Okay, so I loved (read: LOVED!!) The Avengers. I saw it twice in theaters and am honestly a little shocked the Blu-ray isn’t currently playing on my TV. With that said, I can absolutely laugh along as Screen Junkies takes the piss out of the film with their latest edition of Honest Trailers.
It shouldn’t need to be stated by this point, but MASSIVE SPOILERS ABOUND, so if you have any plans on seeing the film and somehow don’t already know every major plot point, don’t watch the above video. If you’ve already seen it, then regardless of whether or not you liked, loved, or hated it, there are some serious out-loud laughs contained within.
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.
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.
The Rocketeer 20th anniversary from John Banana on Vimeo.
I saw The Rocketeer at a drive-in theater with my mom and my little brother when I was ten. It was the only place in Sacramento still showing it, and even though the picture was…well, shitty, and the sound came out of a single speaker hung from the driver’s side window, I loved it. I loved every second of it not because the art design was spot-on perfect, or the costumes would go on to influence a lifetime of steampunk cosplayers, or because it was a love letter to early sci-fi – all of those appreciations came from later viewings by an older Barrett.
I loved it because he could fly. With a jetpack. And I wanted to be him.
20 years later, I don’t know how or why (and frankly don’t care) but France’s Digital Banana has reinvigotated and rekindled that joy with a fanfilm that’s equal parts Rocketeer, Looney Toons, and Pixar. It’s different from the film, but because it comes from a more reverent, more nostalgic place. The true test though, is that like all things awesome, it leaves me wanting more.
So to whomever requires my prayers/phone calls/favors/money, please give me more of this. Because I will watch every moment of it.
Because he can fly. With a jetpack.
And I want to be him.