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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy collection of spike jonze's work, 8 Jan. 2004
This review is from: The Work Of Director Spike Jonze [DVD] (DVD)
Having been one of the real pioneers of the music video format it is is refreshing to see a retrospective of some of his finest achievements. From the slightly dated, but seminal 90's track, Cannonball by the breeders to (probably) his most famoust video for praise you by fatboyslim you get a real sense of his vision and style. With his love of using the music as a backdrop for colourful characters in their own little stories. No video illustrates this better than sabotage by the beastie boys, which is still as funny and fresh as when it first came out. Of course it helps that he's been lucky enough to work with some excellent artists and over the years and some fantastic songs. Interestingly, for me at least, is some of the video's where he's ditched his usual formula. In particular the pharcyde video is very impressive and a testament to a director who is as versatile as he is a visonary. My only criticsm is that he can be more concerned about doing something different than he is about making a video to actually promote the song, Da Funk by Daftpunk is a case inpoint where he really doesn't give the song a chance to shine, but overall his good videos heavily outweigh the bad.
Also on the DVD can be found some nice little shorts done in his earlier days and some interesting documentaries. Presentation is a little shoddy with perhaps a lack of coherence to it all, but to be honest all I really care about is the content which, as you'd expect from a director of his callibre is excellent.
Overall if you're at all interested in music videos and/or spike jonze this will be a worthy addition to the collection and while you're at it get the michael Gondry and chris cunningham ones as well because they also rock
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