Our minds are screening rooms, equipped with a projector, able to play what we have experienced over and over. I have thousands of such scenes locked forever in my mind, and each year a few more are added. These are the scenes that have lodged their way into the landscape of my mind for 2017. Often I think of them, play the details over in my mind reminding me of the first time I saw the film. They are each in their own way, magnificent. Here is the list of top movie scenes of 2017.
15. The opening, ‘Hostiles’
One of the darkest openings to a film I have ever experienced. The west, in the 1880’s, a family works their homestead, the father Outside, the mother indoors, the children running about helping both. Suddenly their homestead is attacked by a group of marauding natives who slaughter all but the mother. It is startling to see the children murdered, more so to see the infant killed, all of this nightmare searing itself into the forever more haunted mind of Rosamund Pike. Unforgettable.
14. The hypnotism sequence, ‘Get Out’
Listen as she stirs her tea, the silver spoon clinking against the china cup, watch his stunning reaction as it overtakes his entire being. Tears pour down his cheeks as he let’s go of what and who he is and sinks into submission. All the while she stares at him, as though gazing into his very soul. Haunting and frightening.