As many movies over the years have demonstrated, titles are hard. While staying limited in size, they need to convey what a film is about while both being original and marketable. Sometimes it can be hard to find proper inspiration, but others find the exact word or phrase they need right in the dialogue - and that's the case for all of the films that are featured in the supercut below:
Edited together by Vimeo user Roman Holiday (coincidentally not one of the film's featured in this supercut), this video dives into the long, long history of features having sequences where characters actually say the name of the movie in dialogue. It really is a deep dive that goes back from the earlier days of Hollywood - with titles like 1935's Bride of Frankenstein and 1944's Double Indemnity - but also covers its bases in modernity with a number of scenes being from 2016 titles - including Suicide Squad, Hell or High Water, Assassin's Creed, Moonlight, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
In total, this supercut features clips from an impressive 150 Hollywood films, and doesn't discriminate against genre, era, or especially quality. There are moments from some of the greatest movies ever made in here, like Vertigo, Chinatown, and The Godfather, but given equal representation is some truly terrible stuff. Perhaps the editor doesn't feel like there are enough Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot! references on the internet?
This is a fun clip that occasionally does find some cool patterns (note the James Bond and "I Love You..." runs), but it actually wouldn't have been too difficult to include an entry from 2017 in the mix... perhaps replacing Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot! if Roman Holiday really wanted to keep it to 150 titles. After all, one of the most notable scenes in Jordan Peele's directorial debut, Get Out, has Lakeith Stanfield's character saying the title over and over again in a scene that was heavily featured in the movie's trailers:
It may have been a stronger moment to end on rather than the odd choice of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.
Does this supercut include your favorite example of a title drop in a movie? Did you watch the entire thing waiting for it to show up? If it missed yours, what is it? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts, feelings and opinions on this cool new edit!
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