We've seen some incredible mash-up's of Bruno Mars outrageously catchy song 'Uptown Funk' (can we say Dark Lord Funk anyone...) since its release. But we have to admit there's a new kid on the block who is rightfully stealing its thunder in the form of Youtuber DonDraperSaysWhat.
The technologically gifted fellow has managed to cut together over 280 movies in his own unique version of the song, one that simply oozes cool. While all the clips are good, and the effort itself is a thing of unparalleled beauty, some of the characters and lines are more notable than others, namely a very humourous appearance from Robert Downey Jr.'s Tropic Thunder (2008) character, Kirk Lazarus. Don't believe me? Just watch!
We can't believe it, but today officially marks the one year anniversary of Marvel's surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Boy how time flies. Whilst the studio expected good things out of the film, they couldn't possibly foresee the massive critical acclaim, box-office domination, and international popularity that ensued. And at this one year mark, it seems no-one could be prouder of the films success than James Gunn, the director of the misfit space mob. And to show his gratitude Gunn has pennede a letter to the fans, posting it to his Facebook page earlier today.
What's so beautiful about the effort, and by Gunn in particular, is that he truly, honestly, and unequivocally cares about the fans and understands that there would be no point to movies without them. All the storytelling and special effects in the world mean nothing if you can't connect to the audience. And that is exactly what Gunn did with Guardians of the Galaxy, never making us just spectators, but rather implicit participators in everything that went down. So as we reminisce this year, and keep our fingers crossed for the same level of wonder from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), which will hit theatres May 5th, 2017, let us all remember that we are all, really, truly, and honestly, Groot. You can check out the letter below.
"One year ago today, Guardians of the Galaxy opened up in the U.S. and many places around the world. The movie massively over-performed that weekend, even by our own expectations, but what meant more to me is how much so many of you, no matter where you were from, took the story and the characters into your hearts. What meant more to me is that "We are Groot" became a rallying cry for unity among friends and families. What meant more to me is that you laughed at the dumb stuff I thought you'd miss, like "Cap'n's gotta teach stuff" and "I was thinking of something else." What meant more to me is that in our tenth week we were out-performing any comic book film in recent history - not because of the money, but because people were going back to see the film a second, third, fourth, fifth time, or more, because they loved it. What mattered to me is that after a lifetime of telling stories and half a lifetime making movies, I felt like you and I, filmmaker and audience, were at the same place at the same time.
It mattered to me mostly because I told a story fully with my heart, and you took it into yours. I don't think I can ever explain how much that means to me. It makes every failure I've ever had well worth it. I get a lot of messages from people saying, "You made me believe in movies again." Well, you guys made me believe that what I spent my life doing was worth doing. And you strengthened my belief that nothing's worth doing, if it's not done honestly, and it's not done with love. On this, the one year anniversary of the cinematic Guardians entering our solar system: thank you, thank you, thank you.
We really are, truly, honestly Groot.
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