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Topic Started: Nov 20 2017, 02:09:29 AM (850 Views)
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Welcome to the 2017 iCheckMovies Film Festival!

This is the first annual festival to be held here on the iCM Forum, and the third of its kind which originally started on the IMDb message boards (you know, back when those existed).

For the full program guide and a brief explanation of what the festival is, look no further than here.
For the unofficial challenge thread, look no further than here.

Please rate the films the films you've seen on a scale from 1-10 to help contribute to this year's Audience Award. This is not connected to the Unofficial Challenge and therefore it does not matter when you saw the films in question.

Other sections:

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LGBT
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This is the thread where we rate and discuss the films in the Experimental Shorts, Narrative Shorts, and Music Videos Programs of this year's festival:
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Experimental Shorts Program [Total running time: 136 min.]

Cruel Optimism dir. Paul Clipson. 2017, 7 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/204988243
The Exquisite Corpus dir. Peter Tscherkassky. 2015, 19 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx9llnX1bjY
Night Vision dir. Jake Fried. 2016, 1 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/139169629
t a r d i g r a d e (Tardigrade) dir. Eduardo Makoszay. 2016, 6 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/155209703
The Black Screen dir. Richard Misek. 2017, 12 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/220625895
The Jungian Thing [Tribute to FULL PLATOON NOW] dir. "Raging Cut". 2016, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qeXxnbYW70
Phantasiesätze / Fantasy Sentences dir. Dane Komljen. 2017, 17 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQBBcRnLqPY (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bpcQMDhjXM (Part 2)
Tu ressembles à moi / You Look Like Me dir. Pierre Hébert. 2014, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IPzGo9WSQA (French version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cINLwJArYlE (English version)
Ludi Florales dir. Alessandro Bavari. 2015, 5 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/139718620
ReflectionVOID dir. Lance Page. 2017, 6 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/204420014
We hear the distant ring of Saturn dir. Dalibor Baric. 2016, 15 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/189514061
Wonder dir. Mirai Mizue. 2014, 8 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XMLfoEkbXQ
Arrière-saison dir. Jean-Claude Rousseau. 2016, 24 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N7fq1eYZ_A (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oQvlqUfG4A (Part 2)
Voyages dans le temps dir. Johanna Vaude. 2016, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb3dCrqzOR4


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Narrative Shorts Program [Total running time: 137 min.]

Oma dir. Karolien Raeymaekers. 2014, 8 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/164076380
Muxes dir. Ivan Olita. 2016, 9 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/196684590
Shiny dir. Daniel 'Cloud' Campos & Spencer Susser. 2016, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipmG1HEMvXk&t
Sundays dir. Mischa Rozema. 2015, 13 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_cQpwpFFx0
Erlkönig / Erlking dir. Georges Schwizgebel. 2015, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfch3D9KfnU
Sea Child dir. Minha Kim. 2015, 7 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/184068444
Prehistoric Cabaret dir. Bertrand Mandico. 2014, 9 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEL2nUpkXkQ
I Am Yup'ik dir. Daniele Anastasion & Nathan Golon. 2016, 17 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/154862986
Somebody dir. Miranda July. 2014, 9 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/105285889
Chez moi / My Home dir. Phuong Mai Nguyen. 2014, 12 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/133267312
The Unfixable Thought Machine: Health Reminder 3 dir. David Firth. 2014, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-A4zT8wp8E
Dear Mr Shakespeare: Shakespeare Lives dir. Shola Amoo. 2016, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d55GytFubzE
Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme / Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera dir. Bertrand Bonello. 2016, 23 min Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMvYCWCQrN4 (part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7eZhtubQCI (part 2)
Everything / Everything: Gameplay Trailer dir. David OReilly. 2017, 11 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYHp8LwBUzo


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Music Videos Program [Total running time: 107 min.]

Tame Impala: The Less I Know The Better dir. CANADA. 2015, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBzrzS1Ag_g
The Dumplings: Kocham Być z Tobą. 2015, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxQeXltiI0o
Plurabelle: Our Fires dir. Mattis Dovier. 2014, 3 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/99541639
Grimes: Kill v Maim dir. Claire and Mac Boucher. 2016, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2EJMd7ZN7w
Arc Iris: Canadian Cowboy dir. Anne Beal. 2014, 7 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/90719207
Syd Barrett: Effervescing Elephant dir. Yoann Hervo. 2017, 2 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LULqoeaMPVM
Joanna Newsom: Divers dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. 2015, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48xlgXqQKLA
Amnesia Scanner: Chingy (AS Chingy) dir. Sam Rolfes. 2016, 2 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02k126v3Zu4
Data: Don't Sing dir. David Bertram. 2015, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37eEUsd1ASA
Behemoth: Messe Noire dir. Zev Dean. 2014, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eq2wgakP5Y
Koloto: Fay dir. Sabine Volkert. 2016, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKpA8ILL7Go
Raketkanon: Florent dir. Farmboy & Raketkanon. 2015, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8LU5ACDwJk
Arca: Xen dir. Jesse Kanda. 2014, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcNG-zMlB8Q
Rihanna: Bitch Better Have My Money dir. Megaforce & Rihanna. 2015, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3eAMGXFw1o
Lorn: Acid Rain dir. Pavel Brenner & Julian Flores & Sherif Alabede, 2015, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxg4C365LbQ
Lindemann: Praise Abort dir. Zoran Bihac. 2015, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWE_M0CX9So
Bo Ningen: Slider dir. Marie Schuller. 2014, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXXpLHKWlVA
Kendrick Lamar: Element. dir. Jonas Lindstroem & the little homies. 2017, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glaG64Ao7sM
Ghost: From the Pinnacle to the Pit dir. Zev Deans. 2015, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A-IoOEPbUs
Lana Del Rey: Shades of Cool dir. Jake Nava. 2014, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJABBmAMXnY
Repeat Stuff dir. Rami Hachache. 2014, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt9c0UeYhFc
Lady Gaga: John Wayne dir. Jonas Åkerlund. 2017, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9iQ8lIfyEs
Björk: Notget dir. Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones. 2017, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWrV8NQnbqE
Turbo killer dir. Raphaël Hernandez AKA Seth Ickerman. 2016, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er416Ad3R1g[/i]
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Checking in with this marker post. Greetings to my fellow section judges.
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I'm assigned to music videos and I'm not sure how objective I'll be able to remain. What I mean is, I'll probably enjoy the video more if I like the song as well. That being said, I'll try to remain as (subjectively) objective as much as I can. I've seen/heard some of these before, but this is a very easy category to rewatch so that's what I'm gonna do.

Tame Impala - The Less I Know the Better - 9

I don't think I've heard any Tame Impala song before (I've heard of the name), but that'll probably change. I actually loved the song, first and foremost. The video was great as well, a kind of surreal wet teenage dream (or nightmare), mixing young love, sex, animation and stuff. Ain't gonna be easy to top this one.
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The Dumplings: Kocham Być z Tobą - 8

Seemingly shot in one take, the camera moves through a long hallway, peeking into the rooms where different people do all kinds of different shit. It's nice how the pace of the camera matches the pace of the song, as do the people in the rooms. Nice one.
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Music Videos Program

Tame Impala: The Less I Know The Better - 7.5/10
The Dumplings: Kocham Być z Tobą - 6/10
Plurabelle: Our Fires - 7/10
Grimes: Kill v Maim - 6/10
Arc Iris: Canadian Cowboy - 7/10
Syd Barrett: Effervescing Elephant - 7/10
Joanna Newsom: Divers - 6/10
Amnesia Scanner: Chingy (AS Chingy) - 3.5/10
Data: Don't Sing - 7.5/10
Behemoth: Messe Noire - 7/10
Koloto: Fay - 7/10
Raketkanon: Florent - 5/10
Arca: Xen - 6.5/10
Rihanna: Bitch Better Have My Money - 6/10
Lorn: Acid Rain - 5/10
Lindemann: Praise Abort - 7.5/10
Bo Ningen: Slider - 7/10
Kendrick Lamar: Element - 7/10
Ghost: From the Pinnacle to the Pit - 7.5/10
Lana Del Rey: Shades of Cool - 6.5/10
Repeat Stuff - 6.5/10
Lady Gaga: John Wayne - 6/10
Björk: Notget - 6/10
Turbo killer - 6/10
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Any opinion about the music videos selection overall? ^_^
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Can someone compile all the IMDb links into an ICM list?
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@jvv

Any opinion about the music videos selection overall? ^_^
You did a good job picking out music videos that are visually interesting and/or have some kind of story.

I would definitely recommend other people on the forum to check them out.

The songs themselves are not really to my taste, but
1. I'm an old fart, who doesn't keep up with current music :lol:
2. The kind of music I like usually isn't accompanied by interesting visuals :sweat:
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Nov 22 2017, 06:19:45 PM
Perception de Ambiguity
Nov 22 2017, 03:51:00 PM
@jvv

Any opinion about the music videos selection overall? ^_^
You did a good job picking out music videos that are visually interesting and/or have some kind of story.

I would definitely recommend other people on the forum to check them out.

The songs themselves are not really to my taste, but
1. I'm an old fart, who doesn't keep up with current music :lol:
2. The kind of music I like usually isn't accompanied by interesting visuals :sweat:
Well, while most people probably have their preferences there are many type of music videos and they are all valid, like with the other two short film programs I'd say that I first and foremost tried to have it be a varied selection while also having a certain quality to the invidivual films, which also means that I tried to not just have it be a reflection of my own preferences since that's not what this should be about. Of course if somebody suggested a film that I found absolutely awful I probably didn't pick that one, but rather the one that was in the ballpark of "this wasn't really for me personally but I can see other people digging it".

A good performance video is an art onto itself and it may not be visually interesting, nor is a video with an effectively told story necessarily visually interesting. I guess what I'm saying is that good cinema means more than "nice visuals". The music was very much incidental here, again everyone has their own preferences, for music taste this is probably more true than for most anything else, and the song inevitably has some influence on how much you like a music video since it is such an essential part of it.
But in this case more important than the quality of the song itself I think should be how well the song and the images go together on the various levels (rhythmically, thematically, tonally, etc.) and how well the images may enhance the song. Not that a great video where you could very easily put a different song to it with the images working just as effectively can't also be a very fine video. But I'd say if the two together are greater than the sum of their parts, that's a pretty big factor of something making a good music video, but in the end everyone has to judge for themselves how important that factor is to them in the scheme of things.

>I would definitely recommend other people on the forum to check them out.<
That's certainly good to read, so I went ahead and put it bold.


>2. The kind of music I like usually isn't accompanied by interesting visuals<
Folk music?
Edited by Perception de Ambiguity, Nov 22 2017, 07:39:26 PM.
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2. The kind of music I like usually isn't accompanied by interesting visuals<
Folk music?
guy or girl with a guitar :P
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Plurabelle: Our Fires - 7

Cool 8-bit style animation...didn't wow me.
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My viewings so far:

Experimental shorts

Night Vision dir. Jake Fried. 2016, 1 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/139169629
(My rating - 9/10)
The Jungian Thing [Tribute to FULL PLATOON NOW] dir. "Raging Cut". 2016, 3 min. Posted Image
(My rating - 7/10)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qeXxnbYW70
Tu ressembles à moi / You Look Like Me dir. Pierre Hébert. 2014, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IPzGo9WSQA (French version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cINLwJArYlE (English version)
(My rating - 9.5/10)
Wonder dir. Mirai Mizue. 2014, 8 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XMLfoEkbXQ
(My rating - 9/10)

Narrative Shorts

Muxes dir. Ivan Olita. 2016, 9 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/196684590
(My rating - 10/10)
Shiny dir. Daniel 'Cloud' Campos & Spencer Susser. 2016, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipmG1HEMvXk&t
(My rating - 9/10)
Sea Child dir. Minha Kim. 2015, 7 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/184068444
(My rating - 9.5/10)
I Am Yup'ik dir. Daniele Anastasion & Nathan Golon. 2016, 17 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/154862986
(My rating - 9/10)
Chez moi / My Home dir. Phuong Mai Nguyen. 2014, 12 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/133267312
(My rating - 9.5/10)
Dear Mr Shakespeare: Shakespeare Lives dir. Shola Amoo. 2016, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d55GytFubzE
(My rating - 9/10)

Music Videos

Tame Impala: The Less I Know The Better dir. CANADA. 2015, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBzrzS1Ag_g
(My rating - 7.5/10)
Plurabelle: Our Fires dir. Mattis Dovier. 2014, 3 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/99541639
(My rating - 8/10)
Arc Iris: Canadian Cowboy dir. Anne Beal. 2014, 7 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/90719207
(My rating - 7.5/10)
Amnesia Scanner: Chingy (AS Chingy) dir. Sam Rolfes. 2016, 2 min. Posted Image
(My rating - 7 or 8/10; I'll decide later)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02k126v3Zu4
Koloto: Fay dir. Sabine Volkert. 2016, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKpA8ILL7Go
(My rating - 8.5/10)
Rihanna: Bitch Better Have My Money dir. Megaforce & Rihanna. 2015, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3eAMGXFw1o
(My rating - 3/10)
Lorn: Acid Rain dir. Pavel Brenner & Julian Flores & Sherif Alabede, 2015, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxg4C365LbQ
(My rating - 8/10)
Repeat Stuff dir. Rami Hachache. 2014, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt9c0UeYhFc
(My rating - 7/10)
Lady Gaga: John Wayne dir. Jonas Åkerlund. 2017, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9iQ8lIfyEs
(My rating - 6/10)
Edited by RogerTheMovieManiac88, Nov 23 2017, 12:50:30 AM.
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Narrative Shorts Program

Nice variety of shorts:

Oma - 6/10
Muxes - 7/10
Shiny - 6/10
Sundays - 5/10
Erlkönig / Erlking - 6/10
Sea Child - 5.5/10
Prehistoric Cabaret - 4/10
I Am Yup'ik - 7/10
Somebody - 6.5/10
Chez moi / My Home - 6/10
The Unfixable Thought Machine: Health Reminder 3 - 6/10
Dear Mr Shakespeare: Shakespeare Lives - 6.5/10
Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme / Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera - 6/10
Everything / Everything: Gameplay Trailer - 6/10
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Experimental Shorts Program

This selection of experimental shorts is actually quite "friendly" towards people like me, who aren't really into experimental cinema. :D

Cruel Optimism - 7.5/10
The Exquisite Corpus - 4/10
Night Vision - 6.5/10
t a r d i g r a d e (Tardigrade) - 5.5/10
The Black Screen - 7.5/10
The Jungian Thing [Tribute to FULL PLATOON NOW] - 6.5/10
Phantasiesätze / Fantasy Sentences - 5/10
Tu ressembles à moi / You Look Like Me - 6/10
Ludi Florales - 7/10
ReflectionVOID - 7.5/10
We hear the distant ring of Saturn - 5/10
Wonder - 7/10
Arrière-saison - 6/10
Voyages dans le temps - 6/10
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The subset of SotDs which are either on the Program or related to a short that is:

Experimental:
Two others by Paul Clipsons: 1, 2
Another by Jake Fried: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10130079/
t a r d i g r a d e: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10253664/
The Black Screen: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10276402/
Another by Alessandro Bavari http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10255179/
Arrière-saison: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10231100/
More by Johanna Vaude: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10137112/

Narrative:
Another by Georges Schwizgebel: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10175902/
More by David Firth: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10157361/

Music Videos:
Lana Del Rey - Shades of Cool: http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10256694/
Repeat Stuff - #69 #OhBo
Another song by Tame Impala:
http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10209079/
Another song by Bjork - http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10205700
Another directed by Mattis Dovier - http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10224608/
some mentioned here
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Grimes: Kill v Maim - 7

Joanna Newsom: Divers - 7

Syd Barrett: Effervescing Elephant - 8
Cool video, but there aren't any tigers in Africa.

Amnesia Scanner: Chingy - 6
I guess this is what parties in The Black Lodge sound like. I couldn't figure out what I was looking at, though.

Arc Iris: Canadian Cowboy - 9
Amazing animation and photography.

Data: Don't Sing - 9
Awesome

Rihanna - BBHM - 8
I really dislike this song, but seeing Riri is always pleasing. :wub:
Having Mads Mikkelsen in there is always a +
Edited by Cynical Cinephile, Nov 27 2017, 04:42:38 PM.
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Music Videos - Batch 1

Note: "(nth viewing)" refers to ones I have seen many times before, loved, proposed myself, and now rewatched. I'm not going to provide ratings out of 10, but will assign to each music video one of 5 coloured bullets: (red ones I don't really fancy, blue ones are favourites). I imagine at the end, as far as jury duties are concerned, I'll do some kind of ranking.


Tame Impala - The Less I Know the Better (nth viewing)


The Dumplings: Kocham Być z Tobą (nth viewing)

"I had a dream again / You smash my bones / You’re tearing hair* / Hitting the head* / And I love to be with you"

Nightmares about the pain of unreturned love, unconditional love, fear of abandonment, domestic violence, quarrels, masochism. The video quite nicely depicts these problematics - irreversible entropy, the destruction of objects in ones cramped apartment (representing the actual space one inhabits, as well as the mind (dreams, expectations, fears, emotions)), the destruction of relationships, the closed and open doors to people’s lives, lonely awaiting, and the possible healing and reunion. There’s a nice sense of claustrophobia to it, and I adore the gently unsettling flickering.

*deliberately left unspecified if he's tearing / hitting her head, or his own.


Plurabelle - Our Fires (Mattis Dovier) (rewatch)

A set of many distinctive images (and relations between those images) that I’m sure conjure many different responses per viewer. There’s an occult and natural exquisiteness to this for me. You can get an uncanny fright just by a cut to a cryptic flowing tap.


Grimes - Kill V. Maim (nth viewing)

Apparently Grimes referenced Roko's Basilisk in one of her previous music videos, so I'm sure this one is riddled with hidden concepts from the rationalist and A.I. community Yudkowsky would ban. No wonder the blood bath 'Blade' party is going on! I'm sure now this is the hell Yudkowsky's clones are sent to, to energetically originally dance and dress up. "You died."


Arc Iris - Canadian Cowboy

I know how instruments look like and how they work! Show me more of the other footage!

But I think it’s nice how they suggest the lady playing the piano colourfully fantasises her and her canadian cowboy (partner?), walking together next to the water, amidst the trees and fields. She also imagines other instruments to join in to aid that fantasy for her. I know that I can play pieces which are several minutes long and be completely lost in my thoughts, not even realising quite what or how I’m playing, there was a nice, similar kind of pensiveness conveyed in her case, I think.


Syd Barrett: Effervescing Elephant

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Joanna Newsom - Divers (PTA) (didn't rewatch)


Amnesia Scanner: Chingy

"[[]] Meltdown has a place for you as a schizophrenic HIV+ transsexual chinese-latino stim-addicted LA hooker with implanted mirrorshades and a bad attitude. Blitzed on a polydrug mix of K-nova, synthetic serotonin, and female orgasm analogs, you have just iced three Turing cops with a highly cinematic 9mm automatic.

The residue of animal twang in your nerves transmits imminent quake catastrophe. Zero is coming in, and you're on the run."

Nice discovery. VR with a POV laced on polydrugs and a pumped coefficient of dynamical transmutation of the electro-environment.


Data - Don’t Sing (nth viewing)

"Awesome" - of course, Cynical. The nexus of fantasies… I like how the ending car crash is a ‘Donnie Darko’-like “disruption of reality”, which, paradoxically, stirs everyone out of their fantasies and back into reality to bring them together.
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so, what happened to the iCM list for the shorts program - I'm willing to help compile the list of URLs or IMDb tts or whatever will help make that happen, but I can't host another list on iCM so I'd just need to coordinate with someone and then know what format would work best for that person to host the list :)
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Behemoth: Messe Noire - 8
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Certainly not my cup of tea musicwise, but the video was great and quite scary.

Koloto - Fay - 7
Nice animation
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Data - Don’t Sing (nth viewing)

"Awesome" - of course, Cynical. The nexus of fantasies… I like how the ending car crash is a ‘Donnie Darko’-like “disruption of reality”, which, paradoxically, stirs everyone out of their fantasies and back into reality to bring them together.
Yeah, at first I couldn't figure out what the deal was, was I watching multiple moments at the same time or what, but it came together perfectly in the end. It's quite rare to watch a music video with a twist, especially one so well though-out.
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Hey there.
I'm gonna watch a few from the experimental shorts section, looks like it's a good bunch.

t a r d i g r a d e (Eduardo Markoszay, 2016) - 4+ - I would have liked this as visuals for a concert or as a music video, but as a stand alone piece where I only focus on this it didn't do much for me.

Night Vision (Jake Fried, 2016) - 6 - one minute spent well.

Ludi Florales (Alessandro Bavari, 2015) - 6+ - head banging plants, oh yeah B)

Cruel Optimism (Paul Clipson, 2017) - 7+ - another great short from the Clipson guy.
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Experimental Shorts Program - Batch 1: Already seen.

Cruel Optimism
My favourite Clipson alongside 'Love's Refrain'.

The Exquisite Corpus
One of the most dream-like (of the erotic-turned-uncanny variety) films out there for me.

Night Vision
Past-self jotted: >Eye of the artist (god, sculptor, creator, architect of the world), different visions, death.<

t a r d i g r a d e
See the SotD thread.

The Black Screen
See the SotD thread.

Ludi Florales

Voyages dans le temps
In cinema, we owe it to 'La Jetée' (and before that 'Vertigo') to associate time travel so heavily with the mind, memory and love. And it makes sense to associate that, of course, we all drift through time and our recollections in a sense are some form of time travel; a scene that occurred in the past is repeated through memory (the question then becomes to what extent is it coloured and fabricated by ourselves). And on another point, it's worth mentioning Kant, who (I was told(?)) wrote(?) that if a time traveler arrived at a different time, that he doesn't really travel in time, because his experience of time would still remain completely linear (this is how we most commonly imagine it, after all). Kant maintained time is an a priori intuition of the human mind and (thus) a (transcendental) condition for the possibility of experience. Hence Vaude's "Voyages in time" are equally "Voyages in the mind", under that philosophical framework (or otherwise, it's just trivial, as said before). The edge of time - the horizon of the world - is the most enduring philosophical question.

The uplifting electronic score is quite fitting, it has layers of mystery and (techno-, experiential-) excitement to it. Vaude also doesn't just include time travel like looping back to the past or advancing to the far future - the obscure passage of time as it simply proceeds linearly is also depicted: we get slow-motion and time-lapse (as applied to flowers), perspectives that differ from human sensational rhythms, which themselves can be altered by drugs or just happen to feel weird on a particular day in even relatively conventional situations (Donnie enters his school), etc. Video footage and film as time recording devices are also emphasised. Technology looking increasingly more like magic too. And in the end she of course taps right down to the most extravagant abstract and cosmic levels.
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Phantasiesätze IS on IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7219368/reference

The Jungian Thing's IMDb non-link is not a t-shirt, don't miss it if you haven't clicked
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Raketkanon: Florent - 4

Am I missing something? I didn't like the video or their (intentionally) awkward dancing. The song doesn't save it either.

Arca - Xen - 8

Weird, but cool.
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Cruel Optimism - 6.5
Brakhage-esque double exposures convey some meaning (which I expect will be very different for each viewer); though it is fast-paced each individual shot seems carefully chosen and uses focus and color to create striking images. One I remember overlaps the insect world with the high rises of Wall Street.

The Exquisite Corpus - 9
Tscherkassky outdoes himself here with some of the most complex imagery he's shown to date, in which an encounter between nudists leads to a visual breakdown and orgy of lust, only for a dreamer to awake and return to their eden like state of innocence.

Night Vision - 8
Painter/animator Jake Fried rapidly transforms gorgeous, incredibly detailed superdoodles into other gorgeous, incredibly detailed superdoodles. This one conjures images of mountains, stars, giant baleful eyes, and a thousand other things in about 60 seconds. It's only one minute, if you're not interested in watching the program you should still check this one out.

t a r d i g r a d e - 6
Interesting, visuals I hadn't seen before (seems to use decades-old computer programs to design and edit this one) and conflation of technological disconnect and somewhat personal (?) love letters creates a tangible sense of loss.

The Black Screen - 5
Would have liked this much more had they picked a better narrator (this one sounded like a bored Patrick Fischler), as it is as much as I like the text of what he's reading it detracts from the images, which maybe would have been better on their own. Like "The Clock" there's an element of "How many films can you recognize?"

The Jungian Thing - 0
A Youtube fan edit of famous Vietnam War Movies. Not really into this sort of thing.

Fantasy Sentences - 9.5
An achingly beautiful meditative film. I think this is one of the must-see films of this year's festival.

You Look Like Me - 4
Great poetry reading, slight visual accompaniment.

Ludi Florales - 7.5
The beautiful microscopic world of baby plant life (in time lapse) as a wild rock concert.

Reflection VOID - 6.5
Beautiful western nightscape time-lapses like a Ron Fricke film, but with the addition of a man, a magic mirror, and a sculpture.

We hear the distant ring of Saturn - 5
Lewis Klahr like mixed-media animated/montage film. Interesting in how its put together, but doesn't really get any meaning across. A lot of the subtitles seem like they were created using the predictive text on somebody's phone.

Wonder - 7.5
More excellently animated doodles; this one tonally shifts from peaceful and friendly to quietly unsettling and menacing over the span of 8 trippy minutes.

Arrière-saison - 6
Serene views of a park in Japan; regards everything with the flat neutrality of the people sitting on the benches. I still would have liked to see the director exert a little more control over his vision (more effort in composition, diversity in editing choices, etc.)

Voyages dans le temps - 3
The music is really bad.
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Arrière-saison - 6
Serene views of a park in Japan; regards everything with the flat neutrality of the people sitting on the benches. I still would have liked to see the director exert a little more control over his vision (more effort in composition, diversity in editing choices, etc.)
To me it's a very focused film without exerting maybe any control over what happens in front of the camera. A bit like the festival's 'Homo Sapiens' (although that one apparently actually required a lot of invisible digital tweaking, not to mention the sound design) it's an experimental film without cinematic experiments. It's a contemplative piece that although it's much more than just a random 24 minute compilation of shots at a park very much leaves it to you what to make of it.
And there even is a bit of a narrative with recurring"characters". I mean it isn't 'Playtime' but it does have that element too, that makes it feel like spending a day at the park rather than just watching a collection of unrelated shots.

You could look at it as a study of parks. It's an artificial natural environment within, we can assume, a city. Real fake nature, visited by people as recreation for a short while. An escape. Many just walk through because it's the shortest way to their destination. Each person has their own reason to be there. They kind of feel like they are "in nature" but at the same time there also seems to be quite a disconnect with most of the people and their surroundings, they aren't really there because they know that they just need to walk for 10 minutes into one direction and they are surrounded by skyscrapers again. There are all kind of such contemplations that come up for me. Parks are a pretty weird thing if you think about it.

To me the film also simply is very meditative, it's very much like I'm in the park myself, and the video format helps in this regard. The green of leaves looks very beautiful to me on HD video. This was the main draw for me in 'Phantasiesätze', too. I'm also fond of Japanese culture or the Japanese way of life and mindset, although one doesn't outright get to experience much culture here and rather just sees Japanese people walking and sitting around, there is a lot here that makes it very distinctly Japanese, I think.
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It reminded me a little of James Benning, who called his films "looking and listening." Benning tends to manipulate his images of course, especially since he switched to digital.

I'm a park person myself, if I'm passing a park by myself and am in no big hurry I might find myself sitting on the bench or on the grass and watching the goings on. It puts you into a meditative state of mind, something I'd find hard to put into words. But it certainly has me worrying a lot less about whatever stressors are going on in my life at that moment. I think the film definitely conveyed some of that.
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Oma - 9
A gorgeous, eerie, deeply moving work of mini-art. The animation style is amazing and I'm very interested in seeing the director's future work.

Muxes - 8.5
Excellent semi-documentary on the muxes (mixed-genders) of the Oaxaca region of Mexico.

Shiny - 8
An original idea for a stop motion film which probably took a massive amount of effort, but looks effortless. 3 minutes worth your time.

Sundays - 1
Kind of unfair to rate this as a standalone, since it's more of a trailer for a planned feature (a "proof-of-concept" promotional trailer to entice financers), but if you were to see this as a standalone short, it's pretty much nonsense.

Erlkönig / Erlking - 7
Another excellent painted animated short by Schwizgebel, using a small story this time as a framework but still timing each moment to fit tonally with the chords of a piece of classical music.
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Fantasy Sentences - 9.5
An achingly beautiful meditative film. I think this is one of the must-see films of this year's festival.
I didn't know this was on YouTube (or was it posted just for ICMFF?). The director, Dane Komljen, is a nephew of mine, which is funny since he's 4 years older than me. We kind of grew apart as we grew older; he's situated in France right now, pursuing his filmmaking dream. He used to shoot everything when we were young, I still have videotapes of our vacations on Montenegrin coast and New Years Eve parties and stuff.

He made a feature length film as well, which I think is supposed to start circling some festivals and whatnot.

Fantasy Sentences is the first film of his I watched (just now) and it really is meditative, as you call it. It has a very serene feel to it, despite being post-apocalyptic in nature (if I'm not mistaken).
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That's crazy. How come you just watched it then???
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@Cynical_Cinephile - awesome! Hopefully we'll see more of your newphew's work (the film I referenced played at the New York Film Festival as well; obviously he's going places)
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tx for including Ludi Florales and ReflectionVOID into the Exp program, but some others were on SOTD therefore unnecessary to me
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That's crazy. How come you just watched it then???
Apart from being mentioned in news and online art magazines, his stuff doesn't get exposure around here. There aren't really any venues that show experimental films. And as I said, we kind of grew apart, I don't think I've seen him in over a year (I do see his family, that is his sisters, mom and grandma on a regular basis; as a matter of fact, his grandma lives across the street from me). I don't like bothering anyone, asking him to send me his films to check them out and whatnot. If/when I do see him and possibly spend some time, I'll ask him about his work and what's next and if there's a way to watch his more of his films. If I get my hands on it, I'll share it with you guys.

I'm hoping his feature film at least will be shown in our local cinema. We'll see.
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Sea Child - 8
Disturbing, very well made charcoal-drawn (?) animated film that tells its eerie story through visuals.

Prehistoric Cabaret - 6
A wannabe-Maddin short which actually does a pretty good job as imitation goes. Maddin is much better at the comedic aspect, though.

I Am Yu'pik - 8
Excellent sports doc about basketball in the Native Alaskan Yu'pik villages, where teams have to take planes or snowmobiles to play against each other since there aren't any roads. Could be a feature.

Somebody - 5
Miranda July is always touch and go for me. It's a clever idea, but the cringe-inducing Latina stereotypes send this way closer to "go."

Chez Moi - 6.5
A solid wordless animated short about a child coming to terms with the new step dad...with an avian twist.

The Unfixable Thought Machine: Health Reminder (Episode 3) - 7
Darkly funny and anarchic animated sketch about mis-diagnoses...and the meaning of life.

Dear Mr. Shakespeare - 5
Interesting monologue about race and "Othello," but the film itself is edited and scored like a pretentious car or perfume advertisement.

Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera - 9
Layered like an onion, self-reflexive, a dadaist prank - Bonello made something all of the above, in this film which at first appears to be a minor work, a documentary on an ongoing opera/ballet production about the 19th century heiress Sarah Winchester. Soon it becomes clear that is only the first step in a game Bonello is playing with the audience in this rich and complex work, which just as the promotional site promises, contains more than most features in its 24-minute running time.

Everything: Gameplay Trailer - 8
Might be a trailer or an advertisement, but works very well as a standalone short film, as the viewer switches perspective from animals to insects to plants to atoms, to galaxies and universes which in turn are contained in atoms, as narrated by philosopher Alan Watts and set to a beautiful, relaxing soundtrack. Thoughtful stuff.

Overall, fantastic selection on both programs, lots of diversity, great work Percpetion_de_Ambiguity. :cheers:
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Having now viewed all of these shorts and music videos, here are the rest of my ratings.

Experimental Shorts

Cruel Optimism dir. Paul Clipson. 2017, 7 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/204988243
(My rating: 10/10 and most likely my favourite film of the entire festival)
The Exquisite Corpus dir. Peter Tscherkassky. 2015, 19 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx9llnX1bjY
(My rating: 8/10)
t a r d i g r a d e (Tardigrade) dir. Eduardo Makoszay. 2016, 6 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/155209703
(My rating: 6/10)
The Black Screen dir. Richard Misek. 2017, 12 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/220625895
(My rating: 6.5/10)
Phantasiesätze / Fantasy Sentences dir. Dane Komljen. 2017, 17 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQBBcRnLqPY (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bpcQMDhjXM (Part 2)
(My rating: 5/10)
Ludi Florales dir. Alessandro Bavari. 2015, 5 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/139718620
(My rating: 7.5/10)
ReflectionVOID dir. Lance Page. 2017, 6 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/204420014
(My rating: 6.5/10)
We hear the distant ring of Saturn dir. Dalibor Baric. 2016, 15 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/189514061
(My rating: 7/10)
Arrière-saison dir. Jean-Claude Rousseau. 2016, 24 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N7fq1eYZ_A (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oQvlqUfG4A (Part 2)
(My rating: 6/10)
Voyages dans le temps dir. Johanna Vaude. 2016, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb3dCrqzOR4
(My rating: 7/10)

Narrative Shorts

Oma dir. Karolien Raeymaekers. 2014, 8 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/164076380
(My rating: 8.5/10)
Sundays dir. Mischa Rozema. 2015, 13 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_cQpwpFFx0
(My rating: 4/10)
Erlkönig / Erlking dir. Georges Schwizgebel. 2015, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfch3D9KfnU
(My rating: 8/10)
Prehistoric Cabaret dir. Bertrand Mandico. 2014, 9 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEL2nUpkXkQ
(My rating: 5/10)
Somebody dir. Miranda July. 2014, 9 min. Posted Image
https://vimeo.com/105285889
(My rating: 6/10)
The Unfixable Thought Machine: Health Reminder 3 dir. David Firth. 2014, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-A4zT8wp8E
(My rating: 6/10)
Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme / Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera dir. Bertrand Bonello. 2016, 23 min Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMvYCWCQrN4 (part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7eZhtubQCI (part 2)
(My rating: 5/10)
Everything / Everything: Gameplay Trailer dir. David OReilly. 2017, 11 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYHp8LwBUzo
(My rating: 6/10)

Music Videos

The Dumplings: Kocham Być z Tobą. 2015, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxQeXltiI0o
(My rating: 6/10)
Grimes: Kill v Maim dir. Claire and Mac Boucher. 2016, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2EJMd7ZN7w
(My rating: 6/10)
Syd Barrett: Effervescing Elephant dir. Yoann Hervo. 2017, 2 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LULqoeaMPVM
(My rating: 3/10)
Joanna Newsom: Divers dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. 2015, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48xlgXqQKLA
(My rating: 7.5/10)
Amnesia Scanner: Chingy (AS Chingy) dir. Sam Rolfes. 2016, 2 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02k126v3Zu4
(My rating: 7.5/10)
Data: Don't Sing dir. David Bertram. 2015, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37eEUsd1ASA
(My rating: 5/10)
Behemoth: Messe Noire dir. Zev Dean. 2014, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eq2wgakP5Y
(My rating: 6/10)
Raketkanon: Florent dir. Farmboy & Raketkanon. 2015, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8LU5ACDwJk
(My rating: 2/10)
Arca: Xen dir. Jesse Kanda. 2014, 3 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcNG-zMlB8Q
(My rating: 7.5/10)
Lindemann: Praise Abort dir. Zoran Bihac. 2015, 5 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWE_M0CX9So
(My rating: 7/10)
Bo Ningen: Slider dir. Marie Schuller. 2014, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXXpLHKWlVA
(My rating: 6/10)
Kendrick Lamar: Element. dir. Jonas Lindstroem & the little homies. 2017, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glaG64Ao7sM
(My rating: 4/10)
Ghost: From the Pinnacle to the Pit dir. Zev Deans. 2015, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A-IoOEPbUs
(My rating: 6.5/10)
Lana Del Rey: Shades of Cool dir. Jake Nava. 2014, 6 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJABBmAMXnY
(My rating: 7/10)
Björk: Notget dir. Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones. 2017, 7 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWrV8NQnbqE
(My rating: 4.5/10)
Turbo killer dir. Raphaël Hernandez AKA Seth Ickerman. 2016, 4 min. Posted Image
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er416Ad3R1g

(My rating: 8/10)

:cheers:
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As a sort of individual awards touch, I think I'm going to select my top three favourites from each section. A gold, silver and bronze placing, if you will.

Experimental:
1. Cruel Optimism - Paul Clipson
2. Tu ressembles a moi - Pierre Hébert
3. Night Vision - Jake Fried

Narrative:
1. Muxes - Ivan Olita
2. Sea Child - Minha Kim
3. Chez moi - Phuong Mai Nguyen

Music Videos:
1. Turbo Killer - Raphael Hernandez AKA Seth Ickerman
2. Koloto: Fay - Sabine Volkert
3. Joanna Newsom: Divers - Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Arca: Xen - Jesse Kanda

This was fun!

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Experimental Shorts Program - Batch 2

The Jungian Thing [Tribute to FULL PLATOON NOW] (rewatch)

Phantasiesätze
Fantasy sequence[sic] = (fantasy sentences, memories, family, old cat, old forest, modern forest, modern cat, no family, ambient sounds, fantasy sentences)

Tu ressembles à moi
Curves and surfaces are bounded by a cephalic region, and vector fields change their boundaries. An abstract head without a face, becoming concrete through the imparting of intuited resemblance - the creation of a face, shaping the flows into material tangibility and uniqueness. Integrating curves and surfaces, fixing time. One slate, one cross-section, one surface, one photograph.

ReflectionVOID

We hear the distant ring of Saturn
Enchanting. It describes itself for me: "characters float in and out of the narrative at random, and dialogue is often indecipherable.", "Dreams always starts from the middle. Ending incomplete.", etc. This is quite dreamlike for me, with an unique jazzy "detective(-experimentally scientific)" atmosphere to it. It's almost like an essay film, with an inscrutable subject. It's a patchwork, a simultaneity containing zany, wacky, inconsequential, surreal pieces, and a rich underlying unconscious basis of exploratory, machinic, and cosmic vectors.

Wonder
Abstract patterns-metamorphoses-flows "sperm cell" animation is always great. But this one was just too much kindergarten for my liking... I simply can't digest or immerse myself in a "wonder" score with squeezing bath-duck sounds.

Arrière-saison
"The act of observing changes the observed. But the observer can be also changed by observing." - from 'We hear the distant ring of Saturn'.

And yes, this is great. When I go around a park I also wonder what goes on in other peoples heads, how they arrived at this place, where they're heading, who's going to come next to this particular place, the degrees of connections between people, why someone feels he should make a photograph of this particular place, which branch is going to be cut next, what species some tree belongs to, how old this tree is, what trajectories these birds are going to make, blah blah blah.

The man picking branches(?) from the bushes wearing a helmet and surrounded by 3 red cones in the opening shot made me laugh. Is this concern for safety and order something the adjective "Japanese" describes (among other things)?
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Here I try to be objective regarding the music and decide whether the music and video are a good match. Does the video enhance the music? That's mainly what I'm looking for.

The Less I Know The Better - 8.5
Tame Impala music videos are always visually creative, but this one outdoes itself (though I have a slight preference for Let it Happen).

Kocham Być z Tobą - 5
The whole "tableaux vivants of various people in different rooms who represent exaggerated types of people the songwriter is critiquing" is a...strangely specific idea that's been reused in countless music videos. That said, this one had continuing narratives and a theme of abusive relationships (as I believe the song did) which set it apart a little.

Our Fires - 8
The 8-bit animation style is more than just a gimmick, as the images of horror and sex are tonally and rhythmically completely in tune with the music. A great marriage.

Kill v. Maim - 5
I like Grimes and this is a rockin' song...but in contrast to the previous one, this video seems divorced from the pulsating rhythm of the music, with the editing undercutting the song's energy.

Canadian Cowboy - 7.5
A good, simple video for a good, simple piano ballad, with a nice mix of animation styles. The content doesn't reinvent the wheel, but neither do piano ballads.

Effervescing Elephant - 7.5
Fan-made video which easily could have fooled me into thinking it was the real deal. The cute cartoony look matches the tone of the song.

Divers - 9.5
PTA is a master at creating feature films, and he is a master at creating the perfect music videos. In this one, he takes one simple visual idea and builds upon it with greater and greater detail as the 7-minute ballads builds to its crescendo. The visuals are cinematic and stunning. Make sure you hit the full screen button for this one.

Chingy - 4
Interesting...I'm not even sure what I was looking at, but having the flashing lights be in time with the heavy beat drops was pretty on-the-nose and strangely funny.

Don't Sing - 8.5
A violent and dark suburban satire gives what I might have otherwise dismissed as a catchy pop ballad just the right edge to push it into something different. And now I'm invested in hearing more of the band's work. Bravo.

Messe Noire - 8.5
Very dark and nightmarish Gigeresque imagery a good match for this type of bleak and hopeless-sounding heavy metal.

Fay - 5.5
I like the animation but I felt no connection between video and song here. Rhythmically they're at odds.

Florent - 6.5
Amusing study in contrasts. The music is rockin, the "live" performance seems purposefully dorky and folksy, and the discord creates a weirdness which has to be seen to be believed.

Xen - 6
One visual idea overused a little, IMO, which made 3 minutes feel pretty long.

Bitch Better Have My Money - 8
Riri's epic revenge fantasy about the accountants who ripped her off features all the high production values, changing aspect ratios, and over-the-top visual experimentation we've come to expect in the biggest r&b/hip-hop music videos, proving this area the best artistic playground for up-and-coming video directors. Riri has amazing presence as well, swaggering through every lip sync like she was born for this type of psychotic rage.

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Acid Rain - 8.5+
A very dark and haunting music video that's a perfect marriage to the song it accompanies. Excellent. Really got under my skin.

Praise Abort - 7.5
An over-the-top, grotesque, and funny video for an over-the-top, grotesque and funny song. Good stuff.

Slider - 5.5
It's edited to the energy of the music but it's still just a slightly visually tweaked live performance intercut with some random things.

ELEMENT. - 9.5
Kendrick has left conscious rap behind and this song finds him driven to a rage by the provocations of his local and national enemies. It's time to kick their ass just like his dad taught him to as a kid. But Kendrick always doubles back and questions himself - self-doubt is his constant - and if you watch carefully, the same dad we see teaching a young Kendrick to fight is the same one we see lying bloodied on the street. So even as he allows his id to dictate a song, he also knows he's part of a cycle of rage and violence. Meanwhile, Lindstroem makes each frame a painting full of striking silhouettes and angles which play with perspective and dimension like the shots in a Ruben Ostlund film.

From the Pinnacle to the Pit - 7.5
Guy Maddin-esque "Metropolis" remake which quite literally embodies the lyric "From the pinnacle to the pit / is a long way down."

Shades of Cool - 4
Lana videos often seem more like Lana fashion shoots and this is no exception. The fireworks were perfectly timed though.

Repeat Stuff - 5
Hard to divorce the video from the music when they're made in tandem (as in The Lonely Island) - it's sometimes funny, but going after music aimed at young girls using adult standards of music evaluation doesn't make any sense to me. Focus your energy elsewhere.

John Wayne - 8
An overstuffed video filled with bright neon colors, manic editing and Gaga's signature choreography.

notget - 8
An expectedly gorgeous and unsettling bit of Bjork weirdness

TURBO KILLER - 9
This isn't a music video, it's a short action movie with romance, suspense, heroes and villains, and out-of-this-world visuals. Actually, it's a perfect music video.


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Narrative Shorts Program

Oma (3rd viewing)

Ashes to ashes, black goo to black goo.

Muxes

Shiny

Sundays
Shorts like these, sped-up science-fiction 'feature films' that aspire... I can't warm up to them. I actually come across many visually similar sci-fi shorts that are usually Kickstarter production and contain grains of ideas that deserve enlargement - "proof-of-concept" shorts, as they're called. I considered proposing them for SotDs on several occasions, but the shorts themselves always felt rather flat and dissatisfying to me, rip-offs of actual feature films, that don't actually do much. 'Sundays' was nice, in that it tried to combine a particular vision of society, ideas and visuals from the 'Agenda Suicide' music video, a lost love, a narrator doubting the nature of reality and his own sanity, simulations, alternate societies, police states, and so on. But... it's never really there..

Erlkönig
Schwizgebel.

Sea Child

Prehistoric Cabaret
Tasty. 'I'm saying I liked it.'

Somebody
This app probably could exist irl. Smartphones contribute to disconnection and provide proxies to interactions. The rating system reminded me of this 'Black Mirror' episode called 'Nosedive', where everyone representing 'himself' simulated behaviour to be polite as much as possible, creating the 'Demolition Man'-like utopia.

Chez moi

The Unfixable Thought Machine: Health Reminder 3 (nth viewing)

Dear Mr Shakespeare: Shakespeare Lives

Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme

Everything: Gameplay Trailer (nth viewing)
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