Best Cinematic Moment, 2015

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1. Phoenix – “Speak Low” (final scene) [219 points / 19 votes] {click photo to link to video}

2. Magic Mike XXL – Cheetos and water [186.5/18]
3. Sicario – there and back again: a border crossing tale [168.5/16]
4. Anomalisa – Puppets just want to have fun [119.5/13]
5. Mad Max: Fury Road – what a lovely day (dust storm) [105.5/9]
6. Creed – two boxers, one take [88/10]
7. Carol – POV finale [83.5/10]
8. Ex Machina – tearing up the dance floor [82.5/9]
9. Inside Out – shortcut through Abstract Thought [80/8]
10. The Hateful Eight – hate fellate (the Major and the General) [77/7]

11. The Forbidden Room – “The Final Derriere” [72/7]
12. Girlhood – shine bright like a diamond [67/7]
13. 45 Years – the anniversary party [64.5/6]
14. Ricki and the Flash – “Drift Away” [64/6]
15. Room – boy meets world [63/7]
16. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – a night at the opera [60/7]
17. The Revenant – three rounds with a bear [58.5/7]
18. Blackhat – explosion and shootout [56/6]
19. Mad Max: Fury Road – chase to the Citadel [45/4]
20. Buzzard – Bugles treadmill game [49.5/5]
21. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Limping Lotta’s [49.5/4]
22. Creed – Johnson vs. Conlan [46/5]
23. Timbuktu – fantasy football [44/5]
24. It Follows – opening [44/4]
25. Bone Tomahawk – butchering the deputy [42.5/4]
26. Magic Mike XXL – “Pony” [40/5]
27 (tie). Chi-Raq – “Oh Girl” [39/3]
27 (tie). Mad Max: Fury Road – Polecat [39/3]
29. Creed – running/workout montage [38/4]
30. Mad Max: Fury Road – introducing the Doof Warrior [38/3]
31. The Walk – man on wire [37/5]
32. Mommy – “Wonderwall” broadens our outlook [37/4]
33. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – boat chase and Solo’s perspective on it [36/4]
34. Breathe – Sarah’s apartment [36/3]
35. Inside Out – Bing Bong’s sacrifice [35/3]
36. Kingsman: The Secret Service – church massacre [33.5/5]
37. Tangerine – showdown at Donut Time [33/5]
38. It Follows – old woman appears at the school [31/3]
39. Bridge of Spies – opening operation [30.5/3]
40 (tie). Tangerine – “Gift of the Magi” with a modern day twist (final scene) [29/3]
40 (tie). What We Do in the Shadows – werewolves not swearwolves [29/3]
42. Carol – Therese’s first trip to Carol’s house [28/2]
43. Tokyo Tribe – beatboxing girl servant [26/2]
44 (tie). Mad Max: Fury Road – a shoulder to aim on [25/2]
44 (tie). The Martian – “Starman” montage [25/2]
46. Furious 7 – cars don’t fly [24/3]
47 (tie). The Hateful Eight – vomiting blood [24/2]
47 (tie). Mad Max: Fury Road – stunt bikes attack the war rig [24/2]
47 (tie). Wild Tales – Pasternak’s revenge (opening) [24/2]
50. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Ethan catches a ride [23/3]
51 (tie). Ex Machina – when the lights go down (first time) [23/2]
51 (tie). Hard to Be a God – Don Rumata smears his face with tar [23/2]
53. Straight Outta Compton – “Fuck Tha Police” live performance [22/3]
54 (tie). Buzzard – spaghetti at a hotel [22/2]
54 (tie). Maps to the Stars – “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” [22/2]
56. Li’l Quinquin – funeral scene [21.5/2]
57 (tie). 45 Years – a private slideshow [21/2]
57 (tie). Ex Machina – Ava escapes [21/2]
57 (tie). Mad Max: Fury Road – Furiosa takes a left [21/2]
57 (tie). Sicario – the man who came to dinner [21/2]
61. Love & Mercy – recording Pet Sounds [20.5/2]
62 (tie). The Duke of Burgundy – dream sequence [20/2]
62 (tie). Horse Money – elevator interlude [20/2]
62 (tie). In Jackson Heights – lecture from taxi instructor [20/2]
62 (tie). The Revenant – opening ambush [20/2]
66. Bridge of Spies – final exchange on the bridge [19.5/2]
67 (tie). Creed – shadowboxing with dad [19/2]
67 (tie). Mad Max: Fury Road – Max vs. Furiosa [19/2]
69 (tie). It Follows – tied to a chair [18/2]
69 (tie). Tangerine – car wash [18/2]
71 (tie). Furious 7 – skyscraper jump [17/2]
71 (tie). Sicario – soldiers against the sky [17/2]
73 (tie). Avengers: Age of Ultron – attempting to pick up Thor’s hammer [16/2]
73 (tie). Shaun the Sheep Movie – theme song reprise in the city [16/2]
73 (tie). Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Kylo Ren vs. Rey and Finn [16/2]
76 (tie). Kingsman: The Secret Service – symphony of exploding heads
76 (tie). Spectre – Opening chase through Dia de los Muertos [15/2]
78. Chi-Raq – Father Mike’s eulogy [14.5/2]
79. Carol – Meeting Therese (“I like the hat.”) [14/2]
80 (tie). Arabian Nights vol. 2: The Desolate One – Tears of the Judge [14/1]
80 (tie). Carol – “We are not ugly people.” [14/1]
80 (tie). Carol – Blanchett’s delivery of “flung out into space” [14/1]
80 (tie). The Duke of Burgundy – “perhaps a human toilet?” [14/1]
80 (tie). Inside Out – family dinner [14/1]
80 (tie). Mad Max: Fury Road – Crow Fishers [14/1]
80 (tie). Mistress America – Mamie Claire’s mansion [14/1]
80 (tie). The Princess of France – soccer switching (opening scene) [14/1]
80 (tie). Saint Laurent – meeting at dance club [14/1]
80 (tie). Son of Saul – opening scene [14/1]
80 (tie). Straight Outta Compton – cops hassle rappers outside recording studio [14/1]
91 (tie). Blackhat – Jakarta showdown [13/2]
91 (tie). Bone Tomahawk – flea circus [13/2]

The following scenes received one vote apiece:
Amy – Amy disses Justin at a Grammy party
Anomalisa – Lisa’s voice changes
Ant-Man – Cassie Lang’s new pet
The Assassin – assassin vs. assassin
The Assassin – the mask splits in two
The Assassin – sword fight in the woods
Avengers: Age of Ultron – creation of Vision
Beasts of No Nation – single-take raid on a house
Best of Enemies – fallout from the debate incident
Best of Enemies – “the network nearly shat.”
The Big Short – Steve Carell and the stripper
Blackhat – in-camera zoetrope
Blackhat – Korean restaurant fight
Blackhat – Manhunter moment
Bone Tomahawk – group makes contact w/savages
Breathe – the pillow
Bridge of Spies – a conversation between two insurance attorneys in a bar
Bridge of Spies – meeting “the family”
Brooklyn – dinner with Tony’s family
Brooklyn – marriage proposal
Brooklyn – reunion conclusion
Carol – passing through the tunnel
Chappie – Chappie left alone
Cheatin’ – the woman in red at the carnival
Chi-Raq – taking the Armory
Clouds of Sils Maria – final scene on stage
Clouds of Sils Maria – the snake appears
The Cobbler – Asian man at barber shop
Cop Car – Sheriff Kretzer attempts to unlock the car door
Creed – first time entering the ring
Creed – going up the steps
Creed – “I’m gonna knock that son of a bitch down.”
Creed – locker room heart to heart
Creed – one-take entrance to climactic bout
Creed – turn down the music
The Duke of Burgundy – birthday cake
The Duke of Burgundy – buying a box
The Duke of Burgundy – carpenter’s visit
Eden – female FJ spins “Within” at wine bar
The End of the Tour – “be a good guy.”
Entertainment – heckling the heckler
Entertainment – trophy machine gun
Ex Machina – Ava (Session 1)
Experimenter – initial rush of experiments
The Forbidden Room – bath instructions
The Forbidden Room – The Book of Climaxes
Furious 7 – goodbye, Paul Walker
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Viviane wears red ankle-exposing shoes in court
The Gift – Gordo’s final gift to Simon
The Good Dinosaur – hallucination
Goodnight Mommy – the big reveal
The Green Inferno – “they got the munchies!”
The Hateful Eight – apple blossom
The Hateful Eight – ending
The Hateful Eight – Jim Jones at Botany Bay
The Hateful Eight – the truth about the Lincoln letter
Heaven Knows What – opening credits
Home – beautiful black skin
I’ll See You in My Dreams – karaoke
Inside Out – “come fly with me”
Inside Out – first mixed emotions
Inside Out – Sadness breaks through
The Iron Ministry – funniest kid alive
Irrational Man – Chekhov’s flashlight re-emerges
It Follows – “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
James White – bathroom scene between James and his dying mom
Jurassic World – raptors go hunting
Kingsman: The Secret Service – “manners maketh man.”
Knock Knock – “it was free pizza!”
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – Kumiko brings Bunzo to the subway
The Last Five Years – “Summer in Ohio”
Lost River – Eva Mendes’ introduction
Love 3D – opening sequence
Love 3D – taxicab argument
Love & Mercy – “God Only Knows” studio session
Love & Mercy – recording “Good Vibrations”
Mad Max: Fury Road – action sequence spurred on by Furiosa going rogue
Mad Max: Fury Road – Furiosa’s scream
Mad Max: Fury Road – last crash
Mad Max: Fury Road – mud
Mad Max: Fury Road – old lady vigilantes
Mad Max: Fury Road – thumbs up
Mad Max: Fury Road – WITNESS!
Magic Mike XXL – “Closer”
Magic Mike XXL – Final dance sequence
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – harbor fight
Manglehorn – Pacino feeds his cat
The Mend – “I’ve got phlegm”
The Mend – mom’s voice mails
The Mend – party sequence
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – living manifestation of destiny
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – underwater heist
Mississippi Grind – double or nothing
Mistress America – we went to high school together
Mr. Holmes – Holmes tells Laura Linney he cares about their son
Nasty Baby – murder
No Escape – rooftop jump
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – escalator time lapse
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – poem at assembly
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – symphony of suffering
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – woman cleaning house as her husband has a heart attack
Queen of Earth – alternating close-up
Queen of Earth – Catherine and Virginia recount failed relationships
Ricki and the Flash – “Cold One”
Ricki and the Flash – “My Love Will Not Let You Down” (wedding song)
Room – boy meets dog
Saint Laurent – watching Betty
The Second Mother – Lourenco Mutarelli proposes Sicario – opening discovery
Slow West – robbery turned shootout in the general store
Spectre – opening shot
Spotlight – final conversation between Michael Keaton and Jamey Sheridan
Spotlight – “Right in your backyard” tracking shot
Spy – zero-gravity fight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – “do you talk or I talk?”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – final moments
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – lightsaber picks Rey over Kylo Ren
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rey’s everyday life
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the junk will do
Steve Jobs – “I am poorly made”
Straight Outta Compton – Jerry Heller hears “No Vaseline” for the first time
The Taking of Tiger Mountain – post-credits scene
Tangerine – Chester cheated
Tangerine – “Toyland”
Timbuktu – Jihadis discuss Messi
Timbuktu – murder by the river
Timbuktu – stoning/dance
Tired Moonlight – 4th of July
Trainwreck – big finish / “Uptown Girl”
Trainwreck – “can we sleep in a realistic position?”
Trainwreck – funeral speech
Trainwreck – John Cena and Amy Schumer’s sex scene
Trumbo – “the fuck you want?”
Unfriended – bleach and cellphone
Unfriended – Never have I ever
Victoria – piano
The Visit – saying goodbye to her kids on the subway
The Visit – zoom-in interview
The Walk – mysterious stranger
We Come As Friends – “did you know that the moon belongs to the white man?”
What We Do in the Shadows – dark bidding
Wild Tales – Bombita
Wild Tales – dance scene (bride vs. her rival)
The Woman in Gold – final Austrian court decision
The Wonders – the girls stumble across Monica Bellucci
Youth – Jane Fonda scene
Youth – jumping out the window
Youth – pop singer on rotating stage
Z For Zacharian – the end (electricity is back on)