Michel Gondry’s Sweded Taxi Driver

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De Niro vs. Gondry.

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Remember when you were a child and you had just watched an episode of the A-Team where they’re all locked in a baddie’s garage and then manage to break out by building a monster-truck seemingly out of nothing more than a couple of old cogs, a wheel, a few manly grunts and some spit? You know what I’m talking about. Remember how you would try, in your bedroom, alone, to re-create the spectacular glory of this achievement with an old mouldering piece of broken-off plywood, some plastic bags, a few nails and a magic wand you ‘borrowed’ from a friend? Even when you added the elastic band it still didn’t quite make the right engine sound and shifting from 3rd to 4th gear wasn’t quite as smooth as you would’ve liked and frankly this was because you’d really just constructed a bizarre shelving system. Remember that sense of abject failure? Well this is the revenge of all of those crushed moments…

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Ghostbusters sweded – better than the original?

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Robocop sweded – better than the original.

If you’re not sure what ‘sweding’ is, either check out its origin’s in Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind or watch the following. Or I can stop being obnoxious and just tell you.

It’s basically a home-made re-make of a film, made on a non-existent budget with whatever toilet rolls and duct tape you happen to have lying around. The glory depicted should be captured unedited, with only a single take per scene.

Here, Michel Gondry directs himself in a sweded version of Martin Scorsese’s classic Taxi Driver – love the coloured-pencil bullets! Regard:

Other great swedes:

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The Dark Knight Sweded

P.S. For those of you with A-Team envy who can’t get it together to build yourself a helicopter out of two old toothbrushes and some tinfoil, now you too can save yourself years of therapy with a couple of ideas for how to rebuild a) your car b) your self-esteem and c) your dreams:

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and for the more economically disadvantaged:

*PEACE AT LAST*

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P.P.S. FOR THOSE OF YOU THINKING OF JOINING THE CELEBRATION OF 2013 AS ‘THE YEAR OF THE MOHAWK’, HERE IS A TOUCH OF (THEMATICALLY JUSTIFIED) MOHAWK MAYHEM:

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*PITY THE FOOL*

by Dixie Turner