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4 Great Character Introductions in Film

Posted in Film, Rants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 12, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Humphrey Bogart as Rick BlaineYou’ve got a great film hero and you’re just dying to make audiences fall in love with the character. How do you make that happen effectively? Introducing a character is no easy task, but it helps that there are dozens of examples of great introductions in film.

The best character introductions have a few things in common. They are efficiently shot, with nothing in the frame going to waste. They tell the audience the essentials about the character, usually without a lot of dialogue. And they get viewers invested not only in the character, but the film as a whole.

The list below is by no means comprehensive, but it represents what comes to my mind when I think of great character introductions. This being a purely subjective list, it is tinted heavily by my love of pop culture. That said, I do think that each of them stand out as great moments in cinema. Continue reading

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The Blues Brothers versus the Dukes of Hazzard

Posted in In This Corner with tags , on January 13, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Just some good old boys...who are 106 miles from Chicago, have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, are in the dark, and are wearing sunglasses. Hit it.“Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues are the Blues Brothers. Born in the Chicago area, they’ve been in and out of jail for years. But when Jake can stay out of trouble and Elwood can get some time off from the taser factory, they put together one of the best blues sounds the world has ever heard. The Blues Brothers still stands as one of the funniest movies ever made, to boot. The Dukes of Hazzard are a pair of redneck brothers who drive a really fast car painted to resemble the confederate flag. Hey, they’re from the deep south–your political correct ways don’t fly down there. Anyway, as near as I can gather, the entire basis for The Dukes of Hazzard are that the Duke boys are always late for something. Therefore, they must cause as much mayhem as possible while driving really quickly toward wherever they’re going.

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