The Ford On Film End Of Year Awards 2015: Best Scene
Hello, and welcome once again to the Ford On Film End Of year Awards 2015. Today, we reach the last of our film categories, but it’s a great one: Best Scene of the year. Every year, there are a handful of standout sequences that make you remember why it is you love cinema, be they brutally emotional, gloriously happy, or just baffling odd. More than any other category this year, there were a lot of scenes that could have made the top 5, and a lot that could have made the honourable mentions list.
Here it is then; the Best Scenes of 2015!
*WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE AND PHOENIX*
‘Wonderwall montage’ – Mommy
‘The opening battle’ – Macbeth
“Time to meet God” – Sicario
“Take her to the moon for me” – Inside Out
‘The final chase’ – Max Max: Fury Road
‘The dance scene’ – Ex Machina
In the otherwise dark and gloomy Alex Garland sci-fi Ex Machina, this scene stood out like no other. After a tense meeting between Domnhall Gleeson’s Caleb and Alicia Vikander’s A.I. Eva, Caleb finds himself alone with mad scientist Oscar Isaac’s female assistant, who tries to seduce him. After rejecting her advances, Caleb is startled when disco music starts up and she starts to dance, soon joined by Isaac, busting out the most surprisingly brilliant dance moves since Sam Rockwell. Both hilarious and impressive, the scene was so odd and in contrast to the rest of the film, it became a work of genius.
‘Diamonds’ – Girlhood
Very few directors understand music in film like Céline Sciamma. Halfway through Girlhood, as teenager Marieme finally feels accepted by her new gang of friends, Diamonds by Rihanna hits; the gang are drunk and merry in a hotel room washed with blue light. Over the space of the entire song, the gang dance and sing in joyous abandon; it’s as simple as a scene can get, yet it fills you with so much happiness and energy.
‘The church scene’ – Kingsman: The Secret Service
If you ask most people what they think of when they think of Kingsman: The Secret Service, odds are they’ll mention the church scene. Matthew Vaughn has always provided audacious action, but he may have topped his own bad taste stands in this highly gory and offensive five minute sequence, set to ‘Freebird’. Colin Firth is a surprising action hero as he runs through a church full of murderous homophobes and racists, the violence going from mild to extremely brutal.
Not only is the editing and stunt work top class, but Vaughn doesn’t let up or let the scene become boring. The action really is non-stop for the length of the Lynyrd Skynyrd track, providing a plethora of memorable murders.
‘Opening scene’ – White God
A little girl rides around the empty streets of Budapest on her bicycle. She turns around, and sees dozens of dogs in a pack giving chase. Who is the little girl? Why are the streets empty? Why is she being chased by an endless amount dogs? All these fascinating questions are raised in just two minutes by White God, in what is quite easily the best opening scene of 2015.
‘Speak Low’ – Phoenix
No scene lingered on my mind after the first viewing than the closing scene of Christian Petzold’s Phoenix. If you haven’t seen the film, don’t watch the clip, because it will give away the most memorable of endings. If you have seen the film, you know exactly why the scene is utterly perfect; Nina Hoss’ initially quiet vocals as she pretends to be somebody else, before bursting into the famous singing voice we’ve been waiting all film to hear. Her betraying boyfriend Johnny first plays the guitar, then quickly stops when he realises the woman he turned his back on is still alive (Ronald Zehrfeld’s face and sudden silence will haunt you).
It’s powerful, it’s beautiful, and it stays with you long after the film is over. Even if you didn’t like Phoenix, there’s no denying the final scene is incredible, and the best scene of 2015.
Join me tomorrow when I’ll be handing out the award for Best TV Show of 2015. Thanks for reading!
By Harry J. Ford
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