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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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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Furry Fury: Carrot vs. Ninja

Furry Fury: Carrot vs. Ninja

Carrot vs. Ninja is a dark and quirky three-minute animated short film that’s an insane action romp inked and directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, with character design and VFX by The Mill L.A. The hunter becomes the hunted in this short film with a surprising twist. It starts out innocently enough, as a guy drives his muscle car down a stretch of desert highway. Distracted by what might be road kill or its distant cousin, he pulls over to investigate and a ghoulish adventure ensues.

The film combines a clichéd cocky rock ‘n’ roll guy, a muscle car, a Western road movie setting and a darkly wacky Ninja element. While at first you think that you’ve seen it all before, as the story unfolds it gets progressively stranger and less predictable. Nothing is what it seems in Carrot vs. Ninja.

Furry Fury: Carrot vs. Ninja

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Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Tuscon, Arizona: A Moment of Silence

Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Tuscon, Arizona: A Moment of Silence

At 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time on Monday, Americans are called upon to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless acts of violence in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives.  It will be a time to come together as a nation in prayer or thoughtful reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.

Further, as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragic violence perpetrated on Saturday, January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, President Obama has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 14, 2011.

President Obama Leads Moment of Silence for Arizona Shooting Victims

Photo-Gallery: A Moment of Silence to Honor the Victims of the Tragedy in Arizona

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The Vitriol of Sarah Palin and Her Tea Party Followers: For Shame!!

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with Senior Citizens

Sarah Palin’s PAC: “Targeting” Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot today outside a Tucson Safeway supermarket; fourteen other people were wounded and six killed, including federal judge John Roll, during the assassination attempt on Giffords.  Representative Giffords was featured on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” map, which targeted legislators who voted for President Obama’s health care bill.  This was the map that was roundly criticized as an incitement to violence.

Giffords, a third-term legislator, supported President Obama’s health care reform bill. This earned her a place on the map, posted by Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committe, that literally put Democrats in the cross-hairs of guns last spring after the bill passed.  “Don’t retreat, instead-RELOAD!” was how Palin introduced the map to her Tea Party followers on Twitter.  Days later, a vandal smashed the glass door of Rep. Giffords’ Tucson office.  Giffords’ father stated that members of the Tea Party “always threatened” his daughter.

Giffords’ Tea Party opponent in the 2010 election, Jesse Kelly, went even further with the violent rhetoric.  Kelly’s campaign held an event called “Get on Target for Victory in November.”  Description of the event: “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office.  Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

President Obama has called for a nationwide moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Monday, the White House announced Sunday.  “Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” the president said in a statement.  “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

President Obama: The Arizona Shooting Attack and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Breaking News: Piecing Together the Giffords Shooting

Keith Olbermann Special Commentary: “Violence Has No Place in Democracy”

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Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

Lock and Load is a video essay about violent aggression and Hollywood’s weapon of choice, the gun, in all of it’s many, many forms.  The video compilation is from cinema critics/editing whizzes Matt Zoller Seitz, Aaron Aradillas and Steven Santos.

The clips range from Evil Dead 2 to Full Metal Jacket to Taxi Driver to Raising Arizona to Pulp Fiction and are smartly chosen, but it’s really the editing that’s the star in this short film.  The 16-minute mini-movie builds a compelling rhythm, generating genuine tension, then letting it out in a burst of gunfire.  Oh, and the very end references a very well-known moment from a very well-known movie, but replaces the clip in that film with the one that inspired it.  That’s nothing short of brilliant.

Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

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