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What boggles my mind on a daily basis, and is pretty much what fuels our “Shower thoughts” posts, is that somewhere out there in time, someone was the first to do something. We take a lot of things for granted as a part of our lives and entertainment, but once upon a time, things didn’t exist, and someone made that happen.This is notoriously true for movies. What we take for granted in terms of content, and cinematic constructs, didn’t just happen. A filmmaker in the near and/or distant past decided to have the balls to try something new, and movie milestones happened.

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In Cold Blood
First to use the world “Bullshit”
While swearing is commonplace in the movies of today, once upon a time, someone had to be the first to use those words. By 1967, no one had ever uttered the world “Bullshit” in a major motion picture. This all changed with the release of the movie adaptation of Truman Capote’s true crime book “In Cold Blood.”What’s even more interesting is that this film was released before there was a universal rating system, so every film was meant to be watchable by everyone. So it was pretty surprising when families came to watch this film, and were utterly scandalized by the second word my 2 year old ever learned.

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The Godfather Part II
The first to use “Part II” in its title
The first feature film ever made was Birth of a Nation and it also spawned the first ever sequel ever made, called The Fall of the Nation. Both are incredibly racist and you don’t really need to watch them, but they’re milestones in cinematic history. But it wasn’t until the sequel to The Godfather 60 years later, that a subtitle was stuck onto the end of a movie to say “hey, this is a continuation of the movie you just saw.”Before then, sequels had their own titles and numbering films wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t until Francis Ford Coppola added this to the title of his film, to remind viewers that the Corleone story wasn’t over, that this naming convention hit the mainstream.

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True Lies
The first picture to have a $100 million dollar budget
In light of current spectacle films, this might not be the most top-of-mind for epic action, but when it came out in 1994, True Lies was the most expensive movie ever filmed.Effects-heavy films that came out later, such as Waterworld, or Titanic clearly demonstrate where all that money has gone to, but this film? It’s just a comedy action movie based off of an obscure French book.

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Blazing Saddles
There first mainstream picture to make a Fart Joke
In hindsight, it makes sense that Mel Brooks would be responsible for making fart jokes okay in mainstream films. But up until 1974, there wasn’t one.Then came along this scene, where a group of dudes are sitting around a fire and eating beans, farting in consecutive order. It’s still fucking hilarious today.

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The Lost World
The first feature film shown on a plane
While we think that watching a movie on a plane is something that started in the ’80’s, it’s actually be a part of the flying process since 1922. In 1925, on a flight between London and Paris, this classic movie adaption of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel was screened, using a projector and screen.Can you imagine how cool that would have been. Of course, not mentioning the fact that film stock was highly volatile and flammable in those days, and the projectors were large, heat generating machines. What a thrill!

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Ulysses
First major film to drop an F-Bomb
We’ve already learned what the first film to use something as tame as “Bullshit,” but what about the almighty F-Word? This was in 1967, in the British film Ulysses, during a monologue.This was so controversial at the time, that there were separate screenings for men and women. The guys got to hear the uncensored dialogue, while women didn’t.

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Rashomon
First film to show a direct shot of the sun
Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 masterpiece is best known for it’s mind**ck of a narrative technique, and it’s such a brilliant way to tell as story. Credited as the first film with a non-linear narrative, it’s also the first to offer a direct shot of the sun. Before Kurosawa went ahead and did it, such a thing was unheard of.Even though it’s in black and white, it’s such a beautiful shot. While it seems pretty ‘meh’ today, this was incredibly daring and innovative back in the 50’s.

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Westworld
First movie to use 2D computer animation
Before the HBO show got popular, not many people sought out to watch the original Westworld. It is, however, a seminal piece of cinema history. Made in 1973, it was the first feature length film to use 2D computer animation for the “Android vision.” This was easily close to a decade before the technique really hit the mainstream with Tron & Young Sherlock Holmes.
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The Rescuers Down Under
First fully digital feature film
While Pixar gets the distinction of being masters at CGI animation, they didn’t start it. That honour goes to The Rescuers Down Under, the sequel to The Rescuers.Before this 1990 film, cartoons were done the old-fashioned way and had drawn. For this film, every drawing was fed into a computer, where they were digitally painted and animated, cutting down the animation process.

While it’s not a great film (but still one of my childhood favourites), it did start a new revolution in animation.

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The Flintstones
First motion picture to contain CGI fur
Ask any animator, and they’ll tell you that fur and hair and some of the hardest things to animate, especially in CGI. While recently, we’ve been impressed with what Pixar’s been up to, it’s actually a pretty bad film from 1994 that was the first to try it.I think most people just barely made it through this film, but it did set an impressive milestone 20 years ago, when they rendered the family’s pet Baby Puss, with CGI.

Today, the effects look pretty bad, but it was one hell of an achievement when it came out.

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Zyzzyx Road
The first (and only) picture to only gross $30
Seriously. Made in 2004, it cost$1.3 million dollars to produce, and it only made $30, playing for only 6 days, in one theatre in Dallas, Texas.Starring Katherine Heigl and Tom Sizemore, this is the lowest grossing film in the history of cinema. Over one hundred years of motion pictures, and this couldn’t make any more than the amount of money I have in my wallet, right now. Wow.

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The Yiddisher Boy
First film to feature a flashback
Today, flashbacks are common-place, but back in 1909, this was a novel idea. This is the earliest example, where a character thinks back to 25 years in the past, when he was a boy and this allows the audience to understand his motives better.Something like this, which is common in the grammar of cinema, was confusing for the audiences. Having never seen it before, they didn’t understand what was going on, but the narrative value of it is immeasurable.

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Stargate
The first motion picture to have its own Official Website
Another common-place feature today, back in 1994, not a lot of people were relying on the internet for information and additional content. But those that were into the sci-fi and futuristic premise of the film, could go to this horribly ugly site and learn more. Sadly, it’s no longer in operation.Though, 2 years later, we were gifted with the Space Jam website, which was still running until recently.

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Psycho
First motion picture to show a flushing toilet
This is a common sight in our daily lives, so why’s it so shocking to audiences. Who knows? It’s not like Alfred Hitchcock showed any waste, just ripped up paper, but the majority of audiences found this to be more shocking than the shower murder scene.It’s pretty weird that up until 1960, this was a taboo scene, but it shows you what the times were like back then. So repressed.

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Catch-22
The first American picture to show someone using the toilet
So the first flushing toilet was in 1960. What about someone using said toilet? That came in 1970, in Mike Nichols’ adaptation of Catch-22.Even more ironic is that the man taking the crap is Martin Balsam, who’s interrupted by Anthony Perkins – two actors who featured in Psycho. These two are pretty much responsible for the progression of the toilet’s acting career in American cinema.

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