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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 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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