Action Movie Montage 'Pure' Examines Genre Through Visual Repetition

I love this new trend on the Internet of taking a bunch of movies and cutting them up into a montage video, exposing through repetition the artifice of filmmaking. Or to put it another, cutting together a bunch of similar scenes from different movies to make you life at how silly it all is. The "no signal on cellphones in horror movies" montage is thoroughly enjoyable, as is the largely "Die Hard"-driven series of "Get out of there!" exclamations. There's a new one though that trumps them all.

Jacob Bricca's "Pure," set to the sounds of Jesus Lizard, is "a meditation on violence and visual tropes at the movies." It is exactly what the description says it is, and very well put together at that. According to his website, Bricca isn't just a director/editor but also a professor, at Wesleyan. "Pure" is freshly out online, but it has already screened at a number of festivals, including the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Pure from Jacob Bricca on Vimeo.