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Dede Allen: The Final Cut (2004)

We wrap up our month of Dede Allen with a bit of a flop, and for that Jon apologizes. We’re talking The Final Cut, starring Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, and Mira Sorvino. You would think based off the talent alone that we were in for a treat, but you would be mistaken. The movie is more interested in raising questions than answering them, and after awhile it becomes painfully tedious. Production design is sound, and of course Dede Allen edits the hell out of it.

Bryan and Chewie also discuss 1991’s The Adams Family, which ended up being way more entertaining and featured some really fun editing.


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Dede Allen: The Wiz (1978)

This week in our Dede Allen retrospective we take a sharp left turn from the tense crime dramas of Bonnie and Clyde and Dog Day Afternoon to the leisurely paced stage musical adaptation of The Wiz. It’s quite the shift and the results are…mixed. There’s a lot to like here, from the imaginative sets, to the strong choreography and impressive musical numbers. There’s also a lot that has us scratching our heads like the rough lighting and that unbearably slow dance number in the middle just before meeting the Wiz. Join us as we attempt to unpack what worked and what didn’t for us and enjoy a wholly unique and compelling take on The Wizard of Oz.


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Dede Allen: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Our month of Dede Allen continues as we dive into the film that earned her an Oscar nomination for her powerful editing – Dog Day Afternoon. There are so many amazing things about this film, from Sidney Lumet’s masterful direction to Al Pacino’s intense performance, but it’s Allen’s pacing that really shines here for us. She takes a movie with relatively low action and raises the stakes by cutting at just the right time, or in some cases not cutting at all. With so many stand out moments, it was tough to pick a favorite.

Jon also had the chance to check out The Missouri Breaks, which caps off this series of movies about criminals nicely, although when the film came out no one was having it. But check it, the film stars Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando (rocking an Irish accent like whoa), Randy Quaid, Harry Dean Stanton, and features music by John Williams.

Finally, we discuss some fun movies to pair this with and Chewie blows our minds with a startling revelation.


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Dede Allen: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

This month we shift gears from the wacky antics of Joe Dante to the potent editing prowess of Dede Allen, and what better way to do this than with the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, a masterpiece of editing and style that takes its cues from the French New Wave and gives us a sharp and energetic look at the famous duo. Beatty and Dunaway are absolutely iconic and are joined by a fun ensemble including a young Gene Hackman and a young Gene Wilder.

Friends, we’re in for a treat this coming month!


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