Undefended: Opening Titles

When done well, opening titles can be an invaluable device for setting up a film’s mood, themes, interests. This month, the FilmFisher crew paid homage to the largely lost art of the title sequence by selecting their favorites.

Timothy Lawrence

  1. My Man Godfrey
  2. Vertigo
  3. Catch Me If You Can
  4. Spider-Man 2
  5. Godzilla (2014)

Tom Upjohn

  1. The Graduate (1967)
  2. Se7en (1995)
  3. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  4. Watchmen (2009)
  5. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

A.C. Gleason

  1. Apocalypse Now
  2. Star Wars
  3. The Godfather
  4. Rio Bravo
  5. Back To The Future

Robert Brown

  1. North by Northwest (1959)
  2. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) 
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  4. Babe (1995)
  5. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Travis Kyker

  1. Skyfall
  2. Gone Girl
  3. A Fistful of Dollars
  4. The Fall
  5. Halloween

Joshua Gibbs

The Panic Room and four others.

Robert Heckert

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  2. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  3. Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
  4. The Incredibles
  5. Baby Driver

Jackson De Vight

  1. Lord of War
  2. Deadpool
  3. Dr. Strangelove
  4. Fargo
  5. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

William Connor Devlin

  1. Superman (1978, dir. Richard Donner)
  2. Re-Animator (1985, dir. Stuart Gordon)
  3. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989, dir. Joe Johnston)
  4. Blue Valentine (2010, dir. Derek Cianfrance)
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010, dir. Edgar Wright)
Honorable Mentions: Pillow Talk (1959), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Timothy Lawrence

A graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute at BIOLA University, Timothy Lawrence teaches great books through Emmaus Classical Academy in Southern California. He writes essays and fiction and counts the Coen Brothers and George Lucas among his personal heroes.

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