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  • Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C

    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C

    September 22, 2010, 1:21 pm
    Being the impatient-minded movie freak that I am, I don’t generally find pleasure in reading books. That said, there have been a handful (literally) that I’ve found myself liking so much that I read them over and over; one of those groups is the Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris (what can I say, I love the character of a charming, high-class artist who’s detestation for rudeness compels him to eat those rude people). Unfortunately, the series of movies made from the books don’t hold up in as good a quality as the books (with some exception), but they’re still fun to watch.

    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the Cannibal

    Criteria:
    - Hannibal Lecter is in the movie, though not necessarily the scene
    - Use of pacing and takes amp tension successfully
    -SLUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRPPPPP!!
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    5. Hannibal Rising (2007), Rope Decapitation

    In this scene the pacing is decent but ultimately it could have been more tense. The choice of takes were also nice, although more because the scene was shot so beautifully than because of the acting. Take what you can get...
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    4. Hannibal (2001), Pickpocket

    This was my favourite book in the series, and thankfully not the worst film in the series—and inasmuch as it isn’t necessarily fair to compare the movie to the book, I definitely expected more out of the brilliant Ridley Scott. I would have treated the movie much differently and would have cast Starling with an actress who could portray human emotion rather than robot. But this scene stands out from all the other scenes in the film because it was so nicely cut. The pacing is great, Hopkins is creepy as all hell, and the montage is solid— all of which sucks the viewer in and makes him/her wonder if the pickpocket can get away with his mission.
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    3. Silence of the Lambs (1990) Doorbell

    By far the best of all the Lecter movies, the scene where the doorbell rings near the end is a great example of amping up tension with pace, as well as fooling the viewer’s sense of place. The back and forth cutting between the FBI swat crew and the killer’s basement makes us think that they’re in the same place, when at the last second we find out that it’s Clarice at his doorbell rather than the big guns. When he opens the door to Clarice, the tension takes a whole new turn without losing momentum.
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    2. Manhunter (1986) Inagaddadavida, honey!

    Everyone forgets that Brian Cox was the original Lecter, and as cheesy as a lot of this super-typically-80s movie is, there are some brilliant moments in the film. The most notable one is the climax when William Petersen bursts through the glass while Iron Butterfly plays in the background. The entire build up of this scene is great. The song creeps in as the characters creep through the bush outside the house. The cutting pace is so slow that we can’t help but want to yell at the characters to hurry up out of anticipation. The flow of movement is fluid and there’s a sudden pick up of the pace after a slo-mo build up through the glass. The scene is epic.’
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    1. Silence of the Lambs (1990), First meeting

    This is one of the most parodied scenes in this film, and it seems to be a hit or miss for people. I’ve heard people say that it’s too over the top and therefore they don’t take it seriously, but I personally believe that if that’s how you feel then you’re not allowing yourself to be suspended in belief or letting the film absorb you... Because if you’re paying attention to the editing, in both the pacing and choice of takes, then they’re doing everything perfectly. Hopkins is super creepy, and the fact that they keep us in such close proximity to the characters for so long puts us right there. It’s uncomfortably close and makes us want to say, "get out of my personal space!" But, we are too absorbed in the conversation to say anything, so we sit and get sucked in further.

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    • Top 5 Edited Charlie Sheen Features
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      Top 5 Edited Charlie Sheen Features

      March 23, 2011, 11:56 am
      I know I’m basically a week late on the hype, but because he’s been all over the news and I like watching him, I thought I’d do a blog on our good ol’ friend Charlie Sheen!

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    • Top 5 Edited Films with a Podiatric Ref. in Title
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      Top 5 Edited Films with a Podiatric Ref. in Title

      March 9, 2011, 12:09 pm
      I don’t really have a good intro to this topic besides that I thought it would be fun. It turned out to bring a very wide selection of genres and proves that one word (or concept around a single object) can have a plethora of meanings.

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    • Top 5 Edited Films Centred Around Civil Uprising
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      Top 5 Edited Films Centred Around Civil Uprising

      February 23, 2011, 1:56 pm
      With all that’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa, I thought it would be timely to do a topic on civil revolutions, uprisings, and protests. This is kind of a tough one because the context for an uprising could be a number of things, so I did my best to pick the suggestions given to me that seemed to suit current events.

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    • Top 5 Edited Documentaries of 2010
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      Top 5 Edited Documentaries of 2010

      February 9, 2011, 11:55 am
      I like to consider documentary as my specialty, considering that’s what the bulk of my work has consisted of and I love cutting it more than any other genre. That said, there is no right or wrong way to make a documentary. Ultimately it comes down to what you want the viewer to get out of it—taking the usual adage of "the story is king" to its limits by way of propaganda, persuasion, vignette, or other forms of storytelling. Sometimes, ambiguity is the story. I could go on...

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    • Best Edited Drama Feature in 2010
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      Best Edited Drama Feature in 2010

      January 26, 2011, 10:19 am
      Although I didn’t get to see a lot of movies in the theatre, I did manage to see enough to know that 2010 was a great year for cinema. From animation to documentary there have been some solid additions to the world’s cinematic library. Today I’m going to focus on dramatic features based on my reader’s suggestions.

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    • Best Edited Scenes in a Tron Movie
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      Best Edited Scenes in a Tron Movie

      January 12, 2011, 1:49 pm
      When I was little I remembered Tron as being the coolest thing ever, especially since I was definitely a little geek at the time. On the surface it’s a bunch of cool special effects with a fun story, but when delved into a little deeper I’ve noticed that there is a lot of attention paid to the craft of filmmaking. This is especially true with the editing. The new Tron, upholds a couple of those attentions, but to a lesser extent.

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    • Top 5 Edited Animated Christmas Musical Movies
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      Top 5 Edited Animated Christmas Musical Movies

      December 15, 2010, 11:55 am
      As I’m sure you remember from last year, I’m a bit of a scrooge/grinch when it comes to Christmas. And frankly, I was looking forward to bringing you a Chanukah special instead of this, but this particular Christmas is a little nuts for me. So, I’ll get it next year, I promise (next time I’m hoping to do something New Year’s related... Don’t forget, I always welcome topic suggestions!).

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    • Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run
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      Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run

      December 1, 2010, 12:26 pm
      Comedy is one of the hardest genres to cut, because it is, many times, up to the editor to sell the joke. Fortunately, there are a few actors that are true comedians in the sense that it is obviously natural to them, making the movie fun to work with. I can only imagine that the late Leslie Neilsen was one of those actors. The deadpan way in which he delivered his lines was so flawless that few actors have been able to match him.

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    • Top 5 Edited Scenes in an Indiana Jones Movie
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      Top 5 Edited Scenes in an Indiana Jones Movie

      November 17, 2010, 2:34 pm
      Growing up as a little girl, I always wanted to be the good-looking archaeologist/adventurer... like Indiana Jones (though I wouldn’t complain about being Lara Croft, either). His tongue-in-cheek but painfully smart demeanour was something to look up to, and solving crazy puzzles leading to adventure in far away places was (and honestly, still kind of is) something to achieve in life. (Then that last movie came out... My reaction was similar to how the kids reacted in the TV show South Park.)

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    • Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
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      Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films

      November 3, 2010, 1:35 pm
      When I was a little kid I must have watched "My Neighbour Totoro" about a million times. I couldn’t get over the awesomeness of the big grey one with a leaf hat. Since then, I followed the new animated films that Studio Ghibli (the studio that created Tortoro) produced, and I ate them up equally as eagerly as I did when I was little. I got my hands on the complete collection this past week, and found that they created a wide array of styles and subject matter, some better than others. I’ve talked before about the fundamental differences in cutting animation versus live action, but looking a little deeper at the editing of Japanese anime in particular I realized that there are a couple of cultural differences that reflect in the editing as much as in the drawing styles.

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