Top 5 Long Takes

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Anderson and Bryan discuss films that ditch the editing room as they go through the TOP 5 LONG TAKES.  From ‘action’ to ‘cut,’ these scenes were all created without stopping the camera.

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Click here for a list of films discussed in this episode.



23 thoughts on “Top 5 Long Takes

  1. Drunk’n bar fight scene near the beginning of Das Boot….fantastic long scene


    Posted by Derek Mouton | April 8, 2013, 3:16 PM
  2. So…How does Bryan host a movie podcast and not know who Mia Wasikowska is?
    Love you Bry-Bry but come on, dude!!


    Posted by killingjoke@aol.com | March 29, 2013, 4:30 PM
  3. Guys, have you watched Johnny To’s Breaking News opening scene? It’s phenomenal!


    Posted by Omar C. | March 29, 2013, 10:56 AM
  4. What is that music bed platying while Bryan reads the Amazon purchases?


    Posted by juanimador | March 28, 2013, 10:55 AM
  5. Like the movie Rope, another enjoyable single take suspense film was Silent House with Elizabeth Olsen. I thought it was pretty good as well.


    Posted by moviejunkie | March 25, 2013, 7:39 AM
  6. Opening scene of JCVD is an excellent long take. Solid movie.


    Posted by John cash | March 24, 2013, 6:53 PM
  7. Anderson’s Egregious Error of the Week: Atonement, Dunkirk, World War … I? Amazing.


    Posted by Justin | March 23, 2013, 1:58 PM
    • Yeah, that was incorrect. Though, to be fair, he’s hardly the first person to make that particular error.

      Also, didn’t Anderson say that Bruce Willis would come up again during the podcast after he was initially mentioned during the Pulp Fiction discussion? He wasn’t brought up again, was he?


      Posted by Chester | March 24, 2013, 12:17 AM
    • As soon as he said World War I, I screamed, “Anderson’s Egregious Error of the week!” It’s World War II buddy


      Posted by Bryan | March 24, 2013, 11:16 AM
      • To be fair to Anderson (yes, it hurts) in the first part of the film, it looks very turn of the century. The only car that approaches the estate is very old, a 19-teens open top coupe. Although, if you are a crazy history buff, you’d notice that the house in the opening half of the film is fully electrified, which would have been massively rare in 1913-4-5.

        The London scenes are very hard to place, and we don’t get a clear indication until the Frogs enter the barn and remind the Brits that the Germans have invaded France, “Again.”

        Still, this is easily as egregious an error as that “There Will Be Blood” bullshit.


        Posted by jtimes3 | March 28, 2013, 1:11 AM
  8. Hell yeah-Tony Jaa is so bad ass. Ong Bak is fucking awesome.


    Posted by That Man | March 23, 2013, 3:53 AM
  9. I first saw the Children of Men scene to which Anderson referred in a film school class. I think that the professor even stated that there is a very clever cut at exactly the point that Anderson mentioned.
    At first I loved that scene. Then I noticed that Julianne Moore’s character stares at the fucking gun for three or so seconds. Excuse me? Wouldn’t you duck and/or try to shield your face or something? It just looks totally fake, at least from that standpoint.

    To one of the previous posters who didn’t understand a lot of elements of that movie, neither did I. Then I read comments from people on The Children of Men imdb board in which they outright state (without being assholes– and even admitting that *they* didn’t/wouldn’t know what the hell was happening) that if you don’t read the book on which it’s based then you have no clue what is happening. In other words, it’s extremely lacking. Like 2001: Space Odyssey, if I NEED to gather key details from the book then the movie is really lacking.


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | March 22, 2013, 11:22 PM
  10. Pretty sure that scene in The Protector was guest directed by Tarantino.


    Posted by erictheded | March 22, 2013, 5:55 PM
  11. I felt like I was taking crazy pills while listening to this episode. Bryan, you’re wondering where you saw the scene from The Protector? I linked to it in the comments section of a little known podcast called The Film Vault.


    Posted by Kevin | March 22, 2013, 5:34 PM
    • I made a comment on that original post you made linking this scene. I was stoked to hear Anderson include it on this list. Like I said back then, it is one of the greatest scenes I have ever seen. I was thinking of the crazy amount of work that would have to be done between takes, and Anderson did a great job researching that stuff. I end up agreeing with Anderson more often than not, and this episode confirmed to me why I like the guy. Also, the Atonement scene IS the best choose for #1 on this list.


      Posted by Dominic | March 22, 2013, 8:01 PM
  12. The Berlin File playing at the CGV theater in koreatown is worth going to see if you are looking. good action, beautiful shots and an unorthodox gunfight.


    Posted by johnny queso | March 22, 2013, 4:21 PM
  13. You guys keep bringing up Children of Men. I agree with you the long take scenes are fantastic. The scene I associate with that movie is when they are trying to escape the commune and the car keeps breaking down. I was totally engrossed and scared for the characters. A lot of the movie was well directed. The rest of the movie (including Caine) was terrible. My biggest problem was with the story. If the human race was ending, people own suicide packs, and everyone is following the youngest person in the world, why, why, why would any energy be still put into immigration laws. Could there be anything more arcane than patriotism when the human race is about to be extinct? And they are killing more people because of it!? The world they created didn’t make any sense in the context of the story, if the wise old hippy had given two minutes to explain that very crucial aspect of their world, it probably would have been ten times better.


    Posted by Marc | March 22, 2013, 1:16 PM
  14. Anderson,
    How dare you spoil a movie that I probably wasn’t going to watch anyway. Shame on you, sir!


    Posted by Scott in NC | March 22, 2013, 11:20 AM
  15. To help solve your problem Spring Breakers was limited release last week and is wide release this week, so it is listed under Box Office and Opening on Rotten Tomatoes


    Posted by Jacob | March 22, 2013, 1:44 AM

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