'Music Videos' Archive
A long time ago, there was a movie called “The Cell“. It had Jennifer Lopez before she had kids, Vince Vaughn before he started doing dick-joke comedies, and Vincent D’Onofrio before he was on Law & Order and was only known for Full Metal Jacket. It was visually very strange, even beautiful. It was directed by Tarsem Singh—who pretentiously goes by Tarsem—and was his first feature-length film. I think the plot had something to do with being stuck in a serial killers mind but that’s not important. The visuals were really amazing. Check out the trailer at the bottom of this post.
In 2006 Tarsem made his second film “The Fall” which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and freaked out all the distributors and got buried, never again to see the light of day. (Editor’s note: At this rate, his next film will be called “The Hill” followed by “The Poll”. I can play with vowels and consonants!) Now David Fincher and Spike Jonze have thrown their support behind it and it’s getting a limited re-release. It also helps that the lead, who was an unknown in 2006, is Lee Pace who is now much more marketable having gained success as the lead in another whimsical role: Ned the Piemaker on Pushing Daisies.
Here is the trailer:
Watch that again. And again. And again.
Damn. This movie has the same crazed, artistic cinematography as The Cell. Apparently the director shot the movie piecemeal, financing it out of his pocket and piggybacking on commercial shoots in remote locations (which is pretty punk-rock.)
Maybe this movie was ahead of its time—since 2006 we’ve had a few blockbusters that rely heavily on visuals (300, Pan’s Labyrinth, Sin City) so that could mean that America is finally ready for Tarsem.
I need to figure out what “limited release” means exactly. Why’d I move to NYC if I can’t go see movies that only play “in selected cities” (that phrase was, incidentally, the bane of my existence growing up in a small town.) Anyone know when/where this movie is showing in the city?
via WWTDD and NY Mag
The Cell trailer:
You might know Tarsem from his earlier music video work. Such as this classic:
Way back when, Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake created an Internet phenomenon with their Dick in a Box song. If you’ve been in a cave, or want a refresher, check it out here. There’s been a lot of imitators and posers, most of them exactly as bad as you’d expect. “Step 1…cut a hole in the box” was the “I’m Rick James bitch” of 2007. That is until now. Leah Kauffman has created a parody (of a parody) that is almost as good as the original. She’s affiliated with barelypolitical.com, which I know nothing about. Her video “My Box in a Box” is inspired. Check it out:
Leah is hot in a waspy, Dave Matthews concert way, and obviously funny. She does have a case of the crazy eyes though. This video is great, I hope there’s more of her out there.Permalink
Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
Olivia Olson - All I Want for Christmas Is You
from Love ActuallyPermalink
Michel Gondry (not “Michael Gondry”) is a French filmmaker know for his odd, dream-like style. His most recognizable work was probably the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which showcased his unique visual style. He’s also directed numerous music videos and commercials, many of which have the same style. I’ve always liked his work because of the way he manages to visually express the non-linear nature of dreams. Situations, settings, and people in dreams change abruptly and without logical structure. With blurred edges, a dream is not dominated by any real-world rules. This makes the effect Gondry achieves even more impressive. Like dreams, much of his work stays with you, subtlety gnawing at your subconscious.
The White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl
The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
Radiohead - Knives Out
Gary Jules - Mad World
In closing, here is a short video of Mr. Gondry solving a Rubik’s Cube with his nose. I have no idea of the context for this clip, if there is any at all.Permalink
Bill Shannon is a dancer/media artist who was born with a degenerative hip condition where his legs cannot support his weight so he must use crutches to get around. He’s developed a personal style of skateboarding/breakdancing that implements the crutches.
Check out the RJD2 video featuring one continuous shot of Shannon in NYC:
There’s also a short doc on Shannon with more footage of his performance art: