Open Thread Posted by JP Stormcrow, 08 Jun 2007 04:03 pm
As I explained in my MOJ-mandated wrap-up on the previous Open Thread, I am somewhat “sported” out. But since this is an “Open” Thread have it at it; sports or whatever. … oh yes, Go Cavs! … just not expecting much there.
This D-Day week, I was recalling the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan. I found the overall movie uneven, but the initial sequence literally knocked me back in my seat and made me quickly reset my expectations for what was to follow. YouTube here. Was trying to think of other movies that accomplished that. Though it feels like you have always known it, the Kansas->Oz, color ->b/w cut in Wizard of Oz does this, as does the bone throw in 2001. The Stunt Man to some extent revolved around this effect. (Does it have a name?) Movies with “multiple” switches include David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Time Bandits and Sleuth. The double hit of “Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite” in Rocky Horror work for me as well (I know there are a lot of “shocks” in horror films in general, but 1.) I am not a fan of the genre and 2.) Most do not recontextualize the whole film viewing experience for you.) Last I will mention is Marathon Man, where a seemingly comic car chase turns deadly, setting the stage for the more serious tone of the movie. (YouTube here, and actually I found this one quite unsettling in a negative way, but that may just have been because I saw it on a failing first date.)
Responses to “Open Thread (#12)”