Well after my last poll went as well as Shelley Levene's career as a salesman, thought I'd give it another go but with a little bit more of a straight forward idea. So with that simplicity in mine, I won't spend any time doing a parody of an introductory monologue and just get to the rules:
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*Rank your entrances from 1 to 25, with The name of the character, film and if possible actor.
FYC: The chestburster, Alien (they don't get any better) Bill the Butcher, Gangs of New York Angel Eyes, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Harry Lime, The Third Man Harmonica, Once Upon a Time in the West Gilda, Gilda John Doe, Se7en
Dr. Frank-N-Furter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show The long lost Phillip Jeffries, Fire Walk with Me Gigolo Joe, AI: Artificial Intelligence Honey, A Brighter Summer Day Freddie Quell, The Master "The Woman from the City", Sunrise Alex DeLarge, A Clockwork Orange Father, Distant Voices Still Lives The Black Knight, Monty Python and the Holy Grail Frank Booth, Blue Velvet Frank, Once Upon a Time in the West
This will get an eye-roll but you're wrong. An unforgettable character, framed and delineated unforgettably by (the great) Brian De Palma right from this opening scene. The character declares his name and what he is right here: a loud, lying, vulgar, profane, anti-Communist/capitalist nightmare waiting to happen. Don't miss the wink he does at the end while being dragged out - it's the whole movie summed up in this opening scene........... and in that wink.
February 27, 2017 at 12:06 : distain (pupdurcs) posted on Gold Derby:
Another FYC - Tarantino is great at this and I always thought he handled this slyly both a big moment and a small moment. A fascinating character, one I could imagine Brando playing actually and that isn't something I say a lot.
Cleopatra, Cleopatra (1963) Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina (1935) Guy and Bruno, Strangers on a Train (1951) Kathie, Out of the Past (1947) Hans Beckert, M (1931) Queen Christina, Queen Christina (1933) Gilda, Gilda (1946) Mrs Venable, Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
I wish I could find this whole clip but this is one of the great character introductions ever imo - both for a character seen (Nicholson) and unseen (Dern) - at first you don't what this is, is this a true story, is it a lie, does he have a brother? - the introduction sets the tone of what's to come in the entire film. I really love that and it shows a lot of thought - not merely an actor looking cool and being introduced that way but one that is complex about who the actor/character is ...........and what the film is about.
FYC - Jack Nicholson (as David Stabler), King Of Marvin Gardens
" . . . The film's opener is a stunner -- spooky and strange, blanketed in shadows and nearly wordless. Inside a deep dark hole, a man pickaxes the hard-packed soil like a bug gnawing through dirt. This is the earth mover, the ground shaker: Plainview."
We watch arguably the greatest character in modern cinema claw himself from the dirt like a demon birthing itself from hell, except this is a demon not after men's souls, but their money. He doesn't seek to corrupt humanity because he knows humanity is past the point of salvation on that score.