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  • Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie

    Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie

    December 30, 2009, 12:32 pm
    New Year’s is the time to make resolutions, change your ways, and cleanse your spirit for the better. Unfortunately, everybody’s definition of "better" is different, and I’ve taken the time to outline a few examples here. The commonality is that each character decides to execute these resolutions at a New Year’s party— and what’s New Year’s without a party?

    New Year’s is the time to make resolutions, change your ways, and cleanse your spirit for the better. Unfortunately, everybody’s definition of "better" is different, and I’ve taken the time to outline a few examples here. The commonality is that each character decides to execute these resolutions at a New Year’s party— and what’s New Year’s without a party?
    Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie
    5. Holiday Inn (1942)

    How much more of the holiday spirit can you experience with Bing Crosby? He’s like the king of the Christmas season. Even if he’s not singing a holiday themed song you think of December when you hear his classy deep voice. In any case, this New Year’s party is full of song until Fred Astaire crashes the party completely blasted. I’d argue that having a drunken famous person crash your party is slightly awkward, but the fact that he dances just as perfectly drunk as he does sober definitely makes you think "weird." At least the editing is relatively smooth— the cuts are mostly well placed but the editing mostly reflects the fact that the dance is carrying the story and not the edits, rather than working together.

    PS: Fred Astaire in blackface = awkward
    Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie
    4. Notorious (1946)

    Here Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are sneaking around the party trying not to let on about a secret plan. Even worse, they are trying to keep the secret from Bergman’s husband, who’s a fabulously wealthy person. In the way that only Hitchcock can achieve, the entire scene is very deliberately edited to make you feel like you’re actually in there being sneaky too— as if you’re in on the plan. Consequently you find yourself with that sinking feeling like you’re going to get in trouble if you get caught, too.
    Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie
    3. Forrest Gump (1994)

    This sequence is cool because of two things: 1) TV to TV. Everybody’s watching Dick Clark on New Year’s Eve, no matter where in the USA they happen to be. So naturally, cutting from TV to TV makes it easier to transition from one storyline to another (Forrest’s to Jenny’s, then back). 2) there are a total of 6 cuts in almost 5 minutes. And the last three are within the last minute. Most of the sequence has these really long takes of Forrest doing his awkward sitting thing and the crippled and angry Lieutenant Dan is partying his butt off. The scene is awkward until Dan realises that Forrest is actually a good friend.
    Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie
    2. Boogie Nights (1997)

    This is probably the most awkward situation of them all, and not just because of the events but also because of the back story (which I won’t get into). There are a few awkward events during the party, but the most interesting one is by far the final one, where the camera follows William H. Macy from looking for his wife, finding his wife doing nasty things to someone else in the bedroom, going to his car for a gun, walking back to the bedroom, shooting them both, coming back out to the party, and then shooting himself. It’s all in real time with no cuts until the very end (where there is a quick insert of the horrified crowd). It’s long and lonely, and you almost feel like you’re him— except you have no control over what he’s doing. Maybe he didn’t either.
    Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie
    1. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

    I take it back, this situation is just about as awkward as the last one. Whether he realizes it or not, Gloria Swanson has complete control over William Holden. The use of wide shots and long takes shows just how lonely they both are and also just how nuts Swanson’s character is, while holding the awkwardness of the situation. The editing has a little bit of weird frame matching, but nothing that’s atypical of how most movies were edited in the 40’s/early 50’s. In fact, it adds to the uncomfortable-ness of the situation. Bonus points for the bitch-slap!

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    • Light Sabre Battles! (v)
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      Light Sabre Battles! (v)

      January 18, 2012, 3:00 pm
      As an interesting note, it was conveniently blocked by FOX just as the internet is on blackout strike today in solidarity against SOPA. American friends, please be aware that if SOPA passes, videos like this where I attempt to teach about film editing in a fun way will not be available anymore, even if I am in compliance with the Fair Use clause— in fact, I could be shut down, fined, and/or jailed without due process. If you like the internet and the ability to find information freely and easily, please educate yourself about this bill, and do whatever you can to stop it from passing!

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    • Top 5 Marx Brothers Films
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      Top 5 Marx Brothers Films

      January 4, 2012, 1:19 pm
      First EDL of the new year up! Marx brothers, see? nyaah!

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    • Top 5 Moment of Despair Scenes in a Xmas film (v)
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      Top 5 Moment of Despair Scenes in a Xmas film (v)

      December 14, 2011, 4:44 pm
      Have a video version of my very first Christmas blog, the best edited Moments of Despair in a Christmas film!

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    • Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine
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      Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine

      November 30, 2011, 11:29 am
      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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