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Watch: PERFECT PIKACHU (Mashup of "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" and "Perfect")

On Tuesday May 7th, Warner Bros. and Ryan Reynoldstrolled the Internet by pretending to upload the entire Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie to YouTube, a couple of days before its theatrical release. As I type this, the YouTube video -- which actually shows Pikachu working out to some 80s jazzercise music -- has 1,441,931 views and counting. It's a clever marketing ploy, feeding right into the piracy culture of the interwebs and poking fun at the rick-rolling clickbait urgency. 
Within moments of watching this rick-roll video, I recalled the 1985 romance-fitness club-meet cute that is Perfect, starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis. Then the idea clicked to replace Curtis with Pikachu and...well...you can just watch for yourself...

#InformedImages: “There Will Be Blood” and “Narcos: Mexico”

#InformedImages is a Free Cinema Now series that studies and brings to light influential films and other examples of moving images that informed and inspired specific visuals in later works.

I remember the exact the moment it clicked together for me. It was about half an hour into episode 2 (directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka) of Narcos: Mexico on Netflix. The camera crept across the dry, desert landscape toward a hole in the ground, where Rafael Caro Quintero (a.k.a. Rafa, played by Tenoch Huerta Mejía) was digging furiously, in an attempt create a makeshift aqueduct to help grow his field of marijuana. It recalled images from the earlier sections of Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece There Will Be Blood, when Daniel Plainview (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) was digging for oil underneath the rocky ground. Then, as I continued to watch Narcos: Mexico, a more striking visual parallel to There Will Be Blood began to emerge. For example, as Rafa and his boss Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (…

Watch: THE MASTER JOKER (Trailer mashup of THE MASTER and JOKER)

At the end of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 drama The Master, the protagonist -- or antihero? -- Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), an alcoholic and violent WWII vet who spent most of the film's running time butting heads with his post-war environment, almost seemed to be at ease finally.

With the first teaser trailer for Todd Phillips' Joker (also starring Phoenix) dropping online today, I couldn't help but draw a new cinematic connection. What my latest mashup trailer suggests is that since the 1950s, Freddie has grown into a new person...Arthur Fleck (a.k.a The Joker) in the 1970s!

Take a look and put on a happy face.

Watch: A Whole New IT (2019 ALADDIN Mashup Trailer)

2019 is proving to be "a whole new world" indeed! This past Sunday night, during a commercial break for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Disney dropped a surprise TV spot of their upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin. It gave us our first look at Will Smith as the Genie, a role made legendary by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated feature.

While it's unfair (and definitely too early) to say whether the film -- or Smith's complete performance -- will be a massive failure, it is fair to say that the visual effects rendering of Smith as the larger-than-life blue Genie is anything but impressive. In fact, it's a downright frightening creation. It's crude and looks like a movie meme brought to life.

After watching this new TV spot several times, I began to draw movie connections and then reimagined Aladdin's Cave of Wonders as Pennywise the Clown's lair in the 2017 remake of It.

In short, Will Smith's Genie gave me more goosebumps than the cl…

Finally, The 60 Best Films Of 2018

Don't @ me.

Hereditary Directed by Ari AsterShoplifters Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda BLACKkKLANSMAN Directed by Spike LeeThree Identical Strangers Directed by Tim WardleFirst Reformed Directed by Paul SchraderCapernaum Directed by Nadine LabakiDid You Wonder Who Fired The Gun? Directed by Travis Wilkerson24 Frames Directed by Abbas KiarostamiThe Rider Directed by Chloé Zhao Annihilation Directed by Alex GarlandHappy As Lazzaro Directed by Alice RohrwacherYou Were Never Really Here Directed by Lynne RamsaySpider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman Widows Directed by Steve McQueenDon’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot Directed by Gus Van SantMission: Impossible - Fallout Directed by Christopher McQuarrieWhite Boy Rick Directed by Yann DemangeWildlife Directed by Paul DanoUnsane Directed by Steven SoderberghRoma Directed by Alfonso Cuarón Blaze Directed by Ethan HawkeIf Beale Street Could Talk Directed by Barry JenkinsÚltimos Días En La…