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My first step in trying to get back into the habit of reccing things is a big pile of Festivids recs! There were a lot of vids for Festivids this year, and I probably managed to watch close to 2/3 of them. These are my favorites.

All vids are currently anonymous, I'll edit this post to include vidder names after the reveal.

Batman: Year One - What Makes a Man - a really fabulous character-study for a movie I've never seen, but now desperately want to.

Big Fish - a message for you - Everything I love so much about this movie in 3 1/2 lovely minutes.

Blackpool - Little Lie - Another source I've never seen, but wow this vid tells its story well, and the vidder does a great job of incorporating the dance footage into what isn't a dance vid.

Bringing Up Baby - Lovin' You - A wonderful, whimsical vid that captures the screwball nature of the film perfectly. I'm really impressed by the timing and sense of motion in this vid.

Bringing Up Baby - You Might Think - TWO awesome Bringing Up Baby vids this year. This is a neat contrast to the other vid, seeing how the same footage feels different when paired with a very different song. Also does a really good job of timing the characters motion to the music.

Cabaret - Hot in Herre - OMG this vid! It starts out as a sexy and debauched celebration of the queer cabaret, and then slowly, just as in the movie, the real world starts to intrude, and the same song that was raunchy and sexy just a couple verses ago is now dark and twisted and chilling. Brilliantly done.

Can't Hardly Wait - Inside Out - So, I graduated from high school in 1998, just like the class in this movie. And here's the thing, my high school experience was nothing like this movie, and nothing worth being nostalgic for, and yet this vid made me nostalgic for it nonetheless. One of the commenters described it as a love letter to the late 90s, and that's exactly it. From the song choice to the cutting, this is a total love letter to the era in which I came of age.

Doctor Who - Another Girl, Another Planet - I have, no lie, wanted a classic Dr. Who vid to this song for years. It's just such a perfect song for the fandom and for Ace in particular. A delightful romp of Ace-love.

Doctor Who - Awake My Soul - The Sarah Jane vid that's made everyone cry. An exceptional look at all the many years of awesomeness of Sarah Jane Smith, from the original serials through Sarah Jane Adventures.

Down With Love - Waterloo - Completely de-hets the movie, turning it into a delightful femslashy romp. Great fun.

E.T. - Love Will Win - This vid is already a comfort-vid for me. Shamelessly sentimental, with great cutting, and a fabulous song choice that really captures the feel of the movie. The best kind of feel-good vid.

Gilda - Sweet, Sweet Sting - A brilliant song choice, and great tight pacing that really captures the noir nature of the film.

Goonies - Retropactum - I have a weakness for stories about family, both biological and found/chosen. Goonies is about both kinds of family and this vid captures all the exuberance and all the ways they are a family just perfectly.

Hello Dolly - We Got The Beat - A wonderful, joyful dancing vid! Fantastic timing.

Jeeves & Wooster - The Undeserving Rich - Jeeves & Wooster to the tune of "A Little Bit of Luck" from My Fair Lady. Comic brilliance.

The King's Speech - Fixing A Hole - A great Bertie & Lionel vid. This is an unusual song choice, and I was surprised by how well it works for these two. Another vid with great pacing.

A Knight's Tale - Eye of the Tiger - The vidder's description says, "A Knight's Tale is both 20 years too late and nearly 700 years too early to be a 1980s sports movie. That doesn't stop it from trying." Hilarious, over-the-top awesomeness.

Life - Children's Work - Another source I haven't seen, but WOW does this vid make me want to. Just a brilliant, intense, layered vid. I feel like I get something more from it ever time I watch it.

Maru the Cat - Outside the Box - This is the vid that seemingly everyone is reccing this year, even people who self-describe as not liking cute cat vids. Me, I love cute cat vids, and this vid is amazing. Gloriously over the top, but so sincere. Maru's life is SO HARD guys, SO HARD.

Maru the Cat - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - Another great Maru vid. Maru is a bad ass action-star kitteh!

Mystery, Alaska - High Life - a slow building, quiet vid that tells the story of the movie wonderfully. This is another vid where to me the song choice is what really makes it.

Newsies - Express Yourself - Dancing newsboys! Timing is so important with dance vids, and the timing here is impeccable. And the combination of song and source is over the top awesome in all the right ways.

Pride & Prejudice (1995) - What a Man - A short, one-note vid, but oh, what a note. If this vid were any longer it wouldn't work at all, but 1:44 of Darcy love is just perfect.

Real Genius - Gone (A Moral Imperative) - I had forgotten how much fun this movie is. This is a fast-paced, and quite delightful vid that's a very good reminder.

Real Genius - A Meditation on Genius and Scientific Discovery… - A rather different and equally awesome Real Genius vid. I almost skipped watching this one, because classical music vids are so hard to get right, but the vidder really manages it well here..

Red - Me Against The Music - Super-tight editing and a kick-ass song choice. This vid totally convinced me to watch the movie.

Red - W-O-M-A-N - Helen Mirren is sucha fabulous action hero. A fun, sexy vid, that's just the right length.

Remington Steele - Kill the Director - A witty reminder of exactly how fabulous and refreshing this show was. There's a great narrative line to this vid, following the developing relationship between the leads.

Rocky Series - The One - A shamelessly over-the-top old-school slash vid. Managed to get me completely invested in a relationship I don't know, in a series of movies I've never really had much interest in seeing. And then totally break my heart at the end.

The Scarlet Pimpernel - Da' Scarlet Dipernel - A hilarious juxtaposition of song and text that works fabulously thanks to some great, well-timed editing.

Sports Night - To Make You Feel My Love - Oh, my heart. I love these characters so much, and they all love each other so much. Vids to slow songs are so hard, but this is just so, so perfect.

Stand By Me - Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full of Promise - This is a gorgeous vid, that really gets to the emotional heart of the movie and the characters. There is just so much richness and nuance to this vid. I keep rewatching it, and every time something else about it catches me.

Thelma & Louise - Shine - Distills the movie into 4 1/2 near perfect minutes. May leave you with the urge to shout "fuck the patriarchy!" a lot, or maybe that's just me.

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