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The Top 5: Opening/Title Sequences

Dead or Alive

Guns, sex, sodomy, coke, blood and noodles – absolute madness from Takashi Miike.

Watchmen

A slow-motion brief history of The Minutemen/Watchmen leading up to the events of the film. The choice of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a Changin’ is inspired.

Unfortunately the audio on my video has been muted due to a copyright law but you can also find it here at trailersland.com with audio included.

Scream

Wes Craven’s seminal teen horror has one of the most shocking beginnings. Not just because of the graphic violence, but also because he killed off a big name star straight away.

Once Upon a Time in the West

One of the longest opening/title sequences in cinema history, but its length and slow pacing doesn’t stop it from being one of the most lauded starts to a film to date.

This clip only features the tail end of the sequence where Harmonica (Charles Bronson) takes on the three gunslingers who have been waiting for him.

The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises

Okay, I’m cheating a little but I couldn’t pick one over the other – so here are both!

Obviously inspired by Michael Mann’s Heat and countless other bank robbery scenes in film, this opening sequence to Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece makes the list not only because it’s a thrilling start to the film, but also because it was the first time we all got to see Heath Ledger’s Joker in the flesh.

Nolan had his work cut out for him trying to top his previous achievement. And while he may not have made as good a film for the final part of the trilogy, the opening of The Dark Knight Rises is every bit as exciting as its predecessor. As with Joker’s make-up, we were equally excited to finally see Bane and hear his voice – and what a great introduction it is.


6 Thoughts (facts) On The Dark Knight Rises

After a second viewing and now the online fires have calmed, I thought I would share some thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises. I couldn’t decide whether I liked it the first time so I felt a second viewing was essential to determine what I thought its level of merit actually is. So, here we go, 5 thoughts (facts):

Bane

1. The Alfred scenes are definitely to0 gushy and feel as if they have been crow-barred into the narrative. These Batman films deliver their excitement through the music, the action set-pieces, even the little one-liners from the good and bad guys alike etc. But not speeches…apart from Gordon of course. He’s allowed. But only him.

2. “Now is not the time for fear” – I just had to write that down once. Love it!

3. I understand that Nolan wanted to exceed, or at least try to match the scope and epic nature of The Dark Knight, but one of the ways in which he attempted this backfired – by trying to make the story bigger than Gotham City. The most notable examples were when the American President was mentioned, when the bomb was taken out to sea, and when Alfred notices Wayne in a cafe in Florence. All of these sequences detracted from the ‘world of Gotham’ and put a temporary hole in the fourth wall.

I appreciated attempts to give the material as much realism as possible, but trying to merge Gotham with the real world is a mistake. Yes, in the films and graphic novels it is part of America but only as a point of reference. Gotham doesn’t play by the same rules as the real world, so the made up place should stay just that – made up. Make sense? Thought not.

Bane and Batman Fight

4. Bane is a very good (film) character and although I think Tom Hardy is incredible and the voice makes me quiver with joy, he is not the Joker and the character and performance do not match up to Heath Ledger’s villain. I’m not saying Hardy wasn’t great; he just didn’t have the opportunity to fully express himself as he had a big metal restrictive crab on his mush.

Okay Luke, I’ll settle for this: Bane may, may be a better character than the Joker, but Heath Ledger’s performance is superior (oh, for all the rest of you, Luke is a friend of mine who will definitely disagree with the above comment… I’m not just suddenly calling everyone Luke.)

5. The Dark Knight is better than The Dark Knight Rises

6. All of that “dadadum, dadadum, dadadum, dadadum, dadadum, daaaaaaaaaa, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”  – and the – “da…da…da, da, da” stuff…I still bloody love all of that.