INT. LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – DAY Bobby Womack’s ‘Across 110th Street’ introduces Tarantino’s third installment to his already iconic filmography. Tracking the eponymous Jackie Brown, played by Pam Grier, through an airport right up to the departure gate the … Continue reading Jackie Brown
INT. – GAME SHOW SET. – DAY 1 John Williams’ rhythmic jazz score sets the tone for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Frank William Abagnale Jr.’s semi-autobiographical tale, Catch Me If You Can, during an all too rare title sequence. I … Continue reading Catch Me If You Can
FADE IN: WALKING THROUGH THE PRISON Tap, tap, tap go the prison shoes on the prison floor. After the gloomy establishing shot of 1980s Chicago industrialisation the air is thick with a sense of entrapment. Solidified with the montage footage … Continue reading The Blues Brothers
American diner robbery, Pumpkin and Honey Bunny style. A wall of ticking clocks. The gentle tap tap of prison shoes en route to freedom.
I miss the smell of the cinema. Of worn seats and popcorn. I miss the beam of light that cuts effortlessly through the anticipation of a packed auditorium. The onomatopoeic ‘rack’ of the curtain as it’s pulled back and the screen slowly takes form as it’s filled with motion pictures. The first few minutes of a film are a special time. You get a feel for what’s to follow. How I wish I was old enough to appreciate Pulp Fiction in all it’s glory all those years ago when it debuted in 1994. But alas, I was only two years old.
The idea for ‘Opening Scene Opinions’ spawned whilst watching Pulp Fiction. When Pumpkin yells “Everybody be cool this is a robbery!” and the sound of Miserlou kicks in the biggest smile stretches across my face. Continue reading “Opening Scene Opinions”