Wednesday, June 3, 2015

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Dick Tracy


Hit me with your best shot is back with a film that is known for its unique cinematography - "Dick Tracy". Indeed, this adaptation of the 1930s comic strip is all surface-level style, but what style! I struggled to connect with the film's broad caricatures, but I definitely appreciated the comic book aesthetic when it came to the bright color palette.

Despite its eye-catching cinematography however, the film is curiously devoid of "money shots", making this Best Shot exercise a bit more challenging than I anticipated. In the end, I found myself gravitating towards the long shots, which allow you to take in all of the wonderful art direction. My favourite shot isn't the most colorful, but I loved the film noir feel of the scene. We get the femme fatale, the trench coat and fedora-wearing detective, the secluded moonlit surroundings and the seedy city for a backdrop. You just know they're involved in some risky business.

Click below for my favourite shot...

7 comments:

  1. Brilliant choice! I loved the art decor here. It's so styled and yet so simple...perfectly executed. Such a fun movie, too. I totally forgot this was coming back so now I'm going to have to watch this today and try and post something...UGH!!!

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    1. Would love to read your thoughts on this film!

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  2. I saw this movie in high school. I don't know if other movies did midnight releases before this one, but it was definitely my first experience! You had to buy a ticket in advance, and it was a Dick Tracy t-shirt with the image of the poster, and an "admit one" ticket pictured underneath. You had to wear the t-shirt to get in. Fun times! It was different than anything I'd seen before. I wore that t-shirt to shreds.

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  3. I saw this movie in high school. I don't know if other movies did midnight releases before this one, but it was definitely my first experience! You had to buy a ticket in advance, and it was a Dick Tracy t-shirt with the image of the poster, and an "admit one" ticket pictured underneath. You had to wear the t-shirt to get in. Fun times! It was different than anything I'd seen before. I wore that t-shirt to shreds.

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  4. i agree about the curious lacking in money shots. There's no obvious choice despite a lot of vivid colorr and beauty. but that's what made this a good episode. everyone chose something different (and usually there are a few repeats)

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    1. Yeh, you're right. Makes for good variety.

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