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"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Season 3 

Ready for Season 3 of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"? 

Newbies take note: each week we pick a movie and we all pick our favorite shots. Consider it a mini blog-a-thon. If you've seen the movie you might already have an idea of the image if you'd choose. If you've never seen it, here's a nudge to do so! Your "best shot" might be the image that most reminds you of the film, the one you think of as the most beautiful, the shot that's the most resonant in terms of the movies theme... anything really since "Best" is in the eye of the beholder. You can post yours and why you chose it on any of your web homes and let me know and we'll link up when we publish on Wednesday evenings at 10 PM. 

Films we've already covered in this series 
1920s The Circus (1928), Pandora's Box (1929); 1930s Tarzan the Ape Man (1932); 1940s The Woman in the Window (1944), Black Narcissus (1947); 1950s A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Night of the Hunter (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), A Face in the Crowd (1957); 1960s Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Psycho (1960), La Dolce Vita (1960); 1970s Eraserhead (1977); 1980s Aliens (1986), Law of Desire and Matador (1986/1987), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986); 1990s Beauty & the Beast (1991), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Se7en (1995), Showgirls (1995); 2000s Bring it On (2000), Requiem for a Dream (2000), X-Men (2000), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Memento (2001), Angels in America (2003), Mean Girls (2004).



March 21st Ladyhawke (1985)
It's Matthew Broderick's 50th birthday and we thought this would be a fun feature to look back on visually. And not just for all the Pfeifferisms but can you believe we've never done a Pfeiffer Pfilm here?
March 28th Bonnie & Clyde (1967) March 26th-30th is WARREN WEEK 
Warren Beatty turns 75 on the 30th. We'll celebrate one of the greatest stars in the Hollywood firmament all week. Which films should we revisit?
April 4th Easter Parade (1948)
We love a musical and this one's timed for the holidays.


Will you join us this year? If so, spread the word.
This series thrives on several pairs of eyes. 

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Reader Comments (26)

Woohoo! So excited. :)

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

Yay! One of my favorite series around here!

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterremy

I'm looking forward to this! There's actually a few past episodes I don't remember, and I thought I'd seen every one.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

I was just thinking about this series the other day! Films to consider:

-Casablanca (70th Anniversary)
-A Separation or Weekend, these films have invaded my mind and won't let go
-anything by Fellini (8 1/2 first and foremost tho)
-All that Jazz, we need more musicals in these lineups :)
-Gone With the Wind
-Any 70s horror film would be great but I'd love for The Exorcist to be featured

You've prob picked the films already but just thought I give my two cents lol

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerence

Ahhh!! Philipe! Such a brilliant movie. I'm cranking the Andrew Powell, pure-80s score as we speak!

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke


March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Z

How about The Archers? A Canterbury Tale (Maybe the grossest 1940s movie I've ever seen. It's about a serial public masturbator for crying out loud!) or The Red Shoes. PLEASE.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

YAY! Purpose in life regained! Checking if my Bonnie and Clyde post can be included here.

And for suggestions: because I'm a Christian: King of Kings and because I'm perpetually doubting my Christianity: either version of Solaris, Volver and/or War Horse.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Regarding Beatty I'd suggest "Splendor in the Grass" and "Reds."

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWayne B.

would LOVE to see a tuesday top ten for warren beatty performances :)

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkent

It's probably a no-brainer, but I'd love to see you cover Bugsy, because I've been meaning to watch it. Otherwise, my favorite Beatty movies are Shampoo and McCabe and Mrs. Miller. There are A LOT to choose from, though....

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

It's finally back!! *squee*

May I suggest JULES ET JIM for this new season? It celebrates its 50th anniversary this April? Or LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, also 50 years old this year?

And Bertolucci's THE LAST EMPEROR, celebrating in 2012 its 25th anniversary? Or EMPIRE OF THE SUN?

And I know it's a cliché but can we PLEASE do a SNOW WHITE one (celebrating its 75th anniversary)? I really loved all the entries on Beauty and the Beast last year.

Anyway, I'm sure you don't need any help for ideas and you probably have your schedule all filled already, but hey, no harm in suggesting, right?

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

Jorge & Terrence -- i have not chosen the films yet. I've only got three here. :) i shall take all these requests to mind. I definitely want to do another animated film because Beauty & The Beast was super interesting last year.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nat, please please PLEASE can we do a Kate Hepburn film? Her birthday's in May. Okay, begging done.

May I ask why Bonnie & Clyde? Is it a fave of his performances of yours? I was recently watching Shampoo and almost ALMOST forgot how freakin' awesome Warren Beatty is as an actor. So god damned talented.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew K.

andrew -- i just think Bonnie & Clyde is super visual. I thought about Reds or Bugsy or Dick Tracy but i've done a lot of 80s and 90s movies.

March 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

BUGSY! Beautiful cinematography. And since it has Annette Bening (and a birthday cake), it is a good way to celebrate Beatty's 75th. I'd love to read those entries.
(Bugsy makes a good companion to Bonnie & Clyde, too, since they're both gangster films?)

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

You've never had an Asian movie covered in this series. Think about it.

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

@Tererence - I'm certain that he covered ALL THAT JAZZ early on (in fact, I think his write-up spurred me to rewatch the film for the first time in years.) I even remember the exact still/scene he chose - unless that was part of a different series?

@cal - he's never done an Asian film? That surprising, given that Nat is such a champion of Tony Leong, etc. (relative to most US film bloggers that is). What do you recommend?

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

My favorite Beatty movies would be Shampoo, Ishtar, The Parallax View, Splendor in the Grass, The Fortune, Bulworth, Bugsy, Heaven Can Wait. Movies of his that aren't shown often are All Fall Down, Dollars/The Heist and Lilith. Can't wait which will be shown.

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilla

I can't wait for Bonnie & Clyde, one of my favourites and so many great scenes not in the least thanks to the beauty of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Cal: Well, Akira might get back on schedule, but I'm guessing anime's not what you had in mind. I'd likely put Tokyo Story, all of Kurosawa's and Mu Fei's Spring in a Small Town as not really contenders for this series, primarily due to those films relying on linguistic metaphor, not visual metaphor. Maybe something like Woman in the Dunes or Audition would fit here, but the real crime is NO RUSSIAN CINEMA has been on a series like this. Hypnotic, supremely visual, metaphorical Russian cinema.

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I think Masaki Kobayashi is the most underrated visual master of Japanese cinema. I'd suggest the original Harakiri, that was remade last year by Takashi Miike.

I know he's not very known, but his movies are masterpieces.

But, and that's a big but, how can you pick only one Asian movie ant to choose a color movie? Nobody can be as great with colors as Asian directors. From Kurosawa to Kinugasa (Gate of Hell, Oscar for best foreign language movie and costume design, Golden Palm would be a perfect choice), from Wong Kar-Wai to Zhang Yimou...

Ok, If I have to choose only Asian movie, it'd be Kwaidan. It's Kobayashi and color. Trailer: http://youtu.be/XG5mvupo9Wc

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Yes, Russian cinema and before, Soviet Cinema. I think no movie has greater cinematography tha Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. And you have Tarkovski, Klimov, Larissa Shepitko (The Ascent is the greater war movie ever made, and by a woman!)...

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I've posted something with a Youtube link and it's not here :(

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

LOVE this series!

Some suggestions for this season:

Paris, Texas
Punch-Drunk Love
The Conformist
Spirited Away
The Thin Red Line
2046 or Fallen Angels
Fanny and Alexander
Public Enemies

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikadzuki

Really looking forward to, this is a new attempt

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJOJO
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