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The A.V. Club Names The Best Film Scenes of 2015

The A.V. Club Names The Best Film Scenes of 2015

While many publications limit their year-end lists to films and performances, The A.V. Club highlights its favorite scenes of the year, demonstrating how some of the best moments in film don’t always appear in the best films of the year. The way the list shakes out is that the contributors pick one “Scene of the Year,” and then highlight various other great scenes in an unranked list. In past years, the Scene of the Year has gone to the first processing scene in “The Master,” the hotel fight scene in “Before Midnight,” and the ending scene in “Whiplash.”

This year, The A.V. Club contributors picked the “Speak Low” scene in “Phoenix,” a film that has been widely acclaimed as having the best ending of the year. It’s a remarkable, cathartic scene that can be easily classified as the “Mic Drop” moment of the year. Other scenes include the bear attack in “The Revenant,” the “I Want It That Way” scene in “Magic Mike XXL,” and even the contract negotiation scene in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The list itself is reprinted below, but please follow the link to see the contributors’ notes on each scene.

The A.V. Club Best Film Scenes of the Year

Scene of the Year: “Speak Low,” “Phoenix”
Border crossing, “Sicario
The sex scene, “Anomalisa
Off Santa Monica Pier, “Jem and the Holograms
“I Want It That Way,” “Magic Mike XXL”
“A Summer In Ohio,” “The Last Five Years
The body-splitting, “Bone Tomahawk
The football bet, “Focus
When Yves met Jacques, “Saint Laurent
The bear attack, “The Revenant”
“We’re not ugly people,” “Carol
Taxi argument, “Love
Cold open, “Wild Tales
The second boxing match, “Creed
Contract negotiation, “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Porridge, “Crimson Peak
The confrontation at Donut Time, “Tangerine
Explaining the rules, “It Follows
Max holds Furiosa’s rifle, “Mad Max: Fury Road
Paddleman, “Arabian Nights, Volume 3: The Enchanted One”
Never have I ever, “Unfriended
Cab-driver seminar, “In Jackson Heights
The opening chase, “Bridge of Spies
The anniversary dance, “45 Years
“The Final Derriere,” “The Forbidden Room
The final shootout, “Slow West
The Vienna opera house fight, “Mission Impossible—Rogue Nation”

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