Look and Listen

Here are two awesome videos and one radical audio file.

I linked to Ivan Guerrero's Gone With the Wind with Vampires mashup six months ago, and praised his "premakes" trailers as well. But I've neglected to keep up with his work. My friend Stefan Blitz, proprietor of Forces of Geek, keeps up with dad-gum near everything, however, so when I'm able to peruse that site I find gems like Guererro's trailer for The Avengers (1952).

Marvel Comics' The Avengers, soon to be a for-reals major motion picture, didn't hit the racks until 1963, of course. Save for Captain America, who debuted in 1941, none of its members came along until at least a decade after the purported date of this "premake" — which is the whole fun of it. Everything beyond shots from Republic Pictures' actual 1944 Captain America serial (which bore very little resemblance to the four-color version) is totally re-contextualized by Guerrero, much of it so brilliantly you want to dance. And even if you think you spotted every reference there was to spot, you should watch the annotated version with notes from the auteur.

The above is just a screen-grab graphic; I still don't embed playable media on the blog. I'm also not about to post a picture of Justin Bieber, though, and I wanted some kind of graphic.

I've heard — or at least I would recognize — only one song of Bieber's, namely "Baby". The kid may have a decent voice, slick dance moves, and a laudable work ethic, but the lyrics "I'm like, Baby Baby Baby, oh" turn me into a judgmental old man mighty fast; I mean, at least "She loves you / Yeah yeah yeah" offers a subject, predicate, and object before its exclamations. However, I am currently listening to an absolutely beautiful Justin Bieber song called "U Smile" — 800% slower than it was recorded, thanks to producer/songwriter Nick Pittsinger, a.k.a. Shamantis. While I have no idea what "U Smile" sounds like at normal speed, in this incarnation it's like a great film soundtrack that only sometimes betrays Bieber's vocal pitchiness (and this is coming from someone who's not a particular fan of "ambient music") . You can hear it for yourself at the link if you haven't already; it's apparently gone pretty viral.

I'm laughing just thinking about Jenny Slate's character from the car-horn commercial on Saturday Night Live. But that's just happy collateral from my discovery, via the barrage of clickable material in Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog, of Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. Slate voiced the title character and co-wrote the short-short film with director Dean Fleischer-Camp.


JW said...

I remember the 1998 Avengers movie when they wouldn't allow critics to see it early because... well you probably know why! It wasn't very good! Actually, I didn't think it was that bad. As for Bieber, he is that bad.

vw: incell - wait.. it's too close to another word I don't even want to make fun of.

Blam said...

Y'know, I couldn't for the life of me figure out what Avengers movie you meant — and then it finally hit me. The 1998 film was based on the British ITV series of that name, which had nothing to do with the Marvel comics. Diana Rigg as Emma Peel from that show does appear in this video as The Black Widow, which aside from the Avengers/Avengers in-joke is a rather full-circle homage since the later, better-known costume used by Marvel's Black Widow, alias Natasha Romanova (or "Natalie Rushman" in the Iron Man sequel), was based on the catsuit worn by Mrs. Peel.

JW said...

Ah well, I'm glad we got that cleared up! As you probably have guessed, I haven't read the comic.