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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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      October 20, 2010, 2:19 pm
      One, two, Freddy's coming for you... Three, four, better lock your door... Five, six, grab your crucifix... Seven, eight, better stay up late... Nine, ten, never sleep again...

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    • Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie
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      Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie

      October 6, 2010, 12:17 pm

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    • Top 5 Magical Moments in a Harry Potter Film
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      Top 5 Magical Moments in a Harry Potter Film

      September 8, 2010, 4:26 pm
      One of my colleagues is off helping to turn Harry Potter 7 (Part 1) into 3D, and needless to say it made me want to have a Harry Potter marathon. So, thanks to this blog I’m able to find a better excuse to indulge my movie watching cravings... At the same time, we can look at the popular movies to see if we can learn reasons why they are so popular, and why the craft of editing helps to make viewers escape from reality and believe in magic (among other things). For the Harry Potter series in particular, I find that a certain kind of pacing is a strong theme that is used successfully.

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    • Top 5 Edited Predator Hunts
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      Top 5 Edited Predator Hunts

      August 25, 2010, 2:43 pm
      24 August 2010 <br><br> There are many aliens out there that hunt humans, but the only one that seems to have shown any true mercy or feelings is the Predator. That said, they do make humans prey for sport, so I don’t really know how much credit I can actually give them...

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    • Top 5 Training Montages
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      Top 5 Training Montages

      August 11, 2010, 1:32 pm
      There’s a statistic out there that states that it takes the average person 10,000 hours to truly master something. My husband and I did the math, and it averages out to a little over 5 solid years if you treated your training like a 40 hour/5 day a week job with no vacations or long weekends. The beauty of film is that we don’t only condense those years into a matter of minutes with a montage, but we also suspend our belief as far as how long it actually takes to get really good at something. There’s an interesting (and bittersweet) article about the social implications of the cinematic training montage here: http://www.cracked.com/article_18544_how-the-karate-kid-ruined-modern-world.html (note, the author can be crude, so if you’re not into that kind of humour then don’t read it). But until we remember that it’s a lot harder to master something than it looks, let’s enjoy the artistic aspects of the training montage.

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    • Top 5 Edited Tarantino + Menke Films
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      Top 5 Edited Tarantino + Menke Films

      July 28, 2010, 11:05 am
      28 July 2010<br><br> As an editor, one of the best things ever is to find a director that you work really well with. There are a few editors that have this kind of long term partnership, like Schoonmaker and Scorsese, or Sanders and Cronenberg for example. There’s one duo, however, who have established a very specific style together over the years, and that’s Menke and Tarantino. Some themes that run throughout their work together (from an editing perspective) are long takes, wide shots, the emulation of various 1970’s era movie styles, and of course fun with the concept of time through the use of chapters.

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    • Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar
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      Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar

      July 14, 2010, 1:54 pm
      As storytellers we have to be aware of the different types of story structure, and each part of every type of story. One part that all types have in common is called the "Belly of the Whale," or the part in which the main character(s) hit the lowest low in the situation at hand. This part marks the turning point in the main character’s development, and therefore it’s important that the way that it is told is exceptionally strong. One company that seems to consistently nail it by making the Belly of the Whale unique, touching, and still able to have a little bit of humour in it, is Pixar (my dream employer).

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    • Top 5 Edited Wolverine Fight Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Wolverine Fight Scenes

      June 30, 2010, 8:33 pm
      30 June 2010 <br> I’ve always loved comic books, and X Men was a definite favourite. When the movies came out, I was also excited. Being the fan that I am, I hoped that they would stick to the original stories (they strayed a bit) but still they were fun and I enjoyed them. In any case, I felt like watching X Men this weekend and because Wolverine is my favourite character, you’re going to be subjected to my whims once again.

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    • Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.
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      Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.

      June 16, 2010, 7:21 am
      Captain Kirk is an important figure in pop culture and TV history. For Trekkies, he’s the beginning of a lifestyle. For TV he was the male counterpart in the first ever, interracial kiss broadcasted. For editors, Shatner’s campy (yet sincere and believable) acting as well as his seemingly deliberate movements make Kirk easy to cut. I know he’s on my top 10 list of people I hope to meet someday! (Mr. Shatner that is, not Kirk...)

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    • Top 5 Edited Andrei Tarkovsky Films
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      Top 5 Edited Andrei Tarkovsky Films

      May 19, 2010, 12:25 pm
      After the last blog entry with the book list, I found myself inspired to revisit Tarkovsky’s body of work. If you’ve read it, you’ll know that he was a stickler for long takes and very little cutting; each cut has a specific purpose and is used more for bringing the viewer into the next part of the story and the rhythm of the story rather than the cut itself or for montage. So, we’ve seen long takes with the emphasis on performance (i.e. Keitel), and now let me wrap up with long takes with the emphasis on story rhythm.

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