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Pop auteur with heart

Look at the drum kits go! In anticipation of Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, here's an interesting read on pop video directors breaking through mainstream cinema. I knew Gondry did a slew of videos for Bjork and did Daft Punk's 'Around the World' (choreographed robots, swimmers, mummies, etc.), but didn't know he also made the Chemical Brothers' 'Let Forever Be' (poor girl waking to giant alarm clock and having a weird day), Cibo Matto's 'Sugar Water' (trippy storyline unfolding simultaneously on both sides of the screen), Beck's 'Deadweight' (Beck in white suit being dragged by own shadow), and the Foo Fighters' 'Everlong' (Dave Grohl slapping the bad guys with giant hand), among other mindblowing '90s videos.

And his vids for The White Stripes just rock-- like the multiplying drum kits and amps in 'The Hardest Button to Button' and the Lego-filled stop-motion in 'Fell in love with a girl'. (Watched an MTV special of White Stripes vids a while back hosted by Meg White.) That soul/funk Joss Stone cover, 'Fell in love with a boy', is one of my recent guilty pleasures, BTW.

Wonder if they're gonna show Eternal Sunshine here. Or do we have to resort to pirated DVDs again?!

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Best described as a Murakami detox support group, we're all fans of the quirkily brilliant Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, and writing about such things as films we've seen recently and books we're reading (not to mention meandering musings on the man's work, of course) helps us to pass time while waiting for the next book from Haruki-baby.

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