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Mash-Up Trailers

Posted by: Matthew Turner 03/04/2009 @ 15:11
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Films seen so far this year: 93
Films seen last week: The Haunting in Connecticut, Master and Commander, Mad Dog Morgan, Afghan Star, The Boat That Rocked, The World Unseen, Race to Witch Mountain, Cherry Blossoms, State of Play, Fast and Furious, Vinyan

The Noble Art of the Mash-up
Mash-up trailers (the act of combining or re-editing existing trailers to make something funny, clever or both) aren't exactly a new thing, but the advent of YouTube and simple editing software has seen a huge explosion in mash-up trailers of all kinds over the last few years. The first one that I ever saw is, to my mind, still one of the best – it's this brilliant re-imagining of The Shining as a romantic comedy / drama (“Meet Jack Torrance...”). Probably my second favourite is this one, a mash-up of Brokeback Mountain and Back to the Future (called, of course, Brokeback to the Future), which gives new meaning to the line “Hell, I'm in it with you and I don't even understand it!.” Then there are some that are just flat-out genius, such as this bizarre, hilarious and perfectly edited mash-up of original Star Trek and Monty Python and the Holy Grail - check out the lip-synching and the footwork noises. And finally, something that seems to be particularly big at the moment: giving films and TV shows 1980s-style credits sequences, such as this mash-up of Star Wars and Dallas. Frankly, it's scary how perfect this is. Which mash-up trailers are your favourites?

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Bruno
Earlier this week, it was reported that Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat follow-up Bruno was deemed “too gay” for the US censors and it received the dreaded NC-17 rating. This essentially means it will probably have to be recut for the US, because an NC-17 is basically the kiss of death, as many cinema chains refuse to play NC-17 films and several supermarket chains won't stock NC-17 DVDs. Having seen the frankly hilarious trailer (it was shown before a press screening of Fast and Furious, for which I think they've missed a trick by not calling it The 4st and the 4rious, but I digress), we can only hope that the UK receives the uncut version. It goes without saying that the trailer is very much Not Safe For Work, but there are plenty of Borat-style laughs here. I love the campfire discussion of 'Which Sex and the City character are you?' with the grumpy rednecks. I also love the inspired choice of Rossini's The Barber of Seville for the accompanying music. Bruno opens here July 10th.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two changes this week, with just Monsters vs Aliens and moving German drama Cherry Blossoms squeezing into the top ten. There are other good films released this week - such as Larry Charles and Bill Maher's Religulous or French farming documentary Modern Life - and they would have made the list, were it not for the excellent Wendy and Lucy and Anvil! The Story of Anvil still clinging to their second runs.

1. Watchmen
2. Wendy and Lucy
3. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
4. In The City of Sylvia
5. Slumdog Millionaire
6. The Class
7. The Damned United
8. Genova
9. Monsters vs Aliens
10. Cherry Blossoms

DVD of the Week: Easy Virtue (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Stephan Elliot's Easy Virtue, based on the play by Noel Coward. Jessica Biel stars as a 1920s race-car driver who ruffles some feathers when she moves into her new husband's (Ben
Barnes
) family home. The performances are terrific, with Biel delivering her best performance to date and fabulous support from Kristin Scott Thomas, Kris Marshall and newcomers Kimberley Nixon and Katherine Parkinson. Overall, this is an enjoyable British comedy with plenty of good laughs, a witty script and an amusingly quirky soundtrack to boot. The extras package is pretty good too, including a director's commentary, a lengthy gag reel, a handful of deleted scenes, a trailer, a photo gallery and a fifteen minute Making Of featurette. If you missed it at the cinema, this is well worth catching on DVD. Recommended.

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