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2013-03-20 03:55:35 PM
A New Hope should be in there.
 
2013-03-20 04:05:36 PM

SilentStrider: A New Hope should be in there.


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2013-03-20 04:09:02 PM
Goodfella's?
 
2013-03-20 04:10:20 PM
Blade runner?
 
2013-03-20 04:10:58 PM
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I wish they would've put that on two or more pages. My old-ass work computer almost had a seizure. That was like trying to load a super-bowl thread without pagination.
 
2013-03-20 04:11:46 PM
Try as I may, I couldn't find a single fark to give about a "Top 50 Opening Scenes" list.
 
2013-03-20 04:12:47 PM
The Way of the Gun NSFW language.

/bonus Sarah Silverman getting bloodied nose.
 
2013-03-20 04:14:40 PM
Can't access the site the article links to, but "Lost in Translation" has the best opening scene for 1 reason.
 
2013-03-20 04:15:59 PM
How is  Hobo with a Shotgun not on that list?
 
2013-03-20 04:16:52 PM
I don't even want to chance loading that thing, but someone tell me that nearly every QT movie is on there at least?
 
2013-03-20 04:16:55 PM

PreMortem: The Way of the Gun NSFW language.

/bonus Sarah Silverman getting bloodied nose.


Came to post this. And I have honestly never seen any other part of the movie.
 
2013-03-20 04:17:15 PM

SilentStrider: A New Hope should be in there.


Is the opening scroll considered an opening scene? I could definitely see your point but it's arguable. The first 'scene' was nothing particularly special, even if it's still pretty cool.

scottydoesntknow: I can't believe I'm saying this, but I wish they would've put that on two or more pages. My old-ass work computer almost had a seizure. That was like trying to load a super-bowl thread without pagination.


Same thing here. Or just don't embed every single YouTube video...

By the same token - no slideshow FTW!
 
2013-03-20 04:17:26 PM
Lost in Translation, and it's not even close.
 
2013-03-20 04:17:29 PM
Not that I would expect it to be on there, but the opening scene of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure with Pee-Wee getting up and getting ready for his day with his house and the breakfast machine and everything is probably my favourite opening scene of any movie ever.
 
2013-03-20 04:17:55 PM

Fano: PreMortem: The Way of the Gun NSFW language.

/bonus Sarah Silverman getting bloodied nose.

Came to post this. And I have honestly never seen any other part of the movie.


And you honestly didn't miss anything.
 
2013-03-20 04:19:00 PM
www.godlikeproductions.com

For a comedy, still one of my favorites
 
2013-03-20 04:19:51 PM
Mad Max

/I'm a fuel injected suicide machine!
 
2013-03-20 04:20:21 PM
Let's see... Touch of Evil? Check, Godfather? ? Check

Wait...

Where's Patton?

How about Up? The first 8 minutes of Up is better than the majority of feature length films being produced.
 
2013-03-20 04:21:00 PM

SilentStrider: A New Hope STAR WARS should be in there.


FTFY The list totally fails without its inclusion. In fact not only should it be on the list, but in the top 5 if not number 1. Right from the very start, you KNEW you were in for something special. Nothing before or since comes even close. It's almost impossible to believe Georgie boy was responsible for it. As Red Letter Media stated, and I'm paraphrasing, the scene is so genius . . . I'm certain Lucas had nothing to do with it and fought to keep it out of the movie.

Also glad to see Jaws on the list, but sorry, no, the scene today does not look hokey when compared to the digital marvels of today. I saw Jaws recently on Blu-ray, and the movie looked awesome. The opening scene simply cannot be improved upon in any way. It is still pretty chilling.
 
2013-03-20 04:21:03 PM

bdub77: Fano: PreMortem: The Way of the Gun NSFW language.

/bonus Sarah Silverman getting bloodied nose.

Came to post this. And I have honestly never seen any other part of the movie.

And you honestly didn't miss anything.


Shut your mouth coont before I farkstart your head.  I thought the movie was good.
 
2013-03-20 04:21:46 PM

InmanRoshi: Lost in Translation, and it's not even close.


zarberg: Can't access the site the article links to, but "Lost in Translation" has the best opening scene for 1 reason.


as much as i love that movie, i can't remember what the opening scene is.

that is a good omtherfarking movie. i hate when people say it sucks.  the older i get the more i like it.  it is powerful.  the end is a copout, i have to admit.  you have no idea what he tells her.  you can't give the movie credit for that scene not knowing what he says.  maybe he just says "i love you but i love my wife more, that's why i have to go" or something sweet but hey, he might have said "i want to feast on your asshole".  so you can't give the movie points for that cop out ending.
 
2013-03-20 04:25:04 PM

bdub77: SilentStrider: A New Hope should be in there.

Is the opening scroll considered an opening scene? I could definitely see your point but it's arguable. The first 'scene' was nothing particularly special, even if it's still


the opening crawl is one of the most famous in any movie, but its just the title. The opening scene is the long crawl of the star destroyer going after the rebel ship. It is incredibly famous, and the perfect way to set the scene. Hundreds of people, including actors and directors, talk about how the excitement in the theater grew every second the ship panned over the screen.
 
2013-03-20 04:25:17 PM
good list, happy to see children of men on there.  Cuaron is of course going to own this list when his new one comes out which is supposed to be something ridiculous like 20 min of uncut scene.

would've gone with casino royale for the bond pick but hey.
 
2013-03-20 04:25:33 PM
They missed what in my opinion is .P.T. Anderson's best opening.
 
2013-03-20 04:26:31 PM

Snapper Carr: Let's see... Touch of Evil? Check, Godfather? ? Check

Wait...

Where's Patton?

How about Up? The first 8 minutes of Up is better than the majority of feature length films being produced.


up was on the list. He said if you show it to a friend and they dont cry they are not human.
 
2013-03-20 04:27:33 PM
No Austin Powers : Gold Member?

Had me laughing my arse off
 
2013-03-20 04:28:19 PM
List fails without the earliest Star Wars.
And that fu*king page took forever to load.
 
2013-03-20 04:28:26 PM
Can't watch all of these at work, but I am intrigued, thus consider this a bookmark.
 
2013-03-20 04:29:37 PM

Thread done...

www.reverseshot.com
 
2013-03-20 04:31:45 PM
Ist sucks without Spaceballs
 
2013-03-20 04:34:36 PM
I didn't see Miller's Crossing on the list so, by Fark rules, I have to say the whole list is shiat, right?

Seriously, though, the opening scene of Miller's Crossing explains the whole movie in a couple of shots.  It's incredible.  Here's some random guy's other thoughts on it:
http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2006/06/opening_shots_millers_cro ss ing.html

Also, Once Upon a Time in the West is a phenomenal opening scene back when Charlie Bronson was a BAMF.
"Looks like you brought two horses too many."  The rest of the movie is pretty mediocre, though.
 
2013-03-20 04:34:41 PM
I can't open the link.  Is "Relax, He's my Stepdad 2" on there?
 
2013-03-20 04:35:22 PM
What a bunch of guys who think this list is farked might look like...
talkingpointsmemo.com
 
2013-03-20 04:35:29 PM
I would have included the start of "City of Lost Children". Very weird and creepy.
 
2013-03-20 04:36:24 PM
Add one of the greatest motifs that Ennio Morricone / anyone has ever written, a terse and impossibly cool bit of chirping

That reminds me, I really should get around to finishing Red Dead Redemption one of these days. That game really knew how to establish environment.
 
2013-03-20 04:37:49 PM

mechgreg: Not that I would expect it to be on there, but the opening scene of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure with Pee-Wee getting up and getting ready for his day with his house and the breakfast machine and everything is probably my favourite opening scene of any movie ever.


An over all incredible movie, written by peewee and Phil Hartman, wasn't it Tim Burton's directorial debut?
Danny Elfmans incredible manic carnival score...

And the breakfast machine set the tone for the rest of the flick and the tune itself i think as the one song that defines the notion of a rube Goldberg machine. I've always wanted to do a promotional video of the brewery's packaging operation set to that piece

And really, the whole score is great. Only about 20 minutes or so long though
 
2013-03-20 04:37:52 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: What a bunch of guys who think this list is farked might look like...
[talkingpointsmemo.com image 652x360]


Really? The D-Day invasion wasn't on there?! Like I said upthread, I couldn't load the page without crashing my whole comp. Maybe since the opening scene was technically visiting the gravesite it didn't count.
 
2013-03-20 04:37:59 PM

zarberg: Can't access the site the article links to, but "Lost in Translation" has the best opening scene for 1 reason.


Two reasons, I would think.
 
2013-03-20 04:38:43 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: What a bunch of guys who think this list is farked might look like...
[talkingpointsmemo.com image 652x360]


While amazingly powerful, can you call an opening scene that if it lasts almost 30 minutes long?
 
2013-03-20 04:39:21 PM

bdub77: SilentStrider: A New Hope should be in there.

Is the opening scroll considered an opening scene? I could definitely see your point but it's arguable. The first 'scene' was nothing particularly special, even if it's still pretty cool.


Nothing particularly special now, pretty groundbreaking (and awesome) at the time.
 
2013-03-20 04:39:42 PM
This list should know when it's conquered...
www.doblu.com
 
2013-03-20 04:41:05 PM

mjohnson71: Ow! That was my feelings!: What a bunch of guys who think this list is farked might look like...
[talkingpointsmemo.com image 652x360]

While amazingly powerful, can you call an opening scene that if it lasts almost 30 minutes long?


Yes, I've never seen anyone walk out of the opening scene of a movie before or since.
 
2013-03-20 04:41:23 PM
Dammit. I tried watching the Up opening cause I hadn't seen it in a while and was bawling before I even got halfway through.
 
2013-03-20 04:42:30 PM
No Ryan? No Star Wars?!

And I don't know if I would call UP! great...

Most depressing 10 minutes every put to film would be a better description.

And you have to include at least one Bond but you don't use Octopussy?!?

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Unimpressed
 
2013-03-20 04:42:32 PM
No love for Raiders of the Lost Ark?  The opening scene was a movie on it's own.
 
2013-03-20 04:43:17 PM

scottydoesntknow: Ow! That was my feelings!: What a bunch of guys who think this list is farked might look like...
[talkingpointsmemo.com image 652x360]

Really? The D-Day invasion wasn't on there?! Like I said upthread, I couldn't load the page without crashing my whole comp. Maybe since the opening scene was technically  visiting the gravesiteit didn't count.


Ah, ok, that is a fair point. Still...
 
2013-03-20 04:43:45 PM

Arkanaut: zarberg: Can't access the site the article links to, but "Lost in Translation" has the best opening scene for 1 reason.

Two reasons, I would think.


Well, were it her chest, I suppose we could classify that as "two reasons" but I've never heard anyone specify an ass as two separate cheeks, and thus call someone's butt "two reasons to love them.
 
2013-03-20 04:44:19 PM

mechgreg: Not that I would expect it to be on there, but the opening scene of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure with Pee-Wee getting up and getting ready for his day with his house and the breakfast machine and everything is probably my favourite opening scene of any movie ever.


Good one. Certainly worth an honorable mention.

My first thought before clicking the link, Blues Brothers.
 
2013-03-20 04:45:03 PM

museamused: The rest of the movie is pretty mediocre, though.



Excuse me??

Also, I'd add a second Béla Tarr film, The Turin Horse, to the list.
 
2013-03-20 04:45:07 PM

megalynn44: Dammit. I tried watching the Up opening cause I hadn't seen it in a while and was bawling before I even got halfway through.


youtube is blocked, but someone mashed that to a song called "Everthere" by this AMAZING british band called elbow, you should look it up.

the song is broadly about being in love with someone and growing old with them which is, duhh.

if i lose the sequence here or there
more salt than pepper in my hair
can i rely on you?
when this whole thing is through
to be, for me, the everthere.


if you watch that, to that song, and do not cry, you are either not alive or have never been in love.
 
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