Last year’s Thanksgiving break means we’ve actually got two weeks’ worth of videos accounted for below, and they were a packed two weeks. It hurts my heart not to include strong pieces of work like EMA’s grand cyberpunk vision, Atmosphere’s masterful The Jerk reference, OFF!’s delirious slapstick freakout, or Ty Dolla $ign’s ridiculous, surreal feat of what-the-fuckery. But that means we’re left with nothing but absolute fire. Check out this week’s picks below.
5. Mr. Oizo – “HAM” (Dir. Eric Wareheim)
I almost didn’t include this one. The contempt for poor Americans running through this thing is way grosser than the blood or drool or whatever. I honestly find it to be pretty offensive, just on a “haw, let’s watch the fatsos fight in the dollar store” level. Still, effective filmmaking is effective filmmaking, and John C. Reilly was willing to get nasty as fuck for this thing.
4. Steve Gunn – “Tommy’s Congo” (Dir. Nikola Ležai?)
A deeply absorbing Dogme-style Serbian movie, done completely in miniature, about a lady who may have taken Bone Crusher’s “Never Scared” too literally.
3. clipping. – “Get Up” (Dir. Carlos Lopez Estrada & Cristina Bercovitz)
2. Skrillex – “Fuck That” (Dir. Nabil)
The Moroccan French actor Saïd Taghmaoui has one of those faces you know instantly, even if you can’t quite place it, and his career is full of impressive character-actor moments. He was one of the leads of the great 1995 French hood movie La Haine. He tortured Mark Wahlberg in Three Kings. He was the fake Sheikh from Queens in American Hustle. Here, Nabil builds a great little showcase for him, giving him the role of a conflicted Moroccan pitfighter coming home from prison and trying to make a little money. And then: A car chase, a mystical vision, and an appearance from that mystical seven-figure Wu-Tang album.
1. Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Dir. ?)
It’s absolutely unfair that Beyoncé can roll through in a week full of great videos, blast a metric fuckton of charisma up in our collective face, and absolutely crush everything else. But that’s the world we’re living in. I don’t make the rules.