreading) how the film is going to end … and being wrong

Vince Vaughan dismantling a car with his bare hands in Brawl in Cell Block 99

Squirming in my seat as Carla Gugino attempts to slip her handcuffs at the end of Gerald’s Game

Michael Fassbender’s dual performances in Alien: Covenant

Roger Deakins’ jaw-dropping cinematography in Blade Runner 2049

Tom Hardy’s plane gliding above the beaches of northern France in Dunkirk

The intermittent use of color in Francois Ozon’s black-and-white, post-World War I character drama Frantz

The big post-credits reveal at the end of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split

Charlize Theron kicking butt in the stairwell fight from Atomic Blonde

British actor Steve Oram’s amazing performance as an occult expert in A Dark Song

The black-and-white “noir” version of Logan, James Mangold’s revisionist western take on comic book films

Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) double-checking his chemical equations mid-heist in Logan Lucky

Robert Pattinson’s career-redefining performances in Lost City of Z and Good Time

David Lynch talking to Harry Dean Stanton about his pet tortoise, President Roosevelt, in Lucky

Christian Bale emoting without seeming like he’s emoting in Scott Cooper’s western Hostiles

The “I will make chaos on you” scene from the 2017 Palme d’Or winner, The Square

Woody Harrelson coughing in Frances McDormand’s face in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the split-second reactions that follow

Larry Bloom (Kevin Costner) psycho-analyzing his daughter, Molly (Jessica Chastain), on a park bench near the end of Molly’s Game

The killer plot twist in Lake Bodom that fooled even this veteran horror film fan

Lauri Metcalf circling the airport in her car near the end of Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird

The final middle finger offered by the babysitter at the end of Better Watch Out

SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT:  I’m listing this next movie moment last so that I can provide a spoiler warning for The Last Jedi.  This was a genuine gasp-inducing awestruck moment from 2017 that can’t go unmentioned:  Vice Admiral Holdo going lightspeed kamikaze on a Star Destroyer and the outer space total silence that punctuates the moment.  It was true Star Wars magic.

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