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So last night, I was out with friends and the mystery and legend that is Bill Murray came up. None to my surprise, this man is pretty much universally loved. And rightfully so! I can’t think of a movie he has been in that I hated (though there are a few that were meh and I like to forget exist). Off the top of my head, there are a about a half dozen movies he’s in that I love and are among my favorites. So keep doing what you are doing Bill and we will continue to pay tribute.

A karaoke classic sung by just about every awesome movie character you can think of.

Watching for the first time (of 20), I cheered for a few more random cameos including cartoon Batman and Professor Farnsworth. I must say, this masterfully crafted mash-up that took someone a very long time to piece together. According to the video description, Sir Mix-a-lots’ booty-shaking anthem is layered with clips from almost 300 movies.

Bonus cool: if you turn on the close captions you can see exactly what movie each clip is from.

Unlike many dedicated beer drinkers, I don’t have a bottle opener on my keychain (or my sandals) which on a hot day like today, often ends with a sever case of the ‘Bottle Cap Blues’. If only I knew some cool tricks that I could use to open bottles? This video features some of the best (and worst) ideas for popping a cold one when you find yourself stranded without a key (or just want to look cool). Personally, I’m just going to ask that hipster two palm trees to the left with a six pack of local brew on his blanket.

Yep, another Wednesday means another TED talk from Barrett; sun follows moon follows sun ad infinitum. But much like how today is an anomalous day whose existence doesn’t make any sense, today’s TED talk is a perfect storm of awesomeness that only comes around very often.

My love of TED talks is well documented on this site. As is my love of Mashups and the ethos behind mashup culture in general. What’s a bit less well-known (unless we know each other personally) is my love of the ALIEN franchise. Since this isn’t film school I won’t go into the reasonings behind that (Confined/Claustrophobic filmmaking as a source of constant unease and tension! Parallels with childbirth and motherhood coupled with disturbing sexual imagery!) but suffice to say that a good way to kill an hour or four is to buy me a beer and ask “Barrett, tell me what ALIEN is really about.”

So why is today special? Because today we get a mashup of TED and ALIEN. More specifically, today we get a TED talk from 2023 as imagined by ALIEN director Ridley Scott, in support of his forthcoming film PROMETHEUS, supposedly set in the ALIEN universe. I don’t even care that it’s viral marketing; it’s well made, well acted, fully supported and promoted by TED itself (How did they pull THAT one off Funny you should ask…) and it represents one of my favorite directors of all time returning to a franchise he launched. I honestly cannot think of a more awesome video to post today.

It’s fairly well established by now that we’re suckers for any video that uses movie clips in a clever way. And this musical mashup does just that!

Created by Matthijs Vlot (who’s web servers have died due to the popularity), this video clip art of famous movie moments embraces the emotions of both the films each clip is pulled from and the crooner of a love song they compose. Quite impressive!

(Warning: You will most definitely catch yourself humming this song at inappropriate times for the rest of the day. Yet another reason why the Internet makes life interesting…)

I feel I’ve made my love of mashups and remixes abundantly clear by this point, so it should come as no surprise that this week’s post remixes, art, sci-fi, movies, and a healthy dose of the surreal. But here’s another secret: I really love the movie A.I. – I know, I’m maybe the only one, but there’s something about that film that really hit he hard. The questions about the veracity of simulated and/or scripted responses to external stimuli, the inhumanity of humanity, the idea that our evolutionary successors might not be biological but technological – all of these were fascinating ideas to me, and have stuck in my mind every since.

So I’m excited that Pogo, one of the more innovative video remix musicians in the genre, decided to take on the film with a beautiful piece called Davyd. Whether or not you enjoyed the film, there’s a lot worth experiencing here. Pogo really captures a lot of the sweeter aspects of the film, preferring to utilize sounds from the first and third acts almost exclusively, while excluding the darker second act almost entirely.

This is one video best enjoyed via headphones. There’s just so much nuance and musical composition that really comes through with a more isolated soundscape. Either way, it’s a creative new spin on a familiar work of art, and I’m glad to have experienced it.

I bumped into this epic music mashup last week and decided to hold on to it for today. Why? Because I love it. There is something about the Shaft theme that some how makes the Imperial March more menacing in a “oh no you didn’t” sort of way.

The track was recorded live on a APC40 by Chris Evans-Roberts then layered with matching video in Adobe Premiere. If you find yourself as addicted to this funktastic mashup as I am, ‘don’t hold back’ and download the song for free here.