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  • Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks

    Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks

    January 27, 2010, 5:58 pm
    Every little kid goes through a dinosaur phase, and I was no exception. In fact, when Jurassic Park came out on VHS I bought that over a gameboy (I was 8 years old). In any case, meeting prehistoric creatures always gets movie crowds going, even from the very beginning of film (the first animation that could be considered a movie was Gertie the dinosaur in 1914). Special effects have come a long way since 1914 (or even 1925 when The Lost World featured stop motion dinosaur action), and consequently have brought them back from a kind of extinction. Even if only to make humans a thing of the past...



    Criteria:
    -Dinosaurs must be attacking humans. The two were never meant to meet, which makes this more fun
    -Proper editing and montage technique (Eisenstein’s theories are not extinct)
    -Bonus points for getting the viewer to feel like he/she is also being attacked
    Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks
    5. Night at the Museum (2006)

    This film gets number 5 because Ben Stiller isn’t really being attacked, but it’s worth mentioning because his character (and the viewer) thinks he’s being attacked. It’s also incredibly smooth and the montage is one of the more logical shot to shot sequences that I came across this time around. Also, who wouldn’t want a pet T-Rex to play fetch with?
    Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks
    4. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 (1997)

    There are (obviously) a couple of attacks in this film, but the one that stood out to me as the most interesting was the one where the Compys (the little green dinos) go after Peter Stormare. The scene successfully uses the "Compy-POV-cam" to show that these little buggers are swarming him as he’s lying on the ground. First they follow him over logs and through bushes, and then they come right at him, much to his chagrin. The camera pushes into his face as he realises he’s being overwhelmed one by one, and it’s well timed to make you, the viewer, feel a sense of panic.
    Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks
    3. Land of the Lost (2009)

    This is the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen. Everything that happens is completely out of left field and as a result it’s hilarious. I’m focusing on the scene where the Veloceraptors attack the ice cream truck. It was fast-paced, well-timed, and just plain silly. The montage was decent— only breaking from form a couple times. Really my only complaint was that they overdid the handheld jiggle, and that’s a very specific technical note that’s largely personal opinion.
    Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks
    2. Jurassic Park (1993): Tyrannosaurus Rex attack

    The first time you realize what’s happening in this scene you can’t help but feel a twang of curiosity that is mixed with fear. Even though everyone knows what a T-Rex looks like, the viewers find themselves on the edge of their seats wondering when we’ll see it. Editor Michael Kahn made it so that we don’t see the T-Rex— we see the environment, a flash of a claw, the rustle of a tree in the wind, and the release of the (newly non-) electrified fence. The tension is so peaked, that when the dinosaur finally does emerge, the viewers find themselves still terrified, even though they know the creature so well already from books, kids, and toys. This is further emphasized by the fact that the special effects are so good that they still hold up without any effort almost 20 years later.
    Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks
    1. Jurassic Park (1993): Raptors in the Kitchen

    That’s right, this movie did it so well that it gets the two top spots with different scenes! This scene is notorious, and is just as creepy and exciting as it was when I was little kid. The timing is impeccable as we just find out that the Raptors are smart enough to open doors, and they sneak in to continue their pursuit of the tasty morsels kids. The pace is slow and menacing, with a hint that something could spring at any moment— perfectly reflecting the personality (if you will) of the Veloceraptor. I definitely would not want to meet one of these face to face.

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    • Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie
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      Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie

      December 16, 2009, 12:26 pm
      Christmas time is here and I am very open about my emotional resemblance to Ebenezer Scrooge regarding the season. To be completely honest, the overdose of Christmas music and decorations in every supermarket, shop, and restaurant I frequent gives me the urge to bust out my chainsaw and do a hyper-realistic Jason impression rather than be jolly. So, to kick off my first ever Christmas blog I thought that I’d watch people having crappy Christmases and subject my readers to the same Christmas pain by way of the top 5 MOMENTS OF DESPAIR...

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    • Best Edited Lightsaber Fight in a Star Wars Movie
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      Best Edited Lightsaber Fight in a Star Wars Movie

      December 2, 2009, 12:17 pm
      I don’t really have a good reason for choosing this week’s topic beyond that I just felt like watching all the Star Wars movies for the hell of it. So you’re going to get the brunt of my passing urge this week!

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    • Top 5 Edited Humankind Obliteration Sequences
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      Top 5 Edited Humankind Obliteration Sequences

      November 18, 2009, 12:11 pm
      The hot conspiracy theory of the time is Earth’s impending doom, which has always been a popular movie scenario. However, it’s one thing to ward off impending doom and another to be right in the centre of destruction. In any case, it’s interesting to see humanity’s obsession and awe with the concept of obliteration—hyper-real special effects movies about the apocalypse always do really well in the box office. With the recent release of <em>2012</em> the film (and what seems to be a slew of other apocalyptic-themed movies), I thought it would be appropriate to showcase the best sequences featuring the main character known as "Armageddon." Just remember that should something as catastrophic as anything in these films actually happen, there will always be at least one survivor: the earth.

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    • Top 5 Edited Disaster Wedding Ceremonies
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      Top 5 Edited Disaster Wedding Ceremonies

      November 4, 2009, 12:03 pm
      This weekend I’m getting married— so I thought it would be fitting to do a topic this week on wedding scenes. But not just any wedding scenes... wedding disaster scenes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m 110% sure that he’s the one I want to marry, and I’m pretty sure that there are no evil villains planning to kidnap me in the middle of the ceremony, but I figured I’d get all these situations out of the way vicariously through these films before my own wedding!

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    • Top 5 Courtroom Cross Examinations in a Feature
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      Top 5 Courtroom Cross Examinations in a Feature

      October 21, 2009, 6:16 pm
      I love courtroom scenes. There’s something particularly exciting about watching evidence and clues unfold in a courtroom scene. Maybe it’s the fact that each case that’s ever brought into one is inherently mysterious in nature. Maybe it’s the actors portraying lawyers as the epitome of a battle between good and evil. Or maybe it’s just fun to watch people argue. In any case, no one can ever help but feel sorry for the person in the chair who gets the tough cross examination. ...unless he’s guilty.

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    • 5 Sequences That Integrate Food ina Bigger Context
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      5 Sequences That Integrate Food ina Bigger Context

      October 7, 2009, 6:08 pm
      It’s funny how images of food can make us hungry. It’s also funny that if you change the context in which we see the image of food that that hunger can change into disgust, lust, or even produce existential thoughts within ourselves. As our editing deity Eisenstein taught us, context is almost always built in the editing room because it has to do with the juxtaposition of one image next to another, and food is one of those things that can go in any direction if placed next to the "right thing."

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    • The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films
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      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:

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    • Disney’s Most Awkward Transitions into Music
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      Disney’s Most Awkward Transitions into Music

      September 9, 2009, 4:23 pm
      When deciding how to add a song and dance sequence into a film, one always hopes that the transition is relatively smooth, seeing as most people don’t usually break out into song and dance at random intervals. However, the transition into singing isn’t always the cleanest that it could be. Consequently, the viewer is left wondering why the heck the directors decided that the song was good enough to be kept in the movie without putting enough effort into making it fit properly into the film. In the interest of keeping this top 5 blog not just about the "best" but also about the worst, weirdest, and more... I bring you...

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    • Top Car 5 Chases Based on Editing
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      Top Car 5 Chases Based on Editing

      August 26, 2009, 4:09 pm
      The tires of the Mustang squeal as the car drifts around a corner. Our hero is holding onto the steering wheel for dear life as he attempts to get away from the evil bad guy. The suspense continues to build in the audience as they hold their breath. Will he get away? Will he crash? This weeks Edit Decision List covers the top five car chase scenes based on editing.

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    • 100 to 1: Overwhelmed Protagonist Fight scenes
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      100 to 1: Overwhelmed Protagonist Fight scenes

      August 19, 2009, 3:47 pm
      The protagonist walks into a room, ready to pick a fight with the bad guy and save the world (or some damsel in distress). The moment is akin to the last level of an old video game, where the mega-boss stands 5 inches in front of your character on the screen then laughs as the controller freezes— preventing you from moving your character to attack the boss. Suddenly, the rest of the boss’ lackeys pour out from every orifice in the room and threaten to take our hero out. He’s outnumbered 20 to 1... how is he going to get out of this one? Well, thanks to the magic of movie editing (and some nice choreography) he can beat an impossible amount of attackers all by himself!

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