1SO, whenever I think of montages, Rocky
is the one to beat. I can still see much of it in my mind's eye and can hear the music. I may not have done all that training, but I had to run up the Philadelphia Museum of Art's steps anyway! I forgot about Rocky III's montage!
colonel_mexico, you remind me that I still need to see Eagle vs Shark
2. Three Colors: Blue - Final sequence
How about you, smirnoff. What montages do you love and which ones make you cringe?
There's a montage in A Few Good Men that I like. It has to do with how it's shot. It's from the outside of home of Cruise's character's home looking through a window, and the camera is pushing in slowly as we see the defence preparing different aspects of the case over a period of days. The characters are all very animated in that sequence. It's fun and well done and gets you from A to B. :
I couldn't find this one, but your description helps me recall the scene a little. Next time I see it, I'll watch for this montage.
There's a montage I like a lot in NARC as well. It's the two detectives just stopping people on the street to ask them if they know anything about the case. The picture morphs from split screen to 3-way to 4 way, and back. It's constantly morphing, and the audio is shifting focus from one screen to the next. It's hard to describe but it's a cool montage... especially when backed by Cliff Martinez's awesome score! In the special features they talk about how they just had Jason Patrick and Ray Liotta mic'd up and stopping real people on the street, while they shot it from a blacked out van down the street.
Found it! You described it well. I love background info like this. Makes the scene that much more intriguing!
The Zoolander Orange Mocha Frappacino/Gas bar montage is a classic.
For sorting out those really important issues!
The Beach on the other hand has one of the worst montages ever. Leo DiCaprio runs through the jungle in some pixelated video game-like, drug fueled quest.
Eww! What was that?! Storyboard idea gone horribly wrong!