I'm making the most definitive list of favorite movies ever.

For every year, I'm listing every movie I've seen and compare them all to each other asking one question; Which movie do I like more. Movies that score in the 80th percentile or higher, advance to the next round: Favorite of the Decade. After each Decade is done, an All Time list will be formed.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Favorite Star Wars: Opening Flyover

These types of categories are where all 6 movies usually have one of these... Every flick has this opening flyby... some are more impacting than others. The results kinda surprised me.

Winner: A New Hope. Well, that would be no surprise. It set the standard at a place that was either avoided by the sequels or respected by the prequels. This shot in all of the movies tries to be the tone setter, but that Star Destroyer chasing the Tantive IV is still the best one. I wouldn't mind a little more detail on the Star Destroyer in future editions, but that would just be gravy. Of all of the openings, with the different pan & scans of the shot and finnially DVD, and even an IMAX remake of it, fans have gotten to see it again for the first time, many times!

Runners up: A TIE! Scoring both 4 points each, Episode II and III's Coruscant openings. They're both at Coruscant, both play with camera turns and angles. Both have fighter craft. But... you know this category may have to be reconsidered. Does the opeing shot count THE ENTIRE SHOT? Sith has the "Waterfall shot" after the pan, it's one move, one continous shot...

This category is on hold until another viewing or so of Sith. So, is is just the initial pass, of the full length of the "shot"? This should have nothing to do with the context of the opening. Obviously the Vader entrance in ANH is different, as would be the assassination attempt on Amidala in AOTC.

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