We are reaching the end of 2012, and it's been another interesting year of movies. There are still quite a few I haven't seen myself that I would like to before the year is over, but if you've been wondering what you might have missed so far this year, there is a terrific mashup that has been making the rounds that takes clips from the trailers of films from 2012 edited together in a way that actually provides some extended meaning. Check out the video below:
The creator, The Sleepy Skunk, had an idea behind each part of the mashup that connects them together:
PRIMA PARTE - The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: Pruitt-Igoe was a large urban housing project that became infamous for symbolizing the shattered dreams of many and was subject to a great documentary this year. By the late 1960's, it had gone from a promise of a better future for thousands of families to a place of desolation, poverty and crime. Not unlike the fate of its inhabitants, many characters in this year's motion pictures have had to endure a vision of the future that demanded for their hopes to make room for despair. From the Orwellian districts of The Hunger Games to the corporate conspiracies of Branded and the highly-controlled buildings of The Raid and Dredd 3D, dystopia certainly made its comeback this year.
SECONDA PARTE - Tick Tick Boom: A song that has been attempted in online movie mashups countless times. I always wanted to take a crack at it and celebrate every note of explosive silliness that transpire through this epic hit from The Hives. The inspiration I got from Tick Tick Boom wasn't that it clearly promotes balls-out action all over the walls but that it does it with a sense of self-awareness and light parody. This is precisely the tone that we've found in offerings such as Battleship, The Expendables 2, and (last but not least) Joss Whedon's The Avengers. These movies all know they're silly but rather than convincing us of the contrary, they decide to embrace it and focus on giving us what we crave: great walls of fire erupting everywhere and heroes who can't bother to look at them.
PARTE FINALE - Everything is Connected: My third segment was an attempt to explore what can only described in Hollywood as the merger of mainstream blockbusters and small independent films. Now more than ever, young and emerging filmmakers have the affordable technology in their post-production to make their shoestring-budgeted features feel as visually striking as a major studio production. On the other side of the coin, the big studios are increasing financing on their Oscar hopefuls and make sure to spare no expense in order to make a resourceful production look as indie as possible. I tried to blend the little movies, the big ones, and put my emphasis on those who happen to be one but pretending to be the other.
This is the same user who also edited together all of the Spiderman footage before The Amazing Spiderman came out over the summer. He took a number of different sources of footage, and was actually able to construct a version of the movie -- proving that trailers and promotional material can reveal far too much about a movie's plot, and leave little to the imagination about what might actually happen in a film.
If you're curious about which movies are actually in the mashup above, there is a full list over at The Sleepy Skunk's Tumblr site. I've seen a bunch of the movies on the list, but there are quite a few that I haven't yet seen, and some I haven't heard of. It will certainly be interesting to see some of the year-end best lists, as this was another great year in movies.
What were some of your favorite movies from this year? How many of the movies on the full list have you seen?