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Pretty good, pretty good.
posted by knowles at 6:57 PM on June 27, 2008


Pretty good at what? I don't get it. At all.
posted by Justinian at 6:58 PM on June 27, 2008


postrawk
posted by johannahdeschanel at 7:01 PM on June 27, 2008


Yeah somewhat trippy, and sure she is a pretty girl, but context is king.
posted by vrakatar at 7:04 PM on June 27, 2008


Interesting.

Will any of the "digital photo frames" on the market play looped video. There could be some great art options.
posted by rokusan at 7:04 PM on June 27, 2008


Certainly Justine Joli is beautiful, but for a real blow-your-mind experience, listen to Sir Richard Burton read all of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood here:


http://www.undermilkwood.net/prose_umw1.html

Put on a set of headphones, close your eyes, and have a real mind movie.

...To begin at the beginning:
It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea.

posted by Tw33z at 7:11 PM on June 27, 2008 [22 favorites]


I don't understand what it is other than a blurry, half-naked hottie spinning back and forth. Maybe I'm missing something here.
posted by Democritus at 7:19 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


half naked chick? Check.

annoying pop up ad? Check.

Just another day on the internet.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:21 PM on June 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


Clayton Cubitt, the artist, is a pretty incredible person.

His family was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and he's been chronicling the ongoing aftermath.
posted by Exchequer at 7:22 PM on June 27, 2008


I'm with Democritus, it just looks like a very blurry video of a skinny half naked model. Am I missing something.
posted by octothorpe at 7:35 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


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If you are not in BULGARIA or you think you have received this message in error, please report the issue below.


What's with the "or"? Yeah, I am here, but this is in error because it sucks you are blocking the fine viewers of BULGARIA.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:37 PM on June 27, 2008 [5 favorites]


That was fucking beautiful. Transcendent even.
posted by geekhorde at 7:47 PM on June 27, 2008


Not bad at all, but it makes me think of David Lynch's Gucci commerical, which I find far more compelling.
posted by treepour at 7:50 PM on June 27, 2008


Compelling? Really? I really hope my sarcasm detector has just shorted out.
posted by nosila at 7:57 PM on June 27, 2008


Add me to the "don't get it" camp. Blurry naked girl, irritating popup ad, random voice reading something or other over some elevator music? Doesn't add up to anything for me, sorry.
posted by Forktine at 8:00 PM on June 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


She's wearing underpants.

Whatever.
posted by spilon at 8:01 PM on June 27, 2008


Thurston.. I think it's 10:30.. we're callin' from Providence, Rhode Island. Did you find your shit? You gotta watch the mota, Thurston.. Yr fuckin memory just goes out the window...
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:05 PM on June 27, 2008 [6 favorites]


That was fucking beautiful. Transcendent even.

What the hell am I missing? Someone please hope me.
posted by Justinian at 8:05 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


There is no hope.
posted by homunculus at 8:11 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Justine Joli bills herself as the worlds hottest geek, but

I think I've met some hotter ones.
posted by delmoi at 8:12 PM on June 27, 2008


If you are not in INDONESIA or you think you have received this message in error, please report the issue below.

A link to a version that most people in the world can see should surely come with a single video post?
posted by BobsterLobster at 8:12 PM on June 27, 2008


Yep, sorry nosila. I've watched that commercial many, many times. Of course, this comes down to any Lynch love-hate argument, but the questions I find compelling are ones like: who are these people? why are they in the isolated-but-elegant surroundings they're in? am I supposed to be attracted to or repulsed by that one model's rather anorexic arms, especially as emphasized by framing them in high-contrast against a very dark background? what's the tunnel we're moving through? why does look so disgustingly biological, even though I'm pretty sure it's fabric? why does the image of the city-from-above come back? why do things get blurry after it does? what are the women feeling when they cease moving and close their eyes? is it something internal or is it something being done to them?

The commercial hints at so much sinister stuff, just off-screen, and that sinister stuff isn't at all incongruent with the glamorous world being depicted. And yet, there's the innocence -- the way the girls are able to lose themselves in the moment . . . classic Lynch.

As for the linked video, what I love about it is the attention it draws to the medium. You're never allowed to forget that you're watching something heavily manipulated, and yet you feel something is revealed by those visual manipulations. It's a very good video, but I just think it's intended impact depends upon being confronted by the juxtaposition of glamor and its relation to darker aspects of life, and this is where I think Lynch sets the bar very high, almost impossibly high.
posted by treepour at 8:13 PM on June 27, 2008


That girl needs a sandwich, stat.
posted by vertigo25 at 8:25 PM on June 27, 2008


That girl needs a sandwich, stat.

Maybe some beef, if you see what I'm say...

[knock]

What? Nothing is going on in here! I'll be out in a second! Don't come in!

It's art!

What? No! My zipper is stuck. No way! I'd never!

Where are you...?

Not the clothespin!
posted by maxwelton at 8:34 PM on June 27, 2008


What is this popup people are complaining about? I saw no popup.

(Firefox. Mac.)
posted by rokusan at 8:39 PM on June 27, 2008


Well, since some of you seem to think that this art, I watched it again with the sound on this time. Fucking Richard Burton reciting Dylan Thomas?!? It was sort of pointless without sound but with a pretentious dead Shakespearian actor intoning very serious poetry, it's pretty damn ludicrous.
posted by octothorpe at 8:43 PM on June 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Good if you like it, bad if you don't. I don't.
posted by porn in the woods at 8:47 PM on June 27, 2008


Anyone else feel they were mixing in Cliff Martinez's Solaris score at the end of that?
posted by hototogisu at 9:02 PM on June 27, 2008


And why is this FPP? Pepsi blurry naked, or something.
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 9:05 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Man, it takes real talent to make a video of a decent-looking (who the fuck knows?) naked woman lame and boring and seemingly an hour long, but there ya go. Thanks for that.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:15 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


was that like the preview clip for something that actually makes sense? i experienced a strong sensation of irritation and nothing more. maybe that's just a sign of aging.
posted by facetious at 9:19 PM on June 27, 2008


Made me think of Infinite Jest, which, as I recall, involved a film of a beautiful woman somehow rotating or perhaps walking around in a revolving door. That, and tennis.
posted by Mid at 9:23 PM on June 27, 2008


Man, it takes real talent to make a video of a decent-looking (who the fuck knows?)

The model is Justine Joli, who is some internet porn person. She's pretty good looking, but I disagree with her cosmetics strategy.
posted by delmoi at 9:48 PM on June 27, 2008


Is this how they scramble the Spice channel now?
posted by Brocktoon at 9:51 PM on June 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


The clockwise vs counter-clockwise spinning dancer animation is far more interesting on every level than this silly video.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:54 PM on June 27, 2008


The clockwise vs counter-clockwise spinning dancer animation is far more interesting on every level than this silly video.

I've seen that animation before, but I've never seen it depicted as 'left brained' vs. 'right brained', frankly trying to make that determination based on the animation is idiotic. For one thing, whether she is rotating 'clockwise' or 'counterclockwise' depends on the orientation of the clock relative to her. If you see her as moving left as she approaches the screen then she's moving clockwise relative to a clock facing up, and counterclockwise relative to a clock facing down.

but either way turning that into a 'right brained' vs. 'left brained' thing is ridiculous.
posted by delmoi at 10:09 PM on June 27, 2008


Blurry boobs and Dylan Thomas. Yup, just another Friday night in Portland.
posted by Caduceus at 10:26 PM on June 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: good if you like it, bad if you don't.
posted by meowzilla at 10:30 PM on June 27, 2008


The model is Justine Joli, who is some internet porn person.

When porn stars get pretentious, it's like we've turned some horrible corner.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:44 PM on June 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


Thanks to the ability to open multiple background tabs in Firefox, I managed to launch this movie and the video from this thread at the same time, and I can tell you that watching the latter while listening to the former is a much-improved experience all around.
posted by davejay at 11:58 PM on June 27, 2008


So.... did we ever get an explanation of why this was worth posting?

To me it looks like a regular art school video, perhaps not even as good....
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 12:04 AM on June 28, 2008


All you people upping the comment count tricked me into thinking the video was worth watching.
posted by yath at 12:28 AM on June 28, 2008 [3 favorites]


Now if you could get me some recordings of Richard Burton, the explorer, reciting poetry, that would rock!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 2:23 AM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


When porn stars get pretentious, it's like we've turned some horrible corner.

See also Sasha Grey.
posted by ninebelow at 4:28 AM on June 28, 2008


Made me think of Infinite Jest

I agree, it was stupid and overlong.
posted by DU at 8:55 AM on June 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


Anyone else feel they were mixing in Cliff Martinez's Solaris score at the end of that?
posted by hototogisu at 9:02 PM on June 27 [+] [!]

It was the soundtrack for the entire clip.
posted by basicchannel at 9:54 AM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Anyone else feel they were mixing in Cliff Martinez's Solaris score at the end of that?
posted by hototogisu at 9:02 PM on June 27 [+] [!]

It was the soundtrack for the entire clip.
posted by basicchannel at 9:54 AM on June 28, 2008


what the... sorry about that.
posted by basicchannel at 9:55 AM on June 28, 2008


Actually, it's a demo to illustrate one man's mastery of digitizing something out of a sequence -- in this case, the pole.
posted by Mike D at 10:36 AM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Treepour, I'm curious. If you had no idea that commercial was directed by David Lynch, do you think you would read it the same way? I'll never understand the so-called "genius" that Lynch fans project onto anything he does. Sometimes a dude in a rabbit suit is just a dude in a rabbit suit. I saw nothing sinister or even remotely interesting about some unhealthy rich chicks and blurry camera views.

And what the hell is Lynch doing directing Gucci commercials, anyway?

((Sorry, but I didn't watch the OP video. I'm at work.))
posted by TrinaSelwyn at 11:27 AM on June 28, 2008


The technique here seems a bit simplistic and not used effectively, IMHO. I mean, I like blurry images as much as the next guy, but this seemed like a very art-school juxtaposition of picture and sound without much intention behind it.
posted by MythMaker at 12:24 PM on June 28, 2008


Needs unicorn.
posted by xod at 1:16 PM on June 28, 2008


too similar to this other "experiment" (by vincent gallo).
posted by progosk at 2:04 PM on June 28, 2008


beat me to it, progosk.
posted by OrangeDrink at 2:51 PM on June 28, 2008


If you had no idea that commercial was directed by David Lynch, do you think you would read it the same way? I'll never understand the so-called "genius" that Lynch fans project onto anything he does.

How could I possibly answer that with any certainty? If you're familiar with an artist's work, you tend to read any particular piece in light of his or her other pieces. Whether that's good or bad, I'm pretty sure it's inevitable.

If you want to debate about the merits (or lack thereof) of the commercial, then let's do so -- but saying "I don't get it" and "you're just a fanboy" doesn't constitute a critique.
posted by treepour at 7:03 PM on June 28, 2008


This exact combination of Dylan Thomas and Martinez was used in a VW commercial by Noam Murro last year.
posted by Mil at 8:51 PM on June 28, 2008


It's a spinny, blurry naked woman. I don't think I feel like squinting.
posted by Phalene at 8:42 PM on July 1, 2008


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