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The Foo Fighters came out with another excellent video, this one for the band’s new single Walk.

In it, Dave Grohl basically becomes Michael Douglas in Falling Down, a movie that I saw half of.

Roger Ebert wrote of the movie:

The movie stars Michael Douglas, in a performance of considerable subtlety and some courage, as a Los Angeles man who a few years ago thought he had it all figured out. He was a well-paid defense worker, he had a wife and child, the sun came up every morning, and what was there to worry about? But already there must have been danger signals, and we learn later in the film that he had flashes of violence against his wife and child, that he is divorced, that a court order prevents him from approaching them.

On the morning the film begins, he is stuck in traffic on the freeway. Nothing is moving. Exhaust fumes rise all around him.

The director, Joel Schumacher, deliberately shoots this scene as a homage to the famous opening of Fellini’s “8 1/2,” but instead of finding himself floating up into the sky, like Fellini’s hero, the man gets out of his car, slams the door, and goes walking alone across Los Angeles. This is not always a safe thing for a crew-cut white man, wearing a shirt and a tie.

The man has no name in the film; he becomes known to the police as D-FENS, after his license plate. He is already unhinged when he starts his walk, but eventually the tools of violence fall into his hands, and he uses them. In a grocery store, he asks for change for the telephone, and is refused by the Korean proprietor. He tries to buy a can of pop, but the change from a dollar would not be enough for a phone call. His frustration rages, until he grabs the owner’s baseball bat and starts swinging, taking down piles of junk foods, cans of diet soda.

He keeps walking. During the course of his day he will meet, and confront, Latino gang members who want to steal his briefcase, fast food workers who tell him it’s too late for breakfast, a neo-Nazi gun-shop owner, and other characters who seem placed in his way to fuel his anger.

The similar scenes in the Foo Fighters video aren’t as intense as in the movie.

YES! Here it is, in all of its glory, the Beastie Boys short film, “Fight for Your Right (Revisited).” 

Featuring many, many famous people that you’ll recognize.

And, of course, the Beastie Boys. FTMFW.

Hell yeah. Can never get enough Beastie Boys!

Update:

This is part of a longer, 30-minute video called “Fight For Your Right, Revisited” which I wrote about before.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the Beastie Boys have debuted the video, but don’t say where or where you can see it. And it debuted at Sundance anyway. 

As soon as the video is put online I’ll be sure to link to it.

Music videos I’m watching tonight

There were no good TV shows on Monday night. My usual shows, Chuck, How I Met Your Mother and The Chicago Code were all reruns.

Anyway, I decided to watch a bunch of music videos tonight and figured, hell, why not list ‘em so you guys could see what I watched?

Anyway, here they are:)

  • Kanye West - Can’t Tell Me Nothing This is the video directed by and starring Zach Galifianakis. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) is also in the video. The story I’ve heard is that Kanye saw Galifianakis’ video with Fiona Apple (below) and wanted Galifianakis to make a video for him. So Galifianakis went to his farm and made a video. Whether this is apocryphal or not, this is what I want to have happened so it is what I believe.
  • Fiona Apple - Not About Love — Again, most likely apocryphal, but the two were friends and lived near each other and she wanted Galifianakis to star in a video with her, so they created this in one day with the help of another one of their friends. Must be nice to have friends who are so talented.
  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs — And now, as Monty Python said, for something completely different. This features scenes from a short film that Spike Jonze, music video legend and feature film director, directed called “Scenes From the Suburbs.” It is pretty disturbing and… yeah. Definitely worth watching, though.
  • LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls — In a word? Anarchic. That’s about the best way I can describe it.
  • LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk is Playing At My House — Another fun video, this one isn’t as crazy as Drunk Girls, but is still a fun little video. 
  • John Tesh - Roundball Rock — This is the theme for the NBA on NBC. Blame Bill Simmons for this one.
  • Black Keys - Tighten Up — I like the Black Keys. And I like this video which involves puppy love on a playground. And some other stuff.
  • Matt and Kim - Cameras — What happens whenrecording a song isn’t going very well for Matt and Kim? Well, get in a Celebrity-Deathmatch-style fight, of course. Oh, and there is a Making Of video!
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Here’s a music video for all you Star Wars nerds. Jeremy Messersmith made a song called Tatooine and so the director, Eric Power, decided it needed a proper Star Wars video.

In the form of animation. Not just any animation, but in cut paper animation. You probably recognize the form from the original South Park stuff way back in the day.

I first came across this from a PBS NewsHour article looking at music videos that were screened at the SXSW film festival. The video for “Moves” by the New Pornographers is also definitely worth a look.  

Anyway, the video is above and the director speaking about the art form of music videos and why they are important is embedded below. 

Ricky Gervais singing a lullaby to Elmo.

How come I have a feeling like I need to be DVRing Sesame Street? I mean, Ricky Gervais singing a lullaby about the letter N to Elmo?

To quote Gob from Arrested Development, “Come on!”