The best opening shot of a movie ever

by Gunther Heinrich, 18 Feb 2007 in The Movie & Me

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Last week I wrote about the best ending shot ever in a movie.

So this week it is time to talk about the best movie opening shot ever.

Since I watched my first movie as a baby I have seen hundreds of movie openings. Most of the were mediocre and some were great but none of them can even slightly compare with the one they pulled off in Akira.

If any teacher should pick one shot to talk about with the students it should be this one because no other sets the mood so perfectly like this one when Tokyo gets totally obliterated by an atomic explosion. What do you hear? Nothing. During the whole scene you basically hear nothing – it’s

The best movie ending shot ever

by Gunther Heinrich, 1 Feb 2007 in The Movie & Me

Up to now I have watched hundreds of movies ending thousands ways with millions of last shots. But none of them can compare with the final shot of “2001 – A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick with the Watcher aka the baby.

You know, I love this movie with its silence and patience which is even more of a patience today if you watch todays sci-fi with its action, hunting, creaturing and so on. Everything about this movie is somehow special and the ending is of course one of it.

One day as I was watching this movie again it suddenly struck me, and I was ashamed for not noticing earlier: In the final shot the baby is watching Earth by slowly rotating. By this rotation its view slowly but surely shifts.