Requiem for Ferris Bueller
June 20, 2008 11:52 AM   Subscribe

I can't wait until that comes out! It looks very exciting.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 12:00 PM on June 20, 2008

Downside: No shots at the end of Mia Sara oiling up a two-headed dildo in a room full of sweaty old men. Upside: no severed limbs either.

Music sure is important in film.
posted by rokusan at 12:00 PM on June 20, 2008 [1 favorite]

Might be the most worthy SLYT I've seen.
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:00 PM on June 20, 2008

Ferris Bueller, you're an hero.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:03 PM on June 20, 2008 [1 favorite]

I watched this yesterday, before it was cool, and it is awesomely awesome.
posted by Science! at 12:05 PM on June 20, 2008

That actually got better and better.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 12:07 PM on June 20, 2008

Save Ferris!
posted by never used baby shoes at 12:07 PM on June 20, 2008

Not perfect, but extremely awesome. Remixed movie trailers, I can't quit you.
posted by GuyZero at 12:09 PM on June 20, 2008

Totally. I kind of feel less is more, and they could have done it in about half the time (the restart of the music kind of made me twitch), but how can you deny an additional two minutes of John Hughes(tm) goodness?
posted by cavalier at 12:15 PM on June 20, 2008

I enjoyed the whole damn thing, but trimming down to 90 seconds would have made it perfect. In terms of redirected trailers taking scenes out of context, I thought that this was one of the best.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 12:17 PM on June 20, 2008

Yeah, too long, much too long. Trailers are usually a minute and a half to two minutes, topping out at 2 and a half - there's a reason why that length works.
posted by MythMaker at 12:19 PM on June 20, 2008

There's a whole series of these! Awesome find, OmieWise. Brokeback Bueller. The Fugitive's Day Off.
posted by joannemerriam at 12:20 PM on June 20, 2008

of course, now we need gangrenous trackmarks and ass to ass set to

oooOOOOOOOOoooooohhhh Yeeeaaahhhhh

bow bow

chickachick chickachiKAAHHhh

mm bow bow
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:22 PM on June 20, 2008 [3 favorites]

The re-orchestration of Lux Aeterna, "Requiem for a Tower", has been used in, like, a zillion movie trailers. It takes me back to double dildos and severed limbs every time, sigh.
posted by carsonb at 12:24 PM on June 20, 2008 [1 favorite]

I thought it was patchy. When the imagery is treating actual drama in the movie, the Kronos Quartet soundtrack does an admirable job of transforming the mood from Hughes' earnest/sentimental pathos to one of sinister tension... but to my eye the match-ups with most humorous scenes fail, it's just thematic disconnect, and the editing is pretty much nonsensical, there's no real narrative sense. It's no Toy Story 2 : Requiem, suffice to say, which also features music by Brad Sucks and is hence extra awesome (previously).
posted by nanojath at 12:24 PM on June 20, 2008 [4 favorites]

From the original post link, I sidetracked to Siskel & Ebert review Ferris Bueler and was reminded why as a kid I enjoyed Ebert's reviews while sneering at Siskel's. However, some twenty-five years later I can now see that Siskel was always arguing for the art of the medium, whereas Ebert was just asking directors to entertain us. I still prefer Ebert's approach, but Siskel's cries for decency and quality in film are equally understandable.

Still, the Mooney slapstick was my generation's level of humor. We didn't want what Siskel was wanting. We liked seeing principals mauled by dogs. As the original post proves, it's all a matter of perspective. Be it music or the critical eye tainting the experience, a filmmaker's intent may not be the same as what the audience perceives.
posted by ZachsMind at 12:30 PM on June 20, 2008

I call meh.
posted by Vindaloo at 12:34 PM on June 20, 2008

Hi, I'm nanojath, that was ZachsMind, and this has been The Weighty Intellectual BS in your Harmless SLYT Trailer Mashup Thread. Thanks and have a great weekend.
posted by nanojath at 12:34 PM on June 20, 2008

Oh wow. My favorite movie maybe ever...

But yeah, they should have cut it down to 90 seconds. You open the same way, spend the beginning on those still shots and slow tracking shots (Sloan looking down from the Sears tower, Cameron laying in bed, Nurse walking down the hall, etc.) and then, when the music kicks into gear, cut to the chase scene interspersed with Cameron freaking out about Serrat painting.

Still, very cool.
posted by Navelgazer at 12:39 PM on June 20, 2008

Holy crap, nonjath. Holy. Crap.
posted by The Bellman at 12:42 PM on June 20, 2008

That actually got better and better.

Totally agree, Durn Bronzefist.

(Your comment made me give it a 2nd try - glad I did.)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 12:43 PM on June 20, 2008

posted by nanojath at 12:45 PM on June 20, 2008

oooOOOOOOOOoooooohhhh Yeeeaaahhhhh

bow bow

chickachick chickachiKAAHHhh

mm bow bow

I get it! Took me a second, but yeah.
posted by Liquidwolf at 1:06 PM on June 20, 2008

I still *heart* Cameron. When I was a kid, someone left the VHS of FBDO at my house after a slumber party or something. I think I watched it every day after school for two years.
posted by sadiehawkinstein at 1:16 PM on June 20, 2008

I like the ones where the trailer generally follows the story line, but only the tone changes. We've all seen "Shining" right?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:19 PM on June 20, 2008

No, I hadn't seen that, and I love it. It still has tonal problems, though, since any movie with Shelley Duvall in it is a horror movie.
posted by OmieWise at 1:37 PM on June 20, 2008

I can't explain how perfect and cathartic that was for me today, but thank you. (It has something to do with perspective and dramatization.)

When Ferris puts his hand on the window at the stock exchange and the timpani kicks the music up? Super awesome. I was kinda hoping for the bit at the window of the Sears Tower where Cameron says, "The son of a bitch is down there somewhere," but Cameron's existential crisis was so made for this trailer that he got plenty of screen time anyway.
posted by nosila at 1:52 PM on June 20, 2008

I always wanted Cameron to kill Ferris. Sigh.
posted by emjaybee at 1:55 PM on June 20, 2008 [4 favorites]

I always wanted Cameron to kill Ferris.

It's kind of a weird thing about FBDO, likeable classic though it is: you wonder why it wasn't called Cameron Frye's Shitty Life, with occasional comedy-relief cameos by that crazy Ferris kid. Not nearly as much fun, granted, but whatever happened when his dad got home after the the garage scene is this huge fucking spectre that hangs over Ferris' wacky antics.

It's as if Stand By Me had ended with the author/narrator crumpling up his friend's obit, shrugging into the camera, and going on a five-minute shopping montage as the credits rolled.
posted by cortex at 2:58 PM on June 20, 2008 [3 favorites]

Yeah, John Hughes movies usually leave the lonesome, discontented characters unrescued, unaltered. Happy people do not populate his films, and when they do, as in Planes, Trains, Uncle Buck, and Ferris, those people are reviled by the other characters as disturbances, figures representing a crass injustice. But his great outcasts - Cameron, Duckie, Allison - all bear this dreamer's sense of impending freedom, just past graduation. But also, fast forward some 20 years and Alan Ruck is still fucking sexy, and Matthew Broderick is a mayoral munchkin.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:12 PM on June 20, 2008 [1 favorite]

Hah, brilliant, Nanojath. And yeah, "Dirtbag" is a great song.
posted by A dead Quaker at 3:20 PM on June 20, 2008

Boy, Matthew Broderick sure hasn't aged too well, has he? The same's probably true for all of us... (or will be, for you 20-somethings.)
posted by Dave Faris at 4:18 PM on June 20, 2008

I wonder if David Harrington, et al., is, like, super tired of this music.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:26 PM on June 20, 2008

"...any movie with Shelley Duvall in it is a horror movie."

Not quite.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 5:04 PM on June 20, 2008

You think that's a counterexample, but it's not.
posted by cortex at 5:05 PM on June 20, 2008 [4 favorites]

That was an inspired combination, but a trailers don't run 4 plus minutes. That's why they call them editors. Looks like the creator wanted to use the whole song, and didn't want/know how to cut it down to a minute and a half.
posted by zardoz at 5:19 PM on June 20, 2008

I thought I was so god damned burnt out on remixed trailers that I'd never enjoy another one.

I was wrong; this is excellent.
posted by dersins at 5:36 PM on June 20, 2008

I always thought much of the humor in Ferris Bueller was from the many scenes that are shot like a serious drama, art film, or thriller.
posted by autodidact at 5:55 PM on June 20, 2008

I want 2046.
posted by Tlogmer at 6:34 PM on June 20, 2008

My theory is that FBDO is really eastern philosophy in disguise. The principal isn't done in by anything Ferris does - he's done in by his own bad attitude and refusal to let go of irrational obsessions. Ferris on the other hand leads a charmed life because he is trying to do good for his friends and bears nobody any ill will. It's all zen buddhism under the hood -
posted by newdaddy at 7:56 PM on June 20, 2008

God that was awful: a meandering, confused void, right from the shitty fonts at the start till the very last hour.

But I like Scary Mary, so dffrnt strokes.
posted by bonaldi at 8:30 PM on June 20, 2008

"Within this film, ideas and concepts such as the ongoing struggle among the classes and the problems related to particular class status become extremely visible ...". Ferris Bueller: the Marxist Analysis.
posted by New Frontier at 9:58 PM on June 20, 2008

Wow that was great! I would love to show this to someone who has never seen FBDO before, and then see if they would believe that it is actually a comedy.

Unfortunately, people unfamiliar with this film may be in short supply.
posted by nudar at 12:25 AM on June 21, 2008

From the imdb trivia for FBDO:

To produce the desired drugged-out effect for his role as the drug addict in the police station, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot.

I don't think Charlie Sheen needed insomnia for that 'desired drugged-out effect'.
posted by slimepuppy at 3:44 AM on June 21, 2008

We need a film trailer mashup list in the wiki. Every time one of these threads shows up I find three or four new things that everybody else seems to think is old news. That Toy Story 2 trailer is amazing, as is Scary Mary. I thought OmieWise's linked trailer was good, though long, but the other two were pretty weak. It's kind of a gimme, because FBDO is already a spoof on other genres. However, you've got a limited palette to play with, so if you want homo-eroticism, suspense, or drama, you end up using the same scenes again and again.
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:26 AM on June 22, 2008

God, the end of Must Love Jaws had me in tears.
posted by odinsdream at 9:19 PM on June 23, 2008

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