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White Stripes - Blue Orchid

directed by Floria Sigismondi I love quicktime enjoy

ournameismud, May 24, 2005 at 3:00:21 PM CEST

i can never work out why win media and real player can have such trouble with streaming when quicktime streaming (almost always) works great.

there's not much being said in the comments on antville recently, so I was hoping to have something big and important to say about this video, but... nope. good video. some cool stuff. um...

binkystick, May 24, 2005 at 5:51:15 PM CEST

I don't think Floria's really done anything great since "The Beautiful People". This just feels like she's coasting on her usual imagery. Oh well.

captainmarc22, May 24, 2005 at 6:16:43 PM CEST

ugh, what a letdown. What is this, a rejected Billy Corgan video? Worst Stripes video ever. Save us, Gondry!

re: Floria - her stop motion Cure video was one of 2004's best; but she's prone to often make terrible videos (the Incubus' one she did w/ all the political imagery is particularly bad).

shut up, May 24, 2005 at 7:18:48 PM CEST

So wrong, the Incubus video she did was awesome, great use of aftereffects, a good video. Granted this video is very Floria, but she has this signature style, and people come to her wanting it. Also the cinematography (Chris Soos) is amazing.

captainmarc22, May 24, 2005 at 7:47:02 PM CEST

oh my god - someone tell me shut up has the worst taste in music videos:

shut up, May 24, 2005 at 8:15:39 PM CEST

yup I still like it. Def. think it dosn't deserve to be slagged compared to most of the shitty videos out there. I like the cut out's - after effects, (Im not a fan of post heavy videos) but this one is well done. So there!

captainmarc22, May 24, 2005 at 9:03:30 PM CEST

re: Incubus Megalomaniac: it's terrible - the political observations of an 8th grader. What is it, anti-Nazi? Anti-corporate? Pro-American?

oh boy, look at the visual metaphor for our dependence on oil - people are DRINKing it! And it's POISON! Poignant!!

oh and religion - it's all a lie!! See - YE HOLY BUY BULL!!

it's like a bunch of junior high kids conceived a Rage Against the Machine video. wretched.

progosk, May 25, 2005 at 12:12:35 AM CEST

kind of bored by this blue orchid vid (and WHAT a shitty song!?); but i have to side (in part) with shut up on the incubus one: there's a lot of interesting stuff in there in terms of visuals, sure, the band shots are a waste of time, and the politics are rather asinine, but some of the more effect-y bits are pretty fascinating

najork, May 25, 2005 at 12:43:27 AM CEST

I'd say Megalomaniac was a good video just for the animation. Hating on it is like calling a dog stupid. Seeming like it was conceived by junior high kids is appropriate for Incubus anyway.

stripedcollar, May 25, 2005 at 1:49:53 AM CEST

This video is very derivitive. It just screams: I AM FLORIA SIGISMONDI! I MAKE GOTHIC-STYLE VIDEOS! I GO OUT WITH A MEMBER OF THE LIVING THINGS, WHO ARE ALSO GOTHIC! LOVE ME! It's terribly dissapointing, and doubly dissapointing if you think about the calibre of videos the Stripes have commisioned (only two of Michel Gondry's best videos). For one of the most (at least stylistically) cutting edge bands out there, this video sure looks like the director marched in and took over. The cinematography is rather cool, but other than that, this video makes me sad because someone (GONDRY!!!!!!!!!!!) could have done better. Someone needs to give our dear Floria a large smack on the head and tell her that the Cure video was nice, but we don't need 8 more of them.

As for the Incubus video, I liken it to a eighth grader telling all her friends she slits her wrists so everyone will think she has problems. Euch.

samsquatch, May 25, 2005 at 5:03:13 AM CEST

Sigismondi is a total hack. That was the worst video the Stripes have ever put out (even worse than that B&W Sofia Coppola garbage a while back) How has she stuck around so long doing the EXACT same thing over and over again? It's boring, its pretentious, and it's just so passe its laughable.

FLORIA FORMULA: white faces + girls with soiled dresses + phony "stop-motion" strobing = ART

stripedcollar, May 25, 2005 at 6:10:05 PM CEST

Hey, don't diss the Sofia Coppola video. Just because it was minimalist and B&W, doesn't mean it's "garbage". Quite the contrary -- that was a great video. It fit the song well and was beautifully shot.

But yeah, I have to agree about the Floria Sigismondi stuff. I would be worried that the pretensions of Sigismondi will now be linked to the Stripes. To think -- actually doing anti-promotion with a music promo. slow clap for floria It truly is a sad, sad day in Music Video land.

fellfromthesky, May 26, 2005 at 7:30:13 AM CEST

Damn, I hope she doesn't read this shit. You guys are straight mean.

For the record, I think Floria is great. Does she have a specific style, most certainly. Is she the hack you guys label her to be, hardly. In the director olympics she would put most of you in your place in the first event.

Beautiful People was a seminal work that people are still trying to rip off. So she likes tripped out pale faced girls that wander around buildings, so what. Van Gough had a thing for sunflowers, no one gave him a hard time. Cut the chick some slack. She's having a 'phase'. She really is though a true artist. While she may repeat herself from time to time, she is expressing her vision. Granted in a dark enigmatic fashion, but it is without doubt a singular unique vision. And at least she's not ripping off TBM photocopy videos which is more I can say for some of you.

lonelyspacepanda, May 27, 2005 at 6:08:42 PM CEST

Great video director or not, she single-handedly triggered hollywood making 131038013 horror movies using that stupid "WOOOAH THE KIDS IS MOVING AROUND THE SCREEN AND FLICKERING ON AND OFF CRAAZY SCARRRRY!" trick with her Manson videos from the 90s. Thanks alot. I used to enjoy going to the movies and seeing someone get axed in the face, but now I have to sit through some 8 yr old kid acting dystfucional with studio effects. LAME.

hijed, May 27, 2005 at 8:40:35 PM CEST

Word on the street is that Gondry was supposed to direct this, but was too busy, so Floria got onboard at the last minute.

It's ashame.... The only other good non Gondry Stripes video is for 7 Nation Army, right?

lonelyspacepanda, May 27, 2005 at 8:54:07 PM CEST

I like the one where the Stripes don't suck.....ummm...yeah that one, Hijed.

shut up, May 27, 2005 at 9:19:34 PM CEST

Thank you fellfromthesky. well put.

swish, May 28, 2005 at 4:58:52 AM CEST

hey hey, this track is rockin, and the video is cool too. I like it, I think everyone is way too harsh on this board. If everyone was gondry, he wouldn't be unique. This is definitely more about style that groundbreaking techique, but it works well. Great wallpaper, perfect for the track. appreciate various styles. Another top promo for the stripes.

weatherwoman, June 1, 2005 at 6:04:21 PM CEST

You all are being so completely negative. Floria is a wonderful director. Have you not seen all the other crap that people try to pass off as music videos? Seriously compared to other music video directors she's a complete genius(she really isn't, but compared to them she is)This video is not all that horrible. It's not great, but certainly not terrible. And that Incubus video was one of the top 50 greatest videos ever made. I think most of you just don't like it because you don't agree with the statements it makes or the fact that it is political.

kryogenesis, July 22, 2005 at 11:44:09 PM CEST

you people are absurd.

is it her best work? no.

is it better than 99.9 percent of the garbage soaked, formulaic, bullsh*t corporate infomercials that pass for videos these days? Yes, without a doubt.

is it also better than anything you snot-nosed juveniles could ever hope to do in a lifetime? Easily, yes.

see, it's all in the perspective.

you do know she is a talented and award-winning multimedia artist besides being one of the most sought after video directors working, right?

so, is it sour grapes? or what? :lol:

youarefood, March 15, 2006 at 3:37:26 PM CET

some of the camera/editing techniques were lovely....but thats it......visually it is soooooooo dated, and Floria Sigismondi has shown she is a bit of a one trick pony aesthetically


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