“Everyone steals from everyone, that’s movies.” The guys in Swingers knew it and we all know it too. Everyone who has ever made a movie has been influenced by someone before them; even the people who invented the art form had influences from outside film. Of course many people innovate, only to to have their techniques ripped off later, but it’s almost impossible to find something that is 100% original in every aspect. That’s more or less the thesis of the video series Everything is a Remix, produced by Kirby Ferguson. He produces videos (some of which we’ve highlighted on the site) that visually show how some of our favorite movies borrow from movies before them.

Ferguson is still working on the fourth installment of the series, but in the meantime he has released a video dedicated to the 1999 hit film The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers. Part of the reason we all love The Matrix is that it takes a cool, innovative (but not wholly original) concept and infuses it with a plethora of familiar and awesome cinematic references. After the jump, you can see a full video breakdown of all of those references.

Head over to the Everything is a Remix website for more information on the series. Here’s their take on The Matrix which was edited and co-produced by Robert Grigsby Wilson.

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.

And here are the references and their timestamps in case you don’t have six and a half minutes to watch the full thing.

0:27 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:38 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:44 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:48 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:53 – Drunken Master (1978)
1:02 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:09 – The Killer (1989)
1:19 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:21 – Iron Monkey (1993)
1:31 – Once Upon A Time In China (1991)
1:36 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:41 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
1:45 – Philip K. Dick Speech (youtube.com/watch?v=jXeVgEs4sOo&feature=related) (1977)
2:18 – Strange Days (1995)
2:24 – Akira (1988)
2:30 – Total Recall (1990)
3:24 – Alice In Wonderland (1951)
3:42 – The Killer (1989)
3:53 – A Better Tomorrow (1986)
4:05 – Ghost In The Shell (1995)
4:32 – Akira (1998)
4:39 – Koyannisqatsi (1982)
4:49 – Dr. Who: The Deadly Assassin (1976)
5:10 – Ghost In The Shell (1995)

Seeing how liberally and obviously the Wachowski’s borrowed from these movies, does it make you think any less of them or The Matrix?

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