Movies will never be the same.

That’s a tagline for the upcoming flick Avatar from James Cameron.

My question for you is this: How many times has this happened before? A movie that really made movies never the same again?

Here are some that came to mind:

  • Metropolis, 1927.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937.
  • Psycho, 1960.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
  • Star Wars, 1977.
  • Blade Runner, 1982.
  • Tron, 1982.
  • The Matrix, 1999.

I know what you’re thinking… too much sci-fi. I’m a product of my generation, sorry.

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8 Responses to Movies will never be the same.

  1. TMac says:

    That’s a really broad question. In a lot of cases it isn’t one movie but a few movies that create a pretty big shift. Deer Hunter & Apocalypse Now really changed how war movies were made. Platoon & Full Metal Jacket expand upon that a few years later. Abyss, Terminator 2, and Abyss really changed special effects but again it isn’t just one movie.

    If I’m going to add single movies to your list, which is what you’re asking, here is a few I would add.

    Star Wars: Episode 1 – Actually changed how movies were made. Almost all movies are shot on digital and this was the first big one to do it. Too bad it is a piece of shit movie.

    Toy Story – The digital cartoons even caused Disney to shut down hand-drawn animation for a quite a few years.

    Jaws – It is credited for creating the summer blockbuster. Not sure if it is a movie making credit but I think in pulp culture now the summer blockbuster is part of our lives.

    I almost want to put Pulp Fiction because it’s influence is felt in movies like The Dark Knight but that probably is like my point above; it is part of a series of movies including Reservoir Dogs.

  2. Shocho says:

    They say that Jaws is the first “blockbuster,” but I think that honor goes to Gone With the Wind. It was an amazing event when it first came out.

    I also considered The Wild Bunch, which really changed the face of Western cinema at the time.

    I guess my real underlying point is that you have to be pretty damned sure of yourself to say this about your movie before it comes out.

  3. Jason says:

    Or it could be, you know, marketing.

    What’s the worst wrestling pay-per-view ever? It’s easy. After every PPV, the announcers say “Last night’s event was the greatest event in wrestling history!” If the 283rd PPV was better than the 282nd, which was better than the 281st, etc., all the way down, then the worst PPV was the first one.

  4. the1gwiz says:

    I’m almost tempted to suggest Halloween. I know it may seem redundant with Psycho up there, but it was a very different movie that really launched I think was the true progenitor or the “slasher” movie that sadly became dime-a-dozen within 5 years of its release. Call Psycho the grandpa and Halloween the daddy. I’d call Psycho a thriller, but Halloween the first slasher, and it has defined horror, for better or worse, since.

    Birth of a Nation, such as it was, really first defined what an “American movie” was going to be.

    Citizen Kane, the first true “director’s movie;” plus the techniques used with sound, dialogue, etc. , to make a movie that seemed more of an experience than sitting and watching a story unfold for 2 hours.

  5. the1gwiz says:

    One more: It Happened One Night. Defined the American comedy.

  6. Krebmart says:

    Metropolis? Really? While I think it was a movie WAY ahead of its time, I’m not sure I’d agree that it changed everything.

    Also, wasn’t the WIzard of Oz the very first movie in color? Surely that would qualify. Or at least, qualify more than Metropolis.

  7. Kindralas says:

    There’s a question of what changed because of each movie. Like, The Matrix, for as awesome as it was, didn’t change anything about future movies. I’d almost say X-Men had more of a say, in creating the current glut of comic book movies.

    I’d agree with Toy Story to a point. While the use of CGI was pretty revolutionary, the movie itself was more or less a build off of the plot successes of previous Disney films, like Aladdin and The Lion King.

  8. K.B.C. says:

    “The Wizard of Oz” was not the first movie made in color. The first color film was “A Visit To The Seaside” (1908). The first film in 2-tone (red and green) Technicolor to be given a wide release was “The Toll of the Sea” (1922).

    “Becky Sharp” became the first live-action film fully photographed in 3-strip Technicolor in 1935. Several other color films predate “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind”, in particular “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine” (1936), “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937, animated), “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1938), and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938).

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