Trailer Mashup

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Trailer mashups are a beautiful diversion. On the surface they’re frivolous, but they also manage to re-contextualize the familiar and shine a blinding bulb on thematic similarities. You might get fired for watching them all day (come on, Mr. Danforth!), but there’s a deep power in connecting two seemingly incongruous films or accentuating the copycat nature of tentpoles. There’s a wacky romance to be found in Gravity, a steampunk spectacle in an animated world, adorable Pixar revenge and much more to be discovered. If you watch all of this year’s best, you’ll be overwhelmed with the patterns — not just in the plotting, but also in trailer construction. There’s a bit less Brrrrrwwaaaaaaam this time around, but the hero’s journey is still thriving alongside the explosions. You’ll also notice that pretty much no one makes trailers for Stories We Tell or 12 Years a Slave. Blockbusters are the key targets, and mixing them up with animation and nostalgia seems to be more popular than ever. Oh, and Wall-E. Trailer mashup artists love that damned thing. We like to have fun with trailers here at FSR. Even if we over-think them, hopefully you’ll find something to ponder with our favorites of 2013. Or maybe you’ll just laugh a lot before Mr. Danforth fires you. The guy is ruthless. I think his marriage is on the rocks or something. At any rate, and without further ado: Brrrrrwwaaaaaaam.

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Jane Got a Gun from Malick

The Jane Got a Gun production has been a wild ride. After losing director Lynne Ramsay just before shooting started they pulled in Gavin O’Connor with the quickness, but the Natalie Portman-starring film was in limbo for at least a weekend. So, our old friend Sleepy Skunk put together a mashup of what the movie might look like if Terrence Malick, Wes Anderson or J.J. Abrams replaced Ramsay — but not before the production managed to lose Jude Law, throwing even this video into question. It’s really hard to keep up with this one. Nevertheless, sit back and enjoy playing What If with us, will you?

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We don’t post a lot of wacky videos here at FSR, but this one holds a bit more cultural conversational water than the average mash-up. Sure, it’s fun to see ALF done to the Inception score (or even people brushing their teeth to the Inception score (that thing is epic)), but this blending of two worlds displays instantly how much a beloved comic strip and a beloved cult movie have in common thematically. It’s a great little video that happens to do the work of a thousand word essay on the subject, and the correlation between “Calvin and Hobbes” and Fight Club should be self-evident to fans of both. To those who aren’t fans of both, maybe stay away for fear of spoilers:

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Fans of the 1947 erotic thriller Black Narcissus will definitely approve of this glorious trailer featuring scenes from the original blended perfectly with a remix of “Mind Heist” from the Inception trailer. Somehow, the modern soundtrack works brilliantly to slap your face right when a nun is looking her most dramatic. Plus, like any good trailer should, it makes you want to watch the film immediately – especially if you’ve been aching to see some hot nuns lately anyway. And who hasn’t? The beauty of this cannot be described. It must be watched:

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The year is about over. And while we’re on the cusp of laying down our epic Year in Review, we thought we’d start you off with something easy — a gigantic montage.

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Quantum of Solace

In honor of the release of James Bond’s 22nd adventure, Quantum of Solace, hitting theaters tomorrow, fans all over have been re-cutting and mashing up the film’s trailer with various other films. This one mixes Bond’s latest with Pixar’s The Incredibles.

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Officially Cool

Why not take two of 2007′s best films and infuse them together to make one great super-badass trailer?

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Officially Cool

There has been some trailer mashups hitting the web since the debut of the Watchmen trailer. Here is one that fans of The Dark Knight can enjoy.

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This new look at The Dark Knight will certainly put a smile on your face…

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