Saturday, September 17, 2011
Fuck YOUR Life vol. 18
Marilyn Manson - Born Villain Official Video by Flixgr
this is the Shia LeBouf (guwhaa??) directed video for Marilyn Manson's new single "Bor(i)n(g) Villain". apparently it's causing a bit of a stir due to the extreme nature of the visual subject matter.
any controversy this generates really should be derived from the fact that NOT ONE SINGLE IMAGE OR IDEA presented in this video is even remotely unique to the "auter's' vision.. Shia LaBeuf is not some in-the-closet goremeister surrealist, he's a thief. i lost count of how many things he was ripping off here, but i know that right off the bat he copied the opening scene from Alejandro Jodorowsky's the Holy Mountain (a film and a director who actually have an original thought from time to time), as well as several David Lynch tropes and other things that i've seen done so many times that the original source of the visual has been lost.
the whole really plays like mid 80s-early/mid 90s Apocalypse Culture having a mid-life crisis, straining to recapture what made it so visceral and arresting, but not having the will or the interest to come up with something fresh out of its influences. instead it just becomes overwhelmed by them, confusing larceny with homage and laziness with nostalgia.
plus the song is lame.
whaat... the fuuuck?