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Gnarls Barkley "Who's Gonna Save My Soul?" dir. Chris Milk

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lusk81, July 23, 2008 at 9:42:02 PM CEST

Misplaced casting. Junky dialogue. Odd fit for such a solid track.

abteen, July 23, 2008 at 10:03:01 PM CEST

Jorma. I loved it.

paul e, July 23, 2008 at 10:12:40 PM CEST

By far the BEST video I've seen this year! Both authentic and surreal at the same time. Great!

bodysong, July 23, 2008 at 11:21:41 PM CEST

this video is really stupid.

c.milk, July 23, 2008 at 11:27:33 PM CEST

Sucks learning your video got released early by finding it on Antville.

I'll post a mov soon.

fire away

jgamble, July 23, 2008 at 11:31:33 PM CEST

I love the peoples compassion as the little heart walks across the counter towards his death. Great job Chris Milk.

progosk, July 23, 2008 at 11:41:07 PM CEST

erm... this is pretty stand-out. i think the casting&performance are subtle, really tops (yeah, ok, so the last piece of his dialogue was written a bit heavy-handedly, big deal). sure, the track doesn't much fit in the beginning, and the cutting out of the heart is pretty jarring per se, but once the little critter does his thing, he holds me audience just like the geezers in the diner. this was a strange wager - methinks it paid off. (does it actually end like that?) cheers, milky one! oh, and, k? that alcohol guy is moving.

abteen, July 23, 2008 at 11:45:41 PM CEST

That match cut at the end is genius.

bodysong, July 24, 2008 at 12:08:21 AM CEST

...or maybe just obvious.

wing, July 24, 2008 at 12:22:51 AM CEST

neat story, romantic and bloody are great but it felt like i was watching an advertisement. Nice to see some dialogue in a clip but at the same time it really buried the song in the background.

jvll, July 24, 2008 at 12:46:50 AM CEST

I really wanted to love this but the dialogue killed it for me. Not sure if it was the writing or just the delivery. I guess if it's all taken in a nudge of the elbow sort of way it works. The music just feels like it's pushing for more of a genuine emotional response from the listener and it felt at odds with the acting and visual content. Once the song kicks in / everyone shuts up and the little guy did his thing I really loved it. I definitely agree with jgamble, the patrons compassion and reaction were my favorite part of the whole thing.

thomas93, July 24, 2008 at 1:20:14 AM CEST


ai, July 24, 2008 at 1:20:52 AM CEST

Love the part when he falls down.

captainmarc22, July 24, 2008 at 7:44:44 AM CEST

love the part that took place between the beginning and the end.

seriously, that was excellent. Can it play on MTV? And where's Milk's Breeders video?

scooper, July 24, 2008 at 9:46:56 AM CEST

anyone got a link for the uk?

lex halaby, July 24, 2008 at 12:07:36 PM CEST

Gotta love the twisted humor in this clip. FX were top notch. Can't wait for the quicktime. Well done Chris.

sdelahoyde, July 24, 2008 at 6:02:27 PM CEST

Who is the actor in this? Been bugging me for well on ten minutes now. I can't seem to place him, but I'm familiar with his work for some reason. (Never mind. Just found it. He's one of the Lonely Island guys).

my name is legion, July 24, 2008 at 6:34:34 PM CEST

the boring situation. i mean bonnie. nice track, tho.

boncharney, July 24, 2008 at 8:23:45 PM CEST

that was great. chris milk, if you are reading this, this video's unconventional for a band like gnarls. was it difficult to get it made/get the treatment approved? did you have to convince anyone that the dialogue needed to be audible, etc? would you mind letting us in on getting this unconventional video made?

mva, July 24, 2008 at 8:39:06 PM CEST

they are not believable as human beings.

paul e, July 24, 2008 at 9:47:50 PM CEST


Was the... "The girl is some non-descript bitch from Compton"... comment some kind of blundering attempt at satirical humor? If so it was truly poor and one of the more ignorant... bordering on racist... things I've read on these Antville boards. Maybe just try and stick to commenting directly on the effectiveness of the promos.

dyna, July 24, 2008 at 9:58:01 PM CEST

Yep, Kevathens did an Imus.


winchandpulley, July 24, 2008 at 10:13:15 PM CEST

Methinks Kevathens was hacked. Or suddenly became a schizophrenic.

More importantly, this video blew my socks off. Makes me have to rethink every thought I ever had about music videos. Also makes me wonder why Jorma isn't a bigger star than Andy Samberg.

Genius work, Chris, as always.

progosk, July 24, 2008 at 10:22:01 PM CEST

oy vey - not the poor overflogged antville-is-racist-horse again... (on the subject of which: maybe post those old threads from your files somewhere, k?)

methinks kev might be on a bit of an edge that none of us know much about. cut the k some slack, aight?

paul e, July 24, 2008 at 10:55:07 PM CEST

What? edgy = ignorant. You may believe making stereotypical or racist remarks (even in jest) as hilarious or "edgy" (as you put it) and/or something not to be concerned with... I simply don't agree. He has the right to make awkwardly executed racially offensive remarks... it is my right to point out that it is incredibly unnecessary when giving an opinion on a music video. The Antville boards would be better served without such narrow minded comments . It is simply not cool.

progosk, July 24, 2008 at 11:09:37 PM CEST

no, paul: i intended edge to mean brink, ledge. fwiw, i'll also leave it at that. ps: your call for an unracist 'ville is noble, by all means - only it's misplaced, tha's all...

jesse.ewles, July 24, 2008 at 11:15:15 PM CEST

PC police: Technically it isn't racist to call a woman a bitch regardless of her background. It's just crass. Also, can I get a quicktime so I can see what all the fuss is about? -j

budget, July 24, 2008 at 11:16:34 PM CEST

It's not that this site is racist, it's just that everyone on it is white.

senilitynow, July 24, 2008 at 11:35:59 PM CEST

chocolate milk.

r-dogg, July 25, 2008 at 1:12:10 AM CEST

I don't like it when the adults fight.

Back to the vid; I love it love it love it! It certainly takes a risk in blurring the boundaries between traditional narrative work and the standard music video format, but due to the pathos in content and execution the vid pulls it off in a remarkably effective and original way. With great risk comes great reward, so great rewards to everyone involved!

kansas, July 25, 2008 at 3:16:28 AM CEST

Nice... very nice.

c.milk, July 25, 2008 at 5:10:20 AM CEST


Boncharney, It wasn't that difficult to get made. Brian/Dangermouse/.5 of Gnarls, was a film major in college. They are pretty open to experimenting with the construct, even when it means weaving dialog through their song.

mainchara, July 25, 2008 at 5:40:49 AM CEST

Ooooh. beautiful mov > silly mtv boofering. The video looks great. I don't think anyone watching it for the first time knew where the video was going next. That element works perfect for a song like this because the soft buildup has you thinking the worst is coming. Then that heart gets up and man... Kudos!

thefight, July 25, 2008 at 5:56:26 AM CEST

High Res

dek, July 25, 2008 at 10:24:47 AM CEST

High Res


framescourer, July 25, 2008 at 10:34:57 AM CEST

Ah, there it is. And jolly good it is too.

my name is legion, July 25, 2008 at 10:46:15 AM CEST

i don't want to sound disrespectful or anything - the video is well made, although i am no big fan of surrealist episodes in a fastfood - but i fail to see the big innovation in weaving dialog lines thru the song. it's not the first video i see with characters talking <a href=""_blank">over the track.

and his heart on a plate - that was too literal for my taste. other than that, yes, it is well made but i don't think it fits the track. my 2 c.

captainhairy, July 25, 2008 at 2:24:35 PM CEST

i really liked this up until the heart came to life. Then i had trouble getting past the compositing, which is a little funky. Who did the animation and comp? still great overall though.

C.Milk is one of the few noteworthy SF Academy of Art director alumni i think. Along with Encyclopedia Pictura, Arno Salters, and maybe the antiparticle people.

Actually that would be an interesting addition to videoville - adding what film school people went to, if any..

mukki, July 25, 2008 at 4:45:25 PM CEST

nice work!

roosfass, July 25, 2008 at 9:42:07 PM CEST

I was gonna say I really enjoyed it up until the heart sprouted legs and came to life, but now i'm not that bothered. its pretty good.

dansully, July 27, 2008 at 5:05:48 PM CEST

this could be the best video of the year so far along with that cheeky BPA one. anyone who is criticising it and mainly has bones to pick with the dialogue or compositing needs to take a deep breath, watch a bunch of recent, formulaic 'on brief' music videos and then watch this again. For a medium that Stipey is calling dead, this is extremely refreshing.

tone reminded me of: possibly because of the diegetic sound and the hearts, but still...

alexdecampi, July 27, 2008 at 5:06:03 PM CEST

Great video let down by shoddy compositing.

progosk, July 27, 2008 at 6:22:56 PM CEST

oh, bingo, dansul. (dir. philippe andré)

kayser_sauze, July 28, 2008 at 6:28:09 PM CEST

Suthon Petchsuwan's Queen of Hearts for

my name is legion, January 17, 2009 at 9:02:54 PM CET

which one was first? chris milk's or adlib's?


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