Wrapping Up 2016: Top 5 Best Scenes of the Year With a Special Guest Writer
The following article is the transcript of a previously recorded exchange between main writer Nate and special guest writer Rob, as they talk about the top 5 best scenes of 2016. Warning: There will be spoilers for these films.
Nate: Hi, and welcome to The Movie Paradise. My name is Nate. I'm the main writer here. And this is the second installment in our Wrapping Up 2016 editorial series. This will be our top 5 favorite scenes of 2016. Just so we have some clarification, by scene we mean that it does not leave the location. So with me today I have a special guest writer, Rob. How this is going to work is that I'm going to say my numbers five through two, then you'll do your five through two, and they'll we'll each say our number ones. First, I just wanted to say that a couple of my honorable mentions are the food orgy scene in Sausage Party, and the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) scene in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Nate: My number five is the City of Stars scene from La La Land. This is the scene when Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone meet for the first time and they're walking back to their cars, and they break out into... it's mainly a dance number, but there's some singing to it. It's right in front of this sunrise in Los Angeles, and what's amazing about it is if it was just in front of a sunrise, that wouldn't be as big of deal. But the fact that it was all one take, and it was like a ten minute sequence, they're dancing in front of the sunrise and they had to... you know that when they were logistically filming this, they had to time everything with the sunrise, because with that kind of sunrise, that goes by quick. So they had to set up everything, get ready, and be able to film it all in one take, no mess-ups, and then be able to coordinate it with the sunrise... that takes a lot of effort, and it really pays off for a great scene. [You can read our review for La La Land here]
Nate: My number four is the Hacksaw Ridge battle in... you guessed it, Hacksaw Ridge. This counts because it never leaves the location, it's all in this one battle. Mel Gibson does a brilliant job in directing this battle. You see the horrors of war. You see how grisly and disturbing and violent it is. And, a contrast to that is the heroism of Andrew Garfield as he goes about saving everybody. It's just an incredibly well done scene that really makes the movie. Anyways, that's my number four. [You can read our review for Hacksaw Ridge here]
Nate: My number three is the warehouse fight in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I wasn't a huge fan of the movie...
Rob: Love it.
Nate: ...but this fight where Batman (Ben Affleck) takes down all of these thugs in this warehouse was awesome! It's the kind of action you want in a Batman movie. This is the kind of stuff you want to see Batman doing. And I really hope that Ben Affleck looks at this scene in particular when he's crafting his Batman movie. [You can read our review for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice here]
Nate: My number two is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the scene with [Darth] Vader. You have darkness, a little bit of fog. The rebels have the plans...
Nate: I put a spoiler warning at the beginning of the article.
Nate: Suddenly, you hear [breathing], and then there's Vader with the lightsaber and he kills some fools, and it's awesome, and it's great, and it's everything you wanted to see of Vader in his last on screen appearance, probably. It's just great. [You can read our review for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here] So now I'll turn it over to Rob for his five through two.
Rob: My number five is the scene in Hell or High Water, at the end where they're at the mountain and whatever. It's basically Ben Foster versus all the police officers. It was so cool to see that guy grab that sniper and shoot down everyone. I loved the part when he freaking puts the car in reverse with the bomb in it and blows everything up. I just thought it was so awesome. Really, really good action. [You can read our review for Hell or High Water here]
Rob: My number four is the explosion in Deepwater Horizon. When I walked into that movie, I didn't really know what to expect, and the beginning was good. But when that explosion hits... sitting in that IMAX theater, it was like thunder! The theater was shaking! You could see all the colors and everything!
Nate: You really like thunder for a guy who hates Thor.
Rob: Yeah, Thor sucks. Anyways, Peter Berg did a terrific job putting that scene together. I thought it was fantastic. [You can read our review for Deepwater Horizon here]
Rob: My number three was also the Batman warehouse scene [in Batman v. Superman]. Did he shoot people in that scene? I forget.
Nate: Um, I think he grabbed people and held them as they were shooting and aiming them at other people. He didn't directly shoot people, but he shot people.
Rob: Yeah, well, either way, I think it's cool! This version of Batman-- he's fed up, he's tired, he's old. Nate: He's sick of this sh*t.
Rob: He just needs to get the job done. If that means getting people shot, he don't give a f*ck. He's fighting for the greater good. Why do we care about these f*cking criminals? They're f*cking rapists and like, stealing money and sh*t like that. Like, get rid of them! Kill them! I don't care. I thought it was awesome. It was really violent, and I like violence. You should watch the R-rated cut, it was cool. Remember when the blood came from his head? It was pretty cool.
Nate: Ooh, blood!
Rob: My number two is the airport scene in Captain America: Civil War. We saw glimpses of it in the trailers, but we didn't know just how cool it was going to be. When Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) became Giant Man, that was so cool. And to see the other Avengers thinking "Oh sh*t, what do we do?" and then Spider-Man (Tom Holland) ties him around and knocks him down.
Nate: Star Wars reference.
Rob: Yep. The one thing I didn't like about it was when Rhodey (Don Cheadle) gets shot, falls from f*cking like, I don't know how many feet, and is like "Oh, I'm going to be fine." He obviously would've died, that's f*cking bullsh*t. But other than that, I thought it was great to see these heroes fight against each other. I thought they'd be pulling punches, but they weren't really. A lot of them were going full on. [You can our review for Captain America: Civil War here]
Nate: Now onto our number ones. My number one is your number two, the airport fight in Captain America: Civil War. Look, comic books are my first love. So, getting to see all of these comic book characters fight on screen... it was something right out of the comics. We saw glimpses of it in Avengers, where a couple of heroes fought for a couple of minutes, but nothing as substantial as this. This was a twenty minute scene, and it was perfectly directed and staged. You have the first part of it, and you think it's over, but all of a sudden, like you were talking about, Ant-Man becomes Giant Man and there's a second part to it. It ends up being like a full thing. A huge, twenty minute battle. It was so incredible to watch, and I was just grinning like a kid when I was watching it. It was so great to see. And now onto Rob.
Rob: My number one is Darth Vader, baby. Since Nate already spoiled it, I'll tell you exactly what happens. Vader comes in, he's pissed, and he f*cking kills everyone. When he f*cking pins that guy up on the ceiling and like stabs him and he's dead. It felt like a horror movie!
Nate: It did. That's how it was filmed.
Rob: And my favorite part is when the guy is up against the door, and he has no other option and he goes "Just take it! Take it!"
Nate: "Take the plans!"
Rob: "Take them!"
Nate: And then he gets sliced in half!
Rob: Aw, that was awesome! That's what made that movie for me.
Nate: As soon as it was dark. It was dark and it was foggy.
Rob: You knew he was coming.
Nate: You hear the breathing, and you're just like "Oh. Sh*t." And then you see the lightsaber and you're like "Holy f*ck!" And it just goes bananas. Granted, the scene is only like a couple of minutes.
Rob: It's not even a couple minutes. It's more like, thirty seconds.
Nate: But it's the best thirty seconds.
Rob: Yeah, it's awesome. It's probably the best scene I've ever seen from a movie in theaters, in my opinion.
Nate: It's the best part of Rogue One, by far.
Rob: It's probably my favorite scene of all time.
Rob: It's awesome. I could just watch that right now. All day.
Nate: So that wraps up our top 5 scenes of the year. I'm Nate, this is Rob. And thanks for tuning in. We'll be back with more Wrapping Up 2016 editorials a little bit later.
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