Fjögur Píanó: Mind-Controlled Slavery, Addiction, Drugs and Violent Sex

Fjögur Píanó: Mind-Controlled Slavery, Addiction, Drugs and Violent Sex

Fjögur Píanó is a thoughtful, haunting short film/music video created by Israeli director Alma Har’el, set to music by the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Rós. The band recently asked a dozen filmmakers to each choose a song from its new album, Valtari; given complete creative freedom, filmmaker Alma Har’el produced a seven-minute video that at first appears to be more of a dream sequence than a narrative. Fjögur Píanó is a wordless song comprised of four piano pieces that features actor Shia LaBeouf and actress Denna Thomsen in a stormy relationship, caught up in a destructive spiral, possibly revolving around mind-controlled drug addiction, lovesick co-dependence and sordid sexuality mixed with dominance and violence.

It is evident throughout the film that the couple is very confused, not in control of their destiny and hopelessly trapped in a state of virtual imprisonment. Much of the film’s symbolism hints at the concept of Monarch Mind Control. Monarch Mind Control is named after the Monarch butterfly, a genetically programmed insect that begins its life as a worm (representing undeveloped potential) and, after a period of cocooning (biological programming), is reborn as a beautiful butterfly (the Monarch slave).

From this perspective, Fjögur Píanó can be viewed as a dark commentary on a world of increasingly abusive totalitarian domination. Every aspect of Shia and Denna’s lives is manipulated by outside forces. Their living environment is controlled and modified by their handlers: they are drugged, blindfolded and forcibly taken on weird, dissociative trips. Attempts to break free from the cruel domination are useless. The couple is utterly powerless when confronted by the world around them, and in the end the only thing Shia can do is cut another bloody tally mark into Denna’s back.

Fjögur Píanó: Mind-Controlled Slavery, Addiction, Drugs and Violent Sex

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Rihanna’s We Found Love: A Tragic Love-Affair

Rihanna’s We Found Love: A Tragic Love-Affair

We Found Love is the world premier of Rihanna’s sexually charged, clubby smash music video, the apparently autobiographical single from her upcoming sixth album Talk That Talk (to be released on November 21st). The video appears to be an artful, poignant reminiscence about her previous tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown. Shot in Belfast, Ireland, the nearly five-minute music video features Rihanna in a passionate relationship with a muscular young man, played by the British model/boxer Dudley O’Shaughnessy.

We Found Love tells the story of a tragic love-affair, exploring the dark underworld of substance abuse, as she and her lover are seen partying, doing drugs, attending raves, swilling booze and ultimately engaging in devastating acts of serious domestic violence. Enjoy the video now, since there’s no way it will be shown on television without extensive censoring.

Rihanna’s We Found Love: A Tragic Love-Affair

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A Visionary Litany of Affirmation: A Short Commercial For Your Mind

A Visionary Litany of Affirmation: A Short Commercial For Your Mind

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,
starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn,
looking for an angry fix,
Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection,
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.

-Allen Ginsberg

A Short Commercial for Your Mind is a tumbling, hallucinatory one-minute experimental/art short film by Daniel Mancina. A visionary litany of affirmation, the film presents a graphically cinematic rendering of something between art and life. “I’m talking to myself again, while my consciousness explodes. My mind is made up: There’s going to be trouble.”

A Short Commercial For Your Mind

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LGFUAD: A Grotesque Rampage of Jaded Sex, Drugs and Violence

LGFUAD: A Grotesque Rampage of Jaded Sex, Drugs and Violence

LGFUAD (an acronym for Let’s Get Fucked Up and Die) is an award-winning four-minute experimental animated short film created by Kelsey Stark. The short mixes a variety of animation styles, primarily focusing on an unwieldy hypnotic medium that looks like an organic crayon drawing. In the film, a young woman eats pizza and relates a series of surreal, richly psychosexual and violent stream-of-consciousness stories about how cool it is to be a ghost.

LGFUAD characterizes a jaded, dissatisfied personality type, exacerbated by a hipster-emphasis on cool and from growing up in media-drenched suburban environment where one is taunted constantly by what one doesn’t have, or hasn’t experienced. This is a controversial, love-it or hate-it film; LGFUAD is fresh, personal and conceptual, but edgy, uncomfortable and uncompromising all the same.

LGFUAD: A Grotesque Rampage of Jaded Sex, Drugs and Violence

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Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

 

Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

Mary, Mary-belle within a bird-cage cell,
All your neighbors know what your mother sells,
But you carved out a name;
You carved out a name for yourself.
Look out, look out,
Look out, Look out,
There are murders about.

Lookout, Lookout is the heartwrenching, honest and unabashedly sad music video from the astonishing debut album by Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius).  Learning is a devastatingly lovely premiere album, a collection of songs that starkly explores the dark and melancholy world of drugs, depression, suicide and abuse.  Hadreas has described the songs as having been written in an attempt to gain some understanding of his own troubled life, and they were originally intended to be heard by only his closest friends.

When close attention is paid, the music here is gut-wrenching, sad and fearlessly honest, while at the same time maintaining a dignified sense of resigned acceptance.  Perfume Genius has managed to craft some of the finest heartfelt, new indie-music this side of the millennium, with sounds and plain-spoken lyrics that can tap into your inner emotions.  Hadreas’s voice stands out with a  soft-spoken tenderness and ethereal quality on the track Gay Angels, which switches from piano chords to minimalistic organ drones.  Lookout, Lookout can push you to the point of possibly offering empathic, compassionate forgiveness to anyone who you feel  has done wrong to you over the past few years.

Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

Gay Angels: Hearing and Seeing Them (Perfume Genius)

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Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer

Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer

Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer is a  sparkly futuristic, wild and wacky eight-minute short film by writer/director/producer Andrew Jones, winner of the Best Short Award at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and the much coveted Brown Jenkin Award at the 2010 Hp Lovecraft Film Festival.

The time: The Future.  The place: Neo-Ultra-Mega-Tokyo.  Or maybe the time and place are really somewhere in a dark and dangerous back alley.  In this shimmering, shiny-yet-grimy world we discover Holly Malone, a reporter with ten times the daring and audacious spunk of the old Lois Lane, along with a powerful uterus for the news.  Her reporter instincts plus a very peculiar sense of taste has set her on the trail of the city’s legendary drug lord, Frank DanCoolo.  He’s the source of paranormal drugs which are ravaging society, that is if he really exists.  Molly is sure he does, and her journey to find DanCoolo leads her to unknown realities, terrifying secrets, flying katanas and some really righteous dope.

Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer

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Enter the Void: The Dark World of Sex, Money and Power

Enter the Void: The Dark World of Sex, Money and Power

Enter the Void is an award-winning film by French filmmaker Gaspar Noé, a psychedelic visual ride through the nighttime metropolis of drug dealers, drug abusers, pole dancers, love-hotel clients, murder and death.  Set primarily in Tokyo, and most often at night, the film is divided into two sections.  In the first part, a young American (Oscar) smokes some hallucinogens, and as the screen explodes with phosphorescent, biomorphic forms, he walks through the city, buying and selling drugs, and discussing the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  In the second section, Oscar’s spirit appears to separate from his apparently dying body, gazing down at the bleeding man curled on the floor.  The flesh will surely rot, but his spirit continues the journey, plunging even deeper into the night and darker memories.

This piece includes the VFX (Visual Effects) for Enter the Void, created by the French visual effects studio, BUF, which also produced the film.  Taking on almost 350 of the films shots over the course of 2 years, BUF added to and even rebuilt many shots to complete the spiritual and hallucinogenic vision of Gaspar Noé.  This article also presents the full-version of Mr. Noé’s movie, Enter the Void.

VFX for Enter the Void

Enter the Void: The Dark World of Sex, Money and Power

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