2018 Movies: Beginnings and Endings

In the 3rd Post post-Oscars, my true love sent to me: grand openings, grand closings.

RECAP
2018 Favorites: Introduction
In the 1st Post post-Oscars: 2018 Movies — Intro + Complete List
In the 2nd Post post-Oscars: 2018 Genre Movies

I’m not sure how much introductory explicating my favorite movie openings and closings from 2018 movies requires, except to say that I describe each below with a pithy one-liner. For more musings regarding opening credits specifically, keep an eye out for an upcoming piece on a refreshingly-familiar trend staging a bit of a comeback in 2019’s infancy.

And now, my favorite 2018:


OPENING SHOT
  1. Treehouse — Hereditary
  2. Previously On… — A Bread Factory, Part Two
  3. Text into Just Another Walk in the Park? — If Beale Street Could Talk
  4. Vlog — Eighth Grade
  5. Sky and Shit — Roma
  6. Gone with the Wind — BlacKkKlansman
  7. Sex — Let the Sunshine In
  8. The Book! — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  9. Subway — Oh Lucy!
  10. Extreme Acting Class Close-Up — Hannah
  11. Tourist Bus to See the Witches — I Am Not a Witch
  12. Bored Dog — Permission
  13. Shot in the Rear — Private Life
  14. Following Shot — Burning
  15. Lost in a Sea of Towels — The Land of Steady Habits
  16. At Eternity’s Gate
    • I forgot to describe the shot in my notes, and all these months later, I now don’t remember it  for shame!
  17. Protests — A Bread Factory, Part One
  18. Black Title Card Against White Snow — Tyrel
  19. Bed Make-Out — Widows
  20. Blue VO — Unsane

PRE-OPENING CREDITS SCENE(S)

(As in, the scene(s) that come before the opening credits, leading into them)

  1. Narrated School Shooting — Vox Lux: A 21st Century Portrait
  2. Titular Monologue — Thunder Road
  3. Sex + Proposal Cold Feet — Permission
  4. Vlog Zoom-Out — Eighth Grade
  5. Pastor at Bus Stop — Damsel
  6. Fake Suicide — Cam
  7. Prostitution — Tehran Taboo
  8. IMPRESSIONISM — At Eternity’s Gate
  9. The Ferryman — The House That Jack Built
  10. Pleasure + Pain — The Charmer
  11. Recording vs. Recording — John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
  12. Sex + Nobel — The Wife
  13. Inverse Lion King — Alpha
  14. Hanging from the Fan — Arizona
  15. 3/4 of the Movie! — Mandy

OPENING SCENE

(The difference between pre-credits scenes and an opening scene = the latter don’t necessarily lead into the credits)

  1. Penetrating the Atmosphere — First Man
  2. Rap Battle — Bodied
  3. A Toxically-Masculine Ladder Dare — Minding the Gap

OPENING CREDITS
  1. Previously On… — A Bread Factory, Part Two
  2. The Long, Bloody, Choppy Set-Up — Let the Corpses Tan
  3. Kids! — We the Animals
  4. Middle Schoolers — Eighth Grade
  5. Sky and Shit — Roma
  6. Daily Commute — The Commuter
  7. Olde West Novel — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  8. Reverse Scroll — Vox Lux: A 21st Century Portrait
  9. Animated Live Action — Christopher Robin
  10. 007 — The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  11. Cinéma Français — A Simple Favor
  12. Protests — A Bread Factory, Part One
  13. MASTERPIECE THEATRE — Operation Finale
  14. The Roads to Work — Support the Girls
  15. Classic — Mission: Impossible — Fallout
  16. His Art — Leaning into the Wind
  17. Dance — Damsel
  18. Welcome to the Dollhouse — Fahrenheit 11/9
  19. Two Oaklands — Blindspotting
  20. Suspiria
    • Ditto the At-Eternity’s-Gate-opening-shot sentiment above  shame on me!
  21. iMessage — Nobody’s Fool
  22. 3-D Graphics — Upgrade
  23. So Late! — The Captain
  24. The Font! — The Favourite

CLOSING CREDITS
  1. Movie’s Still Going — Let the Sunshine In
  2. Waiting for Their Fate — Private Life
  3. Animated Rules of Nature — Infinite Football
  4. Planes Flying Overhead — Roma
  5. More Art — Leaning Into the Wind
  6. Hook, Line, Sinker /  “West Side Story” — Vice
  7. 3-D Game — Game Night
  8. Freeze Frame — Claire’s Camera
  9. Left Behind at Cafe — You Were Never Really Here
  10. “I Want Candy”? — The Happytime Murders
  11. Shards of Glass — Double Lover
  12. Random Shots of City — Have A Nice Day
  13. Snorting — An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

CLOSING-CREDITS SONG (Original)

(The Academy loves to nominate Original Songs that play over their respective movie’s credits. The final note a movie strikes is obviously important — why else would I be writing this post?! — but songs that conclude a movie should not be compared to songs tasked with actually complementing the action. As such, there should be two Original Song categories, one devoted to each type of song)

  1. “Could You Be a Little Less Supportive” — A Bread Factory, Part Two
  2. “Whose Side Are You On / End of Part One” — A Bread Factory, Part One
  3. “Let’s Go (The Royal We)” — Venom
  4. “Not A Game” — Blindspotting
  5. Venom” — Venom

CLOSING-CREDITS SONG (Pre-Existing)
  1. “This Year” — Minding the Gap
  2. “Skyline Pigeon” — The Favourite
  3. “Hit the Road Jack” — The House That Jack Built
  4. “My Name Is” — Bodied
  5. America” — Vice
  6. “Losing My Religion” — Tyrel

LAST SHOT
  1. Breaking Dual Identity in Mirror During Sex — Double Lover
  2. Fading Drive-In — The Other Side of the Wind
  3. Still a World Away — First Man
  4. Cat Comes Back Under Tree — Under the Tree
  5. Alone Dancing Down Street — Madeline’s Madeline
  6. Waiting for Their Fate — Private Life
  7. Sustained Conversation Over Credits — Let the Sunshine In
  8. It’s a Rabbit Eat Rabbit World — The Favourite
  9. Look Up at the Planes — Roma
  10. Cult in Treehouse — Hereditary
  11. Godot, Here I Come — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  12. Pick Up the Phone — Life and Nothing More
  13. JURASSIC WORLD INDEED — Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  14. Werewolf + Woman vs. Mob — Good Manners
  15. What Neighbor Sees and Closes Door on Across the Hall — Custody
  16. Suspiria
    • I must’ve taken some shoddy notes during Suspiria…
  17. Three Shakes Left in a Cafe — You Were Never Really Here
  18. Sailing into the Future — Damsel
  19. Subway Embrace — Oh Lucy!
  20. Massaging Kid — Tully
  21. City of Death — Tehran Taboo
  22. From Uncontainable Artist to Lasting, Static, Mostly Ignored Memorial — Rodin
  23. Zoom-Out Over Beach and Deserted Boat — On Chesil Beach
  24. Hi, My Name Is… — Bodied
  25. Whale — Hannah
  26. Walking Away from Home and into Future — Permission
  27. Freeze Frame — Claire’s Camera
  28. Bookending Swaying Trees — What Keeps You Alive
  29. Man and Man’s Best Friend — Alpha

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