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« Reply #90 on: February 27, 2006, 11:29:25 PM »
Another vote for Donnie Darko.  And one for The Doors.  I can't think of another right now but when I do it might also begin with D.

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« Reply #91 on: February 27, 2006, 11:38:52 PM »
Apocalypse Now, for the scenes of the war as a bad trip with 'The End' by the Doors played over the top, and the great segue into Martin Sheen being all drunk in his hotel room, especially when I found out that he was really blind drunk and really smashed his hand on that mirror

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« Reply #92 on: February 27, 2006, 11:48:23 PM »
Bladerunner
Three Colours Blue and Red
Delicatessen
A Clockwork Orange

Oh yeah, Hitchhikers Gudie to the Galaxy. Beautiful.

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« Reply #93 on: February 27, 2006, 11:58:16 PM »
The Descent had a great opening scene, very unexpected.

Everything else has pretty much been covered.

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« Reply #94 on: February 28, 2006, 12:05:28 AM »
Everything but Kubrick's '2001' that is.  I know I won't be able to spell it so I'm not going to try.

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« Reply #95 on: February 28, 2006, 12:14:18 AM »
Mallrats. Not big or clever but it made me laugh like a drain.
Also if we're including games then Silent Hill wins hands down.

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« Reply #96 on: February 28, 2006, 12:50:10 AM »
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Nah, Kill Bill is bollocks but you've got a point about Raging Bull.


Ach I enjoyed Kill Bill, I'm a sucker for black and white stuff, and the 'execution' of The Bride was quite stunning, to me. It's not on par with most movies mentioned here, but I like it.

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« Reply #97 on: February 28, 2006, 12:50:11 AM »
If we were including games 'Another World' would deffo win!

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« Reply #98 on: February 28, 2006, 12:50:42 AM »
MechWarrior 2 had an incredible opening for it's time.

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« Reply #99 on: February 28, 2006, 01:39:51 AM »
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and I'll go for one from TV.
...Robin Of Sherwood - The Swords of Wayland.  Devil worship, dead priests, graverobbing and fantastic imagery all in a 3 minute pre-credits sequence at 5.35 on a Saturday afternoon.  Listen to the commentary on the DVD to hear producer Paul Knight stunned into silence at how good it all is even 20 years later.


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« Reply #100 on: February 28, 2006, 01:58:32 AM »
Is there not a new Robin Hood series being made at the moment, to be shown in a Doctor Who style slot?

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« Reply #101 on: February 28, 2006, 08:29:41 AM »
carlito's way starts and ends at the same point


scream has a great opening, killing off the star at the start of the film

the lost boys? munich? who framed roger rabbit?

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« Reply #102 on: February 28, 2006, 09:26:57 AM »
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Nah, Kill Bill is bollocks but you've got a point about Raging Bull.


Ach I enjoyed Kill Bill, I'm a sucker for black and white stuff, and the 'execution' of The Bride was quite stunning, to me. It's not on par with most movies mentioned here, but I like it.


Oh the film as awhole is alright, but I just didnt think the opening scene was all that.

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« Reply #103 on: February 28, 2006, 09:39:39 AM »
High Plains Drifter


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« Reply #104 on: February 28, 2006, 11:10:59 AM »
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If we were including games 'Another World' would deffo win!


Hehe, good call!

Day of the Tentacle, naturally ("I feel stronger... smarter... more aggressive") and Grim Fandango, although the whole game is so beautiful it feels unfair to isolate the introduction. (The computer showing a negative graph with a flashing arrow pointing to it cracks me up every time.)

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« Reply #105 on: February 28, 2006, 11:40:44 AM »
If we include games, a quick huzzah for the much-maligned (unjustly, I feel) GoldenEye: Rogue Agent. Just the fun of being able to kill Brosnan's Bond - hell, Bond full-stop - is worth something.

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« Reply #106 on: February 28, 2006, 11:41:59 AM »
Well, if we're doing games, Halo 2. No contest.

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« Reply #107 on: February 28, 2006, 12:02:08 PM »
If we are doing games (and it seems the evidence is in favour) then the opening credits for Ripper must be in there. Playing those in a dark room at midnight shat me right up, I don't mind admitting. Played the credits more than the game in the end. Since the game was a bit crap. Apart from Christopher Walken - he was good.

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« Reply #108 on: February 28, 2006, 12:26:24 PM »
2001 and Dune are ones that stick in my memory. Wasn't looking forward to Dune much but then the opening immediately convinced me otherwise. And 2001's is about as ballsy as you can get- the equivalent of whacking your todger on the table and screaming "beat this".

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« Reply #109 on: February 28, 2006, 01:06:28 PM »
Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Thirded
Jaws - seconded

John Carpenter's The Thing - space pod breaks through earth's atmosphere (ripped off considerably in Predator), then cut to knackered dog being chased through the Antarctic snow by a trigger happy helicopter pilot.  

From Dusk Till Dawn - typical Tarantino intro, but I love the dialogue and the 'shooting out the spirit bottles and throwing the lighter-fluid soaked toilet roll' thing.  Then as the two brothers stroll out of the building, bickering as the whole building explodes behind them...  just very cool.

Dazed And Confused - Stoned american teenagers turning up to school to the sound of Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion.

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« Reply #110 on: February 28, 2006, 02:39:50 PM »
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and I'll go for one from TV.
...Robin Of Sherwood - The Swords of Wayland.  Devil worship, dead priests, graverobbing and fantastic imagery all in a 3 minute pre-credits sequence at 5.35 on a Saturday afternoon.  Listen to the commentary on the DVD to hear producer Paul Knight stunned into silence at how good it all is even 20 years later.


Anyone seen Cerys lately?


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« Reply #111 on: February 28, 2006, 03:04:15 PM »
There are many, and there are better ones in the series I am presenting.

This is the opening sequence of Terminator 3, poorly acted film, but this was just stunning to see as an opening to a movie.



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The sound was pretty damn good too.

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« Reply #112 on: February 28, 2006, 04:35:13 PM »
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Are you a female, Four Eyes?


I always thought High Fidelity was an acceptable rom-com for men.  Is it known as a 'girl' film then?


I thought the question was prompted by my writing "The Cusack".

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The opening sequence of Ghost World, a montage from a 1960s Bollywood video and voyeuristic shots of the neighbours, is brilliant, and had me liking the film straight away.


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« Reply #113 on: February 28, 2006, 05:09:02 PM »
Paris, Texas.  Harry Dean Stanton striding out of the desert, beneath that endless blue sky, with Ry Cooder sliding away.

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« Reply #114 on: February 28, 2006, 05:46:44 PM »
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Nothing like sitting there in the cinema thinking, "oh God, did we walk into the right screen?".  My mum turned to my sister and I and asked in a far too loud voice, "are we still in nursery?!"

Not gonna explain that one any further 'cause if you haven't seen the film you are a shit.

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« Reply #115 on: February 28, 2006, 06:20:36 PM »
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Once Upon a Time in the West

That incredible, slow credit sequence (the longest in cinema history I've heard - it lasts 20 minutes or so I think). Just some guys waiting for a train it seems.  And then after the train arrives, the first appearance of 'harmonica'. It's just magical.


Totally agreed the best thing Sergio Leone and ennio morricone ever did. Does Fonda kill the family before the credits?

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« Reply #116 on: February 28, 2006, 06:34:57 PM »
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Nothing like sitting there in the cinema thinking, "oh God, did we walk into the right screen?".  My mum turned to my sister and I and asked in a far too loud voice, "are we still in nursery?!"

Not gonna explain that one any further 'cause if you haven't seen the film you are a shit.


Did you actualy like the movie? Surely not?

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« Reply #117 on: February 28, 2006, 10:54:43 PM »
Star Trek: First Contact - Zooming out from Picard's eye to show him stuck in a Borg alcove, just one of thousands. Plus, I love the shot about five minutes in of the Borg cube roaring overhead just before two photon torpedoes slam into it.

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« Reply #118 on: February 28, 2006, 10:56:22 PM »
Ooh, also quickly followed by the shot that they ALWAYS cut on telly, where the drill goes slowly towards Picard's eye, and just starts to bend the surface of the eyeball...

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« Reply #119 on: February 28, 2006, 11:16:29 PM »
Yes, indeedy.