Mega Friday Favorites: Favorite Shots from Serenity

Welcome to “Friday Favorites” which highlight some of my favorite movie-related things.

Joss Whedon gets a lot of praise for his writing, often at the expense of his skills as a director.  He is able to get creative and varied performances out of his actors, though some of that can also be attributed to his writing ability.  However, seeing Serenity on the big screen again reminded me how creative he is with a camera.  So I decided to take today’s Friday Favorite to go beyond just my usual one item and instead highlight all of my favorite shots from Serenity.  Some of these are great examples of Joss’s use of visual storytelling, others are creative or unconventionally framed, and some are just ones that I like the way they look.  And while some of the credit has to go Jack N. Green, Serenity‘s cinematographer, when you listen to Joss’s commentary on the film and read his script it becomes apparent how many of these shots he planned far in advance.

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Mega Friday Favourites: The James Bond Series

Welcome to “Friday Favorites” which highlight some of my favorite movie-related things.

For today’s Friday Favorite I’m going to do something a little different.  I just finished another rewatch of the James Bond series (minus 1967’s Casino Royale and the Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again) in order, with the exception that I started with Skyfall and ended with Quantum of Solace.  So for today’s Friday Favorite I’ll be highlighting and listing some of my favorite, and least favorite, things from 50 years of James Bond movies.  And at the end, I’ll list all of the films based on my preference.  (Maybe I should start calling them “favourites” for this post?)

It’s interesting as you rewatch the films in order and in a short amount of time how the bad moments fade away and the good moments stick with you.  It’s like a sensory overload of Bond, and your brain can only hold so much so it picks the good stuff.   Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Favorite Shot – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Welcome to “Friday Favorites” which highlight some of my favorite movie-related things.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a bit of an oddity.  It’s the third film in a trilogy of sorts, one that started with The Wrath of Khan and continued with The Search for Spock.  It has none of the hallmarks of any other Star Trek movie: there are no space battles, no action to speak of, no Enterprise, and almost none of the film takes place among the stars at all.  The Voyage Home is half fish-out-of-water comedy and half environmental sermon, and it’s the latter half that’s so remarkable.  In fact, it can be summed up by just one shot, my favorite in the film:

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Friday Favorites: Favorite Shot – High Noon

Hello, and welcome to my new weekly feature.  I’m calling it “Friday Favorites” and it will highlight some of my favorite movie-related things.  It could be a favorite character or casting choice, a favorite song or score, a favorite scene, line of dialogue, shot or simply a moment.  Anything is possible (costumes, sets, etc) and I’d love to hear your suggestions.  Note: Just because something appears here does not make it my absolute #1 favorite thing in that category, but it is simply “one of my favorites”.

1952’s High Noon, is widely considered one of the best of all Westerns. Continue reading