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Title: Best intro to a film ever?
Post by: bgmnts on December 24, 2018, 12:45:06 PM
I am sure we will have a quite a few suggestions. The Godfather maybe, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Fight Club etc.

I'd give a big nod to the Dawn of the Dead Remake though. It has possibly the best opening credits sequence in film for me. Shat me right up as a nipper. The use of Johnny Cash's When the Man Comes Around is sublime.  https://youtu.be/dTYNwwPQH4k
I think Zack Snyder did this exact same thing for Watchmen but it works much better in this film.

Gimme your favourites.
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Post by: Dex Sawash on December 24, 2018, 01:11:33 PM

Taxi (1998). https://youtu.be/KVeZYCjnkSc
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Post by: Sin Agog on December 24, 2018, 03:39:34 PM
Taxi

I know bgmnts is a little hard up, but you shouldn't just assume you've pulled because you happened to post in his thread.
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Post by: kalowski on December 24, 2018, 04:03:30 PM
For sheer overblown brilliance: Once Upon a Time in the West.
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Post by: magval on December 24, 2018, 05:56:47 PM
If I can have Return of the Jedi, up until they get out the desert, I'd take that. I adore every beat of that whole section, only it lasts 35 minutes or so, so maybe isn't an 'opening' so much as an opening act.

Once Upon A Time in the West too, yes. Good call.
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Post by: icehaven on December 24, 2018, 06:07:47 PM
Midnight Cowboy (1969). Can't find it from the very beginning (with the Western film sounds and the blank drive-in screen) on YT probably because most of them have cut to nearer where Everybody's Talkin' starts but the whole intro is so good, even includes the first time Joe nearly gets run over.
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Post by: Shameless Custard on December 24, 2018, 06:17:27 PM
Mad Max: Fury Road's opening scene set up the film very nicely. Weird bald mutants chasing after Tom Hardy
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Post by: Cuntbeaks on December 24, 2018, 10:24:36 PM
Head - Once Porpoise Song ends you are completely at its mercy. Providing you're on psychedelics of course.
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Post by: chveik on December 24, 2018, 10:42:38 PM
Suspiria
Aguirre
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Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on December 24, 2018, 10:49:27 PM
Halloween, the original version.
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Post by: Lemming on December 24, 2018, 10:53:00 PM
Commando. Bennett is ON THE BOAT when he blows it up, presumably to fake his own death??? He's on the boat. It shows a shot of him driving the boat, then INSTANTLY cuts to the boat exploding. What the fuck? It's the best film ever.
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Post by: mothman on December 24, 2018, 11:40:53 PM
Saving Private Ryan.
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Post by: kalowski on December 24, 2018, 11:48:33 PM
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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Post by: Replies From View on December 25, 2018, 12:00:44 AM
The first 17 minutes of Gravity is a pretty thrilling sequence.
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Post by: biggytitbo on December 25, 2018, 12:52:16 AM
The first 5 minutes of 'Backdoor nun fuck cum orgy 3' is absolutely excellent, in fact I usually turn off after that as it doesn't get any better imo.
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Post by: magval on December 25, 2018, 08:33:44 AM
Commando. Bennett is ON THE BOAT when he blows it up, presumably to fake his own death??? He's on the boat. It shows a shot of him driving the boat, then INSTANTLY cuts to the boat exploding. What the fuck? It's the best film ever.

I love the crash zoom on Arnold when he checks his watch not long after escaping the plane. It is indeed a very funny and excellent film.
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Post by: Captain Crunch on December 25, 2018, 03:04:02 PM
The delivery of this line:

Quote
I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.

Perfection.



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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 25, 2018, 03:07:49 PM
The Cate Blanchett prologue in LOTR is monumental and the best set up to any film or anything of any kind I have seen.

https://youtu.be/BjJvOm94W5U
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Post by: surreal on December 27, 2018, 04:20:25 PM
The Cate Blanchett prologue in LOTR is monumental and the best set up to any film or anything of any kind I have seen.

https://youtu.be/BjJvOm94W5U

Agreed, really puts everything right in front of you - here's where we are, here's who's involved, here's what's at stake.  After that, as long as you go along with the whole fantasy premise, you're already engrossed.
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Post by: greenman on December 27, 2018, 04:32:34 PM
The Cate Blanchett prologue in LOTR is monumental and the best set up to any film or anything of any kind I have seen.

https://youtu.be/BjJvOm94W5U

All the more impressive when you consider it was a bit of a last minute bodge job throw together with a lot of random shots.

Ivan's Childhood with the idyllic opening and then the journey though no mans land is some of Tarkovsky's best visuals in his first 3-4 mins.
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on December 27, 2018, 05:26:00 PM
Suicide Club - It's an absolutely shocking opening to the film, and one which you'll never forget.
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Post by: gatchamandave on December 27, 2018, 07:52:01 PM
Touch of Evil, just incredibly well choreographed
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Post by: kalowski on December 27, 2018, 08:05:15 PM
Touch of Evil, just incredibly well choreographed
And also The Player, which is an homage.
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Post by: Spiteface on December 27, 2018, 08:18:49 PM
Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle
The Legendary War. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr6O3ch50WY)

Thirty-four teams of rangers coming together in one epic scrap.
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Post by: surreal on December 28, 2018, 10:13:49 AM
I'm not sure why but I've always loved the Donnie Darko opening, him waking up on the road and cycling back home with Killing Moon playing - this is the original release, not the Director's Cut which changed the soundtrack for the worse imho.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXhle_5BBRU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXhle_5BBRU)
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Post by: greenman on December 28, 2018, 04:50:02 PM
That film being a happy accident is surely highlighted by the original choice being INXS, only used killing moon because he couldn't get the rights to the former.
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Post by: icehaven on December 28, 2018, 05:53:56 PM
I'm not sure why but I've always loved the Donnie Darko opening, him waking up on the road and cycling back home with Killing Moon playing - this is the original release, not the Director's Cut which changed the soundtrack for the worse imho.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXhle_5BBRU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXhle_5BBRU)

Fuck yes, great example.
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Post by: Bazooka on December 29, 2018, 02:04:58 AM
Suicide Club - It's an absolutely shocking opening to the film, and one which you'll never forget.

Its been some years since I watched, yes what a visceral opening.
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Post by: greenman on December 29, 2018, 08:30:17 AM
If I can have Return of the Jedi, up until they get out the desert, I'd take that. I adore every beat of that whole section, only it lasts 35 minutes or so, so maybe isn't an 'opening' so much as an opening act.

A mark of quality I spose that I always think of that section as being much longer taking up close to half the film when really its closer to a quarter. This and the space battle plus Luke/Vader I think makes the argument that stuff like Revenge of the Sith of the Force Awakens as being "better than Jedi" pretty laughable.

Always loved the take on the Godfather and the start of Millers Crossing, manages to both setup the plot and all of the key players in it whilst still being entertaining, "so take your flunky and dangle".
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Post by: Twit 2 on December 29, 2018, 11:07:16 AM
https://youtu.be/Z28Mi6mUyKo

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Post by: magval on December 29, 2018, 12:10:27 PM
A mark of quality I spose that I always think of that section as being much longer taking up close to half the film when really its closer to a quarter. This and the space battle plus Luke/Vader I think makes the argument that stuff like Revenge of the Sith of the Force Awakens as being "better than Jedi" pretty laughable.

Always loved the take on the Godfather and the start of Millers Crossing, manages to both setup the plot and all of the key players in it whilst still being entertaining, "so take your flunky and dangle".

I doubt any of Return of the Jedi's vocal detractors were as bothered by Ewoks when they first watched the film as children as they profess to be as adults.

I love the opening of Miller's Crossing as well but have failed to get "the hi-hat" over as common parlance around the office.
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Post by: studpuppet on December 29, 2018, 01:06:07 PM
Stop getting the best opening credits wrong! (https://youtu.be/eaunC76kPVU?t=64)


The Hunger - Deneuve and Bowie looking their best plus a soundtrack integrated into the opening. Can't find a longer version, but right up to the bit where they murder the two youngsters it's great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZiPhX-SZ88 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZiPhX-SZ88)
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Post by: kalowski on December 29, 2018, 04:09:36 PM
A mark of quality I spose that I always think of that section as being much longer taking up close to half the film when really its closer to a quarter. This and the space battle plus Luke/Vader I think makes the argument that stuff like Revenge of the Sith of the Force Awakens as being "better than Jedi" pretty laughable.
I have no trust in people who claim to not like RotJ. Worth it just for the Luke/Vader battle alone, let alone the whole Jabba section. Add to that Lando and Nien Numb in the Falcon, and it's a cracker. And I like the Ewoks.
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Post by: McChesney Duntz on December 30, 2018, 04:04:12 AM
Stop getting the best opening credits wrong! (https://youtu.be/eaunC76kPVU?t=64)


The Hunger - Deneuve and Bowie looking their best plus a soundtrack integrated into the opening. Can't find a longer version, but right up to the bit where they murder the two youngsters it's great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZiPhX-SZ88 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZiPhX-SZ88)

Just watched that again the other night, and yeah yeah yeah - Tony Scott pretty much peaked in the first five minutes of his directorial career.
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Post by: Moribunderast on December 30, 2018, 05:24:15 AM
The opening sequence of The Villainess (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1WfmywhsPA) was very memorable and gets the film off to a frantic start.

Always loved the opening to South Korean classic, Mother (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqokbMIzd7w), as well.
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Post by: greenman on December 30, 2018, 05:30:11 AM
I love the opening of Miller's Crossing as well but have failed to get "the hi-hat" over as common parlance around the office.

I was never quite sure whether that ment high hat as top hat as in someone thinking their higher class than someone else of hi hat in terms of a drum kit with "ba dumb tish" style jokes made at someones expense.
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Post by: Brundle-Fly on December 30, 2018, 07:05:03 PM
Same ones I nominated on last month's thread.
https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,69987.0.html
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Post by: Lord Mandrake on December 30, 2018, 09:03:17 PM
City of god

https://youtu.be/ASPvpdaQpRQ