We would like to welcome this week’s special guest speaker, David J. Parker.
Show contents, with start times:
- Good Bad Movie: Plan 9 From Outer Space (1:23)
- Trivia Question: Nobel Prize (21:25)
- Film Buff’s Dictionary: Match Cut (21:51)
- Top 6: Slow Movies That Are Still Compelling (26:13)
- Best of the Year: 1950-1959 (46:19)
- Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (61:22)
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Good Bad Movie: Plan 9 From Outer Space
Bela Lugosi stars in it, despite having died before filming began.
Trivia Question: Nobel Prize
Film Buff’s Dictionary: Match Cut
A match cut is a cut that joins two unrelated shots together in a way that makes them seem related. Often this means cutting between two moving objects with similar trajectories — famously, a spinning bone cuts to a spinning space station at the start of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — or between two objects with similar shapes, or between shots with similar composition.
The match cut is useful as an editing tool because it asks the audience to directly compare two images that may or may not have any direct narrative connection. Match cuts can also be used to cut between similar sounds, such as between a scream and a rumbling subway car.
Match cuts can also be smash cuts at the same time if their effect is to startle. The famous smash cut cliche of cutting between a knife about to enter flesh and a kitchen knife chopping meat is an example of a match cut and a smash cut, because both scenes are linked through visual and audio similarities.
Note that some of the example match cuts Sam describes are actually match dissolves, but we’ll save the difference between cuts and dissolves for next week.
Top 6: Slow Movies That Are Still Compelling
Best of the Year: 1950-1959
- Best Picture Oscar: The Greatest Show On Earth
- Sam’s Pick: Singin’ In the Rain
- Stephen’s Pick: Singin’ In the Rain
- We mention that the sequel to From Here To Eternity is The Thin Red Line (1998) (or, alternately The Thin Red Line (1964)) and there’s a third in the trilogy on the way. It’s not so much that these movies are intended to be linked together as that the books they are based on, by James Jones, are.