Your Top Shots Okay, so me and my aforementioned friend are having another debate on MySpace, this time trying to figure out the top twenty shots from any film, ever. Actually, it's more like our top twenty favourite shots to be honest, but anyway... What are your Top Twenty Shots? The Rules: For anyone who doesn't know, a shot is not a scene, only part of a scene, where the camera angle does not change. They can range from a couple of milliseconds to shots that are three or four minutes long, such as the shot in Goodfellas. As long as the camera angle does not change, it is considered a shot for the purpose of this list. You must give a justifyable reason for each of your top twenty, simply saying "That scene from Goodfellas because I like it" is not sufficient. The reason you give can be any reason, if the shot has had a lasting effect on you. The preferable reason would usually have something to do with how the shot is put together, but you don't have to stick to that. And... that's it! If you want to include an images of your top four (as that's all that you'll be allowed) then you can if you want. I'll start: 1. Golden Globe – The Pink Panther. Reason: The funniest introduction to a main character, ever. 2. Holding Hands – WALL-E. Reason: Possibly the best romantic shot ever, that involves no dialogue or humans. 3. Reaver Spotlight – Serenity. Reason: Both my favourite shot of any Sci-Fi film, and also uses both the music and the use of lighting to make the audience feel as helpless as the characters. 4. The Debris Field – Star Trek XI. Reason: Favourite use of CGI in a space environment. 5. The Local People Rising – League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse. Reason: Possibly the darkest and funniest comedy shot ever. 6. The Bridge Stunt – Blue Streak. Reason: A fairly cool stunt shot, however, it is completely irrelevant to the rest of the scene without being a scene-filler. I like that. 7. The Joker’s Capture – The Dark Knight. Reason: I love how the camera turns upside to show the Joker the right way up, as if to demonstrate how upside down his POV on the world really is. 8. NSEA Protector II’s Introduction – Galaxy Quest. Reason: At the time of development, the CGI of the shot was awe-inspiring, especially for a spoof film. 9. Donning The Suit – Iron Man. Reason: The shot represents how Tony Stark is now ‘becoming’ Iron Man, instead of just putting on a suit and dicking around. Plus, the music is awesome too. 10. Opening the Trunk – Big Nothing. Reason: Gets the audience’s attention at the very beginning of the film, with connotations of Gangster films leading to speculation on the audience’s part. 11. Passing the Change – Hot Fuzz. Reason: Manages to make a ****ing hilarious shot out of something humdrum and overlooked, i.e. passing change across a counter. 12. The Bridge – Tropic Thunder. (When Speedman runs back over the bridge, chased by the whole village) Reason: A toddler with a knife. Enough said. 13. The Aston Crash – Casino Royale. Reason: An Aston Martin being destroyed. This shot makes me feel ten years old whenever I watch it. 14. Opening Shot – I Am Legend. Reason: Manages to pretty much give you the basic plot within a few seconds. City deserted. One man left. Awesomeness. 15. The Final Shot – 21. Reason: Shows how the film has been told like a story, rather than witnessing an event. 16. Corridor of Bodies – The Prestige. Reason: Finally reveals the true darkness of Angier, like each body is one of his sins. 17. “Considerably” – Casino Royale. Reason: Put simply, Bond is BACK. 18. The Aircraft Museum – the Italian Job. Reason: The scale of the shot is immense, considering none of it is faked. 19. Malcom runs from the White House – In The Loop. Reason: Both funny, and shows the hectic life of politics at the same time. 20. Corridor bending – The Matrix. Reason: It’s just a ****ing awesome shot.