Unlike most cinematic techniques, which aim to portray visual information while hiding the director's hand behind-the-scenes, long takes draw attention to the technical elements at play.
With no cuts to break up the action, long takes must rely on creative camera work––usually tracking shots and pans––to carry viewers through a scene. Long takes can be used to build tension in a dramatic scene or highlight expert choreography in a fight. A well-executed long take often stands out as the highlight of a movie. Here's our list of the five best long takes in cinematic history:
Oldboy - 2003 - Dir: Park Chan-wook
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Few fight scenes can hold a candle to Park Chan-wook's master class in choreography that is the hallway fight scene from Oldboy. It's an incredible fight scene because the set-up is so simple. The protagonist, Oh Dae-su, is at one end of a hallway. He wants to reach an elevator on the other side. An army of thugs stand in his way. He has a hammer. The camera tracks horizontally as Oh Dae-su fights his way through the hall. There are no fancy angles and no camera tricks. It's just raw, unbroken choreography from one end of the hall to the other. This is arguably the best fight scene ever committed to film.
Goodfellas - 1990 - Dir: Martin Scorsese
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Scorsese's mobster masterpiece, Goodfellas, opens with Ray Liotta's character, Henry, saying, "From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a gangster." Goodfellas is an incredibly violent movie, but in this scene where Henry takes a date to the Copacabana, a bustling club, we see what drove him towards this line of work. There's a line out the door, but he goes right inside through an underground entrance, loops through the kitchen, and gets the best seat in the house. Everyone knows him and respects him. That's what it means to be a gangster to Henry. The single shot highlights the swagger and confidence with which Henry moves through life and the small, specific ways he interacts with people along the way.
Touch of Evil - 1958 - Dir: Orson Welles
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Orson Welles was one of the most innovative minds in cinema history, so it should come as no surprise that he experimented with some of the earliest—and still most impressive—long takes. This one from 1958's Touch of Evil has a bomb planted in the trunk of a car. A young couple gets inside, oblivious, as the camera cranes across a U.S./Mexico bordertown. We meet Mike Vargas, a drug enforcement official, as the couple passes him in their car and make their way through the checkpoint onto U.S. soil. Then the car explodes. The long take serves to both establish setting and build tension. It's also very impressive that such a spanning shot could be performed before films were even shot in color.
Children of Men - 2006 - Dir: Alfonso Cuarón
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Alfonso Cuarón's post-apocalyptic Children of Men features this incredible long take filmed from inside a car. We stay with the group of protagonists as they hold a light-hearted conversation that gets interrupted by a violent mob attack. The mob kills one of them (Julianne Moore) as the car attempts to reverse. They escape but soon get stopped by the police, leading to another group member (Chiwetel Ejiofor) killing the cops. It's a brutal, disorienting scene, and the long take makes the viewer feel like a member of their group, hanging out in the car with them and trying to make sense of all the carnage.
The Shining - 1980 - Dir: Stanley Kubrick
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The tricycle scene in The Shining is probably one of the most famous shots in any movie, period. In order to disorient viewers and hammer in the labyrinthine nature of the Overlook Hotel, Kubrick created a rotating set with rooms and corridors that could be moved around at will. We follow Danny as he navigates his tricycle through an inconsistent layout that makes no sense. The longer he rides, the more sure we are that he's about to encounter something awful. So when the twins show up at the end of the hall, it's almost a welcome release of tension. Almost.
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Sometimes you've just got to get yourself that Winter Candy Apple and Iced Gingerbread.
I hope Jen from Appleton, Wisconsin is doing well these days.
As for Angela, the star of the best Bath & Body Works rant of all time (and there are surprisingly many on YouTube), I hope she's living a Winter Candy Apple-scented life to the fullest.
In 2012, the aspiring vlogger posted a rant about her dire mission to acquire two coveted candles from Bath & Body Works: Winter Candy Apple and Iced Gingerbread. The outstanding 11-minute video recounts her harrowing journey to the store in APPLETON, WISCONSIN (it's very important the store is called out for their heinous treatment of Angela).
After the video was discovered and spread across Tumblr, it was recognized as a cultural masterpiece of our time, a treatise on the frailty of the human condition and our undying perseverance to end our own suffering at any cost.
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It's an unprecedented time for brand deals and nonsensical collaborations
I'm convinced that the Supreme Oreos that terrorized the internet (and which I haven't stopped thinking about since) were the cultural reset.
Released in February 2020, right as everything started to go wrong, these bright red Supreme Oreos were met with equally visceral confusion and anticipation. Despite many on the internet claiming that Supreme and Oreo had gone too far, the 3-pack of Oreos inevitably sold out in minutes online.
It seems Oreo have not learned their lesson. Just announced: their collaboration with Lady Gaga
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Life is short, go for a bold eye like Jules.
From Rue's grungy over-sized aesthetic to Jules' femme futuristic looks, there are plenty of outfits shown throughout the series to inspire you to reinvent your whole wardrobe. Not to mention the makeup looks, which are so unique and striking as to have inspired hundreds of Halloween costumes last year. But why reserve a neon eye shadow or sequin eyelid look for Halloween when you can channel your inner Maddie or Jules all year long?
Euphoria Season 2 may be a few months away, but HBO is releasing two special episodes much sooner. The first of these specials, "Trouble Don't Last Always," focuses on Rue (played by Zendaya) and just dropped on HBO Max. To celebrate, we've listed some of the most essential cosmetic products to help you make your Euphoria-inspired makeup dreams come true—no drugs required.
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Here's what to stream this weekend.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.
Jordana, Something to Say to You<iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:album:2A6VsLoEwhNrIX1PnxSNoL" id="43d23" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c0e2765824817964f2530f04b869de70" expand="1" height="480" width="100%"></iframe><p>Inspired by 2000s indie rock as much as current rap heroes like Lil Uzi Vert, Jordana Nye's second full-length album, <em>Something to Say to You,</em> is a chameleonic collection of lo-fi bedroom pop. After her early SoundCloud releases caught the ears of New York indie label Grand Jury, Jordana's sound has leveled up — wavering between layered electronica and acoustic ballads — without ever losing her homespun charm.</p>
Dogleg / Worst Party Ever, Go EP<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vbWVkaWEucmJsLm1zL2ltYWdlP3U9JTJGaW1hZ2UlMkZhYjY3NzA2YzAwMDBiZWJiMjVhYjkzNTkxNDJkYWViM2IzMzEyZDY5JmhvPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGaS5zY2RuLmNvJnM9MzQ4Jmg9NTQ5MWIwMzBiZjA5ODIwMjlhOGExMjc4OGY2ZDdkN2JmMzRiMjFiOGE5Njk1MTZkYzczN2FlZTgzOTdmYjFjNiZzaXplPTk4MHgmYz0xNjQxNTAwMjA2IiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNjI2NjkyMn0.bm0HvEP0OlqD3CA4ZqtRJWHYLPhNQb8X6X9Lzt6zIKM/img.jpg" id="3c88f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b9aae84184b12a4b2de84b15b1052ff0" />Dogleg x Worst Party Ever - "GO"
Winston C.W., Good Guess<iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:album:76e0yvuj6mQqf9A4l2MxR1" id="32d8f" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="21bd6eeae038c3dd0c92abde74a04988" expand="1" height="480" width="100%"></iframe><p>Winston Cook-Wilson is a songwriter, music journalist, and frontman of the Brooklyn rock band Office Culture. On his latest release under the moniker Winston C.W., <em>Good Guess, </em>Cook-Wilson takes a quieter approach, with his jazzy piano and vocals backed by upright bassist Carmen Rothwell and guitarist Ryan Beckley. At once intimate and spacious, <em>Good Guess </em>acts as Cook-Wilson's reflection on a period of personal turmoil last year in a fitting soundtrack to healing.</p>
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Joan of Arc, Tim Melina Theo Bobby<iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:album:741roIjrflAKmW4Cxe1U3K" id="310d5" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="915b9785440a12cb635fe3eb4c3acd29" expand="1" height="480" width="100%"></iframe><p>Joan of Arc were one of the most polarizing bands to emerge from <a href="https://www.popdust.com/essential-emo-albums-2645236632.html?share_id=5564901" target="_self">emo's second wave</a> around the turn of the century. Formed by frontman Tim Kinsella after the dissolution of his short-lived yet highly influential band Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc offered a more experimental interpretation of the genre. </p> <p>Kinsella's knack for challenging expectations is still prevalent today on the band's final album, <em>Tim Melina Theo Bobby. </em>Idiosyncratic, evocative, and sprawling, the record helps memorialize the legacy of a band whose impact was often overlooked in its heyday.</p>
Boba's back and our heroes lose. Season 2 just went full Empire Strikes Back.
With only two more episodes left in the season, The Mandalorian kick-started the final narrative arc with an explosive new entry.
The Mandalorian "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" premiered Friday, December 4th on Disney+. We're going to breakdown and explain all the major moments in this episode as well as its implications for the future of Season 2 and the series as a whole. It's all spoilers from this point forward. Do yourself a favor, watch Season 2, Episode 6, and come back!
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