Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beastie Boys fun

Here is the second video directed by Spike Jonze for the single "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," featuring special guest star Santigold:

Ha... did you check out the plastic bling on Santegold's fingers?   

Spike Jonze has done an amazing job in the 'Continuingly Ill Adventures of the Beastie Boys' in this video with the action figure replicas of the king Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D.  All the little touches are great, with sticks and strings visible in the shot, guiding these Beastie dolls and props around the miniature sets.

Action figures are perfect for the storyline of this video.  It would be too grotesque to have an actual human burnt alive, but the action in the story makes perfect sense in how children play, and adds a layer of nostalgia to the video.  I love it when hands move the figures into place!  

This eleven-minute video keeps the story moving along with a nice pace, with Yeti attacks, jetpacks and underwater submarine explorations, and the "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" is a far more entertaining video than the "Fight For Your Right (Revisted)," which is a shame since it was an star-studded vid.  Despite having all these stars, and with a cameo of the Beasties at the end, the story felt kind of ridiculously LONG, where some of the narrative felt largely unnecessary, as if they were creating scenarios so another celebrity could have their moment in the video. 

And here's one more video for Beastie Boys fun:

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