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I also love just about every shot of The Lonely Mountain in The Desolation of Smaug. Not for the Mountain itself, necessarily, but for the juxtaposition: Be it the Dwarves looking up at it with awe, or Bard turning around to it. The juxtaposition, moreso than the expressions of the actors in those scenes, conveys the necessary emotion, be it longing or a sense of revelation.

 

This subjective shot of Gandalf, as well:

 

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And, for the sheer love of the extreme (or rather, macro) close-up:

 

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I quizzed a bloke recently about how many films he'd seen and he guessed about 200. He guessed I'd seen about 400. He was shocked when I told him the real number.

 

Anyhoo, here's my list...

 

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1.    About Schmidt
2.    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
3.    Abyss, The
4.    Absolute Power
5.    Accidental Tourist, The
6.    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
7.    Across the Pacific
8.    Addams Family, The
9.    Addams Family Values
10.    Addams Family Reunion
11.    Adrift
12.    Adventures in Babysitting
13.    Adventures of Barry McKenzie, The
14.    Adventures of Milo and Otis, The
15.    Adventures of Robin Hood, The
16.    Adventures of TinTin, The
17.    Affair to Remember, An
18.    After.Life
19.    A.I. – Artificial Intelligence
20.    Air America
21.    Air Force One
22.    Alice
23.    Alice in Wonderland ‘10
24.    Alien
25.    Aliens
26.    Alien 3
27.    Alien Resurrection
28.    Alien vs Predator
29.    Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
30.    Alien Covenant
31.    Alien Abduction
32.    Alien Nation
33.    All About Eve
34.    All Dogs Go to Heaven
35.    Allied
36.    All That Heaven Allows
37.    All This, And Heaven Too
38.    All Through the Night
39.    Almost an Angel
40.    Along Came a Spider
41.    Always
42.    Amazing Spider-Man, The
43.    Amadeus
44.    American Beauty
45.    American Graffiti
46.    American Pie
47.    American Sniper
48.    Amityville Horror, The
49.    Amityville II: The Possession
50.    Amityville 3D
51.    Amityville Horror: The Evil Escapes
52.    Amityville: It's About Time
53.    Amityville Horror, The
54.    An American Tail
55.    An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
56.    An American Werewolf in London
57.    Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie
58.    Annabelle
59.    Annie Hall
60.    Ant-Man
61.    Apartment, The
62.    Apocalypse Now
63.    Apollo 13
64.    Apollo 18
65.    Apparition, The
66.    Apt Pupil
67.    Aracnophobia
68.    Argo
69.    Aristocats, The
70.    Armageddon
71.    Army of Darkness
72.    Arrival, The
73.    Arrival
74.    Artist, The
75.    Ashanti
76.    Assassins
77.    Assault on Precinct 13
78.    Assault on Precinct 13
79.    Asteroid
80.    Astronaut's Wife, The
81.    A-Team, The
82.    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
83.    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
84.    Austin Powers in Goldmember
85.    Autumn Leaves
86.    Avatar
87.    Avengers, The
88.    Avengers: Age of Ultron
89.    Aviator, The
90.    Awakening the Zodiac
91.    Babe
92.    Babe: Pig in the City
93.    Baby Boom
94.    Back to the Future
95.    Back to the Future Part II
96.    Back to the Future Part III
97.    Backtrack
98.    Bad Day at Blackrock
99.    Bad Girls
100.    Balto
101.    Bambi
102.    Bananas
103.    Barry McKenzie Holds His Own
104.    Basic Instinct
105.    Basic Instinct 2
106.    Bastille Day
107.    Batman ‘66
108.    Batman ‘89
109.    Batman Returns
110.    Batman Forever
111.    Batman & Robin
112.    Batman Begins
113.    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
114.    Batman: Gotham Knight
115.    Batman: The Killing Joke
116.    Batman: Under the Red Hood
117.    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
118.    Battle for Endor, The
119.    Battle for the Planet of the Apes
120.    Battle Los Angeles
121.    Battleship
122.    Baywatch
123.    Beautiful Mind, A
124.    Beauty and the Beast ‘17
125.    Bedazzled
126.    Benji the Hunted
127.    Beethoven
128.    Beethoven's 2nd
129.    Being John Malkovich
130.    Belko Experiment, The
131.    Ben-Hur ‘59
132.    Ben-Hur ‘16
133.    Beetlejuice
134.    Beneath the Planet of the Apes
135.    Berserk!
136.    Bicentennial Man
137.    Big
138.    Big Country, The
139.    Big Eyes
140.    Big Fish
141.    Big Momma's House
142.    Big Momma's House 2
143.    Big Sleep, The
144.    Big Steal, The
145.    Big Trouble in Little China
146.    Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
147.    Birdcage, The
148.    Birds, The
149.    Black Beauty
150.    Black Book
151.    Black Hawk Down
152.    Black Swan
153.    Blade Runner
154.    Blair Witch
155.    Bless the Child
156.    Blob, The ‘58
157.    Blob, The ‘88
158.    Blood Father
159.    Blown Away
160.    Blue Lagoon, The
161.    Blues Brothers, The
162.    Blues Brothers 2000
163.    Blue Velvet
164.    Body Snatchers
165.    Bone Collector, The
166.    Boogie Nights
167.    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
168.    Bourne Identity, The
169.    Bourne Supremacy, The
170.    Bourne Ultimatum, The
171.    Bourne Legacy, The
172.    Boy, The
173.    Boys From Brazil, The
174.    Boy In The Striped Pajamas, The
175.    Boy Who Could Fly, The
176.    Brady Bunch, The
177.    Bram Stoker's Dracula
178.    Braveheart
179.    Brazil
180.    Bride Came COD, The
181.    Bride of Frankenstein, The
182.    Bride of the Monster
183.    Bridge on the River Kwai, The
184.    Bridget Jones' Diary
185.    Broadcast News
186.    Broadway Danny Rose
187.    Brokedown Palace
188.    Broken Arrow
189.    Brothers Grimsby, The
190.    Bruce Almighty
191.    Bruno
192.    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
193.    Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, The
194.    Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales
195.    Bullets or Ballots
196.    Bullet to the Head
197.    ‘burbs, The
198.    Bye, Bye Birdie
199.    Bye Bye Man, The
200.    Cabaret
201.    Cable Guy, The
202.    Cabin in the Woods
203.    Cape Fear
204.    Cape Fear ‘91
205.    Capricorn One
206.    Captain America: The First Avenger
207.    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
208.    Captain America: Civil War
209.    Cafe Society
210.    Caravan of Courage
211.    Carousel
212.    Carry on Dick
213.    Carry on... Up the Khyber
214.    Casablanca
215.    Casino Royale ‘06
216.    Casper
217.    Cast Away
218.    Castle, The
219.    Catch Me If You Can
220.    Cat From Outer Space, The
221.    Cat's Eye
222.    Catwoman
223.    Cell
224.    Chain Reaction
225.    Charade
226.    Chariots of Fire
227.    Charlotte's Web
228.    Chernobyl Diaries
229.    Chicago
230.    Child 44
231.    Child's Play
232.    Chinatown
233.    Christine
234.    Christmas Day Every Day
235.    Cincinnati Kid, The
236.    Cinderella ‘50
237.    Citizen Kane
238.    Civil Action, A
239.    Cleopatra
240.    Cliffhanger
241.    Clockwork Orange, A
242.    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
243.    Cloverfield
244.    Cobra
245.    Cocoon
246.    Cocoon: The Return
247.    Cold Creek Manor
248.    Cold Zone
249.    Collateral
250.    Collateral Damage
251.    Color Purple, The
252.    Colossal
253.    Coma
254.    Commando
255.    Conan the Barbarian ‘82
256.    Coneheads
257.    Confessions of a Shopaholic
258.    Congo
259.    Conjuring, The
260.    Conjuring 2, The
261.    Conquest for the Planet of the Apes
262.    Conspiracy Theory
263.    Contact
264.    Cop Land
265.    CopyCat
266.    Cowboys and Aliens
267.    Crash ‘05
268.    Creed
269.    Creepshow
270.    Creepshow 2
271.    Crimson Tide
272.    Crimson Peak
273.    Critters
274.    Critters 2
275.    Critters 3
276.    Critters 4
277.    ‘Crocodile' Dundee
278.    ‘Crocodile' Dundee II
279.    Cure for Wellness, A
280.    Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The
281.    Curse of Frankenstein, The
282.    Cutthroat Island
283.    Cybergeddon
284.    Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
285.    Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
286.    Damien: Omen II
287.    Dances With Wolves
288.    Dante's Peak
289.    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
290.    Dark Knight, The
291.    Dark Knight Rises, The
292.    Darkman
293.    Darkness, The
294.    Dark Paradise
295.    Dark Passage
296.    Dating the Enemy
297.    Dawn of the Dead 70s
298.    Dawn of the Dead ‘04
299.    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
300.    The Day After Tomorrow
301.    Daybreakers
302.    Daylight
303.    Day of the Dead
304.    Day the Earth Stood Still, The
305.    Day the Earth Stood Still, The ‘08
306.    Dead Calm
307.    Dead Poet's Society
308.    Deadpool
309.    Dead Ringer
310.    Death Becomes Her
311.    Deathgasm
312.    Death on the Nile
313.    Death Sentence
314.    Deep Impact
315.    Deep Rising
316.    Deer Hunter, The
317.    Defiance
318.    Deliver Us From Evil
319.    Delores Clayborne
320.    Demolition Man
321.    Dennis the Menace
322.    Departed, The
323.    Desperate Hours
324.    Desperate Measures
325.    Destroy All Monsters
326.    Devil Inside, The
327.    Devil Wears Prada, The
328.    Diamonds Are Forever
329.    Dick Tracy
330.    Dial M For Murder
331.    Dictator, The
332.    Die Another Day
333.    Die Hard
334.    Die Hard 2
335.    Die Hard With a Vengeance
336.    Die Hard 4.0
337.    Dinosaur
338.    Dirty Harry
339.    Disappointments Room, The
340.    Disclosure
341.    Dish, The
342.    Doctor Strange
343.    Doctor Zhivago
344.    Dog's Breakfast, A
345.    Dog's Purpose, A
346.    Don't Breathe
347.    Don't Say a Word
348.    Doom
349.    Double Jeopardy
350.    Downfall
351.    Dracula ‘31
352.    Dracula ’31 (Spanish)
353.    Dracula ‘79
354.    Dracula Has Risen From The Grave
355.    Dracula: Prince of Darkness
356.    Dracula AD 1970
357.    Dracula: Dead and Loving It
358.    Dracula Rising
359.    Drag Me To Hell
360.    Dragnet
361.    Dragonheart
362.    Dredd
363.    Dr No
364.    D-Tox
365.    DuckTales: The Movie – Treasure of the Lost Lamp
366.    Duel
367.    Dumb and Dumber
368.    Dumbo
369.    Eat Drink Man Woman
370.    Edge, The
371.    Edge of Darkness
372.    Educating Rita
373.    Edward Scissorhands
374.    Ed Wood
375.    Eight Below
376.    8MM
377.    88 Minutes
378.    Election
379.    Electric Dreams
380.    Empire Strikes Back, The
381.    Enemy Mine
382.    Enemy of the State
383.    End of Days
384.    Enforcer, The
385.    English Patient, The
386.    Enough
387.    Entity, The
388.    Eraser
389.    Eraserhead
390.    Escape from New York
391.    Escape from LA
392.    Escape from the Planet of the Apes
393.    Escape Plan
394.    E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial
395.    Europa Europa
396.    Event Horizon
397.    Evil Dead, The ‘79
398.    Evil Dead  The ‘11
399.    Evil Dead II
400.    Evolution
401.    Executive Decision
402.    Exorcism of Emily Rose, The
403.    Exorcist, The
404.    Exorcist II: The Heretic
405.    Exorcist III, The
406.    Expendables, The
407.    Experiment in Terror
408.    Explorers
409.    Eye for an Eye
410.    Eye in the Sky
411.    Eyes Wide Shut
412.    Face/Off
413.    Fantasia
414.    Fantasia 2000
415.    Far From Heaven
416.    Fast and the Furious, The
417.    2 Fast, 2 Furious
418.    Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The
419.    Fast and Furious
420.    Fast Five
421.    Furious 6
422.    Fatal Attraction
423.    Fatal Instinct
424.    Father (Something TBC)
425.    Fatherland
426.    Father of the Bride ‘51
427.    February
428.    Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest
429.    Fifth Element, The
430.    Fifty Shades of Grey
431.    Fifty Shades Darker
432.    Fight Club
433.    Final Analysis
434.    Final Conflict, The
435.    Final Destination
436.    Final Destination 2
437.    Final Destination 3
438.    The Final Destination
439.    Final Destination 5
440.    Firefox
441.    Fire in the Sky
442.    Firestarter
443.    Firewall
444.    First Blood
445.    First Knight
446.    First Response
447.    Flatliners
448.    Flight of the Navigator
449.    Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas, The
450.    Flipper
451.    Flubber
452.    Fly, The ‘58
453.    Fly, The ‘86
454.    Fly II, The
455.    Fly Away Home
456.    Fog, The
457.    Forrest Gump
458.    For Your Eyes Only
459.    Fourth Kind, The
460.    Frances
461.    French Connection, The
462.    Frankenstein ‘31
463.    Frankenstein ’93 Video
464.    Frankenstein General Hospital
465.    Frankenstein Unbound
466.    Freaks
467.    Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
468.    Freddy vs Jason
469.    Free Willy
470.    Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
471.    Friday the 13th
472.    Friday the 13th Part 2
473.    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
474.    Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
475.    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
476.    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
477.    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
478.    Friday the 13th ‘09
479.    Friend Request
480.    Frighteners, The
481.    Fright Night ‘86
482.    Fright Night ‘10
483.    From Russia With Love
484.    Frost/Nixon
485.    Fugitive, The
486.    Funny Farm
487.    Funny Games
488.    Gallipoli
489.    Game Change
490.    Gamera: Super Monster
491.    Gandhi
492.    Gattaca
493.    General's Daughter, The
494.    Get Carter
495.    Get Out
496.    Ghost
497.    Ghost and Mrs Muir, The
498.    Ghostbusters
499.    Ghostbusters II
500.    Ghostbusters ‘16
501.    Gift, The ‘00
502.    G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra
503.    Girl Next Door, The
504.    Girl on the Train, The
505.    Gladiator
506.    Glass House, The
507.    Glen or Glenda?
508.    Godfather, The
509.    Godfather Part II, The
510.    Godfather Part III, The
511.    Godzilla ‘54
512.    Godzilla vs Mothra ‘64
513.    Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster
514.    Godzilla ‘84
515.    Godzilla vs Biollante
516.    Godzilla vs King Ghidorah
517.    Godzilla vs Mothra ‘92
518.    Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla ‘93
519.    Godzilla vs Space Godzilla
520.    Godzilla vs Destoroyah
521.    Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
522.    Godzilla x Mothra x MechaGodzilla: Tokyo SOS
523.    Godzilla: Final Wars
524.    Godzilla ‘98
525.    Godzilla ‘14
526.    Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
527.    Golden Child, The
528.    GoldenEye
529.    Goldfinger
530.    Goodfellas
531.    Good German, The
532.    Good Will Hunting
533.    Good Year, A
534.    Goonies, The
535.    Goosebumps
536.    Goulies
537.    Graduate, The
538.    Grave Encounters
539.    Grave Encounters 2
540.    Gravity
541.    Great Escape, The
542.    Green Mile, The
543.    Gremlins
544.    Gremlins 2: The New Batch
545.    Groundhog Day
546.    Grudge Match
547.    Grudge 2, The
548.    Guardians of the Galaxy
549.    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
550.    Guns of Navarone, The
551.    Halloween
552.    Halloween II
553.    Halloween III: Season of the Witch
554.    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
555.    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
556.    Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
557.    Halloween H20
558.    Halloween Resurrection
559.    Halloween ‘07
560.    Halloween II ‘09
561.    Hambone and Hillie
562.    Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The
563.    Hannah and Her Sisters
564.    Hannibal
565.    Hannibal Rising
566.    Happening, The
567.    Happy Feet
568.    Hard Day's Night, A
569.    Harriet Craig
570.    Harry and the Hendersons
571.    Harry Brown
572.    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 
573.    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
574.    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
575.    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
576.    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
577.    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
578.    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
579.    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
580.    Haunting, The
581.    Haunting in Connecticut, A
582.    Hellraiser
583.    Hellbound: Hellraiser II
584.    Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
585.    Hellraiser: Bloodline
586.    Hellraiser: Inferno
587.    Hellraiser: Hellseeker
588.    Hellraiser: Deader
589.    Hellraiser: Hellworld
590.    Help!
591.    Henry and June
592.    Herbie Fully Loaded
593.    Hidden Figures
594.    High Crimes
595.    High-Rise
596.    High Sierra
597.    His Girl Friday
598.    History of Violence, A
599.    Hitchcock
600.    Hitler: The Rise of Evil
601.    Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The
602.    Hole, The
603.    Hollow Man
604.    Home Alone
605.    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
606.    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
607.    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
608.    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
609.    Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
610.    Hook
611.    Horsemen
612.    Horse Whisperer, The
613.    Hotel for Dogs
614.    House at the End of the Street
615.    Houseboat
616.    House of Sand and Fog
617.    House of Wax
618.    House on Haunted Hill, The ‘99
619.    Howard the Duck
620.    How to Steal a Million
621.    Hulk
622.    Human Centipede 2
623.    Hurt Locker, The
624.    Hush, Hush... Sweet Charlotte
625.    If...
626.    I Know What You Did Last Summer
627.    Imitation of Life
628.    Immortal Beloved
629.    Immortals
630.    Incredible Hulk, The
631.    Incredible Journey, The
632.    Independence Day
633.    Independence Day Resurgence
634.    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
635.    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
636.    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
637.    Indiscreet
638.    Inferno
639.    Inglorious Basterds
640.    Innerspace
641.    Insidious
642.    Insidious Chapter 2
643.    Insidious Chapter 3
644.    Insomnia
645.    Instinct
646.    Interiors
647.    Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
648.    In the Mood for Love
649.    Intruders
650.    Intruders ‘15
651.    Intolerable Cruelty
652.    Into the Blue
653.    Invaders from Mars ‘53
654.    Invaders from Mars ‘86
655.    Invisible Man, The
656.    Iron Man
657.    Iron Man 2
658.    Iron Man 3
659.    Irrational Man
660.    I Still Dream of Jeannie
661.    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
662.    IT ‘90
663.    It Came From Outer Space
664.    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
665.    It's a Wonderful Life
666.    It's Love I'm After
667.    I Wanna Hold Your Hand
668.    Jack
669.    Jack Frost
670.    Jackie
671.    Jailhouse Rock
672.    Jade
673.    Jane Eyre ‘44
674.    Jane Got a Gun
675.    Jason Bourne
676.    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
677.    Jason X
678.    Jaws
679.    Jaws 2
680.    Jaws 3
681.    Jaws: The Revenge
682.    J. Edgar
683.    Jewel of the Nile
684.    JFK
685.    Jindabyne
686.    Jingle All The Way
687.    Joan of Arc, TV
688.    Joan of Arc ‘99
689.    John Carter
690.    Judge Dredd
691.    Jumanji ‘95
692.    Junior
693.    Jurassic Park
694.    Jurassic Park III
695.    Jurassic World
696.    Just Like Heaven
697.    Just Married
698.    Just Visiting
699.    Keeping Up With the Joneses
700.    Kid Galahad
701.    Killer App
702.    Killer Condom
703.    Kind of Murder, A
704.    King David
705.    Kindergarten Cop
706.    Kingdom of Heaven
707.    King Kong ‘33
708.    King Kong ‘76
709.    King Kong ‘05
710.    King Kong vs Godzilla
711.    King of Kings
712.    Kingsman: The Secret Service
713.    Kingsman: The Golden Circle
714.    King Solomon's Mines
715.    King's Speech, The
716.    Killer Klowns from Outer Space
717.    Kiss the Girls
718.    K9
719.    Kong: Skull Island
720.    K-PAX
721.    Krampus
722.    Krull
723.    Lady in a Cage
724.    Lady in the Water
725.    Lake Placid
726.    Lakeview Terrace
727.    Land Before Time, The
728.    Land Before Time II, The
729.    Land Before Time III, The
730.    Langoliers, The
731.    Last Action Hero
732.    Last Emperor, The
733.    Last Exorcism, The
734.    Last House on the Left, The
735.    Last of the Mohicans
736.    Last Samurai, The
737.    Last Stand, The
738.    Last Starfighter, The
739.    Lawrence of Arabia
740.    League of Their Own, A
741.    Legend
742.    Legend of Alice Flagg, The
743.    Legend of Zorro, The
744.    Les Patterson Saves the World
745.    Lessons in Darkness
746.    Lethal Seduction
747.    Lethal Weapon
748.    Lethal Weapon 2
749.    Lethal Weapon 3
750.    Lethal Weapon 4
751.    Let Me In
752.    Liar Liar
753.    Licence to Kill
754.    Life ‘99
755.    Life
756.    Lifeforce
757.    Lights Out
758.    Lincoln
759.    Link
760.    Lion King, The
761.    Little Mermaid, The
762.    Live And Let Die
763.    Living Daylights, The
764.    Loch Ness
765.    Lock Up
766.    Logan
767.    London Has Fallen
768.    Lookout, The
769.    Look Who's Talking
770.    Look Who's Talking Too
771.    Look Who's Talking Now
772.    Looney Tunes: Back in Action
773.    Looper
774.    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The
775.    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The
776.    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The
777.    Lost in Space
778.    Lost World: Jurassic Park
779.    Lucy
780.    MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis
781.    MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday
782.    Machete Kills
783.    Mad Money
784.    Maggie
785.    Magnificent Seven, The
786.    Magnificent Seven, The ‘16
787.    Magnum Force
788.    Maltese Falcon, The
789.    Manhattan
790.    Maniac Cop
791.    Man in the Iron Mask, The
792.    Man of Steel
793.    Man of the Year
794.    Man on the Moon
795.    Man Without a Face, The
796.    Man With The Golden Gun, The
797.    Marley & Me
798.    Mars Attacks!
799.    Martian, The
800.    Mary Poppins
801.    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
802.    Mask, The
803.    Mask of Zorro, The
804.    Masters of the Universe
805.    Match Point
806.    Material Girls
807.    Matrix, The
808.    Maverick
809.    Mechanic, The ‘72
810.    Melinda and Melinda
811.    Memoirs of an Invisible Man
812.    Men in Black
813.    Men in Black II
814.    Mercury Rising
815.    Metropolis
816.    Michael
817.    Midnight Cowboy
818.    Mighty Joe Young
819.    Million Dollar Babies
820.    Million Dollar Baby
821.    Minority Report
822.    Mission to Mars
823.    Mom For Christmas, A
824.    Mommy's Secret
825.    Money Monster
826.    Money Pit, The
827.    Mon Oncle
828.    Monster Zero
829.    Moon 44
830.    Moonlight
831.    Moonraker
832.    Moonwalker
833.    Morgan
834.    Morning Glory
835.    Mothra
836.    Moulin Rouge ‘01
837.    Mousehunt
838.    Mr Brooks
839.    Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium
840.    Mr Mom
841.    Mrs Doubtfire
842.    Mr Reliable
843.    Mulholland Drive
844.    Multiplicity
845.    Mummy, The ‘32
846.    Mummy, The ‘99
847.    Mummy Returns, The
848.    Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The
849.    Mummy, The ‘17
850.    Munich
851.    Murder at 1600
852.    Murder by Numbers
853.    Murder in the First
854.    Murder on the Orient Express ‘74
855.    My Fair Lady
856.    My Name is Bruce
857.    My Stepmother is an Alien
858.    Nanny, The
859.    Napoleon
860.    National Lampoon’s Vacation
861.    National Lampoon’s European Vacation
862.    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
863.    Neighbors
864.    Neon Demon, The
865.    Nerve
866.    Net, The
867.    Neverending Story, The
868.    Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, The
869.    Never Say Never Again
870.    New Moon
871.    Nicholas and Alexandra
872.    Nightmare Before Christmas, The
873.    Nightmare on Elm Street, A ‘84
874.    Nightmare on Elm Street, A ‘10
875.    Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, A
876.    Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors, A
877.    Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master, A
878.    Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, A
879.    Night of the Generals
880.    Night of the Ghouls
881.    Night Shift
882.    Night to Remember, A
883.    Nightwatch
884.    Nine Months
885.    Ninth Gate, The
886.    Nixon
887.    Noah
888.    No Country for Old Men
889.    Nocturnal Animals
890.    North by Northwest
891.    North Sea Hijack
892.    No Strings Attached
893.    Notebook, The
894.    Notorious
895.    Notting Hill
896.    Now, Voyager
897.    Nuns on the Run
898.    Nutty Professor, The ‘96
899.    Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
900.    Ocean’s Eleven
901.    Ocean's Twelve
902.    Ocean's Thirteen
903.    Octopussy
904.    Of Human Bondage ‘35
905.    Old Dogs
906.    Omen, The
907.    Omen, The ‘06
908.    Omen IV: The Awakening
909.    One Fine Day
910.    One Hour Photo
911.    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
912.    Ordinary People
913.    Orlando
914.    Orphan
915.    Oscar and Lucinda
916.    Other Boleyn Girl, The
917.    Others, The
918.    Ouija
919.    Ouija: Origin of Evil
920.    Our Man Flint
921.    Outbreak
922.    Out of Africa
923.    Pacific Heights
924.    Pacific Rim
925.    Pale Rider
926.    Panic Room
927.    Paranoia 
928.    Paranormal Activity
929.    Paranormal Activity 2
930.    Paranormal Activity 3
931.    Paranormal Activity 4
932.    Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
933.    Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
934.    Passengers
935.    Passion of the Christ, The
936.    Patch Adams
937.    Patriot, The
938.    Patton
939.    Pearl Harbor
940.    People Will Talk
941.    Perfect World, A
942.    Pet
943.    Peter Pan ‘53
944.    Pet Semetary
945.    Phantom, The
946.    Phantom of the Opera, The ‘25
947.    Phantom of the Opera, The ‘43
948.    Phantom of the Opera, The ‘04
949.    Philadelphia
950.    Phone Booth
951.    Pianist, The
952.    Piano, The
953.    Pink Panther, The ‘06
954.    Piranha ‘78
955.    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
956.    Planet of the Apes ‘68
957.    Planet of the Apes ‘01
958.    Plan 9 From Outer Space
959.    Platoon
960.    Play Misty For Me
961.    Pocahontas
962.    Police Academy
963.    Police Academy 2
964.    Police Academy 3
965.    Police Academy 4
966.    Police Academy 5
967.    Poltergeist ‘82
968.    Poltergeist ‘15
969.    Poltergeist II: The Other Side
970.    Poltergeist III
971.    Popeye
972.    Portrait of Jennie
973.    Poseidon
974.    Postcards From the Edge
975.    Postman, The
976.    Postman Always Rings Twice, The
977.    Predator
978.    Predator 2
979.    Predators
980.    Prestige, The
981.    Presumed Innocent
982.    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
983.    Primary Colors
984.    Prince of Darkness
985.    Princess Diaries, The
986.    Problem Child
987.    Problem Child 2
988.    Problem Child 3
989.    Producers, The
990.    Professional, The
991.    Prometheus
992.    Prom Night
993.    Prowler, The
994.    Psycho
995.    Psycho II
996.    Psycho III
997.    Psycho IV: The Beginning
998.    Psycho ‘98
999.    Purge, The
1000.    Purple Rose of Cairo, The
1001.    Pushing Tin
1002.    Quantum of Solace
1003.    Quarantine
1004.    Queen, The
1005.    Queen Bee
1006.    Quick and the Dead, The
1007.    Racing Stripes
1008.    Radio Days
1009.    Rage: Carrie 2, The
1010.    Raiders of the Lost Ark
1011.    Rain Man
1012.    Rambo: First Blood Part II
1013.    Rambo III
1014.    Rambo
1015.    Ransom
1016.    Raw Deal
1017.    Ready Player One
1018.    Re-Animator
1019.    Reaping, The
1020.    Rear Window
1021.    REC
1022.    REC 2
1023.    REC Genesis
1024.    Red 2
1025.    Red Dragon
1026.    Red Eye
1027.    Red Heat
1028.    Red Sonja
1029.    Rescuers, The
1030.    Rescuers Down Under, The
1031.    Resident Evil
1032.    Resident Evil: Apocalypse
1033.    Resident Evil: Extinction
1034.    Resident Evil: Afterlife
1035.    Resident Evil: Retribution
1036.    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
1037.    Return of the Jedi
1038.    Return to Me
1039.    Revenant, The
1040.    Revenge of the Creature
1041.    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
1042.    River Wild, The
1043.    Road to Perdition
1044.    Road Trip
1045.    Robe, The
1046.    Robin Hood ‘73
1047.    Robin Hood ‘10
1048.    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
1049.    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1050.    RoboCop
1051.    RoboCop 2
1052.    RoboCop 3
1053.    RoboCop ‘14
1054.    Rocketeer
1055.    Rock-a-Doodle
1056.    Rocky
1057.    Rocky II
1058.    Rocky III
1059.    Rocky IV
1060.    Rocky V
1061.    Rocky Balboa
1062.    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
1063.    Romancing the Stone
1064.    Roman Holiday
1065.    Rome Adventure
1066.    Romeo & Juliet ‘96
1067.    Rope
1068.    Rosemary's Baby
1069.    Roswell
1070.    Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story
1071.    Rugrats Movie, The
1072.    Runaway
1073.    Running Man, The
1074.    Rush Hour
1075.    Rush Hour 2
1076.    Rush Hour 3
1077.    RV
1078.    Saboteur
1079.    Salem's Lot
1080.    Saló: Or the 120 Days of Sodom
1081.    Santa Claus: The Movie
1082.    Saving Private Ryan
1083.    Saw
1084.    Saw II
1085.    Saw III
1086.    Scanners
1087.    Scarface ‘83
1088.    Scary Movie
1089.    Scary Movie 2
1090.    Scary Movie 3
1091.    Schindler's List
1092.    Scoop
1093.    Scream
1094.    Scream 2
1095.    Scream 3
1096.    Scream 4
1097.    Scrooged
1098.    Searchers, The
1099.    Second Civil War, The
1100.    Secret in Their Eyes
1101.    Secret of NIMH, The
1102.    Secret Window
1103.    See No Evil, Hear No Evil
1104.    Sentinel, The
1105.    Serenity
1106.    Serial Mom
1107.    Se7en
1108.    Seven Pounds
1109.    Seven Year Itch, The
1110.    Sgt. Bilko
1111.    Shadow, The
1112.    Shadow of a Doubt
1113.    Shaft
1114.    Shaggy Dog, The ‘59
1115.    Shaggy DA, The
1116.    Shakespeare in Love
1117.    Shallows, The
1118.    Shawn of the Dead
1119.    She
1120.    She-Devil
1121.    Sherlock Holmes ‘10
1122.    She's the Man
1123.    Shin Godzilla
1124.    Shining, The
1125.    Shocker
1126.    Short Circuit
1127.    Short Circuit 2
1128.    Shrek
1129.    Signs
1130.    Silence of the Hams, The
1131.    Silence of the Lambs, The
1132.    Simpsons Movie, The
1133.    Single White Female
1134.    Sinister
1135.    Sinister II
1136.    16 Blocks
1137.    Sixth Sense
1138.    Skeleton Key, The
1139.    Skyfall
1140.    Sleeping Beauty
1141.    Sleepwalking in Suburbia
1142.    Sleepy Hollow
1143.    Slumdog Millionaire
1144.    Snakes on a Plane
1145.    Sniper: Special Ops
1146.    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1147.    Snow White: A Tale of Terror
1148.    Solace
1149.    Soldier
1150.    Some Like It Hot
1151.    Something’s Gotta Give
1152.    Sommersby
1153.    Song of Bernadette, The
1154.    Son of Kong, The
1155.    Sound of Music, The
1156.    Soylent Green
1157.    Spaceballs
1158.    Space Cowboys
1159.    Space Jam
1160.    Spartacus
1161.    Spawn
1162.    Specialist, The
1163.    Species
1164.    Species II
1165.    SPECTRE
1166.    Speed
1167.    Speed 2: Cruise Control
1168.    Sphere
1169.    Spider-Man
1170.    Spider-Man 2
1171.    Spider-Man 3
1172.    Spider-Man Homecoming
1173.    Spies Like Us
1174.    Split
1175.    Spotlight
1176.    Spy Who Loved Me, The
1177.    Stalked By My Doctor
1178.    Stalked By My Doctor 2
1179.    Stand, The
1180.    Stargate
1181.    Stargate: The Ark of Truth
1182.    Stargate: Continuum
1183.    Starman
1184.    Starship Troopers
1185.    Star Trek: The Motion Picture
1186.    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
1187.    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
1188.    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
1189.    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
1190.    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
1191.    Star Trek: Generations
1192.    Star Trek: First Contact
1193.    Star Trek: Insurrection
1194.    Star Trek: Nemesis
1195.    Star Trek
1196.    Star Trek Into Darkness
1197.    Star Trek Beyond
1198.    Star Wars
1199.    Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
1200.    Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
1201.    Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
1202.    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1203.    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
1204.    Stepford Wives, The ‘04
1205.    Steptoe and Son
1206.    Stigmata
1207.    Still Not Quite Human
1208.    Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1209.    Strait-Jacket
1210.    Strangers, The
1211.    Streetcar Named Desire, A
1212.    Stripes
1213.    Stroszek
1214.    Stuart Little
1215.    Stupids, The
1216.    Suburban Commando
1217.    Suicide Squad
1218.    Sum of All Fears, The
1219.    Sunset Boulevard
1220.    Super 8
1221.    Superman
1222.    Superman II
1223.    Superman III
1224.    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1225.    Superman Returns
1226.    Superman Doomsday
1227.    Supergirl
1228.    Super Mario Bros
1229.    Suspiria
1230.    Swamp Thing
1231.    10 Cloverfield Lane
1232.    10,000 BC
1233.    10 Things I Hate About You
1234.    Taken
1235.    Taken 2
1236.    Taken 3
1237.    Tales from the Crypt
1238.    Tango & Cash
1239.    Tank Girl
1240.    Taste the Blood of Dracula
1241.    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
1242.    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
1243.    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
1244.    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ‘14
1245.    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
1246.    Terminal, The
1247.    Terminator, The
1248.    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1249.    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
1250.    Terminator Salvation
1251.    Terminator Genysis
1252.    Terms of Endearment
1253.    Terror of MechaGodzilla
1254.    Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The ‘74
1255.    Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The ‘03
1256.    Them!
1257.    They Live
1258.    Thing, The ‘82
1259.    Thing, The ‘11
1260.    Thirteen Days
1261.    Thirteenth Floor, The
1262.    Thor
1263.    Thor: The Dark World
1264.    Three Kings
1265.    Three Men and a Baby
1266.    Three Men and a Little Lady
1267.    Thunderball
1268.    THX-1138
1269.    Time Machine, The ‘60
1270.    Time Machine, The ‘02
1271.    Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation
1272.    Titanic ‘53
1273.    Titanic ‘96
1274.    Titanic ‘97
1275.    TMNT
1276.    To Catch a Thief
1277.    Tombstone
1278.    Tommyknockers, The
1279.    Tomorrow Never Dies
1280.    Tom Thumb
1281.    Tootsie
1282.    Tora! Tora! Tora!
1283.    Total Recall
1284.    Tower, The
1285.    Towering Inferno, The
1286.    Trading Places
1287.    Tremors
1288.    Trespass
1289.    Tron
1290.    Tron Legacy
1291.    Troy
1292.    True Colors
1293.    True Lies
1294.    Truman Show, The
1295.    Truth About Cats and Dogs, The
1296.    Turbulence
1297.    Turner and Hooch
1298.    Turtles Forever
1299.    Twelve Angry Men
1300.    Twelve Angry Men
1301.    12 Years a Slave
1302.    28 Weeks Later
1303.    Twilight
1304.    Twilight Zone: The Movie
1305.    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
1306.    Twins
1307.    Twister
1308.    2001: A Space Odyssey
1309.    2010
1310.    Unborn, The
1311.    Unbreakable
1312.    Uncle Buck
1313.    Under Suspicion
1314.    Unforgettable
1315.    Unforgiven
1316.    Unfriended
1317.    Uninvited, The ‘09
1318.    Universal Soldier
1319.    Universal Soldier: The Return
1320.    Untouchables, The
1321.    Untraceable
1322.    Up in the Air
1323.    Urban Legend
1324.    U.S. Marshals
1325.    Vacancy
1326.    Vacation
1327.    Valkyrie
1328.    Van Helsing
1329.    Vantage Point
1330.    Vegas Vacation
1331.    Vertical Limit
1332.    Vertigo
1333.    V for Vendetta
1334.    V/H/S
1335.    V/H/S: Viral
1336.    Vicki Christina Barcelona
1337.    View to a Kill, A
1338.    Vikings, The
1339.    Village, The
1340.    Village of the Damned
1341.    Visit, The
1342.    Viva Las Vegas
1343.    Volcano
1344.    Wake in Fright
1345.    War Horse
1346.    Warlock
1347.    War of the Worlds, The ‘53
1348.    War of the Worlds ‘05
1349.    Watcher, The ‘00
1350.    Watcher in the Woods
1351.    Waterboy, The
1352.    Water Horse, The
1353.    West Side Story
1354.    Westworld
1355.    Whales of August, The
1356.    What Dreams May Come
1357.    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
1358.    What Lies Beneath
1359.    What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
1360.    What Women Want
1361.    When a Stranger Calls
1362.    When a Stranger Calls ‘06
1363.    When the Bough Breaks
1364.    Where Eagles Dare
1365.    White House Down
1366.    White Noise
1367.    Whiteout
1368.    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1369.    Wild Things
1370.    Willow
1371.    Wind Chill
1372.    Witch, The
1373.    Witches of Eastwick, The
1374.    Wizard of Oz, The
1375.    Wolf
1376.    Wolf Creek 2
1377.    Wolf Man, The
1378.    Wolf Man, The
1379.    Wolverine, The
1380.    Woman's Rage, A
1381.    Wonder Woman
1382.    World According to Garp, The
1383.    World Is Not Enough, The
1384.    World's Fastest Indian, The
1385.    World Trade Center
1386.    World War Z
1387.    Wyatt Earp
1388.    X-Files: Fight the Future, The
1389.    X-Files: I Want to Believe, The
1390.    X-Men
1391.    X2
1392.    X-Men: The Last Stand
1393.    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
1394.    X-Men: First Class
1395.    X-Men: Days of Future Past
1396.    X-Men: Apocalypse
1397.    Yellow Submarine
1398.    You Only Live Twice
1399.    Zombieland
 

 

I know it says 1,399, but that's because there's probably a dozen or more films I can't remember yet.

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On 4/23/2018 at 12:28 PM, Holko said:

I usually favour either long, energetic moving shots or heavily atmospheric wide shots with tiny people lost in a huge environment.

 

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Gotta love this one then.

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Why don't I just go ahead and do one from each SW movie I haven't done yet since I love them all.

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13 hours ago, Ludwig said:

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This has always been a favorite of mine because it sums up much of what the whole movie is about in a single shot. As Keys looks sympathetically on Elliot, saying that he's dreamed about this (meeting an alien) since he was Elliot's age, we see Elliot's image projected directly onto Keys, making it clear in a very visual and visceral way that Keys sees himself in Elliot. And at the same time, by showing Elliot's reflection on Keys' face, there is also a sense that, if one's child-like imagination is allowed to die (as Elliot is dying), then we end up turning into the purely rational, scientific beings that Keys represents and cutting ourselves off from a vital part of our humanity. I love how Keys' bio suit captures both the scientific aspect and a physical barrier that separates him from Elliot at the same time. Spielberg at his very best.

 

It's the one moment of E.T. I don't love. I thought it was unnecessary to establish that this guy had been visited by the creature when he was a boy. Makes it feel a bit less special. It's hard to explain.

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9 minutes ago, Batman's Diet Coke said:

It's the one moment of E.T. I don't love. I thought it was unnecessary to establish that this guy had been visited by the creature when he was a boy. Makes it feel a bit less special. It's hard to explain.

 

But the film's ending alludes to the fact that E.T.'s people had visited Earth before (i.e. the spaceship leaves a rainbow streak in the sky), so I don't see how it's farfetched that Keys had had an encounter as a child.

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On 24/04/2018 at 4:23 PM, Richard said:

I'm not sure about favourite shot of all, but the greatest shot of all time is, undoubtedly, the opening shot of STAR WARS.  It lasts for about twenty five seconds, and in those seconds-those six hundred frames-the way we watch, and listen to, films, was changed, forever. That's what makes it the most emotive, and the most important shot in all of cinema.

12 hours ago, John said:

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This is the scene that ignited my love of movies. Watching the blockade runner zipping across the screen, followed by the seemingly never-ending Star Destroyer in pursuit, completely blew my ten-year-old mind when I watched the film for the first time. Instantly you know how futile the rebels' escape is, essentially explaining the entirety of the story in a matter of seconds. Filmmaking at its finest.

 

 

 

Agreed :)

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It’s a very engrossing opening shot: you instantly know who the bad guys and good guys are.

 

But I think we need to distinguish between appreciating a shot, and loving one. It’s not like there’s some high drama going on in that shot....

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A meant drama in the sense of a character-driven drama: Its just an action scene. Its part of the "James Bond opening" of the film.

 

12 hours ago, Mitth'raw'nuorodo said:

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That's a great opening shot, too!

 

I've talked about how the opening shot of The Last Jedi breaks the Star Wars mould by not cutting to the fleet but pushing down to it, instead. But, it should be said, George Lucas did a similar thing with this opening: where most Star Wars films would cut from that to something else, Lucas holds this and forms a nice long take (of sorts, because it is just CGI, at the end of the day) at the top of his film: about 1:15 seconds worth.

 

12 hours ago, Mitth'raw'nuorodo said:

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Nope, I'm sorry. You cannot love so much as a single shot of Attack of the Clones! Its forbidden! ;)

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14 minutes ago, Chen G. said:

Nope. Doesn't impress me. Its cute, at best.

I wasn’t posting them to convince you. Your post just made me think of Attack of the Clones. 

 

I’m not looking for your approval. 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Richard said:

it also had vast, and permanent repercussions for the film industry. To reiterate what Nick said: NOTHING had been seen (nor heard) like it - EVER!

 

Which is exactly why I say distinguish between shots (and films) that you appreciate because of the influence they had on the industry, and shots (and films) that you, as an individual moviegoer, like, on the shot's or the film's own right. The two don't have to correlate.

 

Again, I love that shot. Its great that the film not only has an excellent "James Bond" opening, but that it does so with the very first image we see in it. Is it my very favorite shot in all of cinema? probably not.

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10 minutes ago, Chen G. said:

 

Which is exactly why I say distinguish between shots (and films) that you appreciate because of the influence they had on the industry, and shots (and films) that you, as an individual moviegoer, like, on the shot's or the film's own right. The two don't have to correlate.

 They don’t; but in this case they do.

 

And that shot is part of what made the film cinematic history.  That the shot works so well in the film “in it own right” is the whole point.

 

And I’m not sure the James Bond opening is a good analogy. Bond openings are impressive because of the whole pre credits sequence. We’re just talking about a single opening shot.

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37 minutes ago, Nick1066 said:

And I’m not sure the James Bond opening is a good analogy.

 

Its not a comparison; its a colloquial term for big spectacle openings, regardless of the specifics of how they're constructed. In Star Wars, that opening image is but a part of what is an entire opening "James Bond" action sequence (and a very good one!), so that we remain engaged throughout the long first act (43 minutes!).

 

It also happens in The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. It happens in every Indiana Jones film. It happens in Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, An Unexpected Journey and The Battle of the Five Armies. It happens in every Avengers movie (including this recent one, I'm told) - its a staple of large-scale films, regardless of franchise.

 

The idea being that instead of the convention of gradually rising tension throughout the three acts, there's a big "spike" early in the first act: An action sequence that: a) serves as a "hook" that pulls the audience into the film; b) promises more such spectacle once the first act concludes; c) sets up the villain and main conflict; d) acts as a short-film of sorts that gives the audience at least a temporary sense of satisfaction with the film they're watching, already within the opening couple of minutes.

 

Regardless, opening with a strong, unique image is always a requirement in good filmmaking: its usually in the script. One aims to close with a strong image, as well.

 

52 minutes ago, Bilbo said:

Your post just made me think of Attack of the Clones. 

 

Oh, I'm so sorry...

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6 minutes ago, Chen G. said:

 

Its not a comparison; its a colloquial term for big spectacle openings. Where, instead of the convention of gradually rising tension throughout the three acts, there's a big "spike" early in the first act: An action sequence that: a) serves as a "hook" that pulls the audience into the film; b) promises more such spectacle once the first act concludes; c) sets up the villain and main conflict; d) acts as a short-film of sorts that gives the audience at least a temporary sense of satisfaction with the film they're watching within just a couple of minutes.

 

It happens in Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. It happens in every Indiana Jones film. It happens in Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, An Unexpected Journey and The Battle of the Five Armies. It happens in every Avengers movie (including this recent one, I'm told) - its a staple of large-scale films, regardless of franchise.

 

Regardless, opening with a strong, unique image is always a requirement in good filmmaking: its usually in the script. But in Star Wars, that image is but a part of what is an entire opening action sequence, so that we remain engaged throughout the long first act (43 minutes!) isn't boring.

 

 

Oh, I'm so sorry...

 

Judging by your avatar you don’t mind being reminded of bad films yourself so there’s no need to be sorry. 

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Nah, I like those, and I think they're good movies, and I can back it up. The James Bond openings not being the least of my reasons, for instance.

 

Attack of the Clones, on the other hand...

 

It might be the worst entry not just in Star Wars, but in any big franchise of this kind. And the overall impression of the film is so poor that the occasional good shot or scene are drowned in it.

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You're right, I misspoke.

 

Just like there's a difference between liking and appreciating a film, so too is there a difference between liking a film and considering it good. or between disliking a film, or saying its bad.

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