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  • The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films

    The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films

    September 23, 2009, 4:32 pm
    Last month, John Hughes passed away and left a legacy of high school experience films and influenced how they would be made from then on. Every kid that was born in the 80’s feels a connection to the high school situations and labels that he so perfectly conveyed in celluloid—probably even more than the kids that were actually <strong>IN</strong> high school in the 1980’s did. This week is dedicated to a (rather late) tribute to John Hughes by showcasing:


    Criteria:
    -Must have been directed by John Hughes. He wrote a hell of a lot of films, but we’re focusing on his directorial career
    -Focus on montage sequences (because he definitely loved those)
    -Timing/breathing room allowance vs. performance (that shot was just tooooo long)
    -BONUS POINTS for using my least favourite technique in the book (seriously): cheesy freeze frame ending
    The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films
    5. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

    Paul Hirsch did a very fine job editing this film. It exemplifies one of the greatest ideals in film editing: you don’t notice the cuts! This gets number 5 on this particular list because it’s easy to make a great edit when the actors are as solid as Steve Martin and John Candy are. Don’t get me wrong, editing any film is a lot of work but I guarantee you that editing great performances are easier than editing poor performances, and that’s what this film’s edits rely on: the performance. This is all well and good, but ultimately it’s just not that exciting to talk about from an editing perspective.
    The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films
    4. Uncle Buck (1989)

    Here’s another example riding on some fine John Candy acting (and some wicked lines that really only Candy could come up with). This was my favourite out of the later years from Hughes. The editing in the entire movie was, again, very clean and you didn’t really have to think about it. What makes Uncle Buck a little more interesting to me are some editing instances from a couple scenes, one of which is near the middle where Candy sits down at the breakfast table with Macaulay Culkin. They have a quick-witted question and answer session that involves an equally as quick back and forth cutting sequence. +1 for freeze frame ending!
    The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films
    3. She’s Having a Baby (1988)

    This movie is a bit lame in my humble opinion, but there are still some things that make it more unique than others. For example, the way in which the film transitions into (what I guess could best be classified as) musical dance sequences and inserted montages are borderline sneaky. The thought process goes like this: "Oh he’s getting the paper. Hmm! That’s cute, all the neighbours are mowing the lawn at the same time. Catchy music... dancing and singing. Wait. What the...? When did this happen?" These totally out of place sequences transition so smoothly that you never realise you’ve been tricked into watching... an out of place sequence! Nice...
    The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films
    2. The Breakfast Club (1985)

    This is probably the most famous of all substitute teacher movies, Every kid in my generation has seen this at least 5 times and can quote at least one line from it. The cutting isn’t always totally clean but the timing is great and the use of reaction shots from each of the kids end up telling more about each character (or label) than the dialogue. This film is a great example of how editing can bring out what a character doesn’t say. You also can’t go wrong with multiple, painfully 80’s dance montages— especially the famous one where each individual character’s personality is accurately reflected at the same time. +2 for freeze frame ending!
    The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films
    1. Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (1986)

    Hey, what do you know! Paul Hirsch wins both the 5 and the 1 spot. He’s also the only editor that Hughes used twice exclusively as a main editor (Peck Prior worked on Uncle Buck and Curly Sue, but both times he was teamed up with others for editor billing). My only beef with this movie is that sometimes the cuts are too quick. In the attempt to make a fast-paced film Hirsch sometimes sacrificed beats between cuts. Otherwise, the montages are quirky, the editing is solid, and most importantly the chosen takes are awesome (especially in the parade scene with cuts to random extras— some of these are priceless!)

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    • Top 5 Marx Brothers Films
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    • Top 5 Moment of Despair Scenes in a Xmas film (v)
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    • Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine
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      Check out this week's EDL, featuring the top 5 edited scenes with steam engines!

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    • Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!
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      Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!

      November 16, 2011, 1:28 pm
      I know I've covered this one in the past, but with the new video format I feel like I can really do some of previous written blogs justice. This one especially!

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    • Top 5 Scenes on a Mountaintop
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      Top 5 Scenes on a Mountaintop

      November 3, 2011, 1:54 pm
      Vlog number 3! Scenes on a mountain. See my epic climbing skills (not)...

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    • Top five scenes in a Mad Max film!
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      Top five scenes in a Mad Max film!

      October 19, 2011, 1:19 pm
      In Vlog number 2 of the Edit Decision List, I look at the best edited scenes in a Mad Max Movie, as well as manage to completely butcher an Australian accent.

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    • Top 5 Edited Die Hard Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Die Hard Scenes

      October 5, 2011, 12:07 pm
      My very first vlog covers the top 5 scenes in a Die Hard movie!

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    • Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis
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      Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis

      September 21, 2011, 4:25 pm
      Metropolis is one of the most influential science fiction films of all time, and it's obvious that the editing has a lot to do with it. The expressive nature of the acting is superbly juxtaposed with epically framed shots in such a way that story isn't only easy to follow, but really fun to watch!

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    • Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes
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      Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes

      September 7, 2011, 12:16 pm
      Great scott! I must've blown a hole in the space-time continuum with my 1.21 "Jiggawatt" blog entry…

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