Half-Shot Contest #4


What film is this half-shot from?

The winner will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

HINT: The film was in color, not black and white. I couldn’t find a color-version of this shot.

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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • DanBuck

    Hey Jeff,

    I’ve been excited about this one, and I’m glad to see a thriller live up to its preview! And I didn’t realize Ejiofor was in it! He was my favorite part of Serenity.

    By the way, I caught MirrorMask and really loved it, especially the “brainstorming/dressing sequence” to the tune of “Close to You.”

    See my thoughts here – http://danbuck.blogspot.com/2006/03/mirrormask-2005-courageous-little-film.html

    Thanks for talking it up at ArtsandFaith.com.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Oh, and about the music, bits of it reminded me of John Barry, of all things — the way the horns and strings were mixed in some places, in particular. And the horns in one scene had me wondering if they had temp-tracked it with James Horner’s ‘Mutara Nebula’ sequence from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

    So … I must ask … which John McTiernan films were you thinking of? The only one of his films that I have a soundtrack for is Basil Poledouris’s The Hunt for Red October, and nothing in this film reminded me of that.

    FWIW, I just checked McTiernan’s filmography, and the composers he’s worked with are:

    Bill Conti (Nomads, 1986; The Thomas Crown Affair, 1999)

    Alan Silvestri (Predator, 1987)

    Michael Kamen (Die Hard, 1988; The Last Action Hero, 1993; Die Hard with a Vengeance, 1995)

    Basil Poledouris (The Hunt for Red October, 1990)

    Jerry Goldsmith (Medicine Man, 1992; The 13th Warrior, 1999)

    Eric Serra (Rollerball, 2002)

    Klaus Badelt (Basic, 2003)

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Saw it tonight. Liked it. But I have to say I don’t remember the “biggest laugh of the movie” that Chiwetel Ejiofor provoked — what was it?

    Yeah, the script kept us guessing in a fun way. And there are some nice surprises. But I have to say one of the major plot twists never really fooled me; I would say why, but that would be giving it away. And there is a moment near the end that the movie telegraphed right at the start — although, when it came, it seemed to surprise a few people around me, including my wife.

    Ah, the pitfalls of being a professional moviegoer.

  • Neb

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

  • Cpt Casual-T

    Chinatown

  • jonathan

    How about Gandhi?

  • Adam

    “Rosemary’s Baby”??

  • Reuben

    Crimes and Misdemeanors

  • Neil

    Lawrence of Arabia?

  • Cielle Eden

    I give up, because I haven’t seen a whole lot of movies since I starting having kids; i.e., since 1991! But for the rest of you, I don’t think the women is pregnant; look at the “v” of her neckline and go straight down. The position is off. There is something or someone in front of her; whatever it is blends in with her blouse in this B&W photo, making her appear pregnant. She has a dark colored handbag on her left arm. The other person seems to be holding a bag in his/her left arm. My final guess is “A Love Affair to (forget, uh, I mean) Remember.)

  • Cielle Eden

    How about “Niagara”? That blouse is familiar…

  • Cielle Eden

    “The Seven-Year-Itch?” Theese eese VERY frustrating, Jeffrey dah-h-h-link.

  • Cielle Eden

    How many guesses do we get? Is it “Suddenly, Last Summer?”

  • Cielle Eden

    “On Golden Pond.”

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    It’s not a black and white film.

    Hint: It’s more than 20 years old.

    Another hint: The two figures in the frame are the two central characters of the film.

  • Foolish Knight

    An uneducated guess:

    Yi Yi (A One and a Two)?

  • jasdye

    wow, it’s not too late then?

    i’m guessing hero.

    no?

    kill bill vol. 1?

    o wait,

    the fist of kung pow!

    yeah, that’s it!

  • Reuben

    Wings of Desire

  • Why

    Wolfman!

  • mark stewart

    Die Hard 2?

  • J. Caution

    A lost scene from Young Frankenstein with a pregnant Teri Garr?

  • jonathan

    Is the movie actually black & white or did you edit the image?

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Nope, nope, nope, and nope.

    Keep at it!

  • Jaysephus

    The Big Lebowski

  • CM

    Raising Arizona?

  • Midsummer

    Penny Seranade?

  • Neb

    The Man in the White Suit? Just a guess…


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