The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Reviews
"The editor has the most objective eye in that creative environment." - Steven Spielberg
"Editing is manipulation. We're manipulating reality as the audience sees it." - Michael Kahn
Check this out if you enjoy editing or if you're simply a fan of film itself
[font=Century Gothic]However, the documentary is sadly only told from the viewpoint of Hollywood films with nothing about foreign or independent films(Nothing on "Memento."), except as innovators like Vertov, Godard and Eisenstein.(And as long as we're talking innovators, where's "Citizen Kane?") For example, there is a huge difference in the pacing between "What Time Is It There?" and "Moulin Rouge"(2001) which was apparently edited in a wood chipper. Yes, digital effects are neat toys but they are no substitute of the humanity of real actors. And it does not touch on the thorny subject of where a film is taken out of a director's hands and re-edited without his permission.[/font]
folks out there that dismiss older films, you may be surprised by your
favorite directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Steven
Spielberg and James Cameron praising the magnificence of silent films
and many classics. Without these classics and the skill involved in
making them, today's movies wouldn't be what they are. A brilliant and
informative documentary. It very thoroughly explores a movie art form
that is often not understood and certainly unappreciated. The editing
of a film is very instrumental in its success. However, not many people
[color=#ff00ff]I forgot that I never put the quotes up here from when [b]John Waters[/b] came to Full Sail. Dad came with me and we sat about ten feet away from him! He was so awesome, not freaky and weird like you'd think- just a chill, creative, cool guy. The kind of guy who my family would probably hang out with. He was honest and straightforward, and amusing as hell. I'll make sure to post that stuff soon. [/color]
And then the bad parts: too much Q. Tarantino (who should be used like a garnish rather than as a spice - the filmmakers use him here like a waiter with a pepper grinder who won't listen to you when you tell him to stop). Too little actual insight into the process of editing a scene (though there is some nice moments with a sequence from "Cold Mountain" that I wish had been expanded.) Too much pontificating on editing in broad terms rather than dealing specifically with certain films.
Overall, I'm glad I watched it - but this is not a great documentary.
NOTE: on Netflix streaming, this is rated PG. With the level of violence in some of the scenes that are shown and the number of F-bombs dropped (remember: Quentin should be a garnish!), this is probably closer to a R rating. You have been warned.
never underestimate the power of an editor.