Arcade Fire’s new video for “Afterlife” couldn’t be more different than the clip for “Reflektor’s” title track.
Instead of showcasing the band in oversized masks and white suits, the Emily Kai Bock-directed video plays out like an indie film about the life of a Hispanic family trying to get through life day-to-day.
The clip, which does not feature the band, starts with a long Spanish-spoken intro with a man, presumably a single dad, having dinner for his two sons after a day spent selling flowers by the roadside—a very familiar sight in Los Angeles, by the way.
They then all have their dreams, seemingly all about the same women: the father’s love of his life, who is the mother of his two children. She’s absent from their lives now for unexplained reasons, but weighs heavily in their thoughts. It’s sweet and poignant and beautifully shot, especially the black and white portions from the father’s dream. But the nightmare of the little boy being put in the washer almost sent me over the edge.
Better yet about the video: you don’t have to dress in a costume or formal wear to watch it. As you heard, Arcade Fire’s request that fans wear “formal attire or costume” to their arena shows was met with a bit of a backlash from fans who thought paying for a ticket should be all required for their entry.
Yesterday, Arcade Fire took to its Facebook page to tell everyone to calm down a little bit; they were just trying to liven up the festivities:
“To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows… please relax. It's super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played.
See you soon.
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Arcade Fire’s new video for “Afterlife” couldn’t be more different than the clip for “Reflektor’s” title track.
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"Getting On" (Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO) is a dramedy about the nurses and doctors who staff the overwhelmed, underfunded, disrespected elder care unit of a California hospital. They take care of women who are old, infirm, and need help with even the most basic functions of life, like going to the bathroom and cleaning up after.
Okay, time for some honesty: based on that description, how many of you have instantly written off any chance of ever watching this show? And did anyone, anywhere, read that and rush to set the DVR season pass?
Now let me double down on that by telling you that of the show's four main characters, only one comes across as instantly sympathetic, while the others run the gamut from neurotic to passive-aggressive to narcissistic.
How excited are you now?
Another day, another Palm Springs Film Festival award announcement. The fest's latest honoree is Steve McQueen, who has been named Director of the Year for "12 Years a Slave," and will receive the prize at an awards gala on January 4. For those of you keeping score, the British filmmaker joins Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Career Achievement Award winner Bruce Dern on the winners' list. As with the other Palm Springs awards, the director prize usually goes to an imminent Oscar nominee, though last year's recipient, Robert Zemeckis for "Flight," was an exception. “[McQueen] is a master of utilizing the senses to create the essence of his works," says Palm Springs chief Harold Metzner. [PSIFF]
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The procession of publicity materials for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has been so long and complex that I'm not only beginning to lose track of which ones I have and haven't seen -- though I've maintained a blanket avoidance of the clips and trailers thus far -- but find myself wondering if there's actually a film behind all the, er, foreplay. I rather hope there is, since "Nymphomaniac"'s seemingly ceaseless campaign hasn't yet succeeded in dulling my anticipation for von Trier's gargantuan sex epic: I'm a Lars die-hard, admittedly, but the sheer brazen loopiness of this project on paper would have me intrigued even as an agnostic.