I don’t think there could be a Best Videos Of The Week column without a clip of someone spanking or spitting on someone else. I think 2011 may be the year of the S&M video, between Rihanna’s video, and last week‘s K-Holes clip, so expect lots more of that. Besides those clips we’ve got new and great ones from Fat Tony, Caribou, Architecture In Helsinki, Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX, and Lady Gaga.
Fat Tony – “Nigga U Ain’t Fat” (Dir. Joey Graham )
Video star DJ iPod Ammo keeps hallucinating about food, and about Fat Tony, in this hunger-making (or hunger destroying) clip. Director Joey Graham is based in Houston (just like Fat Tony).
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX – “I’ll Take Care Of U” (Dir. Jamie-James Medina, AG Rojas)
Director Jamie-James Medina makes gorgeous photographs, and he spent some time last year photographing The xx. You can see a lot of his photography in this lifestyle video following a young female boxer. I love the contrast between her ruthlessness in the ring, and her tenderness with her child.
Void Camp – “Dead Bodies” (Dir. Jesus Hernandez)
Two weeks after I mention Salo in Straight To Video, we get not only another S&M video, but one that is broken up into four depraved segments, just like the cult film. Also between this video and last week’s Felix Cartal clip (also from two weeks ago), old white ladies are having the best few weeks ever.
Architecture In Helsinki – “Contact High” (Dir. Krozm)
It’s like Escape Club’s “Wild Wild West” meets a Patrick Nagel piece. The most compelling thing about this very clean, ’80s-esque clip is the androgyny of the main character. It informs the mix of panic and ecstasy in his/her face, I think.
Keaton Henson – “Charon” (Dir. David Wilson, Keaton Henson, John Malcolm Moore)
I’m not a huge fan of videos starring puppets, but this video’s lead character (modeled after singer Keaton Henson) has more emotional range in his yarn-made features than most actors. Sad and lovely. (via Antville)
Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” (Dir. Nick Knight)
Wretch 32 – “Anniversary” (Dir. Sam Pilling)
(via Promo News)
Small Sins – “Why Don’t You Believe Me” (Dir. John Poliquin)
Caribou – “Jamelia” (Dir. Video Marsh)
NSFW Video Of The Week:
“Fork Face Commits” Music by Evil Skull (Dir. Douglas Burgdorff)