Coolest start to a film.....

Discussion in 'Community' started by iGav, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. iGav macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2002
    #1
    Which films do you believe have the coolest beginnings?? either action or title sequences.....

    I really love the start of Dirty Harry with Scorpio on top of the Bank Of America, and then DH , with that funky sh*t Lalo toon when he walks to the top of the building... sets the scene perfectly.

    The beginning of 'The Fog' is probably the most atmospheric I know, from the ghost story, to showing the town at night when weird sh*t starts going down!!

    For title sequence design, I'd probably choose 'Seven', this really pushed title sequence design to new levels.....

    Films and short descriptions please!! :)
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2002
    Location:
    London, England
    #2
    The open sequence to James Bond: The World Is Not Enough. Very cool :cool:

    Also most of the other opening sequences to Bond films, they're generally very good and action packed.

    The Austin Powers films also have some groovy opening sequences ;)
     
  3. 000111one111000 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Location:
    DeKalb, IL
    #3
    Hmmmm......let's see, great openings......

    "The Ninth Gate" had a good opening. Nothing spectacular, as in effects, but it set the movie going, with the music and the "camera" going through the nine gates one after the other.

    "Seven." Another great one. Especially the music. :) NIN's "Closer (Precursor Remix)" :)

    "Lost Highway" was also good, but again, that was more of because of the music. With Bowie's great song "I'm Deranged" playing, the "headlight sequence" really fit the mood of the whole movie (as in "where the hell is this going?").

    "Cannibal! The Musical" has a frickin great opening sequence. hehe, you all really need to see that movie, frickin great. Trey Parker and Matt Stone's first movie. They made it while they were in college. And it's actually based on a true story and very historically correct. It's all about Alferd Packer, the only American ever convicted of cannibalism.

    that's all i can think of for now, but I'm sure I'll think of more before too long

    enoch
     
  4. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

    WinterMute

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2003
    Location:
    London, England
    #4
    Saving Private Ryan.

    Although descending to the depths of mawkishness later in the film, the first 20 mins were something else. I've heard veterans say it was the closest depiction of combat they'd ever seen.

    Looked like hell on earth to me.

    Matrix and Alien for the FX...

    Wings of Desire for cinematography.
     
  5. howard macrumors 68020

    howard

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2002
    #5
    yeah all the james bond movies have cool beginnings, high action. And i also like closer. NIN just adds so much. i also like vanilla sky, when the camera is moving around up above his apartment and then radiohead comes in volume up. that rocks.
     
  6. scem0 macrumors 604

    scem0

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    back in NYC!
    #6
    Definitely the Matrix. The 'trinity escape' scene. That scene
    totall rocks. I love Trin. ;) :D :D
     
  7. MacFan25 macrumors 68000

    MacFan25

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2003
    Location:
    USA
    #7
    Yeah, I like most of the beginnings to the James Bond's too.

    The car chases are always good in the Bond movies. :D
     
  8. vollspacken macrumors 65816

    vollspacken

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2002
    Location:
    Boogie-Down Berlintown
    #8
    Re: Coolest start to a film.....

    Kubrick's "2001"
    - The whole 'dawn of man' opening sequence with the primates and the monolith is just awsome!

    Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil"
    - Unbelievable, the placing of the bomb - without a cut!!!
     
  9. Dignan macrumors 6502a

    Dignan

    Joined:
    May 28, 2002
    #9
    I like the title sequence of Catch Me If You Can

    Otherwise, Magnolia has a good opening sequence.


    The first shot of the BMW film "ticker" is killer

    The opening sequence of Manhattan is a classic

    Mallrats has a funny opening sequence

    Rushmore with the Max's activities sequence


    All I can think of right now
     
  10. Moxiemike macrumors 68020

    Moxiemike

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2002
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    #10
    Re: Re: Coolest start to a film.....

    I have to agree with 2001.

    Also the beginning of "contact" with Jodie Foster was pretty impressive at the time.
    "8 1/2" by Fellini also. :)
     
  11. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

    WinterMute

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2003
    Location:
    London, England
    #11
    Hey, take a look at my desktop in the new desktop thread.

    Trinity, mmmmmmm;)
     
  12. scem0 macrumors 604

    scem0

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    back in NYC!
    #12
    I saw.... Trinity rocks. I hope she has a lot of fight scenes in
    the next two matrix sequels. ;)
     
  13. P-Worm macrumors 68020

    P-Worm

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    #13
    I really like the way the tittle were done in 'Panic Room.' Not by any means a classic or anything, but the titles were cool.

    P-Worm
     
  14. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

    GeeYouEye

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2001
    Location:
    State of Denial
    #14
    Stargate, both the opening with the statue of Ra, and the pan over the archaeological dig in Egypt. Great shots, those.
     
  15. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2002
    #15
    Re: Re: Coolest start to a film.....

    I was going to put that, but ran out of time because of a deadline.....

    The cut from 'Dawn Of Man' to 'Space' just totally blows the mind...... ;)
     
  16. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2002
    #16
    Re: Re: Re: Coolest start to a film.....

    2001... classic.....

    I also like the the credits of 'Alien' ultra minimal... and still looking good....

    I'd completely forgotten about the credits for 'Contact' it reminds me of the film 'Powers Of Ten' by the creative team of Charles and Ray Eames, where the film pulls back at 1010 metres a second......
     
  17. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2002
    #17
    I'd also like to add...

    'Bullitt' for it's title sequence design..... very cool!!

    Also the start of 'The Shining' taken from a helicopter zooming along a lake somewhere in the Rockies/Oregon.... looks great on the big screen!!

    'Vertigo' was also very ambitious considering it was done in the late 50's.... Hitch rules the roost!! ;)
     
  18. job macrumors 68040

    job

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Location:
    in transit
    #18
    Fight Club.

    I loved the opening.

    The opening in Snatch was also quite good.

    Does anyone know how many films Guy Ritchie has made?
     
  19. scem0 macrumors 604

    scem0

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    back in NYC!
    #19
    what was the opening in Snatch. I forgot.

    The pre-credit-things for Spiderman were kind of cool.
     
  20. job macrumors 68040

    job

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Location:
    in transit
    #20
    They rolled the screen credits while the group of guys dressed like Rabbis entered the diamond place. Right after the diamond is stolen, they introduced each major character in their normal setting, but connected each one with an object (i.e. a diamond, deck of cards, etc.)
     
  21. scem0 macrumors 604

    scem0

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    back in NYC!
    #21
    oh yeah! And when they introduce the person, they show a still
    of that person. Yeah, that was a cool intro. Not as cool as the
    Matrix though. ;)
     
  22. Moxiemike macrumors 68020

    Moxiemike

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2002
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    #22
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Coolest start to a film.....

    Powers of ten. Indeed. Awesome. There's just something powerful about sitting in a huge theatre and that type of effect is happening

    totally made me like contact more than I should have-- damn film dragged on too long. haha
     
  23. mcrain macrumors 68000

    mcrain

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2002
    Location:
    Illinois
    #23
    The beginning of "The Player" is cinimatically very interesting. It's one long scene with no cuts, introduces you to the backdrop and main characters, and was just interesting. (Speaking of long cuts, have you all seen the Russian Ark trailer?)

    Star Wars was innovative at the time...
     
  24. beez7777 macrumors 6502a

    beez7777

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2002
    Location:
    Notre Dame
    #24
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Coolest start to a film.....

    yeah, i saw that a week ago in bio, and it was amazing. suddenly i felt so insignificant. it was awesome. as for the topic of this thread. i dunno, there were so many good ones, most of em mentioned already, and i'm being really lazy right now and the simpsons are on so i cant really think straight. :)
     
  25. Dignan macrumors 6502a

    Dignan

    Joined:
    May 28, 2002
    #25
    Russian ark was a strange, but cool movie.

    and the high def looked pretty good too.

    one guy in one of the orchestras breaks character and turns around, and looks right at the camera. d'oh!
     

Share This Page