October 13, 2008

MGMT music video

This video from MGMT is inspiring. And colourful. It deserves to be watched full-screen. Our youth are starting to change!

I went to a local festival screening of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's new film Three Monkeys (you all need to move to Montreal!) today. The whole ends up being less than the sum of its parts, but it's still a worthy effort from one of the most interesting directors I know of working today. And there are some really extraordinary scenes, and some great performances.
I've been thinking about George Dubya lately. I like him, or at least I always find his jokes funny. I've realized that Bush is, to me (politics and wealth aside), a character that would fit right into a great Jim Jarmusch script. Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits, and George W. Bush.

Unfortunately, he ended up in an Oliver Stone film instead.
Remember this guy? John Ankerberg. We didn't own a TV growing up, but somehow I still remember his face vividly.

"...or somebody that wrote a book."


Anonymous said...

this mgmt video is so boring. By the way: do what do you think of the traffic scene in the first half of Tarkovsky's Solaris?

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Boring? Gasp!

It's been a while since I watched Solaris, and I do fear being labeled a philistine... but I'd say it was an unnecessarily long scene, and thus a little, umm, boring. But then, Solaris has always been my least favourite Tarkovsky film.

Anonymous said...

i asked specifically because i knew youd think it was boring, and thus a fair trade for me thinking MGMT was boring.

for your interest; I found the traffic scene to be absolutely fantastic. marvelous. captivating...the best part of the film.It was strange watching a Tarkovsky sci-fi though. Id say the best parts were the non sci fi + non solaris parts...the traffic and the reeds in the water.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

how did you know I'd find that scene boring? You're quite a psychoanalyst.


My favourite part of Solaris was the hour or so after the guy first arrives on the ship; and at the beginning when he watches the videos at his house in the country.

The traffic part was amazing for a while, and then I just wanted something human on-screen again. I need humanity in cinema or I lose interest quickly. Faces, hands, bodies WAY OFF in the distance -anything; but I need a little humanity.