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Every time the Academy Awards or MTV Movie Awards or whatever other awards show is still in existence splices together a short recap to encapsulate a director's career, video editors around the country stew in their large, comfy, office chairs and gnaw at their anti-carpal-tunnel wrist bracelets, knowing full well they could've done a better job. Well, one such editor, Joel Walden, has decided to actually put pen to paper (or mouse cursor to editing software, I guess) and create incredible career studies of his favorite directors that he calls The Works.
The latest one, uploaded last week, is a remix of Quentin Tarantino's career thus far. When you start realizing that Tarantino's entire career is essentially one giant remix of films he obsessed over during his film store clerk days, making this mini-short a remix of a remix, the whole thing gets a little meta, until reality begins to distort and slip away. And then you get distracted by, let's say, a bird or something, go back to your everyday life, and forget this whole thing ever happened. Looking at this Tarantino clip now, man, there sure is a whole lot of violence in his movies. Who knew!
Other directors that Walden — who's only twenty years old, according to his YouTube profile! — has tackled for your geeking-out pleasure include Stanley Kubrick, Sam Mendes, the Coens, Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick ... you know, the biggies. But since Paul Thomas Anderson is my favorite of the bunch, that's the one I'm embedding below:
Which reminds me: Time to watch Punch-Drunk Love again.