Friday, January 22, 2016

Favorite Videos of 2015: Day 22: Wes Anderson's The Shining

I tried so hard. And got so far.
...And whatever the rest of that wretched song says. If it's yesterday's article you were looking for, I've got all the bases covered.
Today's video is Wes Anderson's The Shining by Steve Ramsden whom, with all respect, will probably never have his name appear elsewhere on this blog.

Admittedly, I am a massive Wes Anderson fanboy. Also, admittedly we are in no short supply of so-called "Wes Anderson supercuts", as illustrated by this flawless Vimeo video, but when people go beyond his basic principles of cinematography into something divine and perfect, it's easy to forget how frequently it tends to be overplayed.
In this instance, the master The Grand Budapest Hotel is intertwined with Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, forging a distinctly Andersonian (?) horror film. The beauty comes in how perfectly each clip flows into one another and how perfectly edited they are, such as a doorframe serving to fuse two separate scenes into one long-take.
The highlight is unarguably the list of actors, a distinct highlight of Wes Anderon's trailers with each name assigned a unique clip, each one as important as the next. The best part is that all the clips from The Shining pushed in actually go along amazingly well, each capturing those one-second highlights with finesse.
It really gets you thinking about how well a Wes Anderson horror film would go, though if this is anything to base that assumption off of, it would be masterful.

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