“I hope life on Earth is everything you remember it to be.”

Usually I think of mashups as artworks combined to create a new artwork.  A film mashup would look like Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid which is made up of scenes from old film noir movies intercut with new comedy scenes to create the illusion of, for example, Steve Martin talking to Humphrey Bogart.  But if we use the term mashup loosely enough to include the combination and rearrangement of ideas (instead of the actual expression of those ideas in a physical artwork), then Moon (Jones, 2009) is a mashup.  The recent movie’s plot at first seems like a highly derivate collage of allusions to classics such as 2001, Solaris, Blade Runner, and more.  But these allusions are mashed together to create something entirely new.  Every time you think you know where the movie is going, the plot shifts and takes you in unexpected directions. I’m not sure there is any really deep philosophy going on here (as there is in 2001, Solaris, and Blade Runner), but aesthetically the film is effective, entertaining and interesting.

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