10: JURASSIC WORLD – The T-Rex fight scene
I consider this film blend of awesome and dumb. The dumb comes from the idiotic character decisions and plot conveniences. Why would you leave two kids in a ball alone in one of those balls? Those jeeps haven’t worked for over a year and they are able to operate right away? And what is it with this franchise and it’s obsession with people who don’t want children? Now everyone is meant to have children. Quit trying to make it a character flaw.
Whether you love or hate the movie, you have to admit the moment the T-Rex enters the film, the film turns awesome. Seeing it and a bunch of raptors fight the Indominus Rex and trash the theme park is a fan boy’s most glorious dream.
9: TRUMBO – Nearly every line of dialogue
Frank King: Are You Fucking with me? Because if you are, I will fuck you
Dalton Trumbo: I’ve heard that before. It sounded better in prison.
That’s just one of many mike drop worthy comebacks that make this movie a joy to watch.
8: THE HEART OF A DOG – the opening dream
When director-poet Laurie Anderson admits to having fantasies of surgically inserting her dog in her womb so she can give birth to it, you know this is going to be a bizarre ride. But who would have thought a cinematic tribute to Anderson’s dog Archie would include references to the NSA?
7: SPY – Melissa McCarthy’s insults
It seems that Director Paul Feig is the only director who can make a good comedy with Melissa McCarthy in the lead. Spy puts McCarthy in many action scenes from a car chase to an airplane fight. But she’s at her best when she’s spraying insults at her enemies. My personal favourite is when she threatens to castrate a guy and then glue his Johnson to his head so he’ll look like a “limp dick unicorn.”
6: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – The Final Battle
This movie’s full of awesome moments, but if I had to choose, I’ll have to go with the final moments. George Miller goes all out with on awesome image after another from the flaming guitar to the henchman swinging on poles to catch the pregnant women. It all culminates with (Spoiler Alert!) Furiosa ripping Immortan Joe’s face off.
5: SPOTLIGHT – Every parent’s worst nightmare
While investigation the Catholic Church’s cover up of child molesting preachers, Boston Globe reporter Matt Carroll (Brian D’Arcy James) realizes one of the preachers is living across the street. Watching him run out the door to find the preacher’s house in his neighbor hits the subject matter frighteningly close to home. It’s a reminder no one is safe when crimes are covered up.
4: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Avengers try to lift Mjolnir
No matter what you think of this movie, you have to admit it still had many great moments. The best moments are what Joss Whedon does best; characters dicking around.
Watching the rest of the Avengers try to lift Thor’s trademark hammer offers a series of humorous vignettes, from Tony Stark(Robert Downy Jr.) and James Rhodes(Don Cheadle) trying lift using their Iron suits to Captain America(Chris Evans) budging the hammer a little.
It turns out to be a set up for a hilarious and unexpected punch line late in the film.
3: KUNG FURY – The opening scene
The film doesn’t beat around the bush. It lets you know how over the top it is right away with a thug flipping a police car with a skateboard. The film is relentless with images simultaneously over the top, hilarious and awesome. A guy with a boom box is gunned down, causing the boom box to fly into the arms of the shooter. Then an arcade game goes Decepticon on some gamers, flips them off and goes on a killing spree. Explosions and car crashes galore. All over the course of the first minute.
A parody/homage to 80s pop culture, writer-director-star David Sandburg adds to the nostalgia feel by making the screen look fuzzy like a VHS cassette movie, complete with static. And it’s glorious.
2: YELLOWKNIFE – Niels New Year confession
When director Niels Holstein Kaa returns to his hometown of Copenhagen after being an exchange student, he learns the hard way you can’t go home again. In the first scene of this short documentary, Niels discusses the isolation he felt from his former classmates, who have moved on without him. Then in a truly heartbreaking moment, he discusses the worst New Year’s he’s ever experienced. Alone for a year, he spends the night downing tequilas at home. Though it’s just him speaking to the camera, the brutal honesty of his words brings out the emptiness of his life back then.
A trip to a night club only furthers the loneliness. When asked if he’s alone, he recalls bursting into tears. The night only got a lot worst when he returned.
The most heartbreaking moment is when Niels admits he lied about that night to his parents; he told them he was at a party.
1: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON – “Yo, Dre? I got something to say.”
Everyone’s favourite moment of the 2015s surprise summer hit. In defiance to the authorities, hip hop group NWA performs “Fuck tha Police,” not before they and their audience stick up their middle fingers in protest.
Though the scene works well on its own, it’s the events leading up to this moment. We’ve seen the band members constantly harassed by the corrupt, racist cops of L.A. At one point, Ice Cube‘s (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) arrested just for walking to his house. When the band gets arrested right in front of the studio for doing nothing, it inspires Ice Cube to write this angry protest against police brutality. Even when they achieve fame, they get a threatening letter from the FBI. And clueless reporters make the straw man argument of them glorifying violence, never considering this is a representation of the lives they led in Compton. So when we get to this moment, it becomes an act to protect their freedom of speech. They fight to protect their right to protest through music.
In an era of Black Lives Matter, NWA’s ordeals become tragically relevant. This scene becomes the embodiment of the justified anger over the deaths of unarmed innocents, the frustration over the lack of accountability and annoyance at a media that doesn’t understand. Most of all, it serves as a catharsis against such injustice. It’s the right film at the right place at the right time.