10 Flicks: Movies With Awesome Opening Scenes

March 20, 2012 at 1:51 am

10 Flicks: Movies With Awesome Opening Scenes

UNFORGETTABLE OPENINGS

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Mission Impossible 3

“We put an explosive charge in your head…”

The introduction of Owen Davian is ruthless and awesome.

Jaws

Tension.  We don’t need to see the shark to be terrified of what lies beneath the waves.

Inglourious Basterds

In true Tarantino fashion, Inglourious Basterds’ opening is full of amazing dialogue, suspense and action.

The Dark Knight

How could I leave out the introduction of one of the coolest villains we’ve ever seen on the big screen?  Not to mention it’s an incredible bank heist.

The Social Network

When they first announced ‘The Facebook Movie’ I was skeptical but within 2 minutes I was hooked.  This brilliant opening scene introduces us to a fascinating and flawed main character using nothing but well written dialogue.

Casino Royale

You can’t talk about opening scenes without James Bond’s name coming up.  With so many choices I had to go with Casino Royale for it’s quiet desaturated beauty.

Star Wars: A New Hope

Ignore the prequels.  Our first glimpse of Darth Vader is just as bad ass today.

Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino again.  I suppose you could put the opening scenes from all of his movies and they would feel right at home on this list.  Obviously Pulp Fiction belongs but Reservoir Dogs is no slouch when it comes to openings.  Only Tarantino can make something as ‘ordinary’ as tipping waitresses so unbelievably interesting.

Drive

…  Look there’s a cop car…  No big deal, I’ll just drive the speed limit because I’ve got nerves of steel…

Easily one of the best ‘getaway’ scenes you’ll ever see and an absolutely awesome beginning to a great movie.

Goodfellas

Truly embodies the meaning of iconic.  Goodfellas grabs you the second the gangsters open the trunk and never lets go.

10 Flicks: Best Picture Losers

February 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

10 Flicks: The top 10 best picture nominees that didn't win.

We all know the movies that should have won.  But there are years when the right movie wins while others are just as deserving.  That’s the fun of the Oscars.  Everyone has their favorites.  Everyone makes their picks.

But there can only be one Best Picture each year.

Here are 10 of the best losers:

A Clockwork Orange

LOST TO: The French Connection

The Shawshank Redemption

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

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Gangs Of New York

LOST TO: Chicago

Star Wars

LOST TO: Annie Hall

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There Will Be Blood

LOST TO: No Country For Old Men

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E.T The Extra Terrestrial

LOST TO: Ghandi

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Jerry Maguire

LOST TO: The English Patient

Goodfellas

LOST TO: Dances With Wolves

Saving Private Ryan

LOST TO: Shakespeare In Love

Pulp Fiction

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

10 Flicks: Best Original Screenplay Oscar Losers

February 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

10 Flicks: Screenwriting Oscar Losers | Movie Blog | Academy Awards

Best Original Screenplay.

My favorite Oscar category.  The award every screenwriter aspires to win someday.  Like any Oscar category there will always be losers who deserved their nomination but didn’t quite get there.

Here are the Top 10 Best Original Screenplay Losers:

Inglourious Basterds

by Quentin Tarantino

LOST TO: The Hurt Locker by Mark Boal

Braveheart

by Randall Wallace

LOST TO: The Usual Suspects by Christopher McQuarrie

Monster’s Ball

by Milo Addica and Will Rokos

LOST TO: Gosford Park Julian Fellowes

Gladiator

by David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson

LOST TO: Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe

In Bruges

by Martin McDonagh

LOST TO: Milt by Dustin Lance Black

Finding Nemo

by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds

LOST TO: Lost In Translation by Sofia Coppola

Pan’s Labyrinth

by Guillermo del Toro

LOST TO: Little Miss Sunshine – Michael Arndt

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Unforgiven

by David Peoples

LOST TO: The Crying Game by Neil Jordan

As Good As It Gets

by Mark Andrus (story and screenplay) and James L. Brooks

LOST TO: Good Will Hunting by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

Rocky

by Sylvester Stallone

LOST TO: Network by Paddy Chayefsky

10 Flicks: Best Film Editing Oscar Losers

February 21, 2012 at 7:22 am

10 Flicks: Editing Oscar Losers | Movie Blog | Academy Awards

As a professional editor, I have a particular soft spot for this category.

Best Film Editing

There is a huge amount of work, dedication and passion that goes into the final edit of a film.  These unseen heroes deserve their time in the spotlight.  There are so many talented editors who have been nominated but didn’t not receive their prize.  This list is dedicated to them.

Here are the Top 10 Best Film Editing Losers:

Million Dollar Baby

Edited by Joel Cox

LOST TO: The Aviator

Apocalypse Now

Edited by Richard Marks, Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenberg, Lisa Fruchtman

LOST TO: All That Jazz

Die Hard

Edited by Frank J. Urioste & John F. Link

LOST TO: Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Pulp Fiction

Edited by Sally Menke

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

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Memento

Edited by Dody Dorn

LOST TO: Black Hawk Down

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Edited by Richard Chew, Lynzee Klingman, Sheldon Kahn

LOST TO: Jaws

The Silence of the Lambs

Edited by Craig McKay

LOST TO: JFK

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Seven

Edited by Richard Francis-Bruce

LOST TO: Apollo 13

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District 9

Edited by Julian Clarke

LOST TO: The Hurt Locker

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The Dark Knight

Edited by Lee Smith

LOST TO: Slumdog Millionaire

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10 Flicks: Box Office Favorites

January 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

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I’m a proud movie nerd.

We’ve covered that so it shouldn’t surprise anyone who reads this blog that I follow box office numbers closely.  The only place I go for box office information online is Box Office Mojo.

Recently, I was checking the all time domestic numbers and decided to see if I could narrow the top 100 down to 10.  Can you?

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So here are my 10 favorite box office moneymakers.

Honourable Mention: Avatar, 300, The Sixth Sense, Saving Private Ryan

Star Wars

Star Wars Episode 4

#4 – $460,998,007

I adore the original trilogy and enjoyed the prequels but A New Hope will always be my favorite. (Followed closely by Empire Strikes Back.)

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Spider-Man

Spider-Man

#9 – $403,706,375

It may not be my favorite superhero movie of all time but it certainly paved the way for some of the most entertaining movies in history.

“Go web go!”

Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King

Lord Of The Rings

#12 – $377,027,325

It’s tough to pick one movie when all three are in the top 100.  I look at the series and see one giant incredible movie but I had to pick one so ROTK was the winner.

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Transformers

Transformers Optimus Prime

#22 – $319,246,193

Even though I absolutely hated the sequel, the original is one of the most entertaining popcorn movies I’ve ever seen on the big screen.  It had giant fighting robots and some of the best and most complex visual effects ever created.

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Independence Day

Independence Day Area 51 Attack

#30 – $306,169,268

Will Smith is my favorite actor.  I’m one of the reasons his movies always make 100 million+ in theaters.  Independence Day will always be one of the greats.  ID4 is a perfect example of a huge box office blockbuster.  Big stars, big FX and big thrills.

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Signs

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#70 – $227,966,634

I talk about Signs a lot on this site. I even thought about leaving it off this list to avoid ‘Signs fatigue’.  However, I simply couldn’t bring myself to leave my all time favorite movie off the list.

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded Trinity

#41 – $281,576,461

It’s ambitious, it’s explosive, it’s cool and it’s confusing.  It was once the record holder for most anticipated movie until it was toppled by The Dark Knight years later.

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Twister

Twister Helen Hunt Tornado

#61 – $241,721,524

Twister may surprise some people but I’ve always loved this movie.  When I was a kid, I used to be terrified of tornado warnings.  This eventually ignited an interest in weather and this movie came along right in the middle of that childhood obsession.  Twister is a fun movie. Plain and Simple.

Jurassic Park

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#15 – $357,067,947

To this day, I’m still fascinated by how well the effects stand up compared to today’s standards.  Such a fun movie.

The Dark Knight

dark-knight-joker

#3 – $533,345,358

My second favorite movie ever.  I’ve never been so excited to see a movie in my entire life and to have the film deliver on all the hype was amazing.

Try narrowing down your own list of 10 box office favorites.  It’s not that easy.