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 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Not from a motion picture, but the title (extended) sequence from THE PRISONER (Ron Grainer).

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   AJ   (Member)

These absolutes are difficult to assess -- so many years, so many films. But arguably the most memorable, audacious main title sequence over the last decade is from "Birth." In direction, photography, and music, Jonathan Glazer, the late Harris Savides, and Alexandre Desplat take that prologue and completely knock it out of the park.

AJ

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 11:30 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

The THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR - Michel Legrand. Bold and brilliant work by the composer, the director Norman Jewison and designer Pablo Ferro.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Not from a motion picture, but the title (extended) sequence from THE PRISONER (Ron Grainer).

Best TV credits ever!

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 4:16 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Consider the music AND the presentation when you are deciding.

In his recent (2013) BBC TV series The Sound of Cinema Neil Brand starts his exploration of film soundtrack music with my favourite, showing how the music integrates with the visuals and draws the viewer in ...

The Ipcress File ... perfection!

Many other good/great titles mentioned but having perfect music aids choosing.

Mitch


Good call Mitch.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   geoff337   (Member)

I'm a big fan of the opening sequence from Brian de Palma's The Untouchables. Also love The Empire Strikes Back, but that's more because of Malachi Throne's narration on the "story of" LP from the 80s than any differences with any of the rest of the film openings in the series.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   David Kessler   (Member)

I've always enjoyed Total Recall



Yeah this and
Poledouris Conan the Barbarian
Williams Superman 2 (and Jaws ofcourse)
Carpenters Prince of Darkness

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Movieman5   (Member)

My choices:

Superman
Star Wars
Psycho
Halloween
Untouchables
Willow
Rambo II
Batman (1989)& Batman Returns -surprised these haven't been mentioned too much
Star Trek II
Back to the Future II
Basic Instinct

These aren't popular but I have soft spots for

The Edge
Con Air
Broken Arrow
About A Boy
Love Actually

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Surprised it took this long to get to THE GUNS OF NAVARONE.

Music and graphics of class and distinction.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)


Carpenters Prince of Darkness



Good man.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

A View To A Kill
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Planet of the Apes
Capricorn One
Total Recall

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   theMaestraX   (Member)

Assault On Precinct 13 - Halloween 2 - The Fog - Escape From New York -
Big Trouble In Little China - Prince of Darkness - They Live - Escape From LA -
Vampires - Ghosts of Mars - The Ward!

John Carpenter, say no more......

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I think Tim Burton is great for, with a few exceptions, continuing the tradition of the main title sequence in recent years when it has fallen more and more out of style. Of his movies, I think all of them are great, but "Edward Scissorhands," "Mars Attacks!" and "Sweeney Todd" are the best, since in addition to the great music they visually capture what will eventually be the spirit of the entire movie.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

There are so many I love. Too many. Although, not so much, lately. Off the top of my head:

SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE
THE TAMARIND SEED
HALLOWEEN
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
HAWAII

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   arne.dupont   (Member)

The Sons of Katy Elder with smashing Main Title music by Elmer Bernstein

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

"To Kill A Mockingbird" has to be the greatest main title sequence ever.

The work of Steve Frankfurt and Elmer Bernstein.


I have to agree.


Ditto. This is my favorite, as well.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Just another Goldsmith fan...   (Member)

mmm....... How about 633 SQUADRON? The simple idea of filming cloud formations from the rear of an aircraft is instantly transformed into an exciting visual tour de force thanks to Ron Goodwin's rousing music.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Whenever I need a "balls to the wall" kind of opening I'll either chose Howard's SIGNS or Velasquez's DEVIL...both main titles grab you by the short and curlies and shake you til you're quivering. I love that each have a completely different visual for the titles but one is no less effective than the other.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 11:01 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

There are so many I love. Too many. Although, not so much, lately. Off the top of my head:

SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE
THE TAMARIND SEED
HALLOWEEN
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
HAWAII


I agree with all of those of course, but thanks for reminding me of THE TAMARIND SEED - a prime illustration of the topic at hand.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 12:46 AM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

Like many, my first thought was Superman The Movie.

But if we say that movie title sequences can incorporate four great elements: score, visuals, titles themselves and performance, the latter removes a lot of obvious choices from the list.

The only example for me that ticks all the boxes is the opening sequence for Lolita (1997). Spectacular visual landscapes, great Morricone score, amazing titles as a wasted Jeremy Irons swerves his car from one side of the road to the other 'wiping out' the credits as they appear on the screen, and of course his performance and voice over: 'She was Lo, plain Lo in the morning...'

Lolita (1997) all the way for me.

 
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