Written by Tyrone Bruinsma
5. THE NEON DEMON [The Eyeball]
2016 wasn’t short on good horror sequences: Don’t Breathe (The twist), Blair Witch (The tunnel sequence) , Lights Out (The neon sign, The Void (The monster birth), Train to Busan (Most of the film), 10 Cloverfield Lane (The 3rd act) and The Shallows (The final confrontation) all had their moments-but The Neon Demon had the most disturbing moment of the year. This fairly subdued (for the first half at least) art house thriller quickly turns into a Giallo slasher for the last act and has some intense scenes of gore (with the narrative clearly being witchcraft) where upon one model who ate another model for her beauty pukes up an eyeball and dies…before another model eats that eyeball. It’s a really messed up, but fun scene in a movie with a few of those.
4. SHIN GODZILLA [Final Shot]
This Godzilla is not exactly the equally to Legendary’s reboot in 2014 (mostly due to the political board meeting stuff) but it has a great opening, great sequences of Godzilla storming Japan and one absolutely amazing sequence where they almost one up the Godzilla laser breath scene from 2014 with a multiple laser light show. But the killer part has to be the last shot where the frozen and defeated Godzilla’s tail is revealed to be peeling dozens and theoretically hundreds/thousands of mini Godzilla beings. Like that frozen image is haunting and chilling and then the credits roll. Like, that is AWESOME! What a way to end a Godzilla film. Too bad they may not even follow up on this if reports are to be believed that Toho will instead try an MCU Godzilla-verse. But I hope they include this as the start. If not-hey, it was good.
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR [Airport Battle]
While I wasn’t as high on this film as many others were-I have to admit the Airport battle (and the final showdown) was really fun. While not visually engaging in colours or scope, it’s fun to see heroes we’ve seen for years or ones we’ve just met have this fun chatty brawl. All the powers clashing, the drama and humor balanced and the sound design letting hits play out is great. Everyone loves this scene, I’m no different-just wish more of the film was more awesome.
2. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY [Darth Vader Hallway Fight]
Rogue One was really fun. The opening was visually dynamic, the skirmish early on was fun, the entire third act battle was really fun…but come on-everyone knows the best scene is the most famous movie villain of all time shredding people left and right in that corridor. Darth Vader has been intimidating since frame one in A New Hope, but it would be a while before we saw him go full murder spree in a movie. The visuals, choreography and execution is one of the best and it ranks up there with some of the best Star Wars scenes like Han and Greedo, the battle of Hoth, the Vader and Luke Duel or Duels of Fate. It’s easily the most iconic action scene of the entire modern Star Wars franchise and it’s awesome.
1. BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE [Batman Warehouse Brawl]
Don’t care. Still love this freaking movie. Amazing scenes: the opening credits, Bruce in Metropolis, introduction to Batman, the Future vision, the Batmobile chase, the title fight and the brawl between Doomsday. But no, that Warehouse fight scene is still the best. Yes, it entirely exists because DC saw how popular their Arkham game franchise was. It’s still freaking awesome. The tense build up (with a Zack Snyder cameo as the first guy to get bagged), the relentless pacing, the multiple gadgets and fighting techniques used, plus that amazing score. It’s one of the best hand to hand fight scenes in recent memory that wasn’t CGI heavy, a John Wick film or The Raid movies. I love this movie, love that scene and it’s badass.