Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

May 30th, 2014

From Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:

Harry and Ron stood before the Mirror of Erised. "My God," Ron said. "Harry, it's your dead parents."

Harry's eyes flicked momentarily over to the mirror. "So it is. This information is neither useful nor productive. Let us leave at once, to assist Hagrid in his noble enterprise of raising as many dragon eggs as he sees fit, in spite of our country's unjust dragon-trading restrictions."

"But it's your parents, Harry," Ron said. Ron never really got it.

Harry sighed. "The fundamental standard for all relationships is the trader principle, Ron."

"I don't understand," Ron said.

"Of course you don't," said Harry affectionately. "This principle holds that we should interact with people on the basis of the values we can trade with them – values of all sorts, including common interests in art, sports or music, similar philosophical outlooks, political beliefs, sense of life, and more. Dead people have no value according to the trader principle."

"But they gave birth to y–"

"I made myself, Ron," Harry said firmly.

Wait until you get to the line at the very end about Hermione. Classic.

[Via kottke.org]

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David Lynch's Return of the Jedi

May 20th, 2014

David Lynch's Return of the Jedi:

Had he agreed to direct ROTJ I don't think there's any chance whatsoever that Lynch would have got to give the conclusion of the Original Trilogy a properly Lynchian feel. But it's fun to imagine, isn't it…

Even better, imagine the path Lynch's career could have taken if he'd been credited with directing a bona fide blockbuster and he'd had his pick of mainstream Hollywood's hottest projects. Can you imagine David Lynch's Titanic? David Lynch's Fight Club?

Then again, that path might not have led Lynch to Twin Peaks, and that's too high a price to pay.1

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  1. Sorry Dave, back to total creative freedom on lowish budgets and critical respect you go.

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Christopher Walken Dance Now

March 22nd, 2014

Christopher Walken Dance Now: a neat concept, greatly enhanced by some sharp editing…

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Carrie meets Cinderella

October 20th, 2013

Combining footage from Disney's Cinderella with the soundtrack from a trailer for the Carrie remake gets you this creepy little number:

I know the remake has been receiving mixed reviews in the USA, but I'm still sufficiently intrigued to see how it measures up to the original that I'll probably catch it when it opens in the UK.

[Via MetaFilter]

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Make some noise!

August 25th, 2013

Mike Relm: The Cornetto Megamix

If you listen to the first thirty seconds or so and find yourself thinking that it's not that great, stick with it; it takes off from around the 45 second mark, and gets downright amazing once Blue Monday gets a mention.

[Via The Onion AV Club]

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I Knew You Were Tribbles (When You Dropped In)

March 9th, 2013

Taylor Swift meets TOS:

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Call Me A Hole

March 5th, 2013

It turns out that combining Nine Inch Nails and Carly Rae Jepsen gives a really strange result.

I honestly can't make my mind up whether this is epic or embarrassing, or possibly just a little from Column A and a little from Column B.

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Hit By A Bus

February 22nd, 2013

Hit By A Bus* – The Supercut is mesmerising.

I was surprised at how many of these I knew – and about how frequently it happened to characters in Lost.

Also, so good to see Buffy in there; helpfully warning Glory just a tad too late to actually help.

[Via The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the Twenty-First Centurty, via Chuq Snarks]

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What's That Blue Thing Doing Here?

November 2nd, 2012

They Might Be Giants' Fingertips meets Star Wars

and Buffy

So, so good.

[Via MetaFilter]

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Ms. Attribution

August 20th, 2012

Ms. Attribution has all sorts of fun melding history and pop culture:

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu (544-496 BCE)

Or possibly Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley. I'm always getting them mixed up.

[Via MetaFilter]

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Sounds of Aronofsky

May 16th, 2012

Sounds of Aronofsky. Nice work.

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Walt Disney's Taxi Driver

May 11th, 2012

Walt Disney's Taxi Driver. Watch it soon, before it catches the attention of the lawyers whose clients either don't know or don't care about Fair Use.

[Via Waxy.org/links]

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Pathetic

April 9th, 2012

For some strange reason, reading this list of the five most pathetic female film characters of all time prompted me to watch Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed again.1

  1. I know I've linked to that video before, but it really can't be linked to too often. I really must rewatch Buffy some time soon.

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But not Douglas Quaid

January 17th, 2012

Marty McFly, Bruce Lee, Morpheus and Lt. Frank Drebin (and a few others) are all channeling Lionel Richie: they want to say Hello.

[Via feeling listless]

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Filmography 2011

December 15th, 2011

Filmography 2011 is a terrific montage of big moments from the films of 2011.1

  1. Albeit one that serves as a stark reminder of just how little time I've spent inside a cinema this year. Unlike Stu, who appears to have more than compensated for his retreat from the big screen by way of his LOVEFiLM subscription, I'm afraid I'm just getting lazy in my old age. I dread to think how many films I have queued up on my DVR, forlornly waiting for me to give them a couple of hours of my time…

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Walt Disney's Sin City

October 22nd, 2011

Walt Disney's Sin City: the best trailer mashup I've seen in ages.

[Via Alyssa Rosenberg]

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The mashup as film criticism

July 11th, 2011

George C Scott watches the Jack and Jill trailer‏.

[Via Scanners]

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Dougal and The Wicker Man

June 9th, 2011

Dougal and The Wicker Man might just be the most British1 mashup video I've seen in a long time. And possibly the weirdest.

Just be sure to watch until 3 minutes in, when it goes from amusing to downright inspired.

[Via Word Magazine's 'Something For the Weekend' Newsletter # 170]

  1. Yes, I know about Serge Danot's role in the original version, but I choose to regard this as a mashup of the Eric Thompson version of the series.

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@Peanutweeter

June 8th, 2011

@Peanutweeter matches images from Peanuts cartoons with text from tweets.

It's sometimes quite funny, but I'm not sure how long it'll last before the estate of Charles M Schulz send a cease-and-desist notice, so if it sounds like something you'd enjoy you might want to follow that link sooner rather than later.

[Via Pop Loser]

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Definitive Daft Punk visualised

May 15th, 2011

Anatomy of a Mashup.

[Via Girl Walk // All Day]

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