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Visual Index ~ Jackie Brown's (Best) Shots

Twenty-one entries (!!!)  have come in for this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot featuring Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997). It's all to honor the popular auteur's 50th birthday. Jackie Brown is something of an anomaly in his filmography so it's a good one to revisit.

Unfortunately I've had some bad news today so I'm not sure when my own article will be up. In the meantime, and by all means, enjoy these fine articles. Click on the chosen Best Shot in our HMWYBS series and you'll be carried off to its corresponding article.

Enjoy all the shots (and their clickable articles) in semi-linear order after the jump...

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Here's my entry!

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesper

Minor correction: The close-up shot of Jackie and Max with her finger on his face (my shot! :P) happens after Ordell contemplating up there.

Can't wait to read all of these!

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

"Jackie Brown is something of an anomaly in his filmography..."

The only one you can't say a bad thing about.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

My entry:

: )

Great choices all around!

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterremy

I haven't seen the movie in years, but as soon as I read that you were doing a Hit me with your best shot for Jackie Brown, I was hoping that someone would choose my favourite shot from the film and they did. It's the fourth one from the bottom; squasher88, you sure do know your stuff.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

This is my entry :)

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChecko

Mine is up at Serious Film:

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael C.

@MDA Thank you so much for that compliment! :)

Great shots everyone!

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

Hope all is well Nathaniel! I really wanted to see this film for the first time and take part, but I've been flu-ridden the past few days and haven't had any will to do much of anything. Great images from everyone though!

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

And with that, to bed I go!

I really almost did choose that close-up of Bridget Fonda's feet from the Top Ten list like I joked about. Instead, I cheated and picked two. But there's a reason! I promise!

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

I love this movie so much, it's my favorite Tarantino film. It's so underrated. It's intelligent, funny, suspenseful, real.

I also love what it does for black actresses. This is arguably one of the best roles written for a black woman ever. A black woman is portrayed IN HER 40s (!) as smart enough to carry off this entire thing successfully and leave the man behind in the end, taking her independence with her when she goes. It's so great. I want to see more roles like this for black women and women in general, it was so feminist without beating you over the head with it. Maybe that's why it goes so unnoticed, because it's subtle.

(also: still think Pam Grier should've been oscar nominated :P)

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Just the entire opening shot is a thing a beauty with "Across 110th Street" playing.

And Pam Grier not getting an Oscar nomination remains a great mystery for me. It feels so off that Uma Thurman is the only Tarantino actress nominated ever. You would think the nominations among actresses and actors in his movies would be a little more even than just 5 to 1.

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

CMG -- well this is part of the reason i don't get the two Oscars for Waltz thing. I mean, really? From THAT filmography with so many inspired performances? and so few of them nominated.

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Nathaniel- I agree. Waltz was such pure category fraud this time and it would have been the same movie had his character not existed (his presence in Basterds, however, made the movie much more personal though it lost its power from the whole ridiculous swing back to the third act's Operation Kino). I kept on thinking besides being this good guy outsider how could they have made Schultz feel like he belonged in the narrative? Made him a man who read Marx and wanting global egalitarianism had him look at American slavery (Marx did write to Lincoln actually thanking him for moving forward on the anti-slavery amendments, actually)? It still would feel superfluous.

Yes, it appears Waltz was born to speak Tarantino dialogue but there are plenty of actors in QT's oeuvre who gave great moments, in films of which Waltz got all of the attention, that this actor got rewarded twice and one for a performance with not much stretch at all seems odd.

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

Speaking of great performances, what a spectacular one by Robert Forster in JB. Oscar-nommed and so worthy.

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Wanted so badly to be a part of this one; how time gets away from me. Very excited to read everyone's posts. Jackie Brown is in my eyes probably Tarantino's best, richest work.

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

Those were fun to read. Jackie Brown was a great choice for the series. It seemed like everyone had something new and fresh to say.

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradri

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