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Pure by Jacob Bricca. A meditation on genre, a commentary on visual cliches, and a celebration of the visceral pleasures of cinema. Music by The Jesus Lizard. Please play full screen at top volume!
posted by lazaruslong (15 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Some of those weren't cliches at the time. Calling some of those scene cliche is like saying Lord of the Rings is cliche because it has a magic ring in it.

I am also embarrassed by how many of those films I've seen.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:43 PM on June 4, 2010


Have you ever noticed how many cliched lines there are in Casablanca?
posted by shakespeherian at 12:44 PM on June 4, 2010


ah yes, the "dolly shot"... such a visual cliche... and don't get me started on "slow motion shots of people falling great distances".

god i'd hate to see a movie this guy made. guy falls off a bridge? let's show it in jump cut closeups of his ear! it's called film language jackass...
posted by nathancaswell at 12:45 PM on June 4, 2010


ok im kind of grumpy, i'm going to eat an orange now
posted by nathancaswell at 12:46 PM on June 4, 2010


I saw Jesus Lizard play a show in maybe 1993. Ironically, I thought to myself that's kind of cliched for him isn't it when David Yao unzipped his fly, pulled his scrotum out through the opening, and aimed it back and forth at the audience.
posted by Babblesort at 12:48 PM on June 4, 2010


Weeeeeeeee! Any video that includes "Deep Rising" is OK in my book.
posted by brundlefly at 12:48 PM on June 4, 2010


you know what's cliche? the letter e.
posted by nathancaswell at 12:49 PM on June 4, 2010


Please play full screen at top volume!

Unless you precede it with a specific reason such as "This video has an unusually wide dynamic range. If you want to hear the soft parts...", then a sentence like that makes you look like a self-important loser.

You think you're saying, "My artistic vision requires that you see this video big and loud," but you're actually saying, "My video is too lame to keep your attention unless it's big and loud."
posted by straight at 1:14 PM on June 4, 2010


just because these are cliches doesnt make this less of a celebration. pretty badass video, makes me want to watch Commando while eating Taco Bell going HI HATERS
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:16 PM on June 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I am trying to figure out what The Limey is doing in there.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:17 PM on June 4, 2010


straight: "Unless you precede it with a specific reason such as "This video has an unusually wide dynamic range. If you want to hear the soft parts...", then a sentence like that makes you look like a self-important loser.

You think you're saying, "My artistic vision requires that you see this video big and loud," but you're actually saying, "My video is too lame to keep your attention unless it's big and loud."
"

Either that or it's a video of awesome things with a soundtrack that should be cranked up. It thought it was fun. I think you're beanplating this.
posted by brundlefly at 1:30 PM on June 4, 2010


This played at Berlin?!

I just died a little.
posted by cazoo at 2:40 PM on June 4, 2010


I think you're beanplating this.

My post was may have been overthought, but I was just describing my gut reaction when anyone tells me their song/video MUST be played loud = Lame.
posted by straight at 2:55 PM on June 4, 2010


straight: "Please play full screen at top volume!

Unless you precede it with a specific reason such as "This video has an unusually wide dynamic range. If you want to hear the soft parts...", then a sentence like that makes you look like a self-important loser.

You think you're saying, "My artistic vision requires that you see this video big and loud," but you're actually saying, "My video is too lame to keep your attention unless it's big and loud."
"


I think it's up to the viewer to discern the reason for the request. My interpretation is that this is an homage to the visceral reactions we get from a few simple visual tricks used in many action films. These films are always accompanied by badass, gut-pounding music that is an absolutely essential element in provoking that emotional response. Try watching an action sequence sometime with no sound on. It's pretty lame.

You'll also notice that the music in this particular film is really well synced to the action happening. I mean, really well. And that's coming from me who watched a lot of WoW videos that attempt to do the same thing. Hehe.

So the beanplate explanation is that this is an homage to action films with well-edited film that syncs beautifully to the action and is intended to simulate the emotional response we feel from action films. In that regard, it makes sense to me that the artist would stipulate some suggested viewing protocol. It's like an artist hanging a painting....they would stipulate that it be well lit and viewed at a minimum distance. Those are suggestions, not designed to offend, but designed to suggest the best way to view the art.
posted by lazaruslong at 4:27 PM on June 4, 2010


I don't particularly care what it means. I'm happy to watch 4 minutes of formulaic mayhem while cranking The Jesus Lizard.

And it's David Yow.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:08 PM on June 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


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